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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
Another full EUROTRASH. Race announcements from the Tour of Flanders, Strade Bianche, Algarve, Catalunya, Limousin and Haut-Var. Team managers unhappy at team reductions – TOP STORY. Other cycling news: Greg Van Avermaet recovery, Chris Froome starts 2017 in Australia, will Purito race? Jack Bobridge Retires, Jonathan Fumeaux finds a team, Astana sign Nikita Stalnov, Drapac Pat’s Veg roster, Baestaens and Adams apologize, Revolution Cycling Champions League and a bit of fun with Astana and Scarponi with his parrot.



TOP STORY: Team Managers Unhappy with Race Changes
It seems that the WorldTour team managers are standing together against the decision of ASO, RCS Sport and Flanders Classics to reduce the teams for their races, as we reported in EUROTRASH Monday.

In an interview with Het Nieuwsblad Patrick Lefevere showed his displeasure with the idea: “Why should we take on 30 riders per team in 2018? Then you can continue with five less riders per team. Then there are one hundred additional riders out on the street. Plus twenty five other support staff because they are no longer necessary.”

Jonathan Vaughters made his thought known via Twitter: “I don’t disagree with the concept of smaller teams. But letting us know AFTER our planning and rosters are well in motion… Not considerate!”

The UCI were also not pleased that the race organizers wanted to change the rules without asking. Iwan Spekenbrink, Giant-Alpecin manager and spokesman of the AIGCP, has aired his views to German website radsport-news.com and is in agreement with the UCI. “Two weeks ago, many decisions were made and it is impossible to cancel them now. Either we respect all the processes during which the UCI make the rules as fair as possible or everyone continually makes his own rules when he is not completely satisfied. It is the UCI that makes the rules and it is up to all stakeholders to respect these rules. Everybody advocates for improvements in sport. Everybody has his own interests and we have to take all the groups into consideration. The current discussion cannot be considered alone and is linked to a range of elements that together form the WorldTour.”

Spekenbrink spoke up for the UCI and the correct way of doing things: “In this case the UCI have done the only right thing and stands by the rules created by a process that involved all stakeholders: teams, riders and race organizers. Improvements should always be possible but they cannot be declared unilaterally by one group at the expense of another group.”

UCI’s Brian Cookson and Giant-Alpecin’s Iwan Spekenbrink:
Berlin - Germany  - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -   Iwan Spekenbrink (Teammanager Team Giant - Alpecin) talks too Brian Cookson, president of the UCI  pictured during team launch Giant - Alpecin in the French Ambassy in Berlin, Gemany  - photo Wessel van Keuk/ Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2015


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2017 Ronde van Vlaanderen Route Announced
The 101st Tour of Flanders will lose two cobblestone sections less than 2016, but will have the same amount of climbs. Gone are the Molenberg, Valkenberg and Kaperij. In are the Tenbosse, Pottelberg and the welcome return of the Muur van Geraardsbergen/Kapelmuur. The start has also moved from Bruges to Antwerp, but the finish stays in Oudenaarde.

From Antwerp the race heads towards Sint-Niklaas and through Hamme, the home town of Greg Van Avermaet. From then on to Donkmeer, Berlare, Aalst, Erpe-Mere and Herzele. The cobbled sections start in Zottegem on the Lippenhovenstraat and Paddestraat. The first climb is the Oude Kwaremont and the Muur van Geraardsbergen/Kapelmuur comes after 165 kilometers. The finishing circuit has not changed with nine climbs coming in the final 65 kilometers. As always the Oude Kwaremont, Koppenberg and Paterberg will be decisive before the finish in Oudenaarde.

De Ronde: Tough as usual
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Strade Bianche 2017: Great Cycling is Back in Terre di Siena
On 4 and 5 March, Siena and the Crete Senesi will host the men’s pro race – promoted to the UCI WorldTour calendar – and the women’s race, which opens the season of the UCI Women’s WorldTour. Sunday, the amateurs will ride the Gran Fondo Strade Bianche – which has already recorded 3,500 entries – over most of the route that the pro riders will have raced on the previous day. Entries are still open at www.gfstradebianche.it.

Pelotons ride during the 2016 Strade Bianche from Siena's Fortezza Medicea to Siena's Piazza del Campo, Italy, 5 March 2016. Strade Bianche is a 176km road race containing seven sectors of white gravel roads. ANSA/CLAUDIO PERI

“Europe’s most Southern Northern Classic” is a slogan that has become well known worldwide, and the great cycling weekend in the beautiful landscape of Terre di Siena, on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March 2017, is becoming equally famous all over the world. The three events – organized by RCS Sport, RCS Active Team and La Gazzetta dello Sport in collaboration with the City of Siena – will each start from the Medici Fortress and end in the unique scenery of Piazza del Campo.

STRADE BIANCHE NAMEDSPORT – 175km, 11 sectors and 61.9km on gravel roads
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The men’s race officially enters into the elite of world professional cycling. Union Cycliste Internationale has ratified its importance by adding it to the WorldTour calendar, starting from the 2017 edition. On 5th March 2016, last year’s winner Fabian Cancellara achieved his third Strade Bianchi success, and with it, the honor of having one sector of the gravel roads, Sector 8 of Monte Sante Marie, dedicated to his name.

STRADE BIANCHE WOMEN ELITE NAMEDSPORT – 127km, 8 sectors and 30.5km on gravel roads
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2017 sees the third edition of the women’s race, for the second time part of the UCI WorldTour calendar. In 2016 victory went to the then Road World Champion Lizzie Armitstead Deignan, finishing solo in Piazza del Campo, while in 2015 the race was won by the American Megan Guarnier.

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GRAN FONDO STRADE BIANCHE BY TREK – “long course” of 127km and 8 gravel road sectors; “short course” 74.5km and 6 gravel road sectors



After the great success of the 2016 edition – where over 2,000 sportive riders participated at the Gran Fondo Strade Bianche by Trek – in 2017 already 3,500 cyclists have signed up to participate, showing how this event is growing thanks to its incredible appeal, raced in the unique scenery of Siena and of the Crete Senesi. Entries are still open on www.gfstradebianche.it.

GRAN FONDO COURSES: The long course will be identical to the Women Elite’s route, while the short course will be 74.5km with six gravel roads sectors, for a total of 20.5km on Strade Bianche.




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Van Avermaet’s Recovery On Track Ahead of 2017 Season
Greg Van Avermaet is recovering well following surgery on his fractured left ankle, BMC Racing Team today confirmed.

Van Avermaet met with Dr. Tim Leenders, who performed the surgery on November 14, and was given the go ahead to begin training on the rollers. “Greg has been resting as much as possible and his recovery is going as planned. Now that he has been given the green light to start riding on the rollers, Greg will begin to increase his training load day by day,” BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said. “It will be another 7-10 days before Greg can ride on the road, coinciding perfectly with BMC Racing Team’s annual pre-season training camp which commences on December 9, where we can monitor Greg’s recovery well.”

Van Avermaet is looking forward to getting his 2017 season preparation underway. “I was back riding today on the rollers and everything is going fine. When I ride easy on the rollers I don’t have any pain, so I just have to not overdo it. It was a good session and I also went swimming so it’s good to now be able to do something,” Van Avermaet explained. “I think my ankle will heal faster now and by next week hopefully I can do more. We will see how it goes.”

With his recovery on track, Van Avermaet is already thinking about next year’s races, including the Ronde van Vlaanderen race route which was released today. “It’s a big difference to the Ronde van Vlaanderen parcours, especially from the start and it’s going to pass my hometown. It’s never passed there and now when it does for the first time I’m going to be one of the contenders to win the race, so that’s a nice feeling.”

“I look forward to the start and then the Muur van Geraardsbergen, as it’s a climb I like. It’s a good thing that they didn’t change the last 80km because it’s pretty important that they keep it the same. I like the final and we will see how it plays out, but I think the 2017 race has a nice parcours.”


Van Avermaet will be hoping for more luck in De Ronde ’17:
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Froome to Start 2017 in Australia
Tour winner Chris Froome will start his 2017 season with the Jayco Herald Sun Tour at the start of February. He will be on the start line in Melbourne with Colombian rider Esteban Chaves.

Froome will be going for his second consecutive Jayco Herald Sun Tour win. The Kenyan born rider commented on his first race of the up-coming season: “I’m really looking forward to starting my season in Australia again. I love riding in Australia. The weather is great and the crowds always come out in force to support the riders. That makes it all the more enjoyable. It’s always tough racing and a really strong, competitive field – so it’s an ideal way for me to kick off my year. I took a similar approach last year and felt it was a great way to set up my season. We’ll be out with a strong squad and looking to get 2017 off to a winning start.”

Jayco Herald Sun Tour Stages:
Prologue – Wednesday 1st February – Melbourne Southbank – 2.1km
Stage 1 – Thursday 2nd February – Wangaratta to Falls Creek – 169.9km
Stage 2 – Friday 3rd February – Mt Beauty to Beechworth – 165.6km
Stage 3 – Saturday 4th February – Benalla to Mitchelton Winery – 165.6km
Stage 4 – Sunday 5th February – Kinglake – 120km (4 x 30km laps).

Chris Froome last year in the Jayco Herald Sun Tour:
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‘Purito’ to Race in 2017, or Not?
In his latest interview, Joaquim ‘Purito’ Rodriguez is still unsure of what he will do in 2017. In an interview with Spanish newspaper sport, he said: “Right now, I have asked myself what the best option is. My goal is to do an entire year, to look for a race to say goodbye, to try another objective. The key is not about putting a date or fixing myself a calendar. The key to it all is my physical form. If I am capable of returning to good form physically and mentally, it isn’t worth it to only do Liege-Bastogne-Liege or the Giro. If I return only to do these and I don’t win then it’s not worth it. The only way that I will return is to see how things go in the first days of training and to return to the rhythm of training, competition and to have the ambition to train. Fortunately, at Bahrain Merida, they are not putting pressure on me. They have said that I can do what I want.”

His final decision will probably be made in early January at the second Bahrain-Merida team training camp. “Now, in my head, the idea is to return. I would like that, I have spoken about it with my trainer. The only issue is my form and if I can maintain the level. At the second training camp on between January 4 to 8 in Bahrain, when I go to train with my teammates it will be clearer.

If Rodriguez does race his season will start with the Tour of San Juan in Argentina, then Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour of Catalonia, Tour of the Basque Country and the Ardennes classics.

Joaquim Rodriguez – Rodriguez best moments:



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Teams for 2017 Volta ao Algarve
The Volta ao Algarve organizers has announced the first eighteen teams of the twenty-four that will start the race on the 15th of February and finishing on the 19th.

The WorldTour teams: Astana, Bora-hansgrohe, Cannondale-Drapac, Dimension Data, Katusha-Alpecin, Lotto Soudal and Quick-Step Floors.

ProContinental teams: Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Gazprom-RusVelo, Caja Rural-Seguros-RGA and Manzana Postobón from Colombia.

Continental teams: All six Portuguese teams; EFAPEL, LA Aluminios-Antarte, Louletano-Hospital de Loule, Radio Popular-Boavista, Sporting-Tavira, W52-FC Porto plus from the US, Rally Cycling.

Stage 1 is from Albufeira to Lagos. Stage 2 from Lagoa to Fóia, with an uphill finish. An 18 kilometer time trial for Stage 3 based around Sagres. Stage 4 from Almodôvar to Tavira. The final stage 5 will be from Loulé to finish with the climb of Malhão. More route details to come.

2016 Volta ao Algarve Stage 1:



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Volta a Catalunya Returns to La Molina in 2017
The climb to La Molina will again be included in the Volta a Catalunya in 2017 for the fourth time in a row. Similarly to 2016, the Col de Molina will be climbed twice in a stage and will be preceded by the Puerto de Toses. Stage 5 will also have a summit finish and stage 2 with be an individual time trial. More stage details to come.

2016 finish on La Molina:



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2017 Tour du Limousin Route
Although the start town is still to be announced, the route of the Tour du Limousin is almost set for 2017. The race will run from Tuesday, August 15th to Friday, August 18th. The start is not known yet, but stage 1 will finish in Rochechouart. Stage 2 has the summit finish on Monts de Gueret, then stage 3 in Chaumeil and the final stage 4 goes to Limoges.

Tour du Limousin Stages:
Stage 1: (to be announced) to Rochechouart
Stage 2: Saint-Etienne de Fursac to Les Monts de Gueret
Stage 3: St. Pantaleon de Larche to Chaumeil
Stage 4: Saint-Junien to Limoges.

The 2016 Tour du Limousin:



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2017 Tour du Haut-Var Stages
The 2017 Tour du Haut Var will be held on February the 18th and 19th. Stage 1 takes riders from Cannet-des-Maures to Saint-Paul-en-Forêt over the Mur de Fayence. Stage 2 starts and finishes in Draguignan over 206 kilometers with climbs of Bastide, Tourtour, Col de la Grange, Grasse and Tuillières. French champion Arthur Vichot won in Haut-Var in 2016.

Tour du Haut-Var
Stage 1: Le Cannet-des-Maures to Saint-Paul-en-Forêt (153.7 km)
Stage 2: Draguignan to Draguignan (206 km).

Haut-Var ’16 stage 2:



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Jack Bobridge Retires
In an interview with The Advertiser newspaper, Jack Bobridge announced the end of his cycling career. The 27-year-old Australian has been suffering from chronic rheumatoid arthritis since 2010 and even though he won the Australian championships in 2016, he has decided that he could not take the pain any more. He is also worried about his future health and how racing at a hight level could affect him in old age.

In the interview he said: “I don’t really care what anyone else thinks I could have done or what I’ve done, I only went back to Europe this year to finalize things in my own head and I found it wasn’t enjoyable with the arthritis and the pain. The stuff you have to go through in the Grand Tours (2016 Giro d’Italia) and racing, it’s just not fun. There’s pain in my feet, hands and my back. When you get the flare ups, your body is fighting it and a Grand Tour is hard enough as it is.”

He added: “Since the (Rio) Games and backing off the training and racing load I’ve found my arthritis has been 100 per cent better and I’ve been able to get off all meds (medication) as well. Obviously I love the bike, the racing and the lifestyle, but I’ve got a two-year-old (daughter) now and I could drag on for three or four years but come 40 or 50 the damage it’s going to do and the arthritis in my body. I don’t see sport is worth it. I haven’t thought ‘am I doing the right thing?’ and I suppose after a few months of not racing if you haven’t got that hunger I guess you know it’s the right decision.”

Grupetto Show – Jack Bobridge 2016 National Road Champ:



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Fumeaux to Roth
Continental team, Roth-Akros (ex-Team Roth) have signed Swiss champion Jonathan Fumeaux who was with IAM Cycling from 2013 to this year, but the team has folded. The National championships were his only win as a pro, but he has competed in the Vuelta a España and WorldTour Classics.

Team manager, Stefan Blaser remarked on his new rider: “We are glad to have Jonathan on board. He will have a leadership role and be a teacher for the young riders.”

Selfie with Jonathan Fumeaux:



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Astana sign Stalnov
25-year-old Kazakh Nikita Stalnov has signed a contract with WorldTour team Astana, stepping up from the Astana City continental team. In 2016 Stalnov was 3rd overall in place in the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, Tour d’Azerbaïdjan and Tour of Ukraine.

Astana general manager Alexandr Vinokurov said: “Nikita is a young and progressing rider. He achieved some good results during the last season, and we hope that in our team he will grow up as a good professional rider who could provide a strong support to our leaders.”

Nikita Stalnov:
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Drapac Pat’s Veg announces roster for 2017
Team to serve as official development squad for Cannondale-Drapac.

The Drapac Pat’s Veg Holistic Development Team announced today its 10 riders for the 2017 season. The team also serves as the official development program of the Cannondale-Drapac professional team.

Drapac Pat’s Veg is a platform for individuals to pursue university degrees or professional certifications in addition to racing on the UCI Continental level. In addition to the early calendar in Australia, the team will also compete in Europe later in the season. Drapac Pat’s Veg is based in Australia.

“Michael and I share the same philosophy regarding athlete development. Results are important, sure, but so is offering a racer the chance to pursue education and personal development outside of the sport,” said Jonathan Vaughters, the CEO of Slipstream Sports and head of the Cannondale-Drapac team. “You can identify WorldTour level talent while at the same time allowing these riders time to take classes and explore their options not only as bike racers. I think the element of having physical and intellectual focuses can actually help in terms of performance.”

The team, made up of university students from all around Australia, will start the season at The 2017 Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships in January before racing at Australia’s oldest stage race, the UCI 2.2-ranked Jayco Herald Sun Tour in February.

Melbourne University student Cyrus Monk, who has had an excellent year on the bike, is one of five current Pat’s Veg riders who have re-signed with the team for the 2017 season. In addition to achieving his first win in Europe at the Slag Van Ambacht in Holland, Monk recently won Melbourne University’s 2016 Male Athlete of the Year.

Liam White, a Federation University student studying a bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, is another continuing member of the team for 2017. In 2016, White spent time racing in the United States where won the third day of racing and took third overall at the Intelligentsia Cup in Chicago.

Oliver Kent-Spark, who has spent the last year racing in Europe with Irish based continental team An-Post Chain Reaction, is a new signing to Drapac Pat’s Veg in 2017. The 23-year-old, who won the 2014 Melbourne to Warrnambool, is looking forward to pursuing his management degree at Deakin University while racing back in the domestic scene.

Michael Drapac, chairman of Drapac Capital Partners, and owner of the Drapac Pat’s Veg Holistic Development Team, has always been a firm believer in the importance of both athletic achievement and personal development. “It is vital that developing cyclists also reach their potential off the bike, to grow the foundations for their success away from sport,” Drapac said. “The Drapac Pat’s Veg program encourages and supports our riders to do just that.”

In addition to title sponsors Drapac Capital Partners and Pat’s Veg, the team is supported by: Mercedes Benz Toorak and Physiotherapy and Wellbeing group, Pain.com.au. Cannondale will supply bikes.

Drapac Capital Partners and Slipstream Sports, the management company of Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling, announced a partnership in June 2016, making Drapac the co-title sponsor of the professional team.

2017 Drapac Pat’s Veg Holistic Development Team:
Cyrus Monk (20), Doncaster VIC. Studying a bachelor of science at Melbourne University.
Drew Morey (20), Ashburton VIC. Studying a bachelor of commerce (majoring in Accounting) at Deakin University.
Liam White (22), Ballarat, VIC. Studying a bachelor of exercise and sports science at Federation University.
Mat Ross (20), Greensborough VIC. Studying a bachelor of IT at RMIT.
James Pane (20) East Keilor, VIC. Studying a bachelor of education at Victoria University.
Theo Yates (20), Rockingham, WA. Studying a bachelor of applied science (majoring in interior architecture).
Oliver Kent-Spark (23), Geelong VIC. studying a bachelor of management at Deakin University.
Jesse Featonby (28) Albury VIC. Studying a masters of education at Latrobe University.
Nicholas Katsonis (22). Gladstone Park VIC. Studying a bachelor of business (majoring in marketing).
Tom Kaesler (21) Adelaide, SA. Studying a bachelor of commerce at the University of Adelaide.

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Battling Belgians!
On Sunday in the Flandriencross in Hamme there was a bit of fisticuffs. Around halfway, Vincent Baestaens and Jens Adams were arguing about an earlier problem, where Adams had blocked Baestaens. Baestaens took a swing at Adams and was disqualified and eventually Adams was also taken from the race.

Once the dust, or mud, had settled, both riders made their apologies via social media. First Baestaens: “With this message, I want to apologize to everyone for my behavior today during the cross in Hamme, especially Jens Adams. My reaction was not good, but in the heat of the moment, I let myself be carried away. I will accept the punishment they give me for this gesture.”

His statement was soon followed by Adams: “I just read the apology of Vincent Baestaens, I accept it. I must admit that I am still very touched by this episode. I was shocked when I saw the images in the tent of commissaires. In my defense, I did not hit him. I made a gesture with my arm to tell Vincent to be more careful. This gesture was interpreted differently by Vincent and the jury. But I am in no way an aggressive rider, and that’s why I tried to stay calm when he threw me to the ground. As bad as it may have been, I would like to close the incident positively. I will meet with Vincent next week to fight more peacefully on our bikes.”

All friends again.

Sunday’s Flandriencross:



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Revolution Cycling Champions League
The Revolution Champions League continues this weekend with the final round of track events taking place in London (UK) on the 2nd and 3rd of December. After a successful first round in Manchester, organized by a unique cooperation between Velon and Revolution Series, Ramon Sinkeldam (NED) and Zico Waeytens (BEL) took seventh place in the final overall classification. For this weekend, it will be Nikias Arndt (GER) and once again Waeytens representing Team Giant-Alpecin as one of the seven WorldTour teams in action at the Revolution Champions League.

Website: www.cyclingrevolution.com
Line-up: Nikias Arndt (GER), Zico Waeytens (BEL).

Zico Waeytens:
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Photogallery from Manchester
The Manchester round of the Revolution Champions League obtained a positive outcome from the fans and LAMPRE-MERIDA offer to their supporters a photogallery with the best images of the blue-fuchsia-green riders. In the section of the website www.teamlampremerida.com you’ll find the images (photo Revolution Series and Team Lampre-Merida) of Davide Cimolai and Roberto Ferrari (in photo – Revolution Series).

The blue-fuchsia-green duo will take part in the London round which is scheduled on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd December.

Tickets are available here.

Revolution Cycling Champions League Manchester highlights:



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Mannequin challenge by Astana Pro Team
One of the best Mannequin challenges yet:



And Michele Scarponi has a training partner, Franky the parrot trains with the Astana man:








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