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EuroTrash Thursday!
Could it all go wrong for Vincenzo Nibali in the Vuelta a España? Four days to go and two of those are murderous and we have seen some cracks appear. We catch up with all the recent race news from Spain, Belgium and Holland with results and video, plus all the usual stuff we manage to cram into a EuroTrash Thursday. Yea you guessed it…coffee time!

TOP STORY: The End for McQuaid?
The latest move in the UCI Presidential race was played out earlier this week when published a summary of the report compiled by Igor Makarov and presented by Mike Plant. Basically it accuses present president Pat McQuaid and past president Hein Verbruggen of corruption and corrupting of others.

Here is a summary of the summary: It concerns collusion with Lance Armstrong over drug positives, that Armstrong’s legal team wrote parts of an alleged independent report and allowing Armstrong to ride the Tour Down Under in exchange for riding the Tour of Ireland. That the UCI colluded with a team owner over non payment of wages. That Alberto Contador was offered a cover up deal over his 2010 positive. Also that a bribe was paid by a team through different bank accounts to a finance company in Switzerland.

Pat McQuaid has denied all the allegations, as you would expect, and gone on the attack saying that this is; “completely in character with the tactics of my opponents."

OK, I’m sure you have read the full summary and will have your own thoughts on the subject, personally the whole thing is getting as boring as the Lance Armstrong affair and the sooner it’s all over the better.

So, let’s watch a great Vuelta a España, the action on the roads of Spain has been unbelievable with a surprise every day. The young riders (and the French) are showing there is a new wind blowing through professional cycle sport, maybe it will also blow through the offices of the UCI?

Vuelta a España 2013
Born a champion when he won stage 13 of the Vuelta a España at Castelldefels, 21 year old Warren Barguil (Argos-Shimano) claimed a second triumph at the uphill finish of Formigal at the end of stage 16 contested on a very high speed. He delivered a masterpiece as he outsprinted Colombia’s Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky) who had come across to him. Race leader Vincenzo Nibali struggled in the finale and lost 28 seconds from Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) who attacked strongly and 22 seconds from his closest rival Chris Horner (RadioShack Leopard) who is now only 28 seconds down on GC.

Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky), Juan José Oroz (Euskaltel), Juan Antonion Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM), Bauke Mollema (Belkin), Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Pieter Serry (OPQS) and Danilo Wyss (BMC) broke away from the gun but the Movistar team brought them back.

Straight away, another group of 19 riders took off. That included polka dot jersey wearer Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) who scored some more KOM points at Puerto de Foradada (km 26) but also four Movistar riders: Eros Capecchi, Sylvester Szmyd, José Herrada and Benat Intxausti (Movistar), but Astana put an end to their initiative at km 34.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won the hot spot sprint of Boltana (km 53) and three seconds bonus. At km 62, nine riders rode away from the bunch: Flecha again, Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Dominik Nerz and Martin Köhler (BMC), Chris-Anker Sorensen (Saxo-Tinkoff), Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel), Nico Sijmens (Cofidis), Bartosz Huzarski (NetApp-Endura) and Rigoberto Uran (Sky). Later, Szmyd and Intxausti, but also Vladimir Gusev (Katusha), Jorge Azanza (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Juan Manuel Garate (Belkin), Christian Meier (Orica-Greenedge), Mikaël Chérel and Ben Gastauer (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis), Maciej Paterski (Cannondale), André Cardoso (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Herrada again and Barguil made it a front group of seventeen riders.

Garate accelerated with 14km to go. But Barguil was more successful than him in his lone quest for victory even though Uran threatened him at the very end. A star is born at the Vuelta.

Race Comments :
Warren Barguil : “My desire to win was intact”

Can you explain your tactic in the finale? "How did you manipulate Rigoberto Uran when he came across? Firstly, I’m a bit sick. Yesterday, I wasn’t feeling well. When I got caught by the group of Alex [Geniez], I thought it was useless to insist with the only hope of finishing tenth. Today, I was told to stay calm. But I was impatient to go ahead. When I was alone in the lead in the final climb, Uran came across and attacked me straight away. It was a mental game for me to stay at his contact. For the sprint, I maneuvered him well. It came from my experience of losing a race against [former junior world champion] Olivier Le Gac in similar conditions last year. It’s been tight. Even with one stage win under my belt, my desire to win was intact. It’s super!"

How come did you keep your motivation so high despite having won a stage of the Vuelta at 21, which was already exceptional? "It’s not my style to give up. Yesterday, it rode too much in the first climb. I’m recovering pretty well from my efforts but two days of rain have hurt. My directeur sportif told me to stay in the wheels today but I take cycling as a game. It’s an enormous pleasure to be at the front."

After you won stage 13, you didn’t completely adhere to the idea that a champion was born. Still not? "I’m yet to realize that I’ve won one stage at the Vuelta. I don’t believe it. When I’ll go back home, hopefully on Monday – it would mean that I’ve reached my first goal, which is to complete the Vuelta –, I’ll realize what I’ve done: two stage wins, or maybe more… I’ll try once more and we’ll see how it goes."

Do some riders impress you at the Vuelta? "Quite a few riders impress me, especially Alejandro Valverde because he’s classy, but Thibaut Pinot even more because he starts climbing in the last positions of the group and he finishes at the front. He’s only one year older than me."

Is there a healthy competition between the young French riders of your generation? "Absolutely. When I saw Romain Bardet doing well at the Tour, it motivated me for the Vuelta. The sprinters like Arnaud Démare also give me the impression that I haven’t competed against bad riders as an amateur. Now the emulation is also working well inside the Argos-Shimano team. Four stage wins by Marcel Kittel at the Tour have inspired me too. It’s a pleasure to race in a group of young riders with no tension between us. We haven’t had a single argument since the beginning of the Vuelta."

Rigoberto Uran (Sky), second: “I had to try and win the stage and I’ll try again after tomorrow’s rest day. Barguil is very strong. I’m impressed by him. He’s not only strong, he’s very smart as well. He has done a very good sprint.”

Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida): “It’s an incredible Vuelta. Every day, something happens. I’m surprised by what happened to Nibali today. He was going well but he lost a bit in the finale. Horner is a serious rival for him. Valverde and Rodriguez remain dangerous too. A lot of young guys are very strong, like Barguil today again! I was at the level of the other favorites at the beginning of the Vuelta but I lost everything at Sierra Nevada. Now I want to do a good stage in the third. We at Lampre-Merida can’t keep finishing second all the time, as I did yesterday.”

Race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana): “It’s been a difficult stage finish for me. I’ve suffered because of the head wind. I’ve lost a lot in the last two kilometres. I was expecting better but for three days, my team has been working flat out. Controlling the race has taken a lot of energy. The red jersey has become a weight on my shoulders. I feel it since the first day. It’s a very hard Vuelta. But I remain optimistic. The coming climbs suit me better than today’s. They’re harder.”

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ): “I was really good today. I’m disappointed to not have been able to contest the stage win. I don’t understand why the leaders let a breakaway go in each mountain stage. It would also be nice to see a battle between the favorites. I finish nineteenth, it’s not great but I gain some time over my direct rivals. Only a few seconds are good for my morale. However, I’m disappointed to not have won a stage yet.”

King of the Mountains Nicolas Edet (Cofidis): “I’ve increased my lead by passing first atop the first climb. I’m recovering well. After the rest day, I’ll look for the appropriate stage to escape and score a lot of points.”

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha): “I’m happy because it was not the best climb for me. With the effort I’ve produced, the time I’ve gained doesn’t count, except over Vincenzo. At least my sensations are good and I’ve realized that my action has generated happiness. Today’s race was always fast and you could see on the faces that people were tired, myself included. In cycling, two + two don’t equal four. The stages expected to being harmless can create the biggest differences. We’ve had four hard stages in a row because also stage 13 to Casteldefells has been demanding. I’m tired, I’m tired. In front of the TV, you can have the impression that we’re stopped when we race, we apologize but we’re having a hard time. Two remaining finales please me, especially the Angliru, it gives me a great desire because for a climber, it’s a host.”

Alejandro Valverde: "I already defended myself well yesterday, but the good weather today did even better on me. Our intention was not letting the break go too far and contesting the stage win myself, but once we got three riders into the escape and saw Herrada doing very well, we let him play his chance. In the end, his rivals were stronger and sadly he couldn't crown it. I tried to move at the start of the final part of the climb to see what happened, but there was a strong headwind and I realized it was impossible. Purito jumped and I waited for Nibali to respond, but he sit on his saddle and I chose to go on full steam to reach Horner and get as far as possible. We didn't get the bonus seconds, but those 28 seconds are still good. Today's stage brought some more gaps because the two stages prior to today were really hard, with cold, rain, long distances and such hard climbs. Legs are a bit stiff in those days and we profited from that. I was feeling good after sticking to the main guys yesterday, but today's feeling is even better."

José Herrada: "In my opinion, the break split because a TV camera took some riders on his wheel. We were twelve at the final climb, there was a split due to that and, even though I could get back into a long slope, when you're riding through such suffering, every single effort you take is crucial. It had been a full three days of efforts to 100% - although today's seemed the easiest stage of the Pyrenees trio, we knew it would hard; actually, it was the only stage making some significant gaps. There was a rest day tomorrow and we had to try. The Vuelta is going really great, though it was sad not to be able to win today. I'm trying to stay as close to Alejandro as possible and I'm happy with the race so far. We will fight for the overall victory every minute left in this race."

Vuelta a España Stage 16 Result:
1. Warren Barguil (Fra) Argos-Shimano in 3:43:31
2. Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky
3. Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura at 0:03
4. Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC at 0:08
5. José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar at 0:20
6. Mikael Cherel (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 0:37
7. Maciej Paterski (Pol) Cannondale
8. Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural- Seguros RGA AT 0:40
9. Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA at 0:42
10. Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo-Tinkoff at 0:45.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 16:
1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana in 64:06:01
2. Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard Trek at 0:28
3. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar at 1:14
4. Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha at 2:29
5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 3:38
6. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Saxo-Tinkoff at 3:43
7. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 4:37
8. Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura at 6:17
9. Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 7:33
10. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana at 9:21.

Stage 16:

A winner of the points classification of the Vuelta in 2011, Dutchman Bauke Mollema (Belkin) claimed Stage 17 as he anticipated a bunch gallop in the final straight in Burgos where he preceded Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky), Maximiliano Richeze (Lampre-Merida) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp).

The Astana team of race leader Vincenzo Nibali controlled a few moves until Javier Aramendia (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol) broke away. Their maximum lead was recorded at the hot spot sprint in Logrono (42 Kilometres) at 8 :03. As the wind was blowing in the riders’ face, the race was pretty slow. It completely changed with 29km to go when Saxo-Tinkoff initiated echelons. All the GC contenders made the front group except for Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale), 5th overall, and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), 7th and so Aramendia and Hansen were reined in.

Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) attacked on the last hill 9 kilometres from the finish but didn’t succeed. Tanel Kangert (Astana) also gave it a go, but didn’t have any more luck. Going clear with 1km to go, Mollema took one more opportunity away from the sprinters.

The losing duo of Pinot and Pozzovivo crossed the line 1 :30 adrift and Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff) moved up to fifth overall. Nibali finished in the bunch to hold the Red jersey.

Race Comments :
Stage winner Bauke Mollema (Belka): "I knew this was my chance. I thought all day about an attack in the last kilometre. I knew the peloton would be small after the climb in the final kilometres. The crosswinds made up for an even smaller group, so that was perfect. Under the red flag the speed went down. This was my moment. I gave everything I had and suffered a lot but managed to hold on until the line.”

“I came here with ambitions for a good classification result but after the first week I felt that that was going to be hard after a heavy Tour de France. From that moment on, I focused on a stage win. It’s fantastic that I’ve managed to pull it off.”

David Tanner (Belkin): “I felt very strong today. Already this morning, I decided that I wanted to show myself. In the final kilometres, we were with three thanks to our Sports Directors. They gave us all the information we needed. They knew exactly where we had to be at the front. That really helped. After the final climb, I was in a good position to sprint. However, Bauke attacked – at the perfect time – and from that moment it was all about protecting Bauke’s lead. The team deserves this. Everyone did his utmost best even if we’ve had very little luck before today.”

Merijn Zeeman, Belkin DS: “We have had many setbacks this Vuelta. Despite being five men down, our motivation remained high. We knew that there were still opportunities to come for us. Today was such an opportunity. It was a special stage with the wind and the climb in the final. We did a recon of the stage yesterday and today, Erik Dekker was riding ahead of the peloton, so we knew all dangerous points along the way. We had written down the place where we thought the echelons would form, and our men were perfectly in the first ten at that point. With such a collaboration between staff and riders you really increase your chances. It came together nicely today. Bauke won with a beautiful move but I’m very pleased with the contribution of David, Juanma and Robert, as well. It was a real team effort.”

Due to the massive Saxo-Tinkoff attack, Nicolas Roche moved up to overall 5th: “It was a great stage for us and surprising the field like this is not an easy job, especially because we did the same thing during the Tour. It did cost a lot of energy but mentally it was hard for the riders to stay focused and to stay together waiting for the right moment to hit the gas. There's reason to be proud and I think our riders will remember this day for a long time. But we're not done trying. We will use every opportunity there is to help Nico (Roche) climb the GC,” said Saxo Tinkoff DS, Fabrizio Guidi.

Lampre-Merida’s Michele Scarponi is 14th overall to Vinconzo Nibali at 12 :08. "The team performed a very good stage, we always controlled the situation and we were always ready to react in every moment, even in the more difficult ones," sport director Matxin explained. "We had four riders in the front group after the echelons and we made a very interesting attempt to win with Ulissi. He had no space, so Richeze tried to get to the victory, but unluckily Mollema anticipated everyone. We have been collecting good performances since the start of Vuelta, but we miss the victory."

Vuelta a España Stage 17 Result:
1. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin in 4:44:28
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky
3. Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida
4. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp
5. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard Trek
6. Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM
7. Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha
8. Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura
9. José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar
10. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Saxo-Tinkoff.

Vuelta a España Overall After Stage 17:
1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana in 68:50:29
2. Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard Trek at 0:28
3. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar at 1:14
4. Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha at 2:29
5. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Saxo-Tinkoff at 3:43
6. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale at 5:09
7. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 6:08
8. Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura at 6:17
9. Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 7:33
10. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana at 10:52.

Stage 17:

Desselgem Koerse-GP Memorial Briek Schotte 2013
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team continues to represent well at a home race of sorts, Desselgem Koerse. OPQS has won the last few previous editions, and on Tuesday Julien Vermote also won the 2013 race.

OPQS was involved in all the actions, which helped Vermote get into position for the victory.

There was a breakaway of 12 riders with Bert Grabsch, Vermote, and Andy Fenn. At 6 laps to go (about 50km remaining), there was further separation in the pack. Only seven riders remained ahead. Then, on the last lap, Vermote saw his chance and he attacked. His move led to just four remaining in front. Finally, at 500m to go, even Andy Fenn came back to try and contest the finish with other riders. However, the sprint was already launched by the leaders and they stayed away from the chasers. Vermote’s aggression, and his power in the final, resulted in his victory.

“It’s always nice to win,” Vermote said. “I am not one of the fastest in the peloton but after a hard race like today I can always do something good. I always wanted to win this race. I showed I was in good shape at the Brussels Classics with the long breakaway, and I was also super motivated because the race is really my home race. I live not even 10km from the finish line. So, it was kind of special for me. Also, this victory is nice for our sponsors because the start and the finish is not far from many of them. It is a pleasure to win in front of our sponsors that put a big effort and energy into our team.”

Vermote looks next to the Tour of Britain on Sunday.

“I really would like to make the best out of my condition,” Vermote said. “I want to help the team win races and why not, if there is a chance, to take my chances at Tour of Britain as well.”

Champion System's Matt Brammeier was runner-up to Vermote after featuring in the race's main breakaway.

"I was feeling strong and confident," Brammeier said. "I tried my luck with two kilometres to go, but was brought back inside the final kilometre. With 350 meters remaining, I was forced to sprint again if I wanted to win, but Vermote managed to get around me just before the finish line."

Last week, the Champion System Pro Cycling Team competed at the inaugural Tour of Alberta where Matthias Friedemann finished in the top 10. The German sprinter said he hopes to carry that success into his upcoming block of European racing.

"I'm pretty happy with my ninth-place finish in the general classification, especially because I was sick beforehand and missed a few important kilometres." Friedemann said. "It was the perfect preparation for the fall classics in Belgium. A couple Alberta stages, particularly those with crosswinds, are very similar to these upcoming races."

Desselgem Koerse-GP Memorial Briek Schotte Result:
1. Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
2. Matt Brammeier (Irl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
3. Sander Helven (Bel)Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise
4. Mark Mcnally (Irl) An Post – Chainreaction
5. Andrew Fenn (GB) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
6. Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxelles
7. Edward Theuns (Bel) Vl Technics – Abutriek Cycling Team
8. Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post – Chainreaction
9. Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie-Bruxelles
10. Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Ovyta-Eijssen-Acrog Cycling Team.

Champion System Pro Cycling Team's Matt Brammeier (second from right) was runner-up at Desselgem's Grote Prijs Memorial Briek Schotte (courtesy photo).

Boels Rental Ladies Tour 2013
Here is a video summary of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour 2013 with short summaries of each of the six stages. Stage winners were Kirsten Wild (Argos-Shimano) twice, Specialized-Lululemon (Team Time Trial), Elke Gebhardt (Argos-Shimano), Chloe Hosking (Hitec Products UCK) and Tatiana Guderzo (Mcipollini-Giordana). Ellen van Dijk won the general classification. All videos are made by:

Boels Rental Ladies Tour Final Overall Result:
1. Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon in 15:00:47
2. Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Rabobank Liv-Giant at 1:05
3. Lizzy Armitstead (GB) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team at 1:11
4. Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) MCipollini-Giordana at 1:50
5. Claudia Häusler (Ger) TIBCO at 2:17
6. Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon at 2:22
7. Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Sengers Ladies Cycling Team at 2:28
8. Chantal Blaak (Ned) TIBCO at 3:21
9. Megan Guarnier (USA) Rabobank Liv-Giant at 3:59
10. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabobank Liv-Giant at 4:01

Castelli/Le Tour Rentier Fundraiser Jersey
Castelli has partnered with the Le Tour Entier in a quest to allow female professional cycling teams to race the Tour de France, and to further the standards of pro women’s racing. We have created this fundraiser kit to raise money for their cause. Check out the kit here at the Castelli store and the new Le Tour Entier web-site and sign the petition calling for a woman’s race at the Tour de France.

New Climb for Sanremo Finalé
The Italian spring Classic, Milano-Sanremo will have an extra climb between the Cipressa and the Poggio. The 299kilometre race on Sunday the 23rd of March will again finish on the Sanremo seafront on Lungomare Calvino, but before that the race will climb the Pompeiana which starts to climb 3.5 kilometres after the descent of the Cipressa and summits 20.7 kilometres before the finish in Sanremo. The 5 kilometre climb has an average gradient of 5%, but with ramps of between 10% and 14%. After the tricky descent the course rejoins the original route to tackle the Poggio 4.4 kilometres later. That should sort out the sprinters!

Cycling Canada Announces Team Heading to the 2013 Road Cycling World Championships
A strong contingent to compete for Canada at upcoming Road Cycling World Championships

Press Release:
Cycling Canada is proud to announce the cyclists selected to compete for Canada at the upcoming 2013 UCI Road World Championships to be held in Toscana, Italy, from September 22 to 29, 2013.

The women’s elite field is headlined by Joelle Numainville of Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies, the 2013 Canadian Road Champion in both the road race and time trial. Denise Ramsden of Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies, who represented Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games alongside Numainville, will also be racing at World Championships. 2011 Canadian Champion Véronique Fortin of Pasta-Zara will also suit up for Canada, as well as Leah Kirchmann from Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies, Karol-Ann Canuel from Vienne-Futuroscope and Lex Albrecht from Now of Novartis.

In the espoir (U23) men category, two-time reigning espoir Canadian Road Champion Antoine Duchesne of Bontrager Pro Cycling Team will represent Canada as the lone rider for Canada in the road race, Duchesne is fresh off a strong performance with the Canadian National Team at the Tour of Alberta, and will suit up in that same uniform for the upcoming Grand Prix cycliste de Québec et de Montréal. Current Canadian time trial champion, Alexander Cataford of Garneau-Quebecor cycling team, will take on the world in the time trial. Cataford is also enjoying a strong season, fresh off a stellar performance at the Tour of Alberta, finishing as the second best Canadian rider thanks to an astonishing solo effort in the third stage finishing in Drumheller.

In the junior category, four girls will be wearing the maple leaf with Kinley Gibson of Edmonton headlining the crew. In the men’s junior race, six boys will be heading over to Italy to race, notably Hendrick Pineda of Montreal, Jack Burke of Toronto and William Elliot of Barrie. Canada secured five starters for the men junior road race. Jack Burke will only race the time trial.

“We have a solid team in place for these World Championships, a team that has proven to be successful from the beginning of the season on roads all across the World,” said Jacques Landry, High Performance Director and Head Coach at Cycling Canada.

Both Joëlle Numainville and Karol-Ann Canuel are enjoying success close to the World championships, both winning a stage at the Tour de l’Ardèche in France. Earlier this season, Canuel took the fifth place at the World Cup race in Plouay. Lex Albrecht also won a medal at the Jeux de la Francophonie, in France, on the weekend.

Three coaches will be heading to Florence to manage these athletes, with Gord Fraser leading the men elite group, Denise Kelly managing the women elite and junior riders, while Luc Arseneau managing the junior and espoir men group.

The elite men selections will be announced at a later date.

The 2013 UCI Road World Championships will be broadcasted on television in Canada on SportsnetOne and live on the UCI YouTube Channel Check your local listings for more information on the television broadcast.

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Kinley Gibson (18 - Edmonton, AB) [Individual Time Trial & Road Race]
Marie-Ève Poisson (18 - Trois-Rivières, QC) [Road Race]
Dafné Theroux-Izquierdo (17 - Ste-Thérèse, QC) [Road Race]
Tessa Pinckston (17 - Vancouver, BC) [Road Race]

Jack Burke (18 - Toronto, ON) [Individual Time Trial]
Adam Jamieson (17 - Barrie, ON) [Individual Time Trial & Road Race]
William Elliot (18 - Barrie, ON) [Road Race]
Hendrick Pineda (18 - Montreal, QC) [Road Race]
Félix Lapointe (16 - St-Lambert-de-Lauzon, QC) [Road Race]
Sean MacKinnon (17 - Hamilton, ON) [Road Race]

Alex Cataford (20 - Ottawa, ON) [Individual Time Trial]
Antoine Duchesne (21 - Blainville, QC) [Road Race]

Joëlle Numanville (25 - Laval, QC) [Individual Time Trial & Road Race]
Denise Ramsden (22 - Yellowknife, NWT) [Individual Time Trial & Road Race]
Lex Albrecht (26 - Montreal, QC) [Road Race]
Véronique Fortin (33 - Gatineau, QC) [Road Race]
Leah Kirchmann (23 - Winnipeg, MB) [Road Race]
Karol-Ann Canuel (25 - Amos, QC) [Road Race].

British Cycling Announce World Championships Longlist
British Cycling has today named the long list of selected riders who will represent Great Britain at the forthcoming UCI Road World Championships, taking place in Toscana, Italy, from 22 – 29 September 2013.

The reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome is set to headline the men’s elite road team with a strong team of British pro-riders named to support him. Current Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins will contest the Time Trial event, along with Alex Dowsett.

Performance Manager Shane Sutton said: “I think the selection of the elite teams speak for themselves, we’ve got Olympic medallists, Tour de France winners and former World Champions all in the mix and I think we could do well across the board there.

The final selection for the UCI Road World Championships will be announced in due course.

Men’s Elite Road Race – 8 places qualified
Mark Cavendish
Steve Cummings
Alex Dowsett
Josh Edmondson
Andy Fenn
Chris Froome
Luke Rowe
Ian Stannard
Geraint Thomas
Jon Tiernan Locke
Bradley Wiggins.

Men’s Elite Time Trial
Alex Dowsett
Bradley Wiggins.

Martijn Maaskant to UnitedHealthcare
Dutch rider Martijn Maaskrant is leaving the Garmin-Sharp team after six years to join UnitedHealthcare. The always friendly 30 year old rider has 4th places in both the big cobbled classics; Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders. Good luck Martijn.

David Veilleux Retires
At 25 years of age the Canadian Europcar rider David Veilleux has said he will retire after his home race, the GP de Montréal this weekend. In a statement he said: “I’ve participated in many of the monuments of cycling that made me dream in my youth, such as Milan-San Remo, Paris-Roubaix, the Tour of Flanders and the world championships. And to cap it all, I was able to achieve my wildest dream, to take part in and complete the Tour de France. I’ve reached my sporting objectives and now it’s time for me to pursue my other, personal objectives. I’m looking forward to the next few years, so that I can spend more time with the people close to me and eventually start a family.” He added: “My passion for cycling will always remain. I’m going to spend less time on my bike, but I want to take the time to go and ride with the young cyclists in the region. I’d like to help them on their path and talk to them of my experience.”

Preview of new Giro d'Italia videos; New SUF country car decals!

Press Releae: On September 15th, The Sufferlandrian Ministry of Things That Make You Go Fast (But Hurt a Lot) will unleash two new amazing videos. Featuring workouts designed by Coach Neal Henderson (he of Blender fame) and footage from the 2013 Giro d'Italia, each explores new territory to round out your collection of Sufferfest videos.

Violator: 64 sprints of 5,10 and 15 seconds over the course of an hour. The hamster, shark and leopard were not harmed in the making of the video.

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: A two hour endurance epic, featuring four climbs of 15, 20, 20 and 8 minutes. There is also a lava field in a snowstorm.

You can watch the Official Trailers for both videos below. Then prepare yourself for the 15th.

Trailer - It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time - 2hr climbing epic.

Trailer - Violator - 64 sprints in one hour.

Read an exclusive pre-release review of
Violator by the Non-Pro Cyclist Blog here >>


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Joshua Poertner Purchases the Silca Brand from Sacchi Family
Press Release: Joshua Poertner, former Technical Director of Zipp Speed Weaponry announced today that he has purchased the famed Italian brand Silca with plans to relocate the company including all production to Indianapolis.

Silca SRL was founded in 1917 by Felice Sacchi in Milan Italy. The company grew to prominence in the inflation category through it’s then revolutionary use of a leather cup washer to achieve higher air pressures than possible with other designs of the era. Over the years, Silca came to define the pump category with its iconic Impero frame pump and Pista floor pumps, followed up by the industry’s first valve controllable CO2 inflator in 1982. Felice’s grandson Claudio Sacchi has run the company since 1989 and was affectionately known as Mr. Silca by the cycling industry. Claudio and his wife Elena sold the Silca brand to Mr. Poertner with plans to remain in the distribution business in Italy.

“I am both thrilled and honored to be entrusted with this great and historic brand. To me Silca has always represented passion, craftsmanship, and timeless functionality. I look forward to merging these values with advanced engineering capabilities and US manufacturing here in Indianapolis.” said Poertner.

Are Cyclist’s Superstitious?
Global Cycling Network went behind the scenes at La Vuelta a España to find out. Another great inside line:

PEZ Reaches 7,000 Twitter Followers!
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