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EuroTrash Monday!
Christmas will soon be on us and (weather and food permitting) it gives us a chance to get out on the bike, until then we have all the recent cycling news in EuroTrash. We report on a full weekend of cyclo-cross, Clenbuterol rears its ugly head again, UCI awards in Spain and all the other stuff you expect for a Monday morning. OK, get reading, eating, drinking and cycling, Merry Christmas.

TOP STORY: Clenbuterol Again!
The Michael Rogers clenbuterol case had only just broken in time for Thursday’s EuroTrash, so we didn’t really touch on the subject, also Jonathan Breyne’s clenbuterol positive and subsequent suicide attempt (see story below) was still to hit the headlines. In both cases the riders had been competing in China before or at the time of their failed doping tests. As we know, WADA’s director general had warned athletes going to China to be very careful about what meat they eat and he also warned that organisers and governments had a responsibility to ensure that athletes competing in the high-risk countries were protected from ‘accidental’ contamination.

There is one big problem though; do you know where everything you eat comes from, especially if you are living in hotels most of the time, as bike riders now have to do with races being all over the World. As we know from the Alberto Contador case; the rider in the end is responsible for anything in his system and is guilty of doping. Contador gave his positive test during the 2010 Tour de France, but was allowed to race during the time it took to sort out all the legal wrangling. In the end he was banned from racing from the 6th of February 2012 to the 5th of August 2012 (6 months), although he was stripped of all his results for the year and a half since the positive test during the 2010 Tour. So was that a 6 month ban or a two year ban?

Michael Rogers and Jonathan Breyne are facing some sort of suspension of between 6 months and two years, their futures are in the hands of their respective cycling federations, and the UCI and WADA if they don’t agree with the federations conclusions. In the case of Rogers, who is a well known rider, he could be back racing in 2014 with his WorldTour team (Tinkoff-Saxo), for young Breyne things might not go so easily.

Michael Rogers wins the Japan Cup:

BPost Bank Cyclo-cross Trofee-Essen 2013
Kevin Pauwels (Sunweb-Napoleon) rode to a perfect solo win on Saturday on a muddy Essen after attacking at the half way point. World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) had taken a 15 second lead by lap four after his usual bad start, but he crashed into the fence as he jumped over the planks. When he hit the fence he went over the handlebars and was stunned losing his lead and a further 20 odd seconds on the now flying Pauwels. As Pauwels rode to victory, Nys worked his way back to the chasers. Into the final lap Pauwels was secure in his lead for his second win of the season, behind him Nys jumped away for second ahead of Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus).

Sven Nys extended his lead in the BPost Trofee over Niels Albert, although he may have broken something in his fore arm and suggested he could miss Sunday’s UCI World Cup cyclo-cross race in Namur.

BPost Bank Cyclo-cross Trofee-Essen Men’s Result:
1. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games in 1:01:48
2. Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL at 0:28
3. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus at 0:34
4. Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 0:36
5. Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team at 0:38
6. Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:41
7. Bart Aernouts (Bel) AA Drink Cycling Team at 0:47
8. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step at 0:54
9. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 1:04
10. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus at 1:10.

It look’s like Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) has come into good form for Christmas as she outsprinted the British duo of Helen Wyman (Kona) and Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea). Ellen Van Loy (DNCS-Pro 2012) got the better of Githa Michiels (Toka Print MTB) for fourth at 1:26, the rest of the field was over 2 minutes down. European champion Helen Wyman leads the BPost Bank Trofee from British champion Harris.

BPost Bank Cyclo-cross Trofee-Essen Woman’s Result:
1. Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm-BKCP in 40:28
2. Helen Wyman (GB) Kona Factory Racing
3. Nikki Harris (GB) Young Telenet-Fidea
4. Ellen Van Loy (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team at 1:26
5. Githa Michiels (Bel) Toka Print MTB Team
6. Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant at 2:04
7. Gabriella Durrin (GB) Rapha-Focus at 2:23
8. Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea at 2:41
9. Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles at 2:44
10. Karen Verhestraeten (Bel) Up Cycling Team at 3:21.

All the races from Sporza:

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup-Namur 2013
On Sunday in Namur, French champion Francis Mourey (FDJ) took the second World Cup win of his career well ahead of Klaas Vantornout (Suneweb-Napoleon) and Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus). The injured World champion Sven Nys (Crelan-KDL) did well enough to finish fourth after his crash on Saturday in Essen and an early puncture in Namur. Mourey had a fast start, but Julien Taramarcaz (BMC) and Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) took over on the second and third laps before being caught by Mourey, Thijs van Amerongen (AA, Albert and Vantornout. On lap five; Mourey made his move as Nys was catching the chase group. As usual Nys was the strongman, but crashed and was passed by Vantornout and Albert before the finish.

The next UCI World Cup is on Boxing Day in Zolder with Lars van der Haar (Rabobank Development Team) still leading from Walsleben and Albert.

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup-Namur Men’s Result:
1. Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ in 1:00:49
2. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb-Napoleon Games at 0:24
3. Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus at 0:30
4. Sven Nys (Bel) Crelan KDL at 0:35
5. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team at 0:36
6. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:41
7. Thijs van Amerongen (Ned) AA Drink Cycling Team at 0:52
8. Lubomir Petrus (Cze) BKCP-Powerplus at 0:54
9. Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus
10. Julien Taramarcaz (Swi) BMC Mountainbike Team at 0:59.

The link to the highlights of the men's race by Sporza.

In the woman’s event Katie Compton (Trek) got the better of the Cross World champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank Liv/Giant) to extend her lead in the World Cup over Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea) who finished third on the muddy Citadel course in Namur. Vos was the early leader as Compton started badly with a pedal problem; the American rider worked her way back through the field to catch up with Vos by the half way mark. Compton was the strongest rider and finished 40 seconds ahead of Vos, who is recovering from surgery, and Harris third at 46 seconds.

UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup-Namur Woman’s Result:
1. Katherine Compton (USA) Trek in 36:47
2. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank Liv/Giant at 0:40
3. Nikki Harris (GB) Young Telenet-Fidea at 0:46
4. Eva Lechner (Ita) Team Colnago-Sudtirol at 1:20
5. Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Rabobank Liv/Giant at 1:23
6. Sanne Cant (Bel) Enertherm-BCKP at 1:34
7. Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.Com at 1:47
8. Ellen Van Loy (Bel) DNCS-Pro 2012 Cycling Team at 2:07
9. Lucie Chainel-Lefevre (Fra) BH-SR Suntour-KMC at 2:43
10. Helen Wyman (GB) Kona at 2:45.

The link to the highlights of the woman's race by Sporza.

Rusvelo wins one more stage in Costa Rica
Alexander Serov topped the podium in Santa Cruz at the finish of stage five of the Vuelta Kolbi a Costa Rica. Less than 24 hours after its most frustrating day in Vuelta Kolbi a Costa Rica the Russian team had all the reasons to celebrate. That’s what Rusvelo’s DS Alexey Markov said after the podium ceremony: “The stage was mostly flat with some hills which didn’t look difficult at all in comparison to some climbs here. But it was really hot, +37 that made it the hottest day of the race. Alexander was a part of an early move; first 30 kilometers the bunch didn’t let the breakaway riders go, they cruised so close behind that the race radio informed that all were together again. But it was not the case, the general classification leader’s team was in control and quite happy with how the things developed, all the riders in front were off the list of the classification contenders. So the gap gradually grew and reached the 3 minutes mark. Somehow, the stage turned out to be 20 km longer than it was told in the road book, but it eventually didn’t hold Serov back, and he won in his usual dominating style."
Thanks to the Rusvelo team for info and photo.


Jonathan Breyne Attempted Suicide
After receiving the news that he was positive for clenbuterol, 22 year old Belgian Jonathan Breyne tried to kill himself with a large amount of pills. He was rushed to Gent hospital and was released after overnight observation. Breyne had ridden the in the Tour of Hainan and the Tour of Taihu, where he won stage 8. He had been talking to Sudinfo just before his attempt claiming that since receiving the notification he hadn’t eaten, saying: “The news hit me like it was the world collapsed on me. What have I done to deserve this? Nothing, absolutely nothing. I never took anything, but how to prove that when the events took place in China?” WADA had warned athletes over two years ago about the problem of eating meat in China.

Argos-Shimano Team for Tour Down Under
The soon to be not Argos-Shimano team will be led by Super-Sprinter Marcel Kittel in the Australian stage race starting on January the 21st 2014. Obviously Kittel will be there for the sprint finishes, but Simon Geschke could also show on the harder stages.

Argos-Shimano Tour Down Under Team:
Marcel Kittel, Koen De Kort, Thierry Hupond, Johannes Fröhlinger, Simon Geschke, Tom Peterson and Nikias Arndt.

Drapac Team for Tour Down Under
The Australian ProContinental team will be on the start line in Adelaide for their first WorldTour race alongside Orica-GreenEdge and the UniSA-Australia teams to debut on home soil. Team DS for the race, Henk Vogels said: “Everyone knows Jonathan Cantwell is quick, but Drapac is taking a very balanced squad to the race. We’ll aim to be the most attacking team at the Santos Tour Down Under and will be looking to take our opportunities where ever we can. Our guys won’t just be waiting to come off Andre Greipel’s wheel in a sprint finish. Expect Drapac to be mega-active where it counts.”

Drapac Tour Down Under Team:
Jonathan Cantwell, Thomas Palmer, Travis Meyer, William Clarke, Bernard Sulzberger, Wesley Sulzberger and Darren Lapthorne.

Voeckler to Ride Tour Down Under
French star Thomas Voeckler will be part of the Europcar team at the Australian stage race in January, according to his website. He also lists his season; from Australia he goes on to ride: Le tour Méditeranéen (February 13th to 16th), La Ruta Del Sol (February 19th to 23rd), the Sud Ardèche (March the 1st) and La drôme classique (March the 2nd). His main aims for the spring will be Milano-Sanremo, Paris-Nice and the Amstel Gold. He also lists the Basque Country Tour as a build up race for the Amstel and the Critérium du Dauphiné for Tour de France preparation. Obviously he will also ride the French National championships the weekend before the Tour.

Thomas Voeckler gets angry:

Team Colombia for the Tour de San Luis
Sports Director Oscar Pellicioli will field a strong 6-man line-up: expectation will be on Miguel Angel Rubiano in his first race in a Team Colombia jersey, he will be looking to repeat his strong performances from the last two years, when he was 7th overall in 2013 and grabbed the KOM jersey in 2012.

Fabio Duarte, who is about to become a father in a few days, will focus on the climbs after working as hard as ever during winter to set up the new season. Sprinters hope to get their chances as well, with Edwin Avila and Leonardo Duque, winner of Trofeo Beghelli, the last race of 2013. Juan Pablo Valencia and track specialist Juan Esteban Arango will round out the line-up, the latter in preparation for the World Championships in Calì.

Tour de San Luis (January 19th – 26th).

Colombia Team for San Luis:
Fabio Duarte, Miguel Angel Rubiano, Edwin Avila, Leonardo Duque, Juan Esteban Arango, Juan Pablo Valencia.
Sports Director: Oscar Pellicioli.

Colombia Coldeportes Training Camp:

Sagan: Slovak sportsman of the Year
Peter Sagan was elected sportsman of the year in Slovakia. After being third in 2011 and second last year, the Cannondale rider finally achieved the honour from a vote of 102 journalists. Sagan beat ice hockey player Marian Hossa (Chicago Blackhawks) and skier Veronika Velez-Zuzulova.

Sagan finished the season with 22 wins, seven in the WorldTour, with wins from February in the Tour of Oman to September in Canada. Top wins in Gent-Wevelgem and Flèche Brabançonne and just missed out in Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders. Also he won the Tour de France points jersey, with a stage win, plus four seconds and two thirds. Wins in the Tour de Suisse and the Tour of California with two stages each. The icing on the cake after the Tour; the Tour of Colorado and Alberta, four and three wins, respectively, and in the final section of the season with victory in the GP Montreal and sixth in the world championship.

BMC’s Peter Velits was 13th in the list. Sagan is the second cyclist to win the award as retired rider Milan Dvorscik was the first in 1994. The popularity and talent of Sagan has been an inspiration to Slovak cycling and there are now five WorldTour riders: Peter and Juraj Sagan (Cannondale), Peter Velits (BMC), Martin Velits (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) and Michal Kolar (Saxo-Tinkoff).

Also in 2014, Slovakia will have three Continental teams when there had only been one in recent seasons. The Dukla Trencin team will be joined in the third division of world cycling by Merida-CK Banská Bystrica and Epic Janom Greenway based in City of Dohnian. Dukla will feature eleven riders while Epic will have eight with an average age of 19.

Merida-CK Banská Bystrica: Batora Lukáš, Miroslav Debnár, Fraňo Martin, Martin Haring, Jozef Palčák, Rudolf Rusina, Jakub Vančo, Ivan Viglaský, Roman Zrelica, Tomáš Harag and Karol Baďura.

Epic Janom Greenway: Ján Chalupčík, Róbert Malík, Marián Hruška, Juraj Kováčik, Matej Krajíček, Lajcha Juraj, Martin and Milan Dubeň Holomek.

Peter Sagan 2013:

Culmination to an Unforgettable Season
Eusebio Unzué and Alejandro Valverde receive trophies as top finishers in the WorldTour ranking from UCI president Brian Cookson.

The headquarters of the Spanish Sports Council in Madrid was the venue for the trophy presentation of the 2013 UCI WorldTour, its rankings dominated by Spanish cycling after claiming all individual, team and nation awards. Movistar Team had double protagonism in the event as they were handed over the prize as the best team from last season, with Eusebio Unzué receiving the trophy from UCI president Brian Cookson, as well as the 3rd position in the individual classification for Alejandro Valverde. It's a massive moral boost in view of the 2014 season, which the Blues will start in exactly one month with the Tour Down Under and the Tour de San Luis in Australia and Argentina.

Eusebio Unzué: "This WorldTour No. 1 is not only a reason to be proud of this team: it's also a reward for everyone who makes part of the group. Team classifications are sort of a therapy in such a particular sport as cycling, a team sport which nonetheless gives all major prizes to individuals. The trophy makes justice with the big efforts the lads made throughout the year, and this first place in the WorldTour rankings are a consequence of our regularity all over the season, ever since the start of it in Australia on January and up to the final race in October, in China, our last chance to conquer the win and where we were fortunate enough to overtake Sky in the standings."
Thanks to the Movistar Team for info & photos.



WorldTour Award to Joaquim Rodriguez
On 19th December, in Madrid, in the headquarters of the Spanish Sports Council the official 2013 UCI WorldTour award ceremony took place. In the ceremony, the UCI President Brian Cookson handed the award of the best WorldTour rider to Russian Katusha Team leader Joaquim Rodriguez, who won 2013 UCI WorldTour in the individual classification.

This is third victory in his career for the Katusha rider: in the last four years Rodriguez won the World’s ranking in 2010, 2012 and 2013. This year “Purito” Rodriguez took 4 victories (4th stage of Tour of Oman, 5th stage of Tirreno – Adriatico, 19th stage of Vuelta a Espana and Il Lombardia) as well as a number of important podium places, among them – third place at the Tour de France, second place of Liege – Bastogne – Liege and Vuelta a Catalunya.

"It is an honor for me to win this trophy for the 3rd time in my career. It is the crown on my season and it shows that I was the most consistent and successful rider of the year in the WorldTour. Every year the riders are fighting more and more to obtain this trophy. It was hard till the end. So, I am very happy that I could win it again with full support of my Katusha Team. I would like to thank all my teammates, the management of Katusha Team and the whole Russian Global Cycling Project, especially, its founder, the President of MGK ITERA Igor Makarov," said Joaquim Rodriguez.
Thanks to the Katusha Team for info & photo.


Lampre-Merida Discovering Pompeiana
With three months to the Classicissima, the Lampre-Merida team reconnoitred the course of Milano-Sanremo, especially the new climb of the Pompeiana.

Following the special guides; Pozzato (winner of the race in 2006) and Bonifazio (who lives in Liguria), four riders from Lampre-Merida; Cunego, Favilli, Cimolai and Modolo, plus DS Maini covered the sector of the course starting from Cipressa to the finish in Sanremo.

Pozzato describes the Pompeiana: “The approach is similar to the one of the Cipressa, with a demanding first sector. In the second part of the climb is even tougher, but the key sector will be the slight slope that brings to the summit: there, if someone won't be brilliant, will be in trouble. After the summit the downhill begins: the first part is quite difficult, the second one very fast.”

Cunego also wanted to take part in the recognisance: “I wanted to check live how the race will change. I think Pompeiana will be the proper place where attackers could perform their action. Anyway, it's important also to consider that many riders of the bunch will approach the Cipressa without having spent their energies before.”

“The race will change a lot, considering that from Cipressa to the arrival riders won't have the opportunity to recover energies,” DS Maini commented. “A climber could exploit the opportunities the new course gives them, but fast-roulers in good fitness would be able to stay at the head of the race.”

Photo: Lampre-Merida Team.

Rovny and Trusov join Tinkoff-Saxo
Both riders have agreed to two year contracts, which will see them stay with the World Tour team until 2016.

Manager Bjarne Riis is happy to welcome the two Russians, who both rode for team owner Oleg Tinkov's previous team, Tinkoff Restaurants earlier in their careers. "I believe Ivan and Nikolay will be valuable members of our team. Both of them attended our recent training camp in Grand Canaria, and I got to know them as two great guys. Ivan is coming of a strong season on continental level. I think he deserves another shot at World Tour-level, and I expect he can be a great asset for us in hilly races and a stage races like Giro d'Italia. Nikolay is a big and strong guy, and I see him as a rider, who could fit into our classic team and also a rider, who has the ability to take part in a sprinter's train. I look forward to work with them," Riis says.

26 year-old Ivan Rovny joins Tinkoff-Saxo from Ceramica Flaminia-Fondriest as is happy to have another go at World Tour-level after stints with Katusha and Radioshack. "I am pleased to have another chance at a big team. I believe, we have the best bikes and equipment available and on top of that a great group of staff, managers and directors to work with us. And knowing Oleg Tinkov, I believe this team will be very succesful," Ivan Rovny says.

28 year-old Nikolay Trusov signs with Tinkoff-Saxo after a stint with Team De Rijke-Shanks. "For two years I wasn't part of the World Tour, so naturally I'm just thrilled that I'm now with Tinkoff-Saxo. For me it's a big chance to return to the big race, and after being part of the first team camp I'm convinced we have the setup and structure needed to achieve the team's goal to become the best in the world in the coming years. I look very much forward to get the new season started," Nikolay Trusov says.

The classic cycling road race "Citta' di Padova" will be held in 2015
The classic international road cycling event for elite Women will stop for a season. However it will take place in a renewed way on March 2015.

Press Release:
The "GS Noventana" and Comitato Attività Economiche Camin which is the Team that organizes the event "Classica Citta' di Padova", the international cycling road race which is at its sixth edition, is taking a year off and is already thinking about the 2015 event.

The race of Padua which last year was won with a sprint through the finish line by the former World Champion Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda), will not be organized in 2014.

The event will take place on March 2015. The organization is already inviting the athletes, the public and the journalists to participate.

The latest critical economic situation and the fact that the organization wants to maintain the standards of a top level event, has led the staff of Camin and of the GS Noventana to decide to give a stop to the race for next year. This year the race has been wonderfully organized and they will be concentrating on the 2015 event.

In 2015 the cycling road race will still be an international 1.1 UCI event. The course of the race is still under study but we know for sure that it will be very spectacular and will reach the most important places of the Province of Padua.

The new date for the race is March 2015. However news, updates and developments on the race can be found already in the next few months at this address: or on Facebook at


UCI Relax Rules in the Lugano Charter
The UCI has sent an email to bicycle suppliers informing them there will be a softening of the strict rules on rider positions. The communication from Matthieu Mottet, the UCI's technological coordinator, could be a sign that the UCI could be more relaxing its equipment rules set out in organisation's Lugano Charter which has limited progress in bike design.

This is the email:
“Following a recent study on riders' positions on the road and track, the UCI has noted that the regulations that date back to 2000 no longer entirely correspond to the situation on the ground as an average of nearly 80% of riders automatically request an exemption for morphological reasons before the start of a race.

The introduction of reforms on riders' positions scheduled for 2014 will allow the checks conducted by commissaires at the start of races to be simplified and improved and their repeatability ensured. There will no longer be any need for interpretation and the regulations will be applied uniformly throughout the season. In practice, a rider will be free to choose one of the two exemptions allowed for morphological reasons: either moving the tip of the saddle forwards to the vertical plane passing through the centre of the bottom bracket, or positioning the handlebar extension forwards up to a maximum of 80 cm in front of the centre of the bottom bracket, but not both.

Furthermore, morphological tests will no longer be necessary for exemptions for moving the tip of the saddle forwards (knee test) or moving the handlebar extension forwards (checking the angle of the arms).

With a view to implementing these changes as well as guaranteeing fairness between riders in terms of the position adopted during races, there will be two clarifications of the technical regulations:

• All types of gear lever (manual, automatic and electronic) shall be measured from their ends (manual gear levers positioned in line with handlebar extensions),

• The height difference between the point of support for the elbows and the highest and lowest points of the handlebar extension (including the gear levers) shall be less than 10 cm in order to guarantee that the forearms are horizontal. This means that, from 2014, only the bicycle will be checked and the rider will no longer be asked to attend together with his or her bicycle. This will mean that riders are not disturbed in their preparations just before the start of the race.

These changes will afford riders more freedom while avoiding any risk of disqualification during the race due to the adoption of a non-regulatory position that is sometimes involuntary because of the effort involved. 2/3 Articles 1.3.013 and 1.3.023 of the UCI technical regulations will be amended on 1 January 2014 as indicated in red below: 1.3.013 The peak of the saddle shall be a minimum of 5 cm to the rear of a vertical plane passing through the bottom bracket spindle. This restriction shall not be applied to the bicycle ridden by a rider in a sprint event on track (flying 200 m, flying lap, sprint, team sprint, keirin, 500 metres and 1 kilometre); however, in no circumstances shall the peak of the saddle extend in front of a vertical line passing through the bottom bracket spindle.

The peak of the saddle can be move forward until the vertical line passing through the bottom bracket spindle where that is necessary for morphological reasons. By morphological reasons should be understood everything to do with the size and limb length of the rider. Any rider who, for these reasons, considers that he needs to use a bicycle of lesser dimensions than those given shall inform the commissaires' panel to that effect at the time of the bike check when presenting his licence. In that case, the panel may conduct the following test. Using a plumb-line, they shall check to see whether, when pedalling, the point of the rider's knee when at its foremost position shall not pass beyond a vertical line passing through the pedal spindle.

Only one exemption for morphological reasons may be requested; either the peak of the saddle can be moved forward or the handlebar extensions can be moved forward, in accordance with Article 1.3.023. 1.3.023 For road time trials and individual and team pursuit on the track, a fixed extension may be added to the steering system; in this instance, the height difference between the elbow support points and the highest and lowest points of the handlebar extension (including gear levers) must be less than 10 cm only a position where the forearms are in the horizontal plane is permitted. It is also possible to add a handlebar extension for the 500 m and kilometre time trials on the track, but in this case, the position of the tip of the saddle must be at least 5 cm behind the vertical plane passing through the bottom bracket axle. The distance between the vertical line passing through the bottom bracket axle and the extremity of the handlebar may not exceed 75 cm, with the other limits set in article 1.3.022 (B,C,D) remaining unchanged. Elbow or forearm rests are permitted.

For road time trial competitions, controls or levers fixed to the handlebar extension may not extend beyond the 75 cm limit as long as they do not constitute a change of use, particularly that of providing an alternative hand position beyond the 75 cm mark. For the track and road competitions covered by the first paragraph, the distance of 75 cm may be increased to 80 cm to the extent that this is required for morphological reasons; «morphological reasons » should be taken as meaning anything regarding the size or length of the rider's body parts. A rider who, for this reason, considers that he needs to make use of a distance between 75 and 80 cm must inform the commissaires' panel at the time of the bike check at the moment that he presents his licence.

In such cases the commissaires' panel may carry out the following test: ensuring that the angle between the forearm and upper arm does not exceed 120° when the rider is in a racing position. Only one exemption for morphological reasons may be requested; either the handlebar extension can be moved forward or the peak of the saddle can be moved forward, in accordance with Article 1.3.013.”

Maybe the new management at the UCI are seeing sence, will we see a return of the Superman or even the earlier Graeme O’bree position?

SRAM Road Hydraulic Brake Recall - Replacement Plan:
We would like to outline for you our replacement plan. The logistics of execution are being hammered out but are not complete. Our first priority is safety our second priority is to get you back out riding just as fast as we can with mechanical brakes, and then with the new generation of hydraulic as soon as it is ready.

By region, here is how we plan to handle the recall, and consumers should work through their chosen local dealer for replacement:

a. Europe:
• Through the customer’s chosen Dealer, SRAM will provide a mechanical brake system to replace the customer’s hydraulic rim or disc brakes.
• SRAM also will provide to the customer an option of either receiving the new hydraulic braking system when the redesign is complete, or a check for EUR 150.
• SRAM will provide a fair labor cost cash reimbursement to the Dealer for all installs.

b. Asia:
• Through the customer’s chosen Dealer, SRAM will provide a mechanical rim or disc brake system to replace a customer’s hydraulic rim or disc brakes.
• SRAM also will provide to the customer an option of either receiving the new hydraulic braking system when the redesign is complete, or a check for US$ 200.
• SRAM will provide a fair labor cost reimbursement to the dealer for all installs.

c. North America:
SRAM is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to finalize a comprehensive and approved solution. Here is what we can commit for customers as we work through this process:
• Through the customer’s chosen Dealer, SRAM will provide a mechanical rim or disc brake system to replace a customer’s hydraulic rim or disc brake system.
• SRAM will provide a fair labor cost cash reimbursement to the dealer for all installs.
• SRAM will provide a voucher for product or cash reimbursement in an amount to be determined between SRAM and the CPSC.

Here is the replacement matrix:

If you have: you get this shifter/brake lever you get this caliper
RED 22 HydroR Rim: RED 22 (11spd) Mechanical levers RED Mechanical rim brake
RED 22 HydroR Disc: RED 22 (11spd) Mechanical levers BB7 RSL
S-700 HydroR Rim: Force 10spd Mechanical levers Force Mechanical rim brake
S-700 HydroR Disc: Force 10spd Mechanical levers BB7 RS

Additional updates:

1. We are working hard to get replacement mechanical braking systems widely available in Europe, the US and Asia by January 15

2. We expect the logistics for getting replacement product and reimbursement payments to be complete within two weeks. Given the global geography, there are differences in how we will need to execute. While we recommend that all customers use their local Dealer, the logistics will accommodate individuals choosing to install the replacement brakes themselves.

3. We continue to make progress on the hydraulic redesign. Our teams are working through the holidays on resolution. We anticipate a technical and production update on Monday January 15.

We apologize for the inconvenience and are trying to get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

PEZ goes Russian!
When I visited the Astana team last week I didn’t expect the day’s happenings to appear in Russian, but there it is on the Astana fans website, well there you go; it’s a small World. At least I now know my name is Аластер Хэмилтон!

PEZ на дороге с Астаной!
В это время года, как обычно, многие команды проводят на Коста Бланка свои первые тренировочные сборы в межсезонье. Наш человек в Испании Аластер Хэмилтон был на месте и провёл один день на дороге с Астаной. Вот как прошел этот день в казахской команде.

Here is the link to the article on the Astana Fans website.

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Merry Christmas!
I was looking for a Christmas themed video to end with, but wasn’t too impressed with what I found. So seeing as you might be given cycle clothing and accessories for Christmas; here is a guide to the “Top 10 Cycling Fashion Disasters” by Global Cycling Network. Merry Christmas to everyone.

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