So what has been going on in the World of cycling since Monday? Well, a fair bit really. The Etoile de Bessиges and the Women’s Tour of Qatar both started on Wednesday, the Berlin “6 Days” finished and the results from the GP La Marseillaise came in from Sunday. Loads of other news and the usual selection of video action. It’s all here on EuroTrash Thursday!
Top Story: AMERICAN CLASSIC SPONSORS COFIDIS!
Fantastic news from our friends at American Classic in Florida – (and thanks for calling us first with the scoop!) – they’ve joined the really big leagues of World Tour racing as “Official Wheel Sponsor of Team Cofidis”. They’re off to a flying start as Samuel Dumoulin won their first race last weekend at the Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise.
This is AMClassic’s first time sponsoring a team at this level, and while it’s a step up in marketing commitment, there’s no question the wheels will be right at home at the top level of pro racing.
In addition to a providing a truck load of wheels from the company’s current line up for the team’s 40 riders, including the Carbon 38 (PEZ Review here), Carbon 58, Carbon 85 mm tubular rims, the TT Disk tubular, and aluminum Aero 420’s for training, AmClassic’s founder Bill Shook has also designed a brand new shallow depth alu tubular specifically for the rigors of the cobbled Classics. (We called dibs on the first test set.)
Bill Shook concludes, “Cofidis and American Classic are well aligned with the philosophy of teamwork, passion and determination. This is my dream come true after 30 years, to work with riders of this level to develop my unique ideas and help them compete at their best.”
Etoile de Bessиges 2012
Stage 1 in to Bellegarde was won by Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni of FdJ-BigMat in a bunch sprint of 125 riders. Marcel Kittel (1t4i) put his problems behind him to take fourth place behind Jean-Pierre Drucker (Accent Jobs-Willems) and Bobbie Traksel (Landbouwkrediet). Strong winds nearly blew the race to pieces in the early part of the 148 kilometre stage from Beaucaire. Once a break of two riders had settled into a 5minute lead things calmed down until they were caught and then what looked like the winning break took off in the last 10 kilometres. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Topsport Vlaanderen), Tony Hurel (Europcar), Jonathan Thirй (Auber 93) plus Anthony Delaplace & Jйrфme Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) nearly pulled it off, but were pulled back in time for Bouhanni to take the honours.
Etoile de Bessиges Stage 1 Result:
1. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FdJ-BigMat in 3:30:25
2. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda`s
3. Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet
4. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1t4i
5. Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM
6. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis
7. Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1-Sanofi
8. Yannick Martinez (Fra) Club La Pomme Marseille
9. Kevyn Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda`s
10. Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2r-la Mondiale.
Etoile de Bessиges Overall After Stage 1:
1. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FdJ-BigMat in 3:30:15
2. Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet at 0:03
3. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Project 1t4i at 0:04
4. Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator at 0:07
5. Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2r-la Mondiale at 0:08
6. Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
7. Bjцrn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:09
8. Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis
9. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent Jobs-Willems at 0:10
10. Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM.
GP La Marseillaise 2012
The first race of the European season was won by Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) at the end of 148 kilometres around Marseille. After an early break was caught with 20 kilometres to the finish, 15 riders split off the front and Dumoulin took the sprint for the win and to be first leader of the French Cup.
GP La Marseillaise Result:
1. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis in 3:39:29
2. Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM
3. Arthur Vichot (Fra) FdJ
4. Jйrйmie Galland (Fra) Saur-Sojasun
5. Davide Malacarne (Ita) Europcar
6. Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne-Schuller
7. Julien Guay (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
8. Mikael Chйrel (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale
9. Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
10. Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet.
The GP La Marseillaise 2012:
Ladies Tour of Qatar 2012
Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) won Stage 1 from the Camel Race Track to Al Khor Corniche. A break of seven riders formed with Wild and three riders from Specialized-Lululemon and three from GreenEdge. The two big teams were busy watching each other as Wild took the stage win and the overall.
Ladies Tour of Qatar Stage 1 Result:
1. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Netherlands in 2:16:50
2. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Specialized-Lululemon
3. Elen Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-Lululemon
4. Judith Arndt (Ger) GreenEdge-AIS
5. Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized Lululemon
6. Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) GreenEdge-AIS
7. Alexis Rhodes (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS
8. Monia Baccaille (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini at 2:16
9. Charlotte Becker (Ger) Specialized-Lululemon
10. Jessie Maclean (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS.
Ladies Tour of Qatar Overall After Stage 1:
1. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Netherlands in 2:16:36
2. Chloe Hosking (Aus) Specialized-Lululemon at 0:08
3. Judith Arndt (Ger) GreenEdge-AIS at 0:09
4. Elen Van Dijk (Ned) Team Specialized Lululemon at 0:10
5. Trixi Worrack (Ger) Team Specialized Lululemon at 0:11
6. Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) GreenEdge-AIS at 0:14
7. Alexis Rhodes (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS
8. Monia Baccaille (Ita) MCipollini Giambenini at 2:30
9. Charlotte Becker (Ger) Team Specialized Lululemon
10. Jessie Maclean (Aus) GreenEdge-AIS.
Qatar stage 1:
Berlin “6 Days” 2012
Australian pair Cameron Meyer and Leigh Howard won the Berlin “6 Days” on the last night of action. Iljo Keisse and Kenny de Ketele were leading on points but were on the same lap as Lampater and Roger Kluge and 1 lap up on three other teams, including Cameron and Howard. The Australian World champions took the lap back and then took enough points to take the win.
Berlin “6 Days” Result:
1. Leigh Howard (Aus) & Cameron Meyer (Aus) Axel Lange 263 pts
2. Franco Marvulli (Swi) & Silvan Dillier (Swi) Wolfram 254pts
3. Iljo Keisse (Bel) & Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Techem 254pts
4. Leif Lampater (Ger) & Roger Kluge (Ger) Schultheiss 239pts
5 +1 lap. Robert Bengsch (Ger) & Marcel Kalz (Ger) LCW 234pta
6 +11 laps. Marcel Barth (Ger) & Erik Mohs (Ger) OЯwald 77pts
7 +12 laps. Henning Bommel (Ger) & Tim Mertens (Bel) Veaxo 116pts
8 13 laps`. Andreas Graf (Aut) & Andreas Mьller (Aut) Preuss Mьnchenhagen 49pts
9 +14 laps. Ralf Matzka (Ger) & Theo Reinhardt (Ger) Berlin Recycling 111pts
10 +16 laps. Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) & Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Nokia 132pts.
Last years event was the 100th Berlin “6 Days”, this is the big motos:
New Organizers for Tour de l’Avenir
The present organizers of the Tour de l’Avenir and the Tour de France; ASO has given the race to the organizers of the Tour de l’Ain; Alpe Vйlo. The race will take place from 26th of August to the 1st of September and will be of a similar set-up as previously, the race will be for national teams of young riders. Past winners have gone on to greater things, riders like Fignon, Indurain and Lemond.
This is the 2007 Tour de l’Avenir won by Bauke Mollema.
Grand Fondo New York Is Back!
The second Gran Fondo New York brings Italian cycling culture to the world’s greatest city on May 20, 2012. 5,000 cyclists from over 70 countries tackle the 100 mile Gran Fondo from New York City to Bear Mountain and back to compete for prizes worth over $100,000.
Four timed climbs together count towards the King the Mountain competition. Hundreds of prizes will be awarded to overall, age group, team, him and her categories, and will also be raffled off.
Many roads are closed and police moderates traffic along the entire course. The goodie bag includes a Euro cut jersey by Giordana, a sports bag, a bottle of Italian GFNY wine, a GFNY ELITE bike bottle and more.
Tirreno-Adrriatico 2012: Two TT’s and Lots of Climbs
Press Release: The route of the 2012 Tirreno-Adriatico has been unveiled at the Teatro Verdi in San Vincenzo, the Tuscan coastal town that will host this year’s start. The weeklong stage race is organised by RCS Sport for La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Details of the 2012 Tirreno-Adriatico stages:
Stage 1 – San Vincenzo – Donoratico (Team time trial) 16.9km
This will be a super fast team time trial, giving this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico a spectacular start that will immediately shape the overall classification. The route covers a long straight road from San Vincenzo to Donoratico with a loop towards Castagneto Carducci before finishing in Donoratico. The average speed of the best team is expected to be between 53 and 54km/h.
Stage 2 – San Vincenzo – Indicatore (Arezzo) 230km
This is the first stage for sprinters. However before the finish there are climbs to Volterra and Castellina in Chianti, while a 33.5km finishing circuit will be covered twice. The finish straight is seven metres wide and slightly downhill, favouring a fast sprint finish.
Stage 3 – Indicatore (Arezzo) – Terni 178km
The only difficulty of the stage is the climb to Todi that has a double-digit gradient. After that the riders face 30km of rolling roads before Terni. The finish includes some roundabouts but is on wide roads.
Stage 4 – Amelia – Chieti 252km
This is the longest stage of the race and the 252km route crosses the Apennines and touches the Adriatic coast. The testing finale begins after Scafa with the Passo Lanciano followed by another 25km of rolling hills. The stage ends in Chieti with the 18% climb of Via dei Marsi and Via del Tricalle. The steep road ends just one kilometre from the finish in Corso Marrucino. The stage has 2800 metres of climbing.
Stage 5 – Martinsicuro – Prato di Tivo 196km
This is the big mountain stage of the 2012 Tirreno-Adriatico. The 196km stage will be a real test of endurance and climbing. After passing Teramo, the riders climb Piano Roseto (20.8km at 4.7%) and then immediately start the climb to the finish. It is 14.5km long and has a 7% average gradient with sections at 12%. It was climbed during the 1975 Giro d’Italia when Giovanni Battaglin won ahead ofFrancisco Galdos. The stage has a total of 3400 metres of climbing.
Stage 6 – Offida – Offida 181km
This is largely a circuit stage. It begins with an 84km loop and the climb to Ripatransone, followed by six laps of the circuit used for the 2010 junior world road race championships. A sprint finish is expected but perhaps with a select group of riders.
Stage 7 – San Benedetto del Tronto (individual time trial) 9.3km
This year’s Tirreno-Adriatico ends with an individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto. It starts in front of the Coast Guard and heads to Porto d’Ascoli on the seafront. From Piazza Salvo d’Acquisto (the time split), the route heads back to San Benedetto del Tronto for the finish in Viale Buozzi. The final 2.5km are on a long straight road.
These are the 22 teams (18 UCI ProTeams & 4 UCI Professional Teams) that will take part in the 2012
Tirreno – Adriatico:
Acqua & Sapone (Ita);
Ag2r-La Mondiale (Fra);
Astana Pro Team (Kaz);
BMC Racing Team (Usa);
Colnago-CSF Inox (Irl);
Farnese Vini –Selle Italia (Gbr);
FdJ-Big Mat (Fra);
Greenedge Cycling Team (Aus);
Katusha Team (Rus);
Lotto-Belisol Team (Bel);
Movistar Team (Esp);
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step (Bel);
Rabobank Cycling Team (Ned);
SKY Procycling (Gbr);
Team Saxo Bank (Den);
Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team (Ned).
This is the final climb to Montelupone on stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico 2008. Top riders: Joaquin Rodriguez, Danilo Di Luca, Niklas Axelsson, Thomas Lцvkvist, Leonardo Piepoli, Enrico Gasparotto, Markus Fothen, Tadej Valjavec, Emanuele Sella and Fabian Cancellara.
BMC Racing Team On Two Continents Sunday
Press Release: The BMC Racing Team opens its European racing campaign Sunday at the Trofeo Palma de Mallorca while also competing in the Middle East at the Tour of Qatar.
Evans Begins Season
Mallorca will mark the season debut of defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans, who is scheduled to race two of the four days. “I’m not changing very much this season when it comes to my preparation,” Evans said. “Of course, I always look to improve wherever possible. But after 16 years of doing it, the improvements may not be that great that I can make. But if there’s any way we can improve, we will.” The BMC Racing Team is taking 13 riders and can enter up to nine each day. “The first day is a sprinter’s race, the second is more of a transitional, rolling course and the last two are very mountainous,” BMC Racing Team Assistant Sports Director Michael Sayers said. “For the guys who will be doing the Volta ao Algarve, the last day will be a good one for them to test themselves.”
Qatar Good Early Test
BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said the five-stage Tour of Qatar will be a good test for the team’s classics squad. “We know we have a few guys who can make some good results,” Lelangue said. “In the sprints we’ll be counting on Adam Blythe, Thor Hushovd and Taylor Phinney.” The race will be the BMC Racing Team debut for Belgian national road and time trial champion and 2011 world-ranked No. 1, Philippe Gilbert. “I like this race because it’s put on by Eddy Merckx, meaning it’s well organized,” Gilbert said. “It’s also good preparation for the wind and to get a good feeling of racing with my new teammates.”
BMC Racing Team Trofeo Palma de Mallorca (Feb. 5-8):
Marcus Burghardt (GER),
Stephen Cummings (GBR),
Yannick Eijssen (BEL),
Cadel Evans (AUS),
Mathias Frank (SUI),
Amaлl Moinard (FRA),
Steve Morabito (SUI),
Marco Pinotti (ITA),
Manuel Quinziato (ITA),
Mauro Santambrogio (ITA),
Johann Tschopp (SUI),
Greg Van Avermaet (BEL),
Tejay van Garderen (USA).
Sport Directors: Michael Sayers (USA) and Max Sciandri (ITA/GBR)
BMC Racing Team Tour of Qatar Roster (Feb. 5-10):
Adam Blythe (GBR),
Philippe Gilbert (BEL),
Thor Hushovd (NOR),
Martin Kohler (SUI),
Klaas Lodewijk (BEL),
Taylor Phinney (USA),
Michael Schдr (SUI),
Danilo Wyss (SUI).
Directeur Sportif: John Lelangue (BEL).
In this video the BMC team simulates a time trial during it’s 2012 training camp.
Team Chipotle Becomes Team Chipotle-First Solar with Addition of First Solar as New Sponsor
New Co-Sponsor, Talented Roster Positions Chipotle-First Solar for Strong Season
Press Release: Team Chipotle, the Continental development cycling squad owned and managed by Slipstream Sports, today announced that it will become Team Chipotle-First Solar with the addition of First Solar, (NASDAQ: FSLR, www.firstsolar.com), one of the world’s largest solar companies, as a co-title sponsor. The team will make its season debut Feb. 10 through Feb. 12 at the 2012 Valley of the Sun race in Phoenix, Ariz.
Arizona-based First Solar is the world’s largest manufacturer of thin-film solar modules and designs and builds complete photovoltaic (PV) power plants for customers in many countries — including the two largest PV projects in the world, which are currently under construction. The company is committed to sustainability and created the solar industry’s first prefunded collection and recycling program.
“Our sponsorship of the Chipotle-First Solar team is part of our broader commitment to a cleaner, healthier environment. Cycling is a sport with global appeal that promotes hard work, competition and excellence, values we share,” said Ted Meyer, First Solar’s Vice President of Global Corporate Communications. “We are proud to support a team that is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of global cycling champions and look forward to a great relationship with the world’s top development squad.”
Owned and managed by Slipstream Sports, the development program has been grooming the next generation of cycling champions since its inception in 2003. Today, Team Chipotle-First Solar is the most successful development team in the United States and works as a feeder team for pro team Garmin-Barracuda.
“We are thrilled that First Solar has chosen to partner with us. It’s very exciting to have a company of this caliber support our team as we continue to pursue our goals of developing the next generation of cycling champions,” said Chann McRae, Director Sportif, Team Chipotle-First Solar. “The Chipotle-First Solar boys are set for an exciting year. We’re proud to have a roster featuring some of the finest U23 talent in the world. Our sprinters are eager for the closing kilometers, and the climbers are excited for high mountain selections. We kicked off the season with a training camp in Wimberley, Texas, and we’ll race all the way through the World Championships in Limburg, Netherlands on September 23rd. We hope to give our fans many reasons to cheer in 2012.”
Team Chipotle-First Solar 2012:
Steele Van Hoff
“When I started this organization, my dream was to foster an environment where young riders could flourish,” said Jonathan Vaughters, CEO of Slipstream Sports. “I am proud to continue that mission and to welcome First Solar – a company that shares our vision of fostering the next generation – to the Continental team. Like Chipotle, First Solar is dedicated to creating a better, healthier, and sustainable future.”
Movistar Team For 2012
The 28-rider cycling squad will take part in competitions across 16 countries in four continents, including the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espaсa.
Press Release: The 2012 Movistar Team project was presented to the media today at the Telefуnica Auditorium in Madrid’s company headquarters in the Distrito Telefуnica. The 28 riders of Spanish cycling’s prime force roster took part in an event attended by Presidence’s Technical General Secretary Luis Abril, who made an overview on the team’s performances last season and showed really satisfied towards the success obtained and the great expectatinos for the new season: “Last year, I only asked you to do things well and honor the brand. The grade of your accomplishment was the highest. I don’t think that there’s anyone at Telefуnica not feeling proud of you. In a really hard season from a psychological point of view, you defended the brand and its values and defended yourselves as professionals as real lions. You gave exactly the impression we wanted you to give the world, and thanks to you, the sport did not get lost. For 2012, I just ask you to keep dignifying this sport, to keep doing things properly, honouring our brands and carry out your duty. If you accomplish those objectives, the sky will be our limit.”
Movistar Team general manager Eusebio Unzuй, one of the most acclaimed coaches in the sport in Spain with seven Tour de France victories, emphasized the hope generated by the new signings for this season: “Last year was a success on the sporting side, because we were able to get 20 victories with no big stars, and above all, due to the unanimous recognition we had towards our image and attitude. For this reason, we are keeping the same block and will have some riders joining to prop up our level, in some cases able to lead the squad, such as Alejandro Valverde and Juanjo Cobo, two world references. We will not be setting any specific marks, but it’s obvious that we have the potential to fight for victories in the most important races.” Apart from Valverde, winner of the 2010 Vuelta a Espaсa, and Cobo, the current reigning champion of the Spanish grandtour, the team has a strong roster featuring Italian and Spanish national road championships Giovanni Visconti and Josй Joaquнn Rojas; world-class riders like Fran Ventoso, Vasil Kiryienka or David Arroyo, and some of the world’s most promising youngsters, such as Colombian Nairo Quintana, Costa Rican Andrey Amador, Portuguese Rui Costa or Spaniards Beсat Intxausti, Jonathan Castroviejo, Бngel Madrazo or Jesъs Herrada.
The Spanish squad, which made an impressive debut season last year with 21 victories, including successes in both Giro, Tour and Vuelta, has already started winning in the recently-started 2012 season, thanks to the victorious sprint by Alejandro Valverde in the Queen stage of the Tour Dwon Under, the opening World Tour race in Australia whose team ranking has Movistar Team into the second place up to the moment. 250 days of competitions are still to come for the squad, with more than sixty people making part of the team travelling to sixteen countries in four continents. The Challenge de Mallorca, starting on Sunday and which the Movistar Team will depart to after the event, will be the group’s European debut this year.
2012 Movistar Team Roster:
Andrey Amador (Costa Rica, 1986),
David Arroyo (Toledo, 1980),
Marzio Bruseghin (Italy, 1974),
Jonathan Castroviejo (Vizcaya, 1987),
Juanjo Cobo (Cantabria, 1981),
Rui Costa (Portugal, 1986),
Imanol Erviti (Pamplona, 1983),
Ivбn Gutiйrrez (Cantabria, 1978),
Jesъs Herrada (Cuenca, 1990)
Josй Herrada (Cuenca, 1985),
Beсat Intxausti (Vizcaya, 1986),
Javier Iriarte (Navarra, 1986),
Vladimir Karpets (Russia, 1980),
Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus, 1981),
Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania, 1985),
Pablo Lastras (Madrid, 1976),
David Lopez (Vizcaya, 1981),
Бngel Madrazo (Cantabria, 1988),
Javier Moreno (Jaйn, 1984),
Sergio Pardilla (Ciudad Real, 1984),
Rubйn Plaza (Alicante, 1980),
Nairo Quintana (Colombia, 1990),
Josй Joaquнn Rojas (Murcia, 1985),
Branislau Samoilau (Belarus, 1985),
Enrique Sanz (Navarra, 1989),
Alejandro Valverde (Murcia, 1980),
Francisco Josй Ventoso (Cantabria, 1982),
Giovanni Visconti (Italy, 1983).
A day in the life of the Movistar team in 2011:
Team UK Youth Reveal 2012 Kit and Sponsors at Gran Canaria Camp
Press Release: Team UK Youth have revealed their kit and key sponsors for the 2012 season at their recent training camp in Gran Canaria.
In 2012, the team will ride bespoke bikes from WyndyMilla and take on an increased programme in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world; spreading the message of charity UK Youth further afield.
The team will still be supported and sponsored by Formula 1 World Champion Nigel Mansell CBE and headed up by Paris-Roubaix winner and Tour de France rider Magnus Backstedt.
“The camp has been an excellent experience for us,” said Magnus Backstedt. “The team are getting on well, I think we’ve got a strong and very powerful team here for 2012 as we look to race an increased and improved calendar as a UCI Continental team.”
Other key sponsors include Mercedes Benz and Rygor Commercials Ltd, suppliers of the team’s vehicles. Riders are powered by Maxifuel. Their WyndyMilla bikes feature Reynolds wheels, Continental tyres and Speedplay Pedals.
Riders enjoyed the chance to try out their new kit and accessories. The 2012 Team UK Youth team will wear adidas Eye Wear, Bont shoes, Tec helmets and use Lezyne tools and pumps.
Backstedt continued: “Gran Canaria provided a great backdrop for us to train consistently for two weeks, with some stunning and challenging climbs helping us prepare for some of the toughest races this season. The team looks fantastic and we’re just looking forward to representing UK Youth in 2012.”
The new Team UK Youth website has now been launched: https://www.teamukyouth.co.uk
Founded in 1911, UK Youth is a leading national youth work charity supporting over 750,000 young people, helping them to raise their aspirations, realise their potential and have their achievements recognised via non-formal, accredited education programmes and activities.
Team UK Youth 2012 Riders & Staff:
Team UK Youth 2012 from Fusion Media on Vimeo.
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