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EuroTrash Monday!
It’s a BIG Giro d’Italia EuroTrash Monday with all the action, videos, results and rider quotes from the first two stages. But it’s not all Italy, we also have the 4 Jours de Dunkerque and the Vuelta a Madrid, plus news form the Vuelta a España. Forse un pezzo di panattoni con il vostro caffè?

The other week it was Bradley Wiggins who was having problems with his equipment when his Shimano Di2 let him down during the final stage of the Giro del Trentino. His gears didn’t work and he quite elegantly launched his Pinarello to the other side of the road. Strangely we heard no more about it from team or rider. In Saturday’s stage 1 of the Giro d’Italia Mark Cavendish’s Omega Pharma – Quick-Step lead-out man; Gert Steegmans had an obvious gear problem leaving Cavendish on his own in the decisive last meters. Cavendish still won the stage, but it could have been tricky. After the finish Mark said; "Steegmans had a problem with his gears and so I had to close a ten-metre gap with just 500m to go. I had to go in the red to win the sprint." He added that “this isn’t the first time that it’s happened this season.” Now he could have been referring to being left to fend for himself by his team or he could have been referring to his equipment. Memories of the Andy Schleck case come to mind when he had problems and had to put his chain back on the chainwheel as Alberto Contador disappeared into the distance. I guess the biggest surprise is hearing a rider criticising his equipment, you don’t hear that very often.

Along with the new web-site design we have a new section; NEWSWIRE, you can find it down the right hand side on the home page, just above the EuroTrash section. Basically you can read those bits of news that maybe didn’t make the deadline for EuroTrash Monday/Thursday or wasn’t big enough for a standalone article, there will also be press releases from teams, races, manufacturers and anything else we think you might want to know. NEWSWIRE won’t be taking anything away from the current sections, but will hopefully add to your PEZ enjoyment. New items will be posted as they come in to us at PEZ HQ, so come back for a regular check up!

Giro d’Italia 2013
The best Grand Tour of the year launched its self up and down the Neapolitan coast in Stage 1 over an undulating 130 kilometres. The stage was animated by the Australian Cameron Wurf of Cannondale, first he was away with Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), then they were joined by five others; Guillaume Bonnafond (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Marco Canola (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox), Ricardo Mestre (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Brian Bulgac (Lotto Belisol) and Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM). The group worked well together and built up a 2 minute lead, but there was a battle for the KOM points, which in the end was given to Visconti. Wurf went for the points on the last climb and carried on with the effort until he was caught in the last 20 kilometres. There had been a lot of crashes and punctures in the peloton and the most important came on the run-in to the finish, about 2 kilometres to the line. This split the bunch leaving around 15 or so riders battling for the win and the first Pink jersey. It appeared that Mattia Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli) and Davide Apollonio (Ag2r-La Mondiale) fell and caused a big gap, Orica-GreenEdge were powering on the front for Matt Goss, Elia Viviani (Cannondale) was faster than Goss and was looking good until Mark Cavendish passed him to take the stage in fine style. His Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team mate; Gert Steegmans had gear problems and Cav had to do much of the sprint on his own. Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) was third after he and fourth placed Danilo Hondo (RadioShack Leopard) had a tussle with 1 K to go. Cavendish was back to his usual happy self, although he wasn’t pleased at the mechanical problems.

Cavendish said: "It was a difficult stage for me, with all the corners and accelerations it was almost like a criterium race or something. The team did an incredible job to stay in the front. Things didn't go quite so perfect in the end, with Steegmans getting a mechanical problem in the final kilometer, but I made the best of it. I had to catch the GreenEDGE train and that took a lot of energy. Sprinters are ones who can really sprint in the red zone, and I was in the red for most of that. It was really hot out there, but I wanted it so bad. The team worked so hard for me all day, and after the Classics not quite going as planned we wanted to really start getting things right. I'm happy we could win this first stage."

Jerome Pineau and Steegmans crashed, but without physical consequence while working at the front for Cavendish with about 40kms to go.

"Just because it's not a big line in the last kilometer doesn't mean that the team hasn't done everything to get me there," Cavendish continued about the work of the team going into the sprint finale. "You would have seen a mastermind from Gert had he not had yet another mechanical this year. He did an incredible job to lead me up in the last kilometers, got on the right wheel and then unfortunately had a mechanical problem. Sure I had to close a gap in the last kilometer but had he not had a complication, you would have seen him lead me to the front and then in the final. So I'm really happy how it went, as the guys rode all day on the front. It's not easy to sit on the front when you've got guys surging and there's a sprint for every corner. It's like a series of efforts. It's not easy to sprint for every corner, brake, accelerate. It's not easy and the team did that all day before dropping me off at the end. I'm lucky I've got the speed to be able to come back like that in the final. I'm really happy today."

Cavendish also made a bit of a promise with Paul Smith, designer of the 2013 Giro d'Italia Maglia Rosa.

"He said 'I'm coming to Napoli, but you've got to promise you'll win the jersey for me,'" Cavendish said of his conversation with Smith before the Giro. "I told him I'll try my best and see what happens. I'm super happy, he's a great friend of mine. He's always a supporter whether things are going good or bad. You can see he just loves it. He loves cycling, and he did some laps in the team car today. I'm so happy he's here. He's a really great man. What he's done to design the jersey for the Giro is really incredible. I'm happy to wear it, for him and the team."

As for the next goals, Cavendish said that the set up of the Giro this year makes the goal of the Red Jersey a particularly difficult task for pure sprinters. He said his bigger goal is victories in the few remaining flat stages that favor the bunch sprints. Also, he noted that the Stage 2, 17.4km TTT will not be as easy as it may seem with a team that won the UCI TTT World Championship in 2012. Still, OPQS will do what it can with a strong bunch of riders.

"We had a more specialist TTT group in Tirreno-Adriatico," Cavendish said. "We had Tony Martin there, who did about 15km of the 18km on the front. So, it's a little difficult without a guy like him, but we will do our best. The TTT is a lot more about commitment from the riders and you saw today that we've got that. So, we're going to do everything to keep the Maglia Rosa and have respect for the jersey. We also have respect for each other. We want to try and succeed."

Adam Blythe was the only BMC Racing Team rider not held up by a crash that split the peloton Saturday on the opening stage of the Giro d'Italia, while teammate Klaas Lodewyck went into the barriers but was not seriously hurt.

Fewer than two dozen riders escaped the pile-up that happened as the field of 207 riders made a right turn onto a section of pavé on the eight-kilometer finishing circuit that was part of the 130 km race. "Some guys took me with them and I crashed into the barriers," Lodewyck said. "I have a little bit of pain in my wrist on my left hand. I hope it's only pain from the crash and it goes away so I can race tomorrow pain free." Blythe finished seventh as Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) took the win ahead of Elia Viviani (Cannondale Pro Cycling) and Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ). "I was a bit blocked when the sprint started, which was a bit of a shame because Taylor (Phinney) did an amazing job for me," Blythe said. "Hopefully, I'll get another chance like that and we can have another go of it. I haven't done many bunch sprints in a long time – since the Tour of Qatar almost. So hopefully there are more to come."

BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said with the exception of Lodewyck, the team emerged from a "nervous day" in relatively good shape. "It was super work by Taylor to bring Adam into good position," Baldato said. "He had to fight a little bit with Bouhanni and he maybe lost a little bit of energy there. But overall, today was good for us." Cadel Evans said he expected a few anxious moments but was looking forward to Sunday's team time trial and the more decisive stages of the three-week race. "The start of a big grand tour it is always nervous," Evans said. "A tight circuit, rough roads, potholes and so on makes for a little bit of a nervous race. But I'm happy to get things underway and get through unscathed. This was just a warm-up for the next few days, which will be a more clear indicator of where the race is going to pan out."

Unluckily for Team Lampre-Merida, Ferrari had stop for the crash, even if he was not involved, as he explains: "I was pedalling in a good position, thanks to the support that Pozzato had given me. In the bend, some riders went too fast and so they went straight on. I had to brake and so my chances of obtaining a good result were over.”

Scarponi completed the stage without problems: "I pedalled in the front part of the group all day long; I wanted to avoid troubles on such a fast circuit. It has been a very interesting cycling day; the only regrets for the team are Pietropolli's crash and Ferrari who missed the chance to battle in the sprint.”

Pietropolli crashed in the central part of the stage, suffering with scrapes and a bruised arm.

Team Lampre-Merida's cyclists made their debut in Giro pedalling on new model of bikes that has been provided by Merida: the name is Reacto Evo and it was already used by Pozzato in the early part of the season. Now it is available for all the team's cyclists, in addition to the already used Scultura SL.

Giro d’Italia Stage 1 Result:
1. Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step in 2:58:18
2. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale
3. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ
4. Danilo Hondo (Ger) Radioshack Leopard
5. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Radioshack Leopard
6. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
7. Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar
8. Adam Blythe (GB) BMC
9. Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge at 0:23
10. Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge at 032.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 1:
1. Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step in 2:58:18
2. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale at 0:08
3. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ at 0:12
4. Danilo Hondo (Ger) Radioshack Leopard at 0:19
5. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Radioshack Leopard at 0:20
6. Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
7. Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar
8. Adam Blythe (GB) BMC
9. Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge at 0:23
10. Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge at 0:32.

Stage 1 action:

The Stage 2 team time trial of 17.4 kilometres round the island of Ischia was a exhibition of team riding by the Sky team as they beat Movistar by 9 seconds and Vincenzo Nibali’s Astana team by 14 seconds. Bradley Wiggins didn’t pull on the Pink jersey as Salvatore Puccio crossed the line first. Mark Cavendish had to relinquish his overall lead as his Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team lost 40 seconds to Sky. Last year’s Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal lost 25 seconds with Gramin-Sharp. Euskaltel-Euskadi with leader Samuel Sanchez free-wheeled across the line as they were down to four riders and lost 1:01, the only slower team was Argos-Shimano at 1:13.

The result placed five Team Sky riders in the top five overall, with Puccio heading Sir Bradley Wiggins, Sergio Henao, Dario Cataldo and Rigoberto Uran – all five riders crossing the line together at the finish to stage two.

The first time on the island in 54 years at the Giro, the stage marked the second time Team Sky have claimed the pink jersey after Wiggins in 2010, and was also the second consecutive team time trial victory for the team after success in April at the Giro del Trentino.

Salvatore Puccio, in the Pink jersey: Today was an incredible result and it is a huge surprise. I could never have thought this morning that I would be pulling on the maglia rosa. It is incredible! Once again the team showed how strong we are. Everyone put in a huge effort and it is very satisfying to be part of a big team result like this. For an Italian rider to pull on the maglia rosa is one of the best things that can happen to you.”

Marcus Ljungqvist, Team Sky Sports Director: “It was a big day for everyone and to finish it off like we did today is incredible. It was a really good ride from the boys. They measured their effort well and got everything out of themselves. Coming down to five guys right at the end there was a good timing and everything worked out great. It was a tough course and a place where there was potential to really win and lose some time. It was easy to blow the team apart on the climbs but the guys stayed together well.”

An extraordinary performance from Movistar Team put them in 2nd place of stage two in the 2013 Giro d'Italia, a 17.4-kilometer team time trial in the Isola d'Ischia where the telephone squad confirmed their quality after several great outings in this speciality -winners in the 2012 Vuelta, 6th in the TTT Worlds, 2nd in last March's Tirreno-Adriatico-. Eusebio Unzué's squad, directed on Italian soil by José Luis Arrieta and Chente García Acosta, made a magnificent effort to finish just nine seconds slower than the winners, British team Sky. The Spanish team was fastest through the intermediate point with two seconds of advantage and kept the pace superbly in the second part of the route, with five riders coming together to the finish: Intxausti, Capecchi, Dowsett, José Herrada and 'maglia azzurra' Giovanni Visconti.

The negative sidenote came from Juanjo Cobo, who suffered a serious blow in his knee during the route inspection after accidentally hitting the handlebars. The Spaniard had a deep wound in a specially sensitive zone in his rotula, and despite ice being put on the injury, a puncture in the start zone made him lose sight of his team-mates, still keeping a decent pace to arrive at the finish just two and a half minutes after the Blue train. Movistar Team's top guns are now in a privileged position in the overall -with Intxausti in 6th-, as Salvatore Puccio (Sky) takes over the 'maglia rosa' prior to a difficult stage three on Monday: 222 kilometers between Sorrento and Marina di Ascea, with the Cat. 3 climb of Sella di Catona -20k from the finish- before a tricky descent in the finale.

Eusebio Unzué: "Sincerely, after seeing how the other teams performed, the kind of route we had for today and looking at our previous performances, we thought winning was possible. We rolled down the ramp with confidence to do so and we were really close. It's sad, because things were going well but we paid off after Cobo couldn't be there, in such a finale and on a route that suited him perfectly. We had to slow down a bit in the final climb because we needed five men together, and we might have lost the TT there. But despite being a little bit sad due to the short margin and because we knew the pink jersey came with the stage victory, it's a day to be proud of. You don't celebrate after a 2nd place, but this is one that makes us really happy. It confirms that we're on top of the speciality, and the last results give us extra morale for a competition that requires maximum performance to contest the victories. We're strong on a psychological side right now and we're ready to fight for the first goal we came for, the stage victory, though we're also close to the 'maglia rosa', and should the race offer us a chance, we'll try to profit."

Giovanni Visconti, KOM leader: "We knew we were within the favourites and ready to do well. It was a hard TT, perfect for our characteristics. We're a bit furious after coming so close to the 'maglia rosa' following that top time in the intermediate, but the real gaps between riders from the same team come to the fore in the second part of every team time trial, and we lost a bit there. However, we must stay happy because we did a great race and we were second only to such a team as Sky. We're now up-front in the overall and there are two days coming up with difficult finishes where there's a slight hope of fighting for the pink jersey. We'll see how this race develops."

Team Saxo-Tinkoff did the course in 22.48 minutes and as expected, Team Sky finished the course in the fastest time, 22.05 minutes: We can't compete with Sky on a day like today where they get to shine but I experienced Rafa (Majka) riding very fast. Actually, he was riding so fast he was starting to create small gaps in the line but it only tells us that he's highly motivated and in terrific condition. I'm sure that we'll flash the colours in the race later on. We are very close in today's GC and only a few seconds separate the teams. Tomorrow, we'll meet quite a few small climbs in the beginning of the stage so our main task is to keep Rafa out of trouble. I expect that a group of 80 riders will reach the finish line in the first group,” said Saxo-Tinkoff DS, Dan Frost.

Today performance was the best by any Lampre team in the Giro in recent times: “I'm very satisfied, team mates and I realized an amazing team time trial,” Scarponi commented. “The course was demanding, it was very difficult to manage the team's automatisms but we succeeded in a great way to do it. Maybe we had a tough moment in the central part of the stage, when we were only five riders left: then, Cattaneo was great in keeping hard until the finish line. I'm also very happy for Merida TT Warp bike, it's such a good bike that today performance was possible also thanks to Merida.”

Giro d’Italia Stage 2 Result:
1. Sky in 22:05
2. Movistar at 0:09
3. Astana at 0:14
4. Katusha at 0:19
5. Vini Fantini-Selle Italia at 0:22
6. Lampre-Merida
7. Garmin-Sharp at 0:25
8. Blanco at 0:28
9. Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:34
10. Cannondale at 0:35.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 2:
1. Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky in 3:20:43
2. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky
3. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky
4. Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky
5. Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky
6. Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar at 0:09
7. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar
8. José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar
9. Alex Dowsett (GB) Movistar
10. Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar.

Stage 2 TTT:

4 Jours de Dunkerque 2013
Stage 2 and the second stage win for Arnaud Démare (FDJ) in a row and obviously he holds onto the overall. The 178 kilometre stage from Lewarde to Douchy les Mines was enlivened by Evaldas Siskevicius (Sojasun), Florian Vachon (Bretagne-Séché), Yves Lampaert (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Flavien Dassonville (BigMat-Auber 93) who went up the road early. The four managed a lead of 2 minutes after 88 kilometres and the lead dropped from then on until 50 kilometres were left and their escape was over due to the chase of FDJ, Garmin-Sharp and Europcar. From there to the finish Garmin-Sharp and FDJ controlled the peloton, then in the last kilometre it was FDJ for Démare and he showed Kenny van Hummel (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Ramon Sinkeldam (Argos-Shimano) how to sprint.

4 Jours de Dunkerque Stage 2 Result:
1. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ in 4:12:40
2. Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM
3. Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Argos-Shimano
4. Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp
5. Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis
6. Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
7. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
8. Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) Champion System
9. Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Wanty
10. Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement.

4 Jours de Dunkerque Overall After Stage 2:
1. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ in 7:51:15
2. Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:10
3. Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Argos-Shimano
4. Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement at 0:12
5. Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 0:15
6. Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Sojasun at 0:16
7. Julien Duval (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
8. Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
9. Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis at 0:17
10. Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ at 0:18.

Stage 2:

Yet another stage win for Arnaud Démare (FDJ) in Stage 3 with yet another bunch sprint, his team mate Geoffrey Soupe was second and Ramon Sinkeldam (Argos-Shimano) was third. Maxime Daniel (Sojasun), Hugo Houle (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Maxime Le Montagner (Roubaix Lille Metropole) and Jani Tewelde (MTN-Qhubeka) made up the early break out of Oignies on the 179 kilometres to Liévin. Blel Kadri (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Julien Duval (Roubaix Lille Metropole) replaced Tewelde and Le Montagner in the break and then Kadri dropped everyone with around 30 kilometres to go. On the last climb of the Notre Dame de Lorette José Gonçalves (La Pomme Marseille) got across to Kadri but couldn’t hold the Frenchman, next Jean-Pierre Drucker (Accent Jobs-Wanty) jumped over to Kadri with 7 kilometres to go, but this didn’t work either and they were caught with 3 kilometres to go and the sprint was set up for Démare by FDJ.

4 Jours de Dunkerque Stage 3 Result:
1. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ in 4:24:18
2. Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ
3. Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
4. Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Procycling Team
5. Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
6. Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp
7. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale
8. Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling
9. Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Sojasun
10. Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis.

4 Jours de Dunkerque Overall After Stage 3:
1. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ in 12:15:23
2. Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Argos-Shimano at 0:16
3. Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM at 0:20
4. Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne Séché Environnement at 0:22
5. Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ at 0:24
6. Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93 at 0:25
7. Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Sojasun at 0:26
8. Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis at 0:27
9. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise at 0:29
10. Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis.

Stage 3:

Stage 4 from Louvre lens to Parc Départemental d’Olhain was again a fast and furious affair. Michel Kreder (Garmin-Sharp) won form a split group of eight rider’s just seconds ahead of the fractured peloton. Overall leader; Arnaud Démare (FDJ) was in the group finishing 5th and holding on to his lead going into the Sunday’s last stage back to Dunkerque. FDJ and Garmin-Sharp had been dominant during the stage, holding the peloton together into the last 5 kilometres. On a steep climb with 2.6 kilometres to go Florian Vachon (Bretagne Seche Environnemont) went for a solo win. Behind him; FDJ were left to do the chasing on the tough climb to the finish, in the end it was the pink leaders’ jersey of Démare who pulled his group up to Vachon for Kreder to jump past for the opportunist win.

After the line, the crafty Michel Kreder admitted he was waiting for the final meters before making his move.

Bad luck for Tom Stamsnijer (Argos-Shimano) who crashed during the stage breaking his scapula. He was amongst the team cars on his way back to the peloton after a puncture at 70 kph. He crashed on a corner with a bad road surface. Team physician Edwin Achterberg confirmed: “Tom crashed on his left shoulder and broke his scapula. It is a stable fracture and conservative treatment is sufficient, but recovery for this kind of fracture normally takes several weeks.”

4 Jours de Dunkerque Stage 4 Result:
1. Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp in 4:40:30
2. Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne Séché Environnement
3. Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun
4. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale
5. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
6. Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling
7. Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling
8. Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne Séché Environnement
9. Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN Qhubeka at 0:10
10. Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Argos-Shimano.

4 Jours de Dunkerque Overall After Stage 4:
1. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ in 16:55:53
2. Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne Séché Environnement at 0:16
3. Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp at 0:20
4. Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Argos-Shimano at 0:26
5. Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun
6. Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne Séché Environnement at 0:30
7. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale
8. Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling
9. Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling
10. Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ at 0:31.

Stage 4:

The Final Stage 5 went to Yannick Martinez (La Pomme Marseille) who attacked in the last meters to the line and could not be caught before the finish. Matthias Friedeman (Champion System) and Mathieu Drjon BigMat-Auber 93) were second and third. Earlier in the stage Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Chun Kai Feng (Champion System), Evaldas Siskevicius & David Le Lay (Sojasun), Rudy Kowalski (Roubaix Lille Métropole), Nikita Novikov (Vacansoleil-DCM) and José Goncalves (La Pomme Marseille) broke away and then Mondory, Feng and Le Lay left the others and had a lead of 2 minutes with 60 kilometres to go, they were eventually caught in the last 5 kilometres. FDJ ran out of fire power and Martinez took his chance. Arnaud Démare was safe in the bunch for the overall prize to go with his three stage wins.

4 Jours de Dunkerque Stage 5 Result:
1. Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme-Marseille in 3:41:28
2. Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System
3. Benoit Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
4. Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis
5. Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM
6. Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Wanty
7. Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Argos-Shimano
8. Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM
9. Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion System
10. Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise.

4 Jours de Dunkerque Final Overall Result:
1. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ in 20:37:21
2. Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne Séché Environnement at 0:16
3. Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Argos-Shimano at 0:26
4. Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun
5. Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne Séché Environnement at 0:30
6. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale
7. Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling
8. Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling
9. Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp
10. Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ at 0:31.

The final stage 5:

Vuelta a Madrid 2013
Just minutes ahead of the start of the Corsa Rosa, the Andalusian rewards Movistar Team with their 11th win of the season after brilliant teamwork

There couldn't be a better start to Movistar Team's participation in the 96th Giro d'Italia. Just minutes before the first stage of the Corsa Rosa in Naples, Javi Moreno has brought another big joy to the telephone squad by winning atop the Puerto de La Morcuera in the 27th Vuelta a Madrid. The Andalusian rider beat Landa (EUS), Fernández (OFM) and team-mate Rubén Plaza at the 1,800-meter high climb to achieve the 11th victory this season by Eusebio Unzué's squad, keeping the same accounts of the previous two years before the Giro -10 victories in 2011, 12 in 2012-.
The Madrilian race was marked by a long, seven-man breakaway including Ángel Madrazo, which was reeled back in before the start of the final climb. Movistar Team, which still had Szmyd, Plaza, Moreno and Jesús Herrada into the 20-rider group alive at the first slopes, made their superiority count with a strong attack by Plaza with 4k from the finish. Javi Moreno would end up countering Plaza's attempt to leave Delio Fernández and Landa behind in the final meters. It's Moreno's first success of the season -his 5th in eight years as pro rider, after the ones notched up in this very race (’07) and Asturias (’11) and the overall classifications in Asturias (also in '11) and Castilla y León (2012)-, the year having kicked off in great style for the Spaniard, with his 2nd place overall in the Tour Down Under.

Javi Moreno: “The strategy was trying to work as less as possible during the day, trying to make the breaks and going with Szmyd, Plaza or myself at the final climb. It went perfectly, because Madrazo was into the escape and we only had to push in the finale. Caja Rural put a strong tempo into the La Morcuera climb and broke things up; then, Rubén attacked and splitted everything into pieces. I countered his move with 3k to go and only Delio Fernández could follow me. Just before the last kilometer, Landa came to out wheel, and even though I saw myself being a little bit stronger than them, it wasn't enough to go solo. That's why I chose to stay with them until the end - it proved the right thing. I needed this victory because, even though I was doing well, things didn't go really perfect or as I wanted them to be. I always saw this team work like a clock when I was part of smaller squads, and it's a pleasure to make part of it. But not only when they work for me: also when we're committed to help another team-mate."
Thanks to the Movistar team for the race report.

Vuelta a Madrid Result:
1. Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar in 4:25:01
2. Mikel Landa (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
3. Delio Fernandez (Spa) OFM-Quinta Da Lixa at 0:04
4. Rubén Plaza (Spa) Movistar at 0:20
5. Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural at 0:27
6. Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural at 0:29
7. Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 0:31
8. Daniel Petrov (Bul) Caja Rural at 0:41
9. Sylvester Szyd (Pol) Movistar at 0.49
10. Aleksey Rybalkin (Rus) Lokosphinx at 1:06.

Vuelta a España 2013
The organization of the Vuelta a España announced the teams that have been selected to participate in Vuelta a España 2013 that will take place from 24th August to 15th September and will begin in Vilanova de Arousa, Pontevedra (Rias Baixas).

2013 UCI ProTeams.
AG2R La Mondiale (Fra)
Astana Pro Team (Kaz)
Blanco Pro Cycling (Ned)
BMC Racing Team (USA)
Cannondale Pro Cycling (Ita)
Euskaltel – Euskadi (Esp)
FDJ (Fra)
Garmin – Sharp (USA)
Katusha Team (Rus)
Lampre – Merida (Ita)
Lotto Belisol (Bel)
Movistar Team (Esp)
Omega Pharma – Quickstep Cycling Team(Bel)
Orica Greenedge (Aus)
Radioshack – Leopard (Lux)
Sky Procycling (Gbr)
Team Argos – Shimano (Ned)
Team Saxo-Tinkoff (Den)
Vacansoleil – DCM Pro Cycling Team (Ned).

Besides these, Unipublic has invited other three teams selected from all nominations to participate in the Vuelta a España 2013:
Caja Rural (Esp)
Cofidis (Fra)
Team NetApp-Endura (Ger).

Vuelta a España 2013 by EsciclismoCom.

Team NetApp - Endura receives wildcard for the Vuelta a España
Press Release: The organizers of the Vuelta a Espana assigned one of three wildcards to the highest ranked German cycling team. On August 24, Team NetApp – Endura will now be at the starting line at the Grand Tour in Vilanova de Arousa, northwest of Spain.

"We always believed firmly in the fact that we will ride a Grand Tour this season, too. At the Giro we were the only team without Italian roots to receive votes and at the Tour we were on the short-list of candidates. After we came up just short two times before, things finally came together with an invitation to the Vuelta. The whole team is excited and can’t wait to race the Vuelta," added Ralph Denk, Team Manager for Team NetApp, after the announcement.

"The Vuelta is very demanding this year. But I think that is good. Because we have always had our biggest upsets when the challenges were particularly large. The team's development is simply enormous since the Giro last year. Therefore I am confident that we will justify the invitation to the Vuelta with a great performance," Denk continued.

“I appreciate that the organizers of the Vuelta invited a young team as we are. We are a new generation of successful riders who need to compete in the world’s best races to further develop,” said Ralph Denk.

The three-week Grand Tour will lead the riders over a 3,319 kilometer course. The Vuelta kicks off with a team time trial. On the road to the finale on September 15th in Madrid, the riders will also complete six flat stages, one individual time trial, and thirteen mountain stages.

Rapha Condor-JLT in the Action!
A strong team performance netted Richard Handley overall victory in the Totnes–Vire two-day stage race, in Devon on the weekend.

Handley, who has been in great form since the start of the season, winning the Clayton Velo Classic in March, and taking the King of the Mountains title at the Tour of Reservoir last week, founded his victory with a strong second place in the prologue time trial, before finding his way into a four man break on first road stage and gaining enough time to take the overall lead.

bq. “I was surprised but pleased with my prologue ride. After that I went out to try to get as many time bonuses as possible in the afternoon road stage, and I ended up going clear in the move. Rob Partridge was there from UK Youth and I knew he’d be hard to beat, but we managed to stay clear and I had enough time to take the jersey.”

The team was then left with the task of defending the jersey on the hilly final stage, with several riders from UK Youth and Node 4 close to Handley overall, team manager John Herety knew that his young team would be facing a tough task.

“It was always going to be hard on the final day, there were time bonuses on the road and the there was a lot of attacking so it was tight. In the end a group with all the contenders broke clear, and we had Will Stephenson, Aaron Buggle and Hugh Carthy all in there. They rode well enough to keep it controlled all the way to the final climb for Rich, and he did the job from there.”

Handley sealed his win by taking second on the stage, putting more time into his closest rivals, ending the race with 14 seconds from Partridge.

22 year-old Handley was also quick to praise the performance of his younger teammates.

“There were a lot of riders who were close on G.C. and the other teams had strength and numbers, but the boys did a great job for me. In particular Will and Hugh, who are both first year seniors, really rode out of their skin.”

The team’s next race will be the Lincoln Grand Prix this Sunday, the second event in the Premier Calendar Series.

Happy 100 victories for Cavendish!
Roadrunner Cav, the fastest man on 2 wheels, achieved his 100th professional victory in stage 1 of the Giro d'Italia 2013. Robbie McEwen, himself a brilliant sprinter, shares his thoughts on why Cav's so fast. Another great video from Vanessa at ViralVerse.

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