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EUROTRASH News Round Up Monday!
Double win week-end for Mathieu van der Poel. Reports, results, rider quotes and video from Antwerp and Namur. Androni gets a license, but what about TJ Sport? – Top Story. In other cycling news: Takenouchi sent home, Bolivian team in Europe, Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour de San Juan ’17, Ekimov New Russian President, Bahrain-Merida and TJ Sport have early training camps, new jerseys for Caja Rural-Seguros RGA and Bardiani-CSF and sponsor news from Baby-Dump. Plus Olympic champion, Greg Van Avermaet is Belgian sportsman of the year. All go Monday EUROTRASH.

The UCI licensing committee have passed the application for a Professional Continental license of the Italian Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec team for 2017. The news was broken on the UCI Twitter. The Italian team was part of the investigation into ‘Rides for Cash’ where riders were asked to pay for a place on a team or bring a sponsor to the team to cover his wages and possibly more. The teams that were investigated, including Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, were cleared of any wrong doing.

Nothing yet is know of the WorldTour license for the Lampre-Merida replacement, TJ Sport. Rumors that the team had been saved by a sponsor from Abu Dhabi were very strong last week, but the date of a decision, the 15th of December, has passed and nothing more is known. The team took part in their pre-season medical checks in Imola, Italy from the 6th to the 10th of December, all the riders from 2017 roster attended except for Darwin Atapuma who is in Colombia (press release bellow).

Business as usual for Diego Ulissi and the TJ Sport team:

DVV Verzekeringen Trofee – Scheldecross 2016
Round 5 of the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee, the Scheldecross, was won by Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) on Saturday. As with every other race this season, the Antwerp race was a close battle, with Van der Poel putting in a hard attack in the finalé to drop World champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) and Kevin Pauwels (Marlux-Napoleon Games).

Van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel put the pressure on from the start, and after two laps only Kevin Pauwels, Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions) and Michael Vanthourenthout (Marlux-Napoleon Games) were able to hold the pair. On lap 5; Van der Poel attacked on the climb and it looked like the Dutch champion was going for a solo win. Van Aert fought hard to pull him back and when he did the pace dropped and the five got back together.

At the barriers the two top riders distanced the other riders, but Pauwels was strong enough to close on Van der Poel and Van Aert after seven laps. Van Aert and van der Poel could not drop each other, so Pauwels went for a cheeky attack, but was pulled back. With just over a lap to go; Van Aert put space between himself and Pauwels with Van der Poel stuck behind. The move didn’t work and the three were together on the final lap.

Into the final stretch of sand, Van der Poel put in a strong effort to take a few lengths from the other two and held it onto the hard ground to consolidate his win ahead of Van Aert and Pauwels. Van Aert leads overall in the DVV Trofee.

Anterpen - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Van der Poel Mathieu   pictured during DVV Trofee - Schelde-Cross Antwerpen 2016 men Elite - photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2016

Race winner, Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon): “It was a long race. After two laps, I heard from my father that it would be a long race. And he was right. It went so fast, we were all equally matched. I soon realized that it was not of much use to ride away. That last lap was crucial. It was a duel on the cutting edge. It had to happen there (Van der Poel attacked in the finale). We knew that the one who was sitting in front, had the best chance, especially with the sand section. If you then make a mistake, it’s not as bad when you are in front.”

2nd, Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice): “Yes, it is still disappointing to have to give up in the last sections. I did a good race, but also felt that it was about the details if you wanted to get away. We both accelerated there and in the running section we had to try to recover. Mathieu then suddenly got twenty meters, but I could not get back. I was shocked that it was 12 lap, 11 had also been good. It was an enormous amount of laps and it discourages some to take control of the race. Hopefully I can recover enough for tomorrow. Everyone has given the best of themselves here. I do not think anyone has spared themselves. Tomorrow we are all at the start in Namur with the same weapons.”

3rd, Kevin Pauwels (Marlux-Napoleon Games): “Here it was my best race of the season so far. I was there until the last lap, but the sand and running sections were too much. I had hoped that they would let me ride away, but they were also aware that I was good so that did not happen. For a moment I was still hoping that they would doubt.”

DVV verzekeringen trofee – Scheldecross Result:
1. Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon in 1:05:31
2. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice at 0:04
3. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 0:06
4. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) ERA-Circus at 0:09
5. Jens Adams (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice at 0:10
6. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 0:12
7. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 0:16
8. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions at 0:52
9. Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice at 1:07
10. Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Beobank-Corendon at 1:52

Scheldecross 17:

UCI Cyclocross World Cup – Namur 2016
Mathieu van der Poel was the champion of the weekend as he took Sunday’s World Cup race in Namur ahead of Wout Van Aert again. On this occasion the World champion crashed and was in trouble on the climb. Van der Poel was clearly too good for the World champion. Kevin Pauwels was third again.

The top pair were out for a war in Namur, but Van Aert crashed on the first lap, slipped on a technical section, Van Aert recaught the Dutchman, but the same happened again on the second lap and it took two laps for him to catch Van der Poel at the front with Tom Meeusen. Next the World champion hit the barrier on the climb and Van der Poel had the gap again and looked good for the win, but again Van Aert got back to the young dutchman.

Tom Meeusen, was dropped and Kevin Pauwels moved into third place like on Saturday. On the final lap the pair traided blows until Van der Poel took the lead on the climb for the solo win. Van Aert, second and Pauwels third.

Namen - Belgium - wielrennen - cyclisme -m veldrijden - Van Der Poel Mathieu (NED) of Beobank - Corendon during the men’s elite Telenet UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Namur December 18, 2016 in Namur, Belgium - foto PN/Cor Vos © 2016

Race winner, Mathieu Van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon): “I have to be honest, I soon had the feeling that I was not good enough to ride alone in the lead. Wout even managed to close a gap of twenty seconds. I felt that Wout was the strongest man in the race. I did not want to blow myself up and I decided to wait until the last lap. It always took a lot of strength to ride up (the small climb where he attacked), so I did that section on foot, but when I rode behind Wout in the final laps, I saw that it was possible and it would be a decisive section in the final lap. And it turned out that way, I dropped him. It’s wonderful to win such a race, a great weekend, but I also realize that we really are close. Now we have a busy period with many races and I hope to win a few.”

2nd, Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice): “During the warm-up, the section where I crashed was still dry, but during the race it was more slippery and therefore more difficult. After my first crash, it was stupid to try to sprint there for the second time. Nothing was lost, but I made a stupid mistake again. That was my own decision. If you crash in the same place twice, you know you have to try the other side. I should not have made the mistakes I made in the race. I was as good as Mathieu today, but I could not keep it upright.”

UCI Cyclocross World Cup – Namur Result:
1. Mathieu Van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon in 1:04:20
2. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice at 0:16
3. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 0:27
4. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:08
5. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) ERA-Circus at 1:22
6. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:32
7. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:37
8. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 1:48
9. Marcel Meisen (Ger) Steylaerts-Verona at 2:33
10. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 2:44.

Namur action:

No Namur Race for Takenouchi
Japanese cyclocross rider Yu Takenouchi was not allowed into Belgium to ride the World Cup race in Namur on Sunday due to a Visa problem. Takenouchi has a tourist visa for only 180 days, but he has been in Belgium for 190 days and so was sent back to Japan.

Yu Takenouchi told Belgian VTM News: “They sent me back and I cannot do anything, this problem with the tourist visa was known to me. I said that I had done nothing wrong and that I was just passing through Belgium but they said ‘no’.”

After ‘Brexit’ will British riders have the same problem?

Yu Takenouchi in Ruddervoorde:
Ruddervoorde - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -   Takenouchi Yu (Colba - Superano Ham)  pictured during  the 3th leg of the men’s elite Hansgrohe Superprestige cyclocross race of Ruddervoorde in Ruddervoorde  - photoNV/PN/Cor Vos © 2014

Bolivia for Mallorca ’17
Ten cyclists on Team Bolivia’s continental roster will be present alongside other major WorldTour cyclists in the Challenge Ciclista Mallorca in Spain, along with Team Sky (UK), Movistar (Spain), Caja Rural-Seguros RGA (Spain), Team Novo Nordisk (United States), National teams of Spain, Great Britain and Germany, among other guests.
It will be the first time that a Bolivian cycling team crosses the Atlantic to measure themselves and learn from the great figures competing in the main events such as the Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España and Tour de Francia, a meeting of the Andean condors with The highest in world cycling.
Team Bolivia for the Challenge Ciclista Mallorca (January 26 to 29):
Bacilio Ramos (BOL), Javier Arando (BOL), Gilver Zurita (BOL), Omar Mendoza (COL), Iván Martínez (ESP), Sergio Rodríguez (ESP), Egoitz García (ESP), Pedro Gregori (ESP), Carlos Antonio Jiménez (ESP), Nuno Pacheco (ESP).
DS: Javier Muguialday.

Team Bolivia 2017 kit:

Tirreno-Adriatico 2017: Classic Route, Terminillo is Back
The Race of the Two Seas (The Corsa dei Due Mari) returns – from 8 to 14 March 2017, from Lido di Camaiore to San Benedetto del Tronto. It features two time trials (one Team Time Trial and one Individual), two sprint stages, two stages for finisseurs and a mountain finish on the Terminillo. The race will pass by many of the places hit by the recent earthquakes. The Lido di Camaiore was also announced as the Tirreno-Adriatico Big Start venue for the following three years (2018-2020).

Edition 52 of the Tirreno-Adriatico, the race organized by RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport, running from 8 to 14 March 2017, was presented today in Camaiore. The route, in line with last year’s, features two TT stages, one for teams and one for individuals, two sprint stages, two for finisseurs and a mountain stage with the finish on the Terminillo, where, in 2015, Nairo Quintana won a spectacular stage in the snow, putting the seal on the final triumph in the Corsa dei Due Mari.


Tirreno-Adriatico Namedsport Route:
The race starts with the Team Time Trial in Lido di Camaiore, a flat and fast stage with just four bends (won in the last edition by the BMC Racing Team); the following day is a mixed course from Camaiore to Pomarance with four climbs along the route. The last climb is particularly suitable for the finisseurs: in 2016 Zdenek Stybar was first to this finish line ahead of the World Champion Peter Sagan and Edvald Boasson Hagen. The third stage starts from Monterotondo Marittimo: its very fast first part featuring some intermediate ascents that should not detract from the final sprint in Montalto di Castro. The talented Colombian sprinter, Fernando Gaviria, was first to this finish line only nine months ago.
On Saturday 11 March the Queen stage starts from Montalto di Castro: it features two intermediate GPMs and the final climb of Terminillo (16km with an average gradient of 7.3% and maximum of 12%).
The next day is the “Muri Stage” from Rieti to Fermo which initially runs along the Salaria, crossing the areas devastated by two earthquakes in August and October. In the Fermo area, a circuit will present some challenging short and steep climbs – known as ‘muri’ (walls) – before reaching the finish line in the center of Fermo.

On the 13th, the Ascoli Piceno-Civitanova Marche is a flat stage suitable for the fastest wheels of the bunch, with a final straight of more than a kilometer on the Civitanova Marche seafront. The race will finish with the classic Individual Time Trial of 10.1km in San Benedetto del Tronto.
2016 Tirreno-Adriatico NamedSport podium

Camaiore for the Triennium 2018-2020
Camaiore and its Lido will also be the start of the Corsa dei Due Mari for the 2018-2020 triennium. The agreement was announced by Francesco Santini, Responsible for the Management of Relations with Sports Bodies of the City of Camaiore, and Mauro Vegni, RCS Sport Cycling Director.

The presentation was attended by representatives of the institutions, stage committees, sponsors and media, together with Paolo Bettini, former World and Olympic Champion and Daniele Bennati (Movistar Team) former stage winner and leader’s jersey holder (in Monsummano Terme in 2010) who, in 2017, will race the Corsa dei Due Mari for the 12th time.

Paolo Bettini said: “This is a complete course where all the riders can compete at their best. As usual this race will have an exceptional roster at its start, these stages will make it intense and emotional every day. Tirreno-Adriatico allows every type of rider to express their characteristics to their best: from the cronomen to the sprinters, and from the finisseurs to the GC guys who will fight hard on the Terminillo climb.”

Daniele Bennati said, about his 12th start in 2017: “This is a race that both me and all my fellows pro riders like a lot, because this course allows everyone to compete at their best. I will focus on sprint stages with my new team, Movistar. I really like the final individual time trial too, I arrived second in the past on a very similar course here. I will support my team for the GC victory, working for my team captain who could be Nairo Quintana.”

Tirreno-Adriatico 2017 teaser:

Tour de San Juan 2017
The pro riders who don’t want to start their season in Australia have the Tour de San Juan in January. The San Juan race replaces the very popular Tour de San Luis running from January the 23rd to the 29th and will include a summit finish and an individual time trial.

Four WorldTour teams: Bahrain-Merida, Quick-Step, Trek-Segafredo and (if they get a WorldTour license) TJ Sport.

San Juan Course:
Stage 1, San Juan – Media Agua (142 km)
Stage 2, Stage del Oeste (148 km)
Stage 3, San Juan – San Juan (12 km, individual time trial)
Stage 4, San Martín (122 km)
Stage 5, Chimbas – Alto Colorado (162 km)
Stage 6, Pocito – Difunda Correa – Pocito (185 km)
Stage 7, San Juan – San Juan “Anillo of the Circunvalación” (138 km).

Peter Sagan gives a helping hand in the San Luis wind:

Ekimov New Russian Cycling President
Only a few weeks after stepping down from his general manager’s job of the Katusha team, Viatcheslav Ekimov stood and won the election as President of the Russian Cycling Federation. He replaces the owner of the Katusha team, Igor Makarov, who is now the Honorary Chairman.

In an interview with TASS, Ekimov said: “In 2010 I was already a candidate. Back then it was just an adventure. The last six years I have gained experience in administrative work and my nomination was serious this time. I thank all members for their support.”

At the Katusha-Alpecin team presentation, before he announced standing for the presidency, Ekimov said he would be spending more time with his family, the thoughts of his wife is not known.

Zakarin, Makaroz and Ekimov:

BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team is continuing with preparations for the 2017 season in Istria
After the first “working” training camp BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team is satisfied with the testing results of the riders and is proving to be ready for season 2017.

Training camp which was attended by all 27 cyclists and 45 members of staff proved that the team management has done an excellent job when choosing riders for the team. At the magnificent LONE Hotel in Rovinj, one of the top hotels of the Croatian hotel company Maistra and in the sunny Istrian roads the first “working” training camp turned out to be a success.

For the specific trainings, riders were split into 3 groups, based on the beginning of their races and their specific characteristics. Due to excellent planning and also really good weather conditions, the trainings were 100% successful. Besides cycling trainings, riders had strength exercises for specific muscles that help to transfer power from the body to the bike. Special attention was also given to their diet – riders had 3 special low carb meals per day, prepared by the team cook.

“We are very satisfied with the field testing and the results show that we made excellent choices with riders and that we can look forward to great results in the upcoming season.

We were extremely satisfied with staying in the beautiful Hotel LONE that provided us with top hotel ambient and gorgeous surroundings. City of Rovinj is also a perfect place for the little free time that we had between trainings,”
said Head coach Paolo Slongo.

Also all our sponsors visited us during the camp and we were able to adjust in detail the equipment for each member of the team. All these excellent results from our first working training camp lead to the conclusion that a really good and successful season is ahead of us.

During training camp all the riders visited Thalassotherapia Opatija where they undertook medical examinations, including ergospirometry, US of the hearth and ergometry. After the examinations the team organized press conference at Thalassotherapia Opatija, where the team, examinations at the clinic and the training camp were presented.

The opening speaker Vedran Buršić, dr. med. from Thalassotherapia Opatija explained the specific equipment of the clinic, which has lately specialized in sport medicine, and more specific – sport cardiology. He explained that they tested riders with electrocardiogram, ergometry and spirometry, ergospirometry and US of the heart. He added: “All the riders from the BAHRAIN MERIDA team successfully passed the examinations and based on the results they can expect very good results in the coming season. From the medical point of view there are no restrictions not to attend the races.”

Director of the clinic prof. Dr. sc. Viktor Peršić, dr. med. from Thalassotherapia Opatija said: “The goal of our medical examinations is that we prevent injuries, unexpected and non planned reactions of the rider’s body or even worse. And we believe that modern medicine equipment and experienced team can contribute a lot. I am proud of my team of colleagues and I am sure we will continue with our sport medicine.”

Mr. Fernando Kirigin, Deputy Mayor of Opatija highlighted the importance of hosting the WorldTour team. “This visit is very important for our tourism industry and for the city of Opatija which is also the cradle of medical tourism in Croatia. Opatija, with all its accommodation facilities and also Thalassotherapia has all the competitive advantages to develop cycling and recreational tourism.”

Mrs. Vlasta Mastrović, representative of Kvarner Tourist Board, expressed their gratitude and emphasized how important it is for them to promote the region of Opatija as a cycling region and cycling tourism destination.

Mr. Goran Pavlović, Representative of Tourist Board of city of Opatija added: “Opatija has excellent conditions for professional athletes – for their check-ups and also preparation trainings. We are very proud that one Stage of Tour the Croatia is going through Opatija and that it’s named “Queen Stage” after the Učka Mountain.”

General Manager of the team, Brent Copeland thanked to Thalassotherapia Opatija and expressed how impressed he is with organization and service we get in the clinic.

Vladimir Miholjević, assistant sports director of the BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team and also sports and technical director of Tour of Croatia confirmed that riders of the BAHRAIN MERIDA will attend the Tour of Croatia in 2017 and added: “I hope that in April all eyes of global cycling world and public will be concentrated on our event and especially on Saturday 22nd of April on Queen Stage where it will be 15 km of climbs that riders will go through twice.”

Team leader on his new Merida:

Lampre Merida Team f_chiari
Four Days for Medical Checks: High Quality Level Activities
At the Centro Medico B&B in Imola, the team’s cyclists participated in the important appointment of the medical agonistic checks.

On the 6-7-9-10 December, all the riders from 2017 roster, except for Atapuma, underwent the medical monitoring in respect of the rules and regulations in force for the pro cyclists.

In the presence of Dr Roberto Corsetti (head of the medical staff and of the performance and training staff) and of Dr Antonio Angelucci, the necessary series of test were carried out: checks with medical history, objective clinical examination, spirometry test, maximal test, echocardiogram Color Doppler, body composition analysis and fat percentage by the means of the plicometer.

Meanwhile, the members of the performance and training staff, Samuel Marangoni and Giacomo Notari, met each rider in order to explain how to use properly the instruments which will be provided for the download and update the data files concerning the training and the races.

They exploited the presence of the model of bike which will be provided for the 2017 and on the power meter which will be used in the next season, in addition to the ciclocomputer Garmin 520 and 1000.

Marangoni and Notari also performed new tests, concerning flexibility, articular mobility and posture, in order to update the data which were collected during the first team meeting which took place in November in Darfo Boario Terme.

Dr Corsetti also informed in detail the riders about the health and antidoping rules and regulations in force in Italy and worldwide (UCI and WADA) and he gave updates about the internal organization and about the cooperation between the branches of the team.

Meintjes with Dr Corsetti and Dr Angelucci:

Caja Rural – Seguros RGA and Nalini Present New team Jersey
Caja Rural – Seguros RGA is pleased to announce Nalini as new tricot sponsor for 2017. The prestigious Italian brand already collaborated with the team back in 2009 and both parties are now very excited to be working together again.

The well-known green color of Caja Rural – Seguros RGA continues as the dominant color, while the new team jersey will include a bit more white and black compared to previous years. The shorts will be all black.

Team manager Juanma Hernández: “We are very happy to be able to work with Nalini again as it’s one of the most historical brands in international cycling. We already know each other from 2009 and it brings us stability and quality to team up with Nalini again.”


New Jersey for Bardiani-CSF for 2017
The 2017 Bardiani-CSF racing kit by Ale has been presented by the team. The Italian team’s clothing is mostly white, but with green, orange and black. Title sponsors; Bardiani, CSF Inox and Ale have pride of place, centrally positioned with Gaerne, Cipollini, MBS, Omac and Bardiani Canada higher on the chest. New sponsor, CST is on the shoulders, collar and shorts.

The team are at present training in Calpe, Spain.

The new Bardiani-CSF kit:

Beukers Crash Repair Continues and Upgrades their Support by E-Trucks Europe!
For the first six years the Beukers Crash Repair logo was only on our teamcars, it appeared in 2016 also on our riders’ right shoulder. Next year the company speeds up a notch with another part of their company: E-trucks Europe! Already in 2012 they presented a 100% electric truck, nowadays it evolved up to 22 tons hydrogen lorries which allows silent logistic solutions with zero emission.

E-trucks Europe and Baby-Dump Cyclingteam are proud of the extended co-operation and looking forward to next years races!

Baby-Dump’s Twan Castelijns:

Belgian Sportsman of the Year
Olympic champion, BMC’s Greg Van Avermaet was voted Belgian sportsman of 2016. He said to the Gazet van Antwerpen: “I certainly owe this to my gold medal in Rio. That was definitely the best moment in my career. This is perhaps the most beautiful and certainly the hardest trophy to win. It has been the work of many years, it’s not easy to win this prize. I am 31 years old and am here for the first time. This gives me a lot of satisfaction, just look at this impressive honors list with my name now added.”

Rio de Janeiro - Brasil - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium / BMC Racing Team) pictured during men’s roadrace - Olympic Games 2016 in Rio - photo VK/PN/Cor Vos © 2016

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