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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!
No Tour of Qatar in 2017 - TOP STORY. Boxing Day cyclocross action from Heusden-Zolder with report, result and video. In other cycling news: Bradley Wigging retires again, signed jerseys from Lotto Soudal, Movistar sign Nuno Bico, Astana sign Truls Korsaeth, team for Eduard Vorganov, FDJ for Algarve, Dubai Tour teams, 2017 Tour de Langkawi route, Jens Voigt does the Everest Challenge and some retro Frank Vandenbroucke video.




TOP STORY: No Tour of Qatar in 2017?
The Union Cycliste International (UCI) have announced that the 2017 Tour of Qatar and Ladies Tour of Qatar will not take place. The race organizers, ASO, have not commented, yet.

The statement from the UCI: "The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has today received notice of the cancellation of both the Tour of Qatar and Ladies Tour of Qatar. It is understood the decision follows difficulty attracting sponsor financial support."

The 2017 Tour of Qatar was to be part of the WorldTour and along with the Tour of Abu Dhabi were to be part of a four race series in the Middle East at the start of the season: Dubai, Qatar, Oman and Abu Dhabi. The first tour of Qatar was in 2002 and was a joint venture between Eddy Merckx and ASO for the local government, the race started an interest in cycle sport in the area, the Tour of Oman in 2010, the Dubai Tour in 2014, then the Abu Dhabi Tour in 2015, culminating in the 2016 World championships.

The UCI think the race will not take place due to lack of finances, this coming on the coat-tails of Bahrain, UAE Abu Dhabi and Kuwait all sponsoring teams in 2017. The sudden announcement of the cancelation of a WorldTour race by an Arab State, one that spent a lot of money on a World championships, must be a worry to anyone involved with cycling dependent on money from that area.

No more wins for Cav in Qatar?



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Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup - Heusden-Zolder 2016
World champion Wout van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) is back to his winning ways to take top spot in the UCI World Cup round in Heusden-Zolder on Boxing Day Monday. The Belgian dominated the race from beginning to end to win by over a minute from Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Circus). Kevin Pauwels (Marlux-Napoleon Games) out-sprinted European champion Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions) for 3rd place. Big winner of the season so far, Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon), had mechanical problems and only finished 14th. Lars Boom (Astana) was 11th and Lars van der Haar (Giant-Alpecin) was 31st.

Van Aert went from the gun and only Toon Aerts was able to follow, but in the end he had to let the World champion go. Van der Poel was forced into the barriers and damaged his shoe, so couldn't get his foot in the pedal and had to change shoe and was a minute down by the start of lap 3.

Van Aert was unstoppable and extended his lead to 1.10 over Sweeck by the finish. Van der Poel looked good enough for third but a puncture finished his hopes. Toon Aerts also looked good for the podium, but a puncture had him back with Meeusen and Vermeersch leaving Sweeck the closest to Van Aert.

Van Aert leads the UCI World Cup with 450 points, Kevin Pauwels is 2nd with 359 and Laurens Sweeck in 3rd with 349. The next round of the UCI World Cup is on January 15th in Fiuggi, Italy with the final in Hoogerheide, Netherlands on January 22nd.

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Race winner, Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice): "It’s really weird, Zolder never used to be my favorite course until I turned world champion here. Now I win for the second time in a year. Clearly it does something with a person; it’s something special. “It pleased me a lot to win again and a bit of show at the finish was allowed. Showing off and then claiming it was by accident isn’t my style. If I tactically ride this way it’s usually my best way of racing. The last few race I’ve been beaten in the final lap and I wanted to play my cards earlier. Of course it wasn’t the goal to be alone that early but I saw Mathieu didn’t get away well and I tried to make it as hard as possible for him."

2nd, Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Circus): "Gianni Vermeersch lost the wheel and the gap was quickly up to 10 seconds. I briefly came closer but Wout had a good section at the back-end of the course where he opened up the gap again."

3rd, Kevin Pauwels (Marlux-Napoleon Games): "In the end Mathieu was gone but he had a mechanical. I’m often in third place these days but I’m not complaining."

11th, Lars Boom (Astana): "I am very happy with it, the feeling is much better than last year. It was good that it happened so fast. Last year I also did pretty well, but then it didn't work out for another meter. Now I started quickly. I had asked some guys to stay a little to the left for me. I had planned to start well and then just to see where I was. I wanted to try to keep that position lap after lap. That worked for a long time, but then at a certain point I realized that I am still missing some technical skills compared to those other guys that ride so many races. They got a few meters on me in technical sections and curves, and I lost some places in the end. This is a real boost. I have shown that I can still ride cross. I am very happy and now I can build further on this. My prologue can only improve from this and I also have ambitions in cross. My next race is Surhuisterveen and the Nationals follow. I really hope that I can go to the Worlds. I know that the spots are difficult to get - there are only six - and I do understand that some riders who ride all year, want to be there, but today I was in contention for 4th and 5th. The other Dutchmen don't do that so I really hope to get selected. If I can be top 16 in another World Cup, I'm basically selectable."

14th, Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon): "I took a good start but got forced into the barriers. I really wasn’t happy with that. With all the pushing going on I wrecked my shoe. Once I swapped my shoe, I realized that I had to focus for a podium result. I think third place was mine until I punctured."

Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup - Heusden-Zolder Result:
1. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice in 1:05:22
2. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) ERA-Circus at 1:10
3. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 1:41
4. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions
5. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:57
6. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 2:01
7. Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice at 2:03
8. Jens Adams (Bel) Crelan-Vastgoedservice
9. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions at 2:21
10. David Van Der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon at 2:25.




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Bradley Wiggins Retires... Again
Bradley Wiggins has announced his retirement from cycling, for sure. The 2012 Tour de France winner rode his last race in Gent, where he was born, in November and at the time cast doubt on finishing his career. Now in a statement via Facebook he has hung up his race wheels for good.

The five time Olympic champion said: "I've met my idols and ridden alongside the best for 20 years. 2016 is the end of the road for this chapter, onwards and upwards. Kids from Kilburn don't win Olympic golds and the Tour de France! They do now. What will stick with me forever is the support and love from the public though thick and thin, all as a result of riding a pushbike for a living. 2012 blew my mind and was a gas. Cycling has given me everything and I couldn't have done it without the support of my wonderful wife Cath and our amazing kids."

Wiggins retires with the dark cloud of suspicion over his use of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) which is still rumbling on.

Wiggins in Gent:



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André Greipel and Enzo Wouter:
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Bico Completes 2017 Movistar Team Roster
Promising 22-year-old from Portugal becomes 28th and final rider for Eusebio Unzué's team, will bring strength for all terrains.

The Movistar Team announces that Portugal's Nuno Bico (Viseu, 1994) will become a part of its official roster as soon as Sunday, 1 January, 2017. A great climber and rouleur, talented for both stage races and the most demanding classics, the former national U23 road race champion - he achieved his title in Braga, in 2015 - lands into the WorldTour scene after three seasons within the ranks of local Conti team Rádio Popular and an additional one inside the Klein Constantia development squad.

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Bico's confirmation is the last signing for the 2017 Movistar Team, which will be formed by the following 28 riders: Andrey Amador (CRC), Winner Anacona, Carlos Betancur, Dayer / Nairo Quintana (COL); Jorge Arcas, Carlos Barbero, Héctor Carretero, Jonathan Castroviejo, Víctor de la Parte, Imanol Erviti, Rubén Fernández, Jesús / José Herrada, Gorka Izagirre, Dani Moreno, Antonio Pedrero, José Joaquín Rojas, Marc Soler, Alejandro Valverde (ESP); Daniele Bennati, Adriano Malori (ITA); Richard Carapaz (ECU); Alex Dowsett (GBR); Nuno Bico, Nelson Oliveira (POR); Rory Sutherland (AUS); and Jasha Sütterlin (GER).

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Astana Sign Young Norwegian Truls Korsaeth
Astana Proteam is happy to announce that young Norwegian rider Truls Korsaeth will join the team for the next two seasons. 23-years-old rider comes to Astana from Team Joker – Byggtorget, a Norwegian continental team, where he spent the last four years.

"To become a professional rider of the WorldTour level has been my biggest dream for a long time. In 2017, this dream will finally become a reality thanks to Astana Proteam, which has believed in me and asked me to join their team in its big project. This is a huge step ahead, so I'm really exited and grateful for the opportunity. I would also like to thank Team Joker – Byggtorget, where I've spent the last seasons, for allowing me to develop as a rider and giving me a chance to reach a professional level with Astana Team. Now, all my thoughts are about my first season in the WorldTour!" – said Truls Korsæth.

Despite his youth, Truls has already proved himself as a strong TT specialist. In 2013 Korsaeth won a team time trial of the Circuit des Ardennes, while in 2014 he won the Duo Normand. In 2015, he became third in the Ronde van Vlaanderen Beloften and in the individual time trial of the Norwegian National Championships as well as won the Chrono des Nations U-23. In the last season Truls won a stage of the Tour de Gironde.

"Despite the team was already presented a few weeks ago, we decided to complete Astana roster with one more rider. We found a possibility to invite another rider and we chose Truls Korsaeth. He spent a very good season, while at the World Championships he impressed with the way he helped Alexander Kristoff on the hard route in Doha. Korsaeth joined us in the final part of the training camp in Calpe, so we had a chance to saw his potential once again. On the continental level Truls showed some good results in time trials and one-day races, so I am sure, in Astana he will find all conditions for his further development. We hope, he could strengthen our team in classic races," - explained general manager Alexandr Vinokurov.

Truls Korsaeth:
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Vorganov to Minsk
Eduard Vorganov will join the UCI Continental Minsk Cycling Club, it was announced via Twitter. Vorganov had been riding for the Katusha team since 2010 with a top 20 place in the Tour de France, but in February this year he gave a positive test for Meldonium at the Tour of Valencia and Katusha ended the contract. Although he was allowed to race in May, he had no team. Meldonium was a prohibited products from January 1, but athletes could be found to be positive if they had consumed the product before January.

Eduard Vorganov:
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Pinot and Démare for Algarve
French team, FDJ will send a strong team to the 43rd Volta ao Algarve, from February 15th to 19th. The team will be lead by Thibaut Pinot, 3rd in the 2014 Tour de France and 4th in the 2016 Volta ao Algarve. He will be joined by Sébastien Reichenbach who was 4th in Tirreno-Adriático. 2016 Milan-Sanremo winner Arnaud Démare will be there for the sprints with help from Marc Sarreau, Jacopo Guarnieri, William Bonnet, Ignatas Konovalovas and Tobias Ludvigsson.

Thibaut Pinot:
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Dubai Tour Team Line Up Announced: 16 Teams of 8 Riders at the Start
The list of the 16 teams invited to the race the fourth edition of the Dubai Tour – scheduled from January 31st to February 4th 2017 – has been officially announced.

Ten UCI WorldTeams, four UCI Professional Continental Teams, one UCI Continental Team and a UAE National Selection team will be at the start of the five-stage professional cycling race organized by the Dubai Sports Council in collaboration with RCS Sport. Each team at the start of the Dubai Tour will consist of eight riders.

TEAMS

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ASTANA PRO TEAM - KAZ:
Astana is more than just a cycling team: it’s part of the Astana President’s Professional Sports Club that was created by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.A. Nazarbayev in 2012, focused on several different sports including football, hockey, basketball, motorsports, rally-raid and boxing. Astana have shown great form racing in the Emirates, winning the 2016 Abu Dhabi Tour with the Estonian Tanel Kangert.

Astana’s palmarès includes an Olympic gold medal (Alexander Vinokurov, Men’s Road Race, London 2012), eight Grand Tour victories (three Giro d’Italia with Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador, three Vuelta a España with Fabio Aru, Vinokurov and Alberto Contador, two Tour de France with Contador and Nibali), 37 Grand Tour stage wins, and 164 others victories.

BAHRAIN-MERIDA - BRN: Founded in 2016, Bahrain-Merida is the first Middle Eastern team to achieve the WorldTour license – the highest level of professional cycling. The team is supported by a consortium of businesses and partners from the small island country of Bahrain and His Highness Sheikh Nasser. Under the General Manager Brent Copeland, the 2017 roster is composed of 28 riders from 12 different countries, including the Italians Vincenzo Nibali and Giovanni Visconti, the Lithuanian Ramūnas Navardauskas, the Spaniard Ion Izagirre, and the Australian Heinrich Haussler. For Dubai the roster could include Sonny Colbrelli, who may be in contention for any and all of the stages.

TEAM DIMENSION DATA - RSA: Founded in 2007, Dimension Data became the first ever African cycling team to gain a WorldTour license, in 2016. In the team’s palmarès you can find a Milan-Sanremo victory (Gerald Ciolek in 2013), six Tour de France stages, one Vuelta stage victory, two Tour of Britain overall classification wins (Edvald Boasson Hagen, 2015; Steve Cummings, 2016), and 36 National Championships.

The team was originally known as MTN–Qhubeka: Qhubeka is an Nguni word meaning to carry on, progress, or move forward. Qhubeka is part of World Bicycle Relief, a global non-profit organization dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing simple, sustainable transportation through bicycles – since 2005, World Bicycle Relief has delivered over 275,000 bicycles to developing countries.

The 2017 roster has as its main character the Manxman Mark “Cav” Cavendish. The sprinter won the 2015 Dubai Tour and undoubtedly his goal is a double.

MOVISTAR TEAM - ESP: The world’s best team for four consecutive years, according to the UCI WorldTour ranking, Movistar is one of the most established squads. It was founded in 1980 as Reynolds (till 1989), then became very famous as Banesto thanks to the multiple victories of Miguel Indurain (1990-2004), then Caisse d’Epargne (2005, with Illes Baleares to 2010), becoming Movistar from 2011. In total, 852 various victories, 14 of them Grand Tours, with seven in the Tour de France, three in the Giro d’Italia, and four in the Vuelta a España. Next season look out for the Colombians Nairo Quintana and Carlos Betancourt and the Spaniard Alejandro Valverde.

QUICK - STEP FLOORS - BEL: This WorldTour team, established in 2003, is based in Wevelgem, Belgium, a city that’s symbolic to Flemish cycling. Patrick Lefevere, one of the most victorious managers in the history of cycling, is in charge of Sports Management. Since its inception the team has recorded more than 500 victories, including 15 Monument Classics, four Road World Championships, five ITT World Championships, two TTT World Championships, two World Cups and an Olympic title. Current top riders for the team are sprinter Marcel Kittel (winner of eight stages at the Tour de France and the last Dubai Tour), Tom Boonen (four-time Paris-Roubaix winner), three-time UCI World TT Champion Tony Martin, Niki Terpstra (winner of Paris-Roubaix 2014), Dan Martin (winner of Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2013 and Giro di Lombardia 2014) and the Luxembourg Champion Bob Jungels.

TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO - NED: This cycling team was founded for the 1984 season under the name Kwantum, anchored by Jan Raas, and from 2015 the head sponsor has been Lotto-Jumbo. For the Dubai Tour the probable roster will include Juan Antonio Lobato, who won the third stage of the 2016 Dubai Tour on the Hatta dam and was third in the overall classification in both 2015 and 2016.

TEAM SKY - GBR: The team was founded in 2009 with the aim to win the Tour de France within five years… and the first Grand Tour victory came in 2012 at the Grand Boucle with Bradley Wiggins, soon followed by three more from Chris Froome (2013, 2015, 2016), along with more than 130 stage race wins and 15 one day competitions. The Omnium Olympic champion Elia Viviani won two stages in Dubai (one each in 2015 and 2016) and will probably be under the spotlights in the upcoming 2017 edition.

UAE ABU DHABI – UAE: Known for 20 years as Lampre, the team will be called UAE Abu Dhabi for the 2017 season. Managed by the former Italian champion Giuseppe Saronni, has recorded 25 Grand Tour stage wins, one Giro d’Italia GC victory (2011), one Tour of Flanders (Alessandro Ballan, 2007) and two Tours of Lombardy (Damiano Cunego, 2007-2008). For Dubai look out for the sprinter Sacha Modolo and the puncheur Diego Ulissi. They could both be included in the entry list.

TREK SEGAFREDO - USA: Founded in 2011 as Leopard Trek, this United States licensed team’s big achievements are the Vuelta a España victory by Chris Horner in 2013, 25 national titles in five years, two Tours of Flanders and a Paris-Roubaix win, thanks to Fabian Cancellara. John Degenkolb could be the Trek-Segafredo rider to watch in the next Dubai Tour.

BMC RACING TEAM - USA: This UCI WorldTour team headquartered in Santa Rosa, California was formed in 2006. A founding member of Velon, BMC Racing Team has recorded more than 30 wins per season since 2013 thanks to one day classic specialists and Grand Tour contenders. Two times TTT World Champions (2014 and 2015), winner of the 2011 Tour de France with Cadel Evans and most recently winner of the 2016 Rio Olympic Road Race with Greg Van Avermaet.

The pack is on the way of the Business Bay Stage of the Dubai Tour 2016. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 06 February 2016. ANSA/CLAUDIO PERI

UCI Professional Continental Teams
BARDIANI CSF - ITA:
Founded in 1982 by Bruno Reverberi, Bardiani-CSF has raced the Giro d’Italia 34 times and includes 25 stage wins in its palmarès.

TEAM NOVO NORDISK - USA: This global sports team made up entirely from athletes with diabetes comprises more than 100 cyclists, triathletes and runners, from 20 countries, and is spearheaded by the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team, based in the USA. Founded in 2005 by Phil Southerland and Joe Eldridge, Team Novo Nordisk’s mission is to inspire, educate and empower people affected by diabetes. The cycling team has amassed more than 30 victories since 2008.

WILIER TRIESTINA - ITA: Founded in 2008, the team managed by Angelo Citracca has a interesting palmarès, including four stage wins at the Giro d’Italia and the overall classifications of the Tour of Turkey (Visconti, 2010) and the Tour de Langkawi (José Rujano, 2010), along with four National titles.

AQUA BLUE SPORT - IRL: Ireland’s first UCI Professional Continental Cycling Team, set-up by businessman Rick Delaney, is making its debut in the 2017 season.

ONE PROCYCLING - GBR: Launched in 2014 by retired professional cricketer Matt Prior and businessman Simon Chappell, ONE Pro Cycling can boast two National Time Trial titles (Marcin Bialoblocki, Poland, 2015 and Hayden McCormick, New Zealand, 2016) plus 17 other various victories.

National Selection
UAE National Selection - UAE: A special team of riders representing the Emirates will be a big draw for the local supporters and ensure that the highest-caliber Middle-Eastern racers rub shoulders with the very best cyclists in the world at the Dubai Tour.

Marcel Kittel won the 2016 Dubai Tour:
Marcel Kittel of the Etixx–Quick-Step lifts the 2016 Dubai Tour trophy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 06 February 2016. ANSA/DANIEL DAL ZENNARO


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The Toughest Test Yet For Le Tour de Langkawi
The 22nd edition of Le Tour de Langakawi (LTdL) from 22nd February to 1st March 2017 will truly be seen as a year when the most evident switch towards the future of Asia biggest cycling event being secured, apart from the usual business of an exciting eight stages of racing on the cards.

While the economic situations threatens to take centerstage, the organizers Ciclista Sports Sdn Bhd and the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia have ensured LTdL powers on through testing times with resilience.

Kicking off from the heartland of Malaysian cycling in the East Coast of the Peninsula, LTdL 2017 will take on a rare anti-clockwised route to the West, covering scenic and popular cycling routes which fans can easily relate to.

But there will be no easy days in the saddle this time around.

If Stage 1, a short 130km blast from Kuala Terengganu to Kuala Berang in Terengganu can expectedly present the sprinters with the early honors, the 208.1km Stage 2 will see the peloton start off massaged by coastal winds from the South China Sea, but end up across the Titiwangsa Range that splits the two coasts, with the finish in Gerik.

Stage 3 from Serdang (Kedah) to Pantai Remis may be short, but it will be tricky too with a rushing peloton expected to cover the 118km swiftly for another sprinters show in a bunch sprint.

Cameron Highlands again offers itself as the Queen Stage of the race, with a 174km route that starts in Seri Manjung, meaning the peloton will be stretched out, with the general classification battle taking centerstage.

Stage 5 will offer a touch of the traditional, with a 148.8km stage starting in Tapah and ending in what used to be the traditional setting for the grand finish of the race, the Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur.

The sixth day sees another race towards a traditional cycling hotbed, starting in Senawang and ending in Muar, Johor, before the penultimate stage sees the peloton head back towards the Klang Valley with a 148km stage from Malacca to Bandar Baru Bangi.

LTdL 2017 then ends with a parade from Setiawangsa in Kuala Lumpur, into the administrative capital of Putrajaya, where a six-lap procession around a 6km circuit awaits before the final finish line of this edition.

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Minister of Youth and Sports YB Brigadier Jeneral Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar admitted this edition to be full of challenges, but he remained confident that an exciting edition will nevertheless be delivered yet again.

"It will be a very challenging year in 2017, because the Ministry of Youth and Sports will be focused on the organization of the Sea Games, which Malaysia is hosting," said YB Khairy.

"The ministry has had to cancel, postpone or reduce the budgets of other sporting events due to the focus and priority in terms of finances given to the Sea Games, but seeing the popularity of LTdL and its importance as a sports tourism event for the nation, we decided it has to continue, even with a reduced budget," he added.

Khairy said a decision was made upon discussion with Ciclista Sports Sdn Bhd, that despite the budget cuts and various cost-cutting measures, the quality of the race will not be jeopardized.

"Ciclista Sports also understands that for an event such as this to survive in the long run, it's funding has to be fully sourced from corporate sponsors and no longer rely on government funds," he said.

LTdL 2017 Chief Executive Officer Emir Abdul Jalal agreed that this could be the toughest edition yet in terms of the challenges faces in organizing the event, but despite that, the standards and quality of the event will be maintained.

"This may be the toughest year ever for us to organize, given the current economic situation and the limited budget, but we will endeavor to deliver an equally exciting race for the fans and spectators," said Emir.

"We have been working towards fully corporatizing the event for some time now and that focus will remain. We are fully focused towards getting corporate sponsors on board to bring the race forward into the future."

Emir said despite the budget cuts, the standards of the race will still adhere to requirements set by the International Cycling Union (UCI) as a 2.HC status event on the UCI Asia Tour calendar.

"Of course, budget cuts are budget cuts. It means we will not be able to put on a lavish race with too many luxuries. But the standards of organization and the quality of racing will be maintained," said Emir.

Le Tour De Langkawi 2017 Route:
Stage 1 - Wed, 22 February 2017 : Kuala Berang - Kuala Terengganu (130 km)
Stage 2 - Thurs, 23 February 2017 : Jerteh – Gerik (208.1 km)
Stage 3 - Fri, 24 February 2017 : Serdang – Pantai Remis (118 km)
Stage 4 - Sat, 25 February 2017 : Seri Manjung – Cameron Highlands (174 km)
Stage 5 - Sun, 26 February 2017 : Tapah – Dataran Merdeka (148.8 km)
Stage 6 - Mon, 27 February 2017 : Senawang – Muar (176.3 km)
Stage 7 - Tues, 28 February 2017 : Bandaraya Melaka – Bandar Baru Bangi (148.8 km)
Stage 8 - Wed, 1 March 2017 : Setiawangsa – Putrajaya (121 km)
TOTAL DISTANCE : 1,225 km.

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Jens Voigt does the Everest Challenge!
The new year will start with a new challenge for one of the most passionate professionals of all time: Jens Voigt will tackle "Jensie's Everest Challenge" in order to raise funds for the Tour du Cure, an organization benefiting the fight against cancer.

On January 2nd, Jens will start a monumental effort in the early morning hours that will last approximately 24 hours. Jens will ride up and down the famous Berlin Teufelsberg, his home-mountain which features about 90m of elevation. He will do so on his TREK Cronus CX bike until he reaches the accumulated vertical elevation of the famous Mount Everest: 8.848m!

"Of course people might think I am crazy to do something like this" Jens Voigt acknowledges. "But hey, I never said I wasn't crazy right? Haha. After my hour record a while back, which was already a special achievement, this is something I wan't to do for two reasons. First and foremost I was touched by the amazing charity work of the Tour de Cure and I want to help raise as much awareness and funds for the fight against cancer as possible. The second reason is that I love to challenge my limits. I love to go above and beyond, trying to see what my body and mind are capable of. And what's a better way to do this than riding my bike for 24 hours - climbing the equivalent of the Mount Everest? It will possibly be the ride that embodies my motto "Shut up Legs" like nothing else I've ever done on the bike before. I'll probably yell at my legs most of the second 12 hours!"

Jens Voigt will start in the early morning hours January 2nd and finish his effort around 24 later. He welcomes fans, fellow riders, supporters and everyone who would like to be part of this epic event to drop by, cheer on him or ride next to him for a while. For those who can't be in Berlin, Jens will post pictures and live videos on his Facebook Fanpage. People all over the world can donate to Tour de Cure here: DONATE

More info about Tour de Cure: www.tourdecure.com.au
More info about Jens Voigt: www.shutuplegs.com
Press Inquiries: www.corso.pro

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Frank Vandenbroucke
A bit of retro action from Frank VDB. One of the great riders of the road who came to a sad end, but when he raced he brought excitement to the table. Like Tom Simpson, José María Jiménez and Marco Pantani, VDB was a flame that burned bright, but not for long.

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