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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
As always a full EUROTRASH Thursday. Wiggins package or TUE, which should we be looking at? - TOP STORY. Cross action from Otegem with result and video. In other cycling news: Valverde crashes, Tour Down Under teams, Lieuwe Westra retires, LOOK stay with Fortuneo-Vital Concept, British Road Champs returns to the Isle of Man, Tour of Utah stage towns, Dave Rayner Fund riders, Sky's new Pinarello Dogma F10, Telefónica returns to the Vuelta a España and behind the scenes at the Lotto Soudal presentation. Get the coffee on.



TOP STORY: Is the Wiggins' mysterious package just a smoke screen?
It seems the mystery package that was taken by British Cycling coach, Simon Cope, to the Team Sky hotel at the French Critérium du Dauphiné race has taken on an out of proportion position in the whole affair. The package, the retirement of Wiggins and Sir Brad's future as a British prime time TV star and his publicity work are all we hear about now, have the TUEs for the corticosteroid triamcinolone in 2011, 2012 and 2013 been forgotten? It seems that way.

The heat seems to be off Sir Brad and now firmly on Sir Dave (Brailsford). OK, he is at the helm of the good ship team Sky, but Wiggins was the one receiving the injections and, supposedly, the mysterious decongestant Fluimucil. But things have been very quiet from the man himself, not a word. Ignore the fact that Fluimucil shouldn't be used by asthma suffers and that it can be bought in a French pharmacy, it is not a performance enhancer, so unless there was something else in the package, why all the commotion?

The main subject, in my eyes, should be the use of the TUEs to be able to take a strong corticosteroid during the build-up to a Grand Tour. Yes, you can say Team Sky have not broken any rules because TUEs allow the use of banned substances if athletes have a genuine medical need and Wiggins followed the proper protocol to obtain the TUEs. But the facts that a number of doctors describe this drug as a ‘last resort’ to treat asthma and pollen allergies and then there are the discrepancies in dates on the TUE forms. The 2011 application was approved by the UCI on June 29, three days before the start of the Tour, but the endoscopy to confirm Wiggins was suffering from rhinitis only took place on July 2. Former dopers David Millar and Jorg Jaksche have claimed that the medication was a significant aid to performance, this too should not be ignored, but it looks to be forgotten.

Is everyone looking the wrong way?

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Betafence Cyclocross - Otegem 2017
Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) won on Monday in the West Flanders cyclocross in Otegem. The race is traditionally ridden the day after the national championships, but that did not affect the Dutch champion. Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Charles) had clearly not recovered from his powerful display in Oostende and was never competing for the victory.

After all ceremonies and celebrations after their national title races on Sunday, the two protagonists took a calm start making it look like they were giving the others a second chance. In the heavy mud, European champion, Toon Aerts (Telenet-Fidea) took the best start, along with Tim Merlier (Crelan-Charles). Van der Poel was the first to jump to the leading group, Van Aert was less than interested and was following a dozen places further back.

After two laps, Van der Poel had enough. The Dutchman took the pace up and rode away, only Michael Vanthourenhout (Marlux-Napoleon Games) and Aerts tried to hold his wheel. The World champion, Van Aert was in twelfth position. A lap later, just as the chasers were about to catch the three leaders, Van der Poel pulled once more. Aerts did not give up without a fight and Laurens Sweeck (ERA Real Estate-Circusel) and Gianni Vermeersch (Steylaerts-Verona) tried to limit the damage. Halfway into the race and Van Aert was already at half a minute.

Van der Poel clearly wanted to show that he had recovered completely after his heavy crash in Loenhout on December 29, when he was taken to the hospital. The Dutch champion did not look back and made his claim for the World Championship later this month by quickly taking a solo lead. Behind him Sweeck was in second position, European champion Aerts third. The heavy mud caused a real battlefield, but Van Aert would never find his breath and followed at three quarters of a minute with Vanthourenhout. The world champion would make up some places, but he also nearly crashed. Eventually Van Aert was fifth, first of the chasing group. Klaas Vantornout finished sixth.

It is the sixteenth win of the season for Van der Poel.sIt is clear that he is completely recovered from his heavy crash in Loenhout, with two victories in two days at his comeback.

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Betafence Cyclocross - Otegem Result:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon in 1:00:00
2. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:29
3. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) ERA Real Estate-Circusel at 0:47
4. Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Charles at 0:59
5. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Charles at 1:06
6. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games
7. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 1:14
8. Vincent Baestaens (Bel) VZW Koninklijke-Stoemperclub
9.Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Steylaerts-Verona at 1:17
10. Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Beobank-Coredon at 1:21.

Action from Otegem, race starts at 28 minutes:




Valverde Crashes into Barrier
The Movistar team announced that Alejandro Valverde crashed as he left his house to go training on Wednesday morning. The Murcian was coming out of the housing estate were he lives and the security barrier came down before he pass, injuring his arms and chest.

Valverde said: "It was a really hard blow. The barrier of the housing estate went down before I was through, and I hit straight on with my arms and chest. I tried to continue the training ride but I could only carry on for half an hour because of the pain." He added: "I hope that with ice and anti-inflammatories it doesn't go any further, but I suppose that tomorrow in the cold it could get worse. The good thing is that it appears to be all muscular, but the truth is that right now I almost can't move."

Valverde is expected to be at the Vuelta a España route presentation on Thursday (today), and should start his 2017 season at the Mallorca Challenge later this month.

Valverde at the Giro'16:
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Woods, Slagter to lead Cannondale-Drapac at Santos Tour Down Under
And finally, bike racing is back.

The peloton will return to WorldTour racing on Jan. 17 in Adelaide, Australia, for the Santos Tour Down Under. The race comes at the height of Australian summer and offers little in the way of a smooth transition to racing — those who ride well at TDU have to arrive in absolute form.

To this end, Cannondale-Drapac is sending a motivated squad Down Under. Tom-Jelte Slagter, winner of TDU general classification in 2013, and Mike Woods, in just his second top level season but a danger man nonetheless, will lead the team in the six-stage race.

Joining Slagter and Woods are Paddy Bevin, Brendan Canty, Will Clarke, Alex Howes, and Tom Van Asbroeck. The race marks the first with Cannondale-Drapac for Canty, Clarke, and Van Asbroeck. The same lineup will also race the People’s Choice Classic on Jan. 15 in Adelaide and again on Jan. 29 at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, now a WorldTour event.

For Woods, the TDU may be a sequel to a script he wrote last year.

"Last year I knew I was in really good form and Jonathan Vaughters told me, ‘we're going to make you the guy for Down Under.’ I was super-stoked about that. In retrospect, that was crazy that JV just was like, "Dude I'm going to give this rookie a shot at a WorldTour race’ with no experience whatsoever, but it panned out awesome,” Woods said. "I think when the guys saw my name as one of the leaders in the pre-race e-mail they were probably thinking, ‘Um, this is a really bad idea.’"

It wasn’t. Then unknown, the neopro finished fifth overall and third on two stages.

"I want to replicate that if not improve on that performance this year," Woods added. "We also have a good guy in Tom-Jelte Slagter, who's won the race before, so we're coming in with a very strong roster. I feel good having TJ there —it takes a bit of pressure off me. We have a few ways to do well."

When Slagter last lined up in Australia to race, he won the overall and the queen stage, then riding for Belkin Pro Cycling. That victory sticks out as one of his most memorable.

"The one I recall the most was the Tour Down Under win in 2013. It was a great team effort" Slagter said. "I’m happy to be going back to the TDU — I’ve got good memories there. It’s an early race but an important one. We’ve got a good team going, and I think we’re all motivated. Between myself and Mike Woods I think the overall is something we can look at."

The TDU parcours is one for an all-rounder, with two decisive days for general classification. The climb up Willunga Hill always shapes the race, and another, that up to Paracombe via Torrens Hill Road, should also prove decisive. The race’s winning margins are narrow and time bonuses often come into play, putting a tall order on sport directors to keep things under control.

"The main thing on my mind is getting the best out of what we have at this race. I think the guys we have here are really good, so it's great to be in a position to think that we can do something," said Tom Southam, who will make his sport director debt for Cannondale-Drapac. "Both Mike and TJ have proven they can do well here, both are great athletes and having them both there gives us a great hand to play. Then on the other stages we've got Paddy Bevin and Tom Van Asbroeck."

Southam was a DS last season with Drapac Professional Cycling. This race marks his first in the driver’s seat of a WorldTour team. "You could say it's like being given the keys to your older brother's sports car for the first time," he said. "First thing you want to do is drive it fast, you also need to be cautious that you don't plow it in to a wall. But at least you know someone somewhere trusts you enough to leave you in charge."

A return for Michael Drapac, in different colors
The Drapac name returns to the race in 2017 as a WorldTour title sponsor.
"It’s great to be a part of a WorldTour team, especially at such a prestigious race like the TDU," said Michel Drapac, a co-owner of the Cannondale-Drapac team. Drapac, known for his support of Australian cycling, hopes the race will find a way to open up to more Australian teams in the years to come.

"While the TDU is a great race, it has the potential to become even greater to improve cycling in Australia. Given how the local scene is suffering, I would like to see the TDU somehow integrated into the national calendar, which would encourage Australian businesses to inject money into cycling," Drapac said. "It would be great if the governing body of the TDU was able to work alongside the UCI, even by allowing the top two National Road Series teams a wildcard entry into the race. What that would do for the grassroots level of cycling in this country would be extraordinary and would also stimulate some much-needed investment into the sport."

Cannondale-Drapac for the 2017 Tour Down Under:
Paddy Bevin, Brendan Canty, Will Clarke, Alex Howes, Tom-Jelte Slagter, Tom Van Asbroeck, Michael Woods.

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Team Sunweb to the Tour Down Under
The first race of the men's UCI WorldTour gets underway next week at the Tour Down Under and Team Sunweb have a strong team lined up to make the official road racing debut of the team. Taking place from 17th-22nd January, the 19th edition of the race sees riders cover a total of 828.km over 6 stages. The first stage takes the same route as 2016 and will be a day for the sprinters whilst stage 2 is one for the climbers, with a challenging climb likely to create some time gaps. Both stages 3 and 4 host sprint finishes but the real GC contenders are likely to be decided during the queen stage up Willunga Hill. The 2017 edition finishes with a circuit race finish in Adelaide, a final day for the sprinters.

"Next week we will start the WorldTour season for Team Sunweb in my home town of Adelaide at the Tour Down Under, all seven riders have had a good build up to the race and I expect the four riders starting new on the team here will be out to impress," said coach Luke Roberts (AUS).

"With the new guys in the team we've been working on sprint preparation routines over the last couple of months, and we hope for some nice results in the sprint stages. For those stages Nikias [Arndt] is in good shape and will be a contender for a stage podium finish. On top of that with Wilco we'll be aiming for a nice GC result. He finished 6th in 2013 here and we'll see what he can do this year."

Line-up:
Nikias Arndt (GER), Phil Bauhaus (GER), Johannes Fröhlinger (GER), Simon Geschke (GER), Chris Hamilton (AUS), Lennard Hofstede (NED), Wilco Kelderman (NED).
Coach: Luke Roberts (AUS).

Nikias Arndt:
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Rafael Valls looks forward to Tour Down Under after a season full of injuries
Last week, seven Lotto Soudal riders travelled to Australia to participate in the Tour Down Under (17 – 22 January) next week. That’s the first WorldTour race of the new season. Next Sunday Sander Armée, Lars Bak, Sean De Bie, Thomas De Gendt, Adam Hansen, neo-pro James Shaw and Rafael Valls will ride the People’s Choice Classic in Adelaide, the criterium that is traditionally organized two days before the Tour Down Under. Once the Tour Down Under is finished, the team will stay in Australia for one more week. Lotto Soudal will take part in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on Sunday 29 January. That one-day race is part of the WorldTour as of this year.

The Tour Down Under takes place in the south of Australia, in and around Adelaide. This six-day stage race starts next Tuesday with a stage that is likely to end with a sprint. A day later the finale is tougher, with a hill finish. During the third stage the riders stay close to the coastline. On the way to Victor Harbor the wind could cause some spectacle. On the fourth day, the race moves further away from the coast again. The penultimate stage takes the riders up to Willunga Hill. In the last 35 kilometers this hill needs to be climbed twice. The Tour Down Under comes to an end on Sunday with a criterium in Adelaide. The riders need to cover twenty laps of 4.5 kilometers, which means it’s going to be a fast race with almost no chance for riders to escape the sprint.

Rafael Valls is the GC rider for Lotto Soudal next week. Last year he finished eighth overall, which was a great start of his first season on the team. Unfortunately, the Spanish rider had a lot of bad luck further down the year. Injuries forced him to put a stop to his season already in summer. After six months without competition, Valls is aiming for another top ten place at Tour Down Under.

Rafael Valls: "I’m looking forward to starting a new season after all the problems I had last year. I got ill in the spring and in the run-up to the National Championships in June I hurt my shoulder. The Tour de Pologne in July was my first race after that injury. I crashed in Pologne and incurred a pelvis injury. One and a half months later I underwent a shoulder operation, so I could prepare for the next season without any problems. It were three painful months, recovering from the pelvic injury and the shoulder surgery. I slowly resumed trainings in the beginning of October starting with fitness, walks in the mountains and riding on the rollers."

"After three months of training I really want to compete again. I feel completely recovered, but I’m curious to see how I will feel in a race. Mentally all is well, that’s a fact. During my rehabilitation I was very motivated to train. I want to race again. The Tour Down Under is my first goal of the season. Just like last year, I want to conquer a place on top ten of GC. Simon Gerrans is the big favorite. Richie Porte and Esteban Chaves are only two of my other opponents. The stage to Willunga Hill on Saturday will be the most important one for GC. It’s difficult to gain time on other stages. You do need to be attentive on the other days though. There could be echelons on the way to Victor Harbor for example. Anyway, I hope it will be a race without any problems."

There is a time difference of nine and a half hours between Belgium and the Australian region where the Tour Down Under is being held. The finish of the stages is expected between 5:00 and 6:00 am CET each day.

Line-up Lotto Soudal:
Sander Armée, Lars Bak, Sean De Bie, Thomas De Gendt, Adam Hansen, James Shaw and Rafael Valls.

Rafael Valls:
Lotto - Soudal team training 2016


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Lieuwe Westra Announces Retirement
Lieuwe Westra puts an end to his career with immediate effect. The 34-year-old Dutchman, who signed with Wanty-Groupe Gobert in November, retires after eight years in professional cycling.

Jean François Bourlart (general manager): "Sunday evening we received an e-mail from our new rider Lieuwe Westra confirming that he puts an end to his sporting career for personal reasons. We take note of this and respect his decision."

The rider and the team management do not wish to give any further comments.

Lieuwe Westra with Astana:
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LOOK and Fortuneo-Vital Concept Extend Sponsorship
The LOOK bike brand has announced that will continue to supply the Fortuneo-Vital Concept team in 2017. LOOK has been with the Fortuneo-Vital Concept team since 2015 supplying them with frames, pedals and other training and performance products. In 2017 the French team will use the 795 Light frame for road races, the 675 Light for Paris-Roubaix and the 796 Monoblade for time trials, plus KEO Power pedals.

Fortuneo-Vital Concept's Dan McLay on his Look in Belgium:
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2017 British Road Champs on the Isle of Man
British Cycling have announced that the National road championships will return to the Isle of Man after a gap of 22 years. The time trial will be held on June the 22nd and the road race on June the 25th 2017.

Director of racing at British Cycling, Jonny Clay said: "We are thrilled to be returning to the Isle of Man for the biggest date in the British road racing calendar. The island is steeped in cycling heritage, passion and tradition, making it the ideal venue for such a prestigious event."

Hon. Howard Quayle, Member of the House of Keys, Chief Minister for the Isle of Man, said, "This will be a wonderful opportunity to welcome some of the world’s best cyclists to our shores and to showcase the Isle of Man to a wider audience. We have vast experience of hosting international sporting events and can take great pride in being chosen to stage what is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious championships on the British cycling calendar."

The last time the GB Championships were held on the isle of Man, Robert Millar won in fine fashion:



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Host Venues to be Announced for the 2017 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
Public announcement of the venues/communities that will serve as official hosts for start and/or finish lines of the 2017 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah professional cycling stage race. Event will be streamed on Facebook Live on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. (MT) from the Vivint Smart Home Arena, Champions Club, 2nd Floor, 301 West South Temple, Salt Lake City.

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, referred to as "America's Toughest Stage Race," is a week-long, professional cycling stage race for the best men’s teams in the world. The 2017 event will be held July 31-Aug. 6. Now in its 13th year, the event was elevated in 2015 as a 2.HC-rated UCI stage race, making it one of the premier events in North America. The 2016 Tour of Utah covered 705 miles of racing and 52,825 feet of climbing with Lachlan Morton of Jelly Belly presented by MAXXIS Cycling Team winning the overall title. Last year, the Tour of Utah attracted more than 400,000 spectators and contributed a new high of $23 million in direct economic impact for Utah.

Website: www.tourofutah.com, Twitter: @tourofutah, Facebook: tourofutah, Instagram: @thetourofutah.

Tour of Utah 2016 - Stage 7 - Highlights:



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The Dave Rayner Fund is pleased to announce the names of the 2017 Riders
A total 36 riders will be supported to live and race abroad in 2017:

Jack BILLYARD is going to Italy with Zappi Racing Team
Tom BRACEGIRDLE is going to Belgium to race for Goma Dakwerken Team
Alex BRAYBROOKE goes to France to race for race for AVC Aix Cycling Team
Lewis BULLEY goes to live in Belgium and joins MIBA Baguet Cycling Team
Megan CHARD will live in Belgium and race for Isorex Ladies Cycling Team
Calvert CHURCHILL will live in Belgium and race for Profel United Cycling Team
Alice COBB will race for the LaresWaowDeals Cycling Team in Belgium
Henrietta COLBOURNE will race for the Swabo Ladies Team in Holland
Gabriel CULLAIGH will race for the SEG Racing Team in Holland
James DAVEY will go to Italy with Zappi Cycling Team
Jack ENGLISH will live in Belgium and join the Asfra Cycling Team
Ben FOAMES DARRAN will go to Belgium with Goma Dakwerken
Dan GARDNER joins the AnPost Chain Reaction Cycling Team in Belgium
Leon GLEDHILL joins Mikes Bikes in the USA
Owen JAMES joins Cote d’Amor Cycling Team in France
George JARY goes to Spain with Escribano Aero
Taylor JOHNSTONE rides for MIBA Baguet in Belgium
Harrison JONES goes to Spain with Foundation Contador U23 Cycling Team
Ross LAMB goes to Belgium with Profel United Cycling Team
Chris LAWLESS will ride for the Axeon Team in USA
Andy LEIGH will ride for 2nd year with Tarteletto – Isorex
Adam LEWIS rides for the Profel United Cycling Team in Belgium
Charlie MEREDITH goes to France in VC Toucy
Louis MODELL moves to France with Hennebont Cyclisme
Olly MOORS is returning to MIBA Baguet Cycling Team in Belgium
Abby Mae PARKINSON will ride for Drops Cycling Team and live in Europe
Elliot REDFERN will go to Spain to join Eiser Hirumet
Jake SCOTT rides for the second year with AnPost Chain Reaction in Belgium
Lucy SHAW will ride for Drops Cycling Team and live in Europe
Max SPEDDING stays in France but changes to UVCA Troyes
Joe SUTTON will ride for the Goma Dakwerken Team in Belgium
Matthew TEGGART graduates to the AnPost Chain Reaction Team in Belgium
James WILKINSON stays in Belgium but rides now for Vertrapo Cycling Team
Stephen WILLIAMS goes to ride for SEG Racing in Holland
Max WILLIAMSON goes to Spain for Eiser Hirumet
Jesse YATES returns to Hennebont Cyclisme in France

We had a huge number of applicants and unfortunately not everyone could receive support. We hope that those riders who were unsuccessful nevertheless manage to fulfill their ambition to race abroad and we wish them the best of luck.

Further information about Female Riders
The Dave Rayner Fund is aware of the huge increase in the number of female cyclists in the UK, many of whom now participate in races. Whilst we have supported female racers in the past we do know that the numbers have not been as many as we would have liked.

We realize that there are many opportunities for female racers to join teams that do race internationally without actually making a home base abroad.

The qualification criteria of the Dave Rayner Fund has always been that we only support individuals that commit to living abroad for the whole duration of the racing season.

Perhaps because of this strict criteria we do not normally receive many applications from females that fulfill this requirement, so it is likely that we will consider amending the criteria for applications in future years.

In the interim however, in order to offer an alternative solution to females who would like to experience foreign racing without a long term obligation we propose to offer an opportunity to participate in a racing trip to Belgium and Holland in the summer months.

This trip would be an ideal fact finding mission for riders who are interested in perhaps spending more time abroad in the future and could therefore qualify later for our normal season-long support.

More details will be released later about the dates and itinerary. We will also give details of how to apply.

For more information please contact press@daveraynerfund.co.uk. www.daveraynerfund.co.uk.

Dave Rayner:
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Team Sky and Pinarello Announce New Dogma F10
Team Sky will race on the new Pinarello DOGMA F10 in 2017 as the successful partnership between the team and Italian company enters its eighth year.

Lighter, stiffer and more aerodynamic than the DOGMA F8, the new bike will be phased in across the 2017 campaign and will sport a striking new design, utilizing elements of the data pattern to match the team’s new Castelli kit.

It follows in the footsteps of the DOGMA 60.1, DOGMA 2, DOGMA 65.1, DOGMA F8, DOGMA K8-S and DOGMA F8 Xlight - all of which have powered Team Sky to major success, including all four of Team Sky’s Tour de France victories.

The DOGMA F10 frame weighs 6.3% less than the F8 and is 7% stiffer, while the geometry remains the same - achieving all three major goals that Pinarello set out at the start of the development process.

Team Sky Team Principal Sir Dave Brailsford described Pinarello as the ‘perfect partner’ for the team.

Brailsford said: "We’ve been working in partnership with Pinarello on this new model for a while now and so the whole team are really excited about the new F10."

"Pinarello have been a big contributor to our success and we have worked closely with them since our inception."


"We were delighted to renew our partnership with Pinarello last year. They are committed to innovation and constant improvement, so they are the perfect partner for Team Sky."

Pinarello President Fausto Pinarello said: "Our new DOGMA F10 is the eighth bike we’ve provided for Team Sky in seven years, and as usual, the last one is always the best one… Good luck guys!"

Team Sky’s Head of Technical Operations Carsten Jeppesen expressed his excitement at the launch of the DOGMA F10.

Jeppesen said: "The F10 is the latest in a long line of cutting-edge and forward-thinking bikes from Pinarello, exemplifying the wonderful relationship we’ve enjoyed with them since the team’s inception. We were delighted to extend our partnership through to 2020 in the summer and firmly believe that the F10 is the best bike they’ve ever produced. Now we can’t wait to see it on the road in 2017."

Drag has been reduced around the new concave down tube by 12.6% while modifications to the fork dropouts, in line with the work done on the Pinarello Bolide TT, have reduced drag in that area by up to 10%.

The junction of the new Shimano DuraAce Di2 will also be integrated into the down tube, making it easily accessible for adjustment, while all cables will be internally routed.

The added stiffness has come from further revolutionary developments in Pinarello’s asymmetric frame designs. Utilizing the material Torayca T1100 1K, ensuring the highest tensile strength in the world, the frame is built to optimally counteract the asymmetric forces put through the bike, provided a stiffer and more balanced ride.

The partnership between Team Sky and Pinarello, which was extended for a further four years in 2016, has always been based on genuine collaboration, and this has again been true with the development of the new DOGMA F10.

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After being extensively fatigue and crash tested, the bike was ridden for the first time by three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, who gave Pinarello extremely positive and helpful feedback in the final stages of the DOGMA F10’s development.

Froome said: "I’ve always valued the way Pinarello work so closely with the team and the riders. It’s a true partnership. They make sure they are providing us with the best possible equipment for all types of racing. They are always seeking to go one better and that’s what they’ve done with the F10."

"I’ve been working on the new F10 with Pinarello for a long time now and so I’m really looking forward to starting my season on it. It’s a natural born winner."





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Telefónica Returns to La Vuelta
Telefónica will be the technological partner and exclusive telecommunications provider for the next three editions of the Vuelta Ciclista a España, from the current 2017 edition until the 2019 edition, thanks to a collaboration agreement with Unipublic.

The coming together of these two companies means a meeting of two organizations with over 80 years’ experience, both leaders in Spain within their respective fields, and both strongly dedicated to innovating and to reaching everyone.

Unipublic´s General Director, Javier Guillén, has highlighted during the signing of the agreement that "La Vuelta has been experiencing a period of continuous growth over the past few years, and this is a huge step forward in that respect. The addition of a leading company such as Telefónica will allow us to continue growing in terms of the quality of our event, at every level".

Luis Miguel Gilpérez, President of Telefónica España, said that "Telefónica has been linked to the world of cycling for many years. We were already a few years ago, in particular in the 90s as sponsors of the Spanish tour. And, since 2011, we are more than just an active part of the two-wheel sport with our Movistar Team. We are very proud to continue to give this race our most valuable asset, our brand, as it matches perfectly the values of effort, sacrifice and teamwork that we promote through Movistar".

The 2017 Vuelta, that turns 72 this year, will take off on the 19th of August and will finish on the 10th of September, following a total of 21 stages.

Best of La Vuelta a España 2016:



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Lotto Soudal Presentation - Behind the Scenes
The Belgian Lotto Soudal team had their presentation last month, the big event of the year for the men, women and development teams, here is the behind the scenes video.







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