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EuroTrash Thursday!

GreenEdge and RadioShack get the green light for the WorldTour, at last, and GreenEdge announce a woman’s team, which is good news. Vino gets his e-mail account hacked and it’s worse than a doping scandal! Contador is in Israel, the new Colombian team and Rabobank announce their rosters, Eddy Merckx is honoured and lots of other stuff for EuroTrash Thursday. Pull up a seat and a coffee have a read and watch some great videos!

“Top Story”

Vinokourov e-mail Hacking
I can’t say I was very impressed with the news of the hacking of the private e-mail account of Alexandr Vinokourov, whatever you think of the Kazakh rider and his past, this sort of thing has nothing to do with the sport of cycling. This is as bad as the British newspaper; The News of the World tapping phones and look where that got them. It looks like someone has hacked his e-mail account and sold information to the Swiss magazine L’Illuste who have published contents of his personal e-mails, or worse the magazine has done the hacking themselves. The e-mails concern the alleged payment to Alexander Kolobnev to allow Vinokourov to win the 2010 Liege-Bastonge-Liege as the two riders were together in the finalй.

It may be true, but this sort of agreement has gone on for years, from riders needing to win to keep a place in a team, to needing the win for a higher goal. Sometimes it’s not money, but a favour for a favour. Money has passed hands in the biggest of races since the start of the sport. At the lower end; go to any Belgian Kermes, and once the break has formed then the bargaining begins, who wants the win enough to pay the others off. Don’t be naive and think it doesn’t happen in the Grand Tours and the Classics, maybe the rider would have won anyway, but with a payment the win is guaranteed. It’s not correct, but it happens, some might say it’s the same as doping; it is similar, except with buying a race you have to be at the front near the finish to be in a position to make the offer, otherwise there would be no point.

Vinokourov has denied the allegations and has confirmed that he will take legal action against the Swiss magazine, rightly so as no one’s privacy should be compromised. Last week Vinokourov announced his candidacy in the Kazakh elections, has this more to do with his countries politics than the sport of cycling? As Alexandr Vinokourov said: “I am a cyclist and there is no place in our sport for the gutter press.” I must agree.

Here is the finalй of the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege:

Boom Wins Boonen Cyclo-cross
Rabobank’s Lars Boom won the Tom Boonen and friend’s charity cyclo-cross on Saturday after making up a 1 minute handicap. He said after the race that one minute “was a more difficult task than expected.” There was also a veterans race won by ex-World champion; Erwin Vervecken. After the races there was a charity auction for “Move to Improve” with is to help children with movement disorders.

Tom Boonen Charity Cyclo-cross race Result:
1. Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank in 43:10
2. Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank
3. Sean De Bie (Bel)
4. Thomas Vernaeckt (Bel) Verandas Willems-Accent
5. Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step
6. Andrй Greipel (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto
7. Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank
8. Frйdйrique Robert (Bel) Quick-Step
9. Pieter Vanspeybroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaandern-Mercator
10. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto.

Sorry no video of the race, but here is Tom Boonen and some cyclo-cross:

RadioShack and GreenEdge are in the WoldTour
Eventually the UCI have released the names of the last two teams to join the WorldTour for next season. After deliberations over the paperwork the UCI License Commission approved the registration of GreenEdge Cycling Team and RadioShack-Nissan(-Trek?) as WorldTour teams for the 2012 season and 2013 for GreenEdge. In a press conference on Tuesday Johan Bruyneel told PEZ that he; “was not happy about it (the process).

This is a provisional list of UCI WorldTour Teams for 2012 as the official list has to be released on the 12th of December.

AG2R-La Mondiale
Astana Pro Team
BMC Racing Team
Katusha Team
Lotto-Belisol Team
Movistar Team
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
Sky Procycling
Team Saxo Bank

A bit of GreenEdge Pro-mo:

GreenEdge Woman’s Team
World time trial champion; Judith Arndt will be leading the new GreenEgde-AIS Woman’s team next season along with the experienced riders Linda Villumsen, Claudia Hдusler and Loes Gunnewijk. Along with the Continental stars will be top Australian women; Shara Gillow, Amanda Spratt, Melissa Hoskins, Tiffany Cromwell, Jessie Maclean and Rowena Fry.

Some women’s Retro film from the
1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. The inaugural womens cycling road race. Copyright 1985 Bud Greenspan and IOC.

Rabobank Team Presentation
Rabobank presented its different team’s on Tuesday for the next season. Along with the WorldTour and the Off-Road teams, the new Woman’s team was also presented with team leader Marianne Vos who told nusport.ni “Look how many riders and experienced management there are here. This is really good for women’s cycling.” The men’s team introduced new members; Mark Renshaw, Jetse Bol and Wilco Kelderman along with resident stars; Matti Breschel, Robert Gesink and Bauke Mollema along with the Spanish contingent of Luis Leon Sanchez, Juan Manuel Garate and Carlos Barredo.

Rabobank WorldTour team 2012:
Bauke Mollema,
Bram Tankink,
Coen Vermeltfoort,
Dennis van Winden,
Jetse Bol,
Jos van Emden,
Lars Boom,
Laurens ten Dam,
Maarten Tjallingii,
Rick Flens,
Robert Gesink,
Stef Clement,
Steven Kruijswijk,
Theo Bos,
Tom-Jelte Slager,
Tom Leezer,
Wilco Kelderman,
Carlos Barredo,
Graeme Brown,
Grischa Niermann,
Juan Manuel Garate,
Luis Leon Sanchez,
Maarten Wynants,
Mark Renshaw,
Matti Breschel,
Michael Matthews,
Paul Martens.

Rabobank Women’s team 2012:
Marianne Vos,
Thalita de Jong,
Roxane Knetemann,
Iris Slappendel,
Rebecca Talen,
Annemiek van Vleuten,
Monique van der Vorst,
Liesbet de Vocht,
Sarah Dьster,
Pauline Ferrand-Prйvot,
Lauren Kitchen,
Tatiana Antosjina.

And this is what the Rabobank riders have to look forward too:

Contador Wins in Israel
For the first time ever the centre of Jerusalem was closed down for a bike race. A circuit race of 40 minutes and two laps was won by Saxo Bank leader Alberto Contador from Saxo Bank’s Israeli rider Ran Margaliot. Contador told the Saxo Bank web-site after the race; “I’m extremely happy to be here in the first place. It makes me proud being the first ever to win a criterium here in Jerusalem.” Chris Anker Sorensen crashed during the race and had to be hospitalised, but the good news was that there was no broken bones and he will be able to resume training for next year.

Alberto riding in Israel:

And building the cycle school:

Colombia-Coldeportes Team Announced
Not surprisingly the majority (all 16 of them) of the riders on the ProConti Colombian team are…Colombian! Top riders are Fabio Duarte from the Geox who was U23World champion in 2008 and also won a stage of the Italian Giro del Trentino. Victor Hugo Peсa is the other top performer on the team, Tour de France yellow jersey wearer and stage winner in the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espaсa and at 37 has bags of experience to pass on to the younger riders.

Colombia-Coldeportes 2012 Roster:
John Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col),
Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col),
Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col),
Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col),
Juan Pablo Foreno Carreno (Col),
Javier Alberto Gonzalez Carrera (Col),
Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col),
Wilson Alexander Marentes Torres (Col),
Frank Jair Osorio (Col),
Dalivier Ospina Navarro (Col),
Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Col),
Victor Hugo Peсa Grisales (Col),
Carlos Julian Quintero Norena (Col),
Michael Rodriguez Galindo (Col),
Jeffri Johan Romero Corredor (Col),
Juan Pablo Suarez Suarez (Col).

This is Victor Hugo Peсa “El Tiburon” (The Shark) in the 2004 time trial in La Vuelta a Espaсa:

Team Type 1 to Ride Tour of Manawatu
The ProConti Team Type 1-Sanofi team will be riding the New Zealand stage race in January from the 25th to the 29th. The Diabetic awareness team is the only ProConti team (so far) to start the race in Palmerston North with an individual time trial, most of the others will be Australian and home New Zealand teams.

Here is Team Type 1 in the Tour of Limousin 2011:

Vacansoleil to Ride Bianchi
The Vacansoleil-DMC team will be astride the Bianchi Oltre frame with Shimano and FSA components on Fast Forward wheels and Vredestein tyres next year. The team riders have been using the bikes in Spain, PEZ spotted Bert-Jan Lindeman in Calpe on his and the interview will be up soon.

The Bianche Oltre that Vacansoleil will be on next year, video with Marcel Wьst from OnBikeX.de.

Di Luca to Acqua & Sapone
Danilo Di Luca will be riding for the Italian Acqua & Sapone team after one year with the Russian Katusha set-up. Di Luca came back after his doping ban to ride for Katusha, he wasn’t very successful with no wins. He said to La Gazzetta dello Sport: “It’s not only a desire for redemption, I want only to win again.” He suggested that a win in the Giro d’Italia would be his ambition and that the course would suit him.

Liege-Bastogne-Liege again, this time 2007 and Danilo Di Luca takes the win.

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team introduces 2012 Jersey
Press Release: The jersey for the 2012 Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team was unveiled today during a press conference held at the MAS museum in Antwerp. The jersey, produced by Vermarc Sportswear in the finest-quality materials, stands out for its modern, attractive design, which is the result of research into the best solutions in terms of visibility and attention to detail.

The jersey features three colors: white, black and Blizzard Blue. This color scheme was chosen with the aim of creating a brand that will distinguish the team’s merchandising and clothing lines. Team fans can show support for their favorite champions by wearing a replica of their jersey. In fact, every rider will have his name printed on the back of his jersey, which will render each article a collector’s item.

“We opted for a jersey with a white color base to enhance the visibility of our sponsors’ logos,” said Patrick Lefevere, “while retaining the team’s traditional identity through black and Blizzard Blue graphics, which make the shirt unique. In our opinion this jersey is the perfect synthesis of modernity and elegance, and I’m sure our fans are going to love it. Now it’s up to our athletes to make it a winner.”

You can check out our new team outfit at: www.omegapharma-quickstep.com.

And More From Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
The first press conference of the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team took place on Monday at the wonderful MAS museum in Antwerp. Team owner Mr. Zdenek Bakala, as well as Mr. Bessel Kok, who is the Chairman of the Board and team manager Patrick Lefevere were the main speakers at the event.

Mr. Zdenek Bakala answered numerous questions from reporters on the various future projects the team presented, such as the Bakala Academy.

The Bakala Academy will be built in the Sports Campus of Leuven University in Belgium, and will be operative from 2013. The building will have two floors with a total 1,000 square meters area. The ground floor will host the Research and Performance Center, while the first floor will be the home of the Altitude Center, with specific areas dedicated to athletes.

“Our objective is to create a center of excellence to promote innovation and education in cycling, as well as contributing to the development of sports within an international, cultural and economic perspective”, Mr. Bakala said. “The Academy will provide high-quality services for our team, but the entire cycling movement will be able to benefit from it. Research and innovation will inspire the Academy’s life. I am convinced that cycling needs to broaden the context within which it operates: the Academy is a step in this direction.”

Mr. Bakala then further explained his vision of cycling, reminding reporters that “cycling needs to make a step forward and exploit all of its potential. Formula 1 underwent a substantial innovation process a few years ago: I see cycling as doing the same thing. Cycling must do the same by involving all the interested components, from teams, to the UCI, to race organizers. It is necessary that every part of the cycling world is involved in this process. As far as our team is concerned, I hope that in a few years the team will manage to be recognized as having a real and attractive brand that defines it, and that we will manage to give our sponsors and partners even more important services and opportunities both from the commercial and from the image point of view. We’re certainly on the right track to achieve this result.”

Mr. Bakala also spoke about the 2012 team, “I expect great results from the team,” Mr. Bakala said. “Our squad must have the ambition to become a successful team, that can compete not only in the big classic races but also in the big tours. We have both the right athletes and the right staff to achieve this goal. I have a feeling the team is very united, both in terms of staff and athletes and where sponsors are concerned. I am convinced we will be able to obtain great results thanks to team work and to the great amount of professional skill that animates this team.”

Leopard-Trek Continental Team Sets Off in 2012
Press Release: LEOPARD s.a., the owner of the RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK WorldTour Cycling Team, is proud to announce the launch of its Continental Team, named LEOPARD TREK. The Team will be led by Team Director Adriano Baffi.
“The Continental Team is aimed at promoting and developing Luxembourgish Cycling in the world”, says Flavio Becca. “Since Frдnk and Andy Schleck conquered their place in cycling’s top tier and the Grand Duchy witnessed the birth of the 2011 LEOPARD TREK WorldTour Team, the popularity of cycling has grown to immense proportions. It shouldn’t be a surprise that we want to build for the future. With this Team we are able to structurally search for talent and provide experience and training to young and promising athletes.”

The LEOPARD TREK roster for 2012 will be the following:
Eugenio Alafaci (ITA),
Giorgio Brambilla (ITA),
Jesus Ezquerra (SPA),
Oliver Hofstetter (SUI),
Bob Jungels (LUX),
Julian Kern (GER),
Alex Kirsch (LUX),
Alexandr Pliuschin (MOL),
Pit Schlechter (LUX),
Fabio Silvestre (POR),
Joel Zangerle (LUX).

“The Team consists of a majority of U23 riders”, says Adriano Baffi, who acknowledges that there will be an important role for Alexandr Pliuschin and Bob Jungels, the 2010 Junior World Time Trial Champion. “Bob and Alexandr are absolute bright prospects and I am really looking forward to working closely with them. Alexandr will be our road captain: he is an all-rounder and has some experience already. Bob, from his side, will be able to grow in terms of endurance and experience.”

“The Team will concentrate on one single race program,” says Baffi. “I would like to see every rider race between 60 and 70 days per season, which would be an ideal learning experience for each one of them.”

French Honour for “Big Ted”
The best cyclist of all time; Eddy Merckx will be receiving the French Legion of Honour from French President Nicolas Sarkozy on December the 15th in the Elysйe Palace in Paris. The multi winning cycling super-hero is already a Knight and will be given the Badge of Commander. Merckx won 5 Tour de France, 5 Giro d’Italia and 1 Vuelta a Espaсa, Paris-Nice x 3, World RR Champ x 3, Milano-Sanremo x 7, Ronde Van Vlaanderen x 2, Paris-Roubaix x 3, Liege-Bastogne-Liege x 5 and Giro di Lombardia x 2, add to that lots of other victories. No other rider has come close to “The Cannibals” list of victories from the start to the end of the season and the “6 Days” during the winter.

There is so much Edyy Merckx video out there I didnt know what to choose! This is from the film “La Course en Tete” try to see the complete film:

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