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EuroTrash Thursday!
bakelants-650 The dust has settled on the Vuelta a España and Chris Horner’s non-missed drug test, but we still have race action with Jan Bakelants winning the GP de Wallonie and Bradley Wiggins has control of the Tour of Britain. Lots of World championships news and time table and our usual catch-up with news, video and results. As always a fun packed EuroTrash Thursday, get the coffee!


TOP STORY: The World Championship’s Time Table
Sunday sees the start of the road World championships in Florence and depending on where you live you should be able to watch it live. During the Toscana2013 Road world Championships, all streets lead to Florence. All races taking place during the week will finish in Florence, while starts will be distributed in some of the most beautiful cities of the region. Lucca, Montecatini Terme, Pistoia and Fiesole will greet the competitors of the Men’s Road Race, the most prized jersey in the professional season.

The Men’s race starts in Piazza Napoleone, in Lucca: an occasion for the city to celebrate the Championships and the 500 years anniversary of the building of the City Walls. Lucca’s charms, history and tourist attractions make it one of the most important Italian cities of art. From here, the race goes in direction of Florence, and the first attacks will come on the Montecarlo climb. The second part of the race will take race through Montecatini Terme, a tourist centre which is also an industrial and commercial centre and an important spa. The city is also a crucial logistical point for Tuscan accommodation. Many national teams, amongst which the Italian national team will have their headquarters in Montecatini. The city will also be a starting point for five competitions: The Men’s Team Time Trials (Sunday 22nd September), the Elite Men’s Individual Time Trial (Wednesday 25th September), the Under 23 Road Race (Friday 27th September) and the two races on Saturday 28th of September: the Junior Men’s Road Race and the Elite Women’s race.

Pistoia is another crucial city for the Toscana2013 Championships. The city whose foundations were laid by the Romans will host the opening race: the Elite Women’s Team Time Trial on the 22nd of September. The city will also host the departure of the Under-23 Individual Time Trials on the 23rd.

The landscape, the historical and cultural heritage makes Fiesole a very popular tourist destination as well as an exceptional observation point only 6km from Florence. The climb to reach Fiesole will be a crucial selection point in the Road Races. Last but not least comes Florence, the incredibly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site. Its historical centre will be the backstage of all Championships’ races, as they will all end in Viale Paoli, in front of the Mandela Forum.

Here is the time table.
Saturday 21 Sept: Team Time Trial Training, 09:00 – 12:30.
Sunday Sept 22: Elite Women TTT 42.79km, Start Time: 10:00CET.
Sunday Sept 22: Elite Men TTT 57.2km, Start Time: 14:00CET.
Monday Sept 23: Junior Women ITT 16.27km, Start Time: 10:00CET:
Monday Sept 23: U23 Men ITT 43.49km, Start Time: 14:00CET.
Tuesday Sept 24: Junior Men ITT 22.05km, Start Time: 10:00CET.
Tuesday Sept 24: Elite Women ITT 22.05km, Start Time: 14:30CET.
Wednesday Sept 25: Elite Men ITT 57.9km, Start Time: 13:15CET.
Thursday Sept 26: Road Race Training, 10:00 – 12:30.
Friday Sept 27: Junior Women RR 82.85km, Start Time: 08:30CET.
Friday Sept 27: U23 Men RR 173.19km, Start Time: 13:00CET.
Saturday Sept 28: Junior Men RR 140.05km, Start Time: 08:30CET.
Saturday Sept 28: Elite Women RR 140.05km, Start Time:14:15CET.
Sunday Sept 29: Elite Men RR 272.26km, Start Time 10:00CET.

All you need to know is here on the official web-site. Stay tuned to PEZ for race reports and Ed road side, plus everything World’s in EuroTrash and NEWSWIRE.

Here is a great preview of the Worlds circuit by Mark Slavonia and his friends who spent the summer in Florence. They filmed the course at dawn with five cameras, overlaid GPS data, and created the video previews of the entire circuit as well as the two key climbs:


Check out all the videos here.



Tour of Britain 2013
Gerald Ciolek salvaged what was becoming a day to forget for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung by winning Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain. Africa’s first Professional Continental team lost both Andreas Stauff and Ferekalsi Debesay to crashes during the stage and the day was looking bleak until Ciolek survived the tough Honister Pass halfway through the stage to make the final selection in the end.

Ciolek caught Thomas Lovkist (IAM Cycling) in the final 500 metres and passed Sam Bennett (An Post-Chain Reaction) as the line approached to win the stage. The victory and his uphill kick to the finish also earned him the yellow jersey. Sergio Pardilla added to the team’s joy when he finished inside the top ten of the stage, to move up to fifth on the general classification.

“It was a strange day for us, losing two riders and then winning but that’s the sport. You can win and lose on the same day,” Ciolek said at the finish.

“Honister Pass was a really hard climb but I just stayed calm and made sure I was with riders like Cavendish and Petacchi because I knew they would bring it back. I was feeling good so I wasn’t too worried because the front group was just ahead of us the whole time. Coming into the finish there was a sharp right turn. I got a bit of a gap from the first riders within the last kilometre then chased Sam Bennett and he gave me a really hard time to catch him. I caught him and went on his wheel with 150 metres to go and was quite confident from then.”

“This season started off pretty well for the team. We went to all the races with goals and didn’t do well in all the races and that’s normal but I am very happy with how the year has gone for me and for the team. We’ve been very successful. Now with the race being broadcasted on SuperSport in Africa it’s fantastic for the supporters in the team’s home country to see us race and win,” Ciolek concluded.

The early stage was dominated by a seven rider group. Mike Northey (Node 4 Giordana Racing), Jonathan Dibben (GB), Nicola Boem (Bardiani Valvole CSF Inox), Sean Downey (AN Post Chain Reaction), Matt Cronshaw (IG Sigma Sport), Anthony Delaplace (Sojasun) and Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Movistar). While they were building their lead in terrible weather conditions, news filtered through of Stauff abandoning after he had nowhere to go when a rider crashed in front of him. He injured his knee and elbow but didn’t suspect any breaks. Moments later Debesay crashed out with a suspected broken collarbone.

The somber mood of the team was changed at the end when Ciolek emphatically won the stage.

Tour of Britain Stage 2 Result:
1. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka in 5:01:01
2. Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction
3. Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling at 0:06
4. Simon Yates (GB) Great Britain
5. Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
6. Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp at 0:09
7. Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling
8. Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
9. Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka
10. Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step.

Tour of Britain Overall After Stage 2:
1. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka in 11:05:30
2. Simon Yates (GB) Great Britain at 0:20
3. Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
4. Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox at 0:23
5. Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka
6. Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
7. Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling
8. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox
9. Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura at 0:26
10. Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox.

Stage 2:




Predictably Bradley Wiggins (Sky) won the Stage 3 16.1 kilometre time trial round Knowsley Safari Park and took the overall leaders jersey. His time of 19:54 was 32 seconds too good for his Sky team mate, Ian Stannard and 42 seconds over Jack Bauer (Garmin-Sharp). Most importantly he beat Gerald Ciolek (MTN-Qhubeka) 1:51 for the overall.

Wiggins now lead Stannard by 33 seconds and 47 seconds over Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling) who was 4th on the stage at54 seconds. British National TT champion Alex Dowsett (Movistar) was 5th at 56 seconds and ex-World road champion Mark Cavendish road well for 10th place at 1:26.

Bradley Wiggins said after the win: “I had to win today, whatever,” Wiggins said. “The conditions weren’t ideal for me. I didn’t flinch on the roundabouts in the wet, but I thought I’d rather end up in hospital today than be beaten.”

The Olympic champion had researched the route in intimate detail and admitted he had no excuses for not winning. “When I was out of the Tour [de France] and training in June and July, I was here,” he added. “This was my motivation, these were the things that kept me going: the world championships, the Tour of Britain and winning this time trial on home soil. I put pressure on myself, my own expectation. I wanted to win. That leads to pressure, but then I thrive off that, especially in this discipline.”

However, Wiggins said: “I think time trialling is so difficult to say there is a favourite. Obviously there are probably three guys everyone knows are going to come away with the medals on a good day, we could be in any order. I think it just depends on how our preparation goes. Everything I have done since June has been about preparing for an hour-long time trial. This [at the Tour of Britain] was 20-odd minutes. Everything is on track for the worlds, barring any more crashes or any more severe weather like yesterday and getting sick, but as we get further south that’s meant to get better. Physically I feel I’m ready to go. I always say these things, but I’m in better shape than I’ve ever been before, especially for the discipline.”

Tour of Britain Stage 3 Result:
1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky in 19:54
2. Ian Stannard (GB) Sky at 0:36
3. Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp at 0:42
4. Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling at 0:54
5. Alex Dowsett (GB) Movistar at 0:56
6. David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky at 1:16
7. Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Team NetApp-Endura at 1:20
8. Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox at 1:22
9. Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka at 1:25
10. Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 1:26.

Tour of Britain Overall After Stage 3:
1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky in 11:25:54
2. Ian Stannard (GB) Sky at 0:37
3. Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling at 0:47
4. Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp at 0:55
5. Alex Dowsett (GB) Movistar at 0:57
6. David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky at 1:17
7. Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 1:18
8. Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka
9. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka at 1:21
10. Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Team NetApp-Endura.

Stage 3:




Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Mark Cavendish earned the 54th victory (52nd road) in three disciplines for the team in 2013, winning the bunch kick of the 190.9km Tour of Britain Stage 4 on Wednesday.

The race came back together with about 1km to go, after Iljo Keisse attacked with 2.3km to go out of an 11-rider breakaway of the day. The 11 were: Michael James Northey (Node 4-Giordana Racing), Iljo Keisse (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step), Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling), Marco Canola (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox), Anthony Delaplace (Sojasun), Angel Madrazo (Movistar), Alistair Slater (Great Britain), Aaron Gate (An Post-Chainreaction), Ian Wilkinson (UK Youth), Matthias Krizek (Cannondale), Thomas Scully (Raleigh). They escaped 16 kilometres after the start and built up an advantage of 3:50.

OPQS put Cavendish in good position for the sprint, sitting on the wheel of Alessandro Petacchi for the final leadout. Cavendish overtook everyone within the final few hundred meters for the victory, as no one was able to come back around him. Elia Viviani (Cannondale) was 2nd, and Steele Von Hoff (Garmin-Sharp) was 3rd.

“Iljo did a great job for us today, we really didn’t have to work because he was in the breakaway,” Sport Director Brian Holm said. “We just followed and won the sprint with the British Champion Cavendish. Iljo went with the break after 30 or 40 kilometres into the stage and it looked like the peloton wouldn’t chase him back. Iljo had good legs today, so we thought he possibly had the stage when he attacked late. But they chased him down in the last kilometre or so. We knew Cav had a fair chance for the sprint. Petacchi just delivered him perfectly. Cav was 10th in the TT yesterday so we knew he was in pretty good shape and riding well. But even then, our big focus for him from the start of Tour of Britain was really the last day in London. Otherwise there was no stress, no pressure. We gave our GC guys like Michal Golas, Julien Vermote and Martin Velits carte blanche until that day. Iljo said he was good today, so we gave him a chance and it still worked out for us in the final with a great sprint of Cavendish. We were still getting used to our new leadout formation in the first days, but today we found each other and won. So, this should be really good for the morale in the next stages leading into London.”

“I am really, really happy about my victory and the super job of the guys,” Cavendish said. “Fortunately we had the entire day with Iljo in the break, so we didn’t have to ride behind. The guys stayed with me the entire day. On the last climb, the short climb when Martin attacked, I have to say I was at the limit — but the guys stayed with me and brought me back. They showed a big commitment. That is why I did my best in the sprint. Even Petacchi, who was still suffering from the crash of a couple days ago, wanted to be there. He really led me out in the final. He put me in the best position for the sprint. Now we are looking forward to the next stages. We can play a role in the GC for the next two stages with Golas and Vermote, then there is the stage of Saturday and of course Sunday in London where I hope I can do something good.”

Sky’s Bardley Wiggins held onto the leaders jersey by 37 seconds fromteam mate Ian Stannard and 47 seconds from Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling).

Tour of Britain Stage 4 Result:
1. Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step in 4:45:42
2. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale
3. Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp
4. Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling
5. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar
6. Owain Doull (GB) Great Britain
7. Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Sojasun
8. Scott Thwaites (GB) Team NetApp-Endura
9. Chris Opie (GB) Team UK Youth
10. Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction.

Tour of Britain Overall After Stage 4:
1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Sky in 16:11:36
2. Ian Stannard (GB) Sky at 0:37
3. Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling at 0:47
4. Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp at 0:55
5. Alex Dowsett (GB) Movistar at 0:57
6. David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky at 1:17
7. Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step at 1:18
8. Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka
9. Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka at 1:21
10. Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Team NetApp-Endura.

Stage 4:




Grand Prix de Wallonie 2013
Race winner Jan Bakelants (Belgian National Team), runner-up Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) and Mathias Frank (BMC) slipped the peloton with less than 25 kilometres to go and stayed away to the finish of the 203.1-kilometre race on Wednesday. But on the final climb of the Citadelle de Namur, Frank was unable to follow an attack by Voeckler. Bakelants and Voeckler contested the win eight seconds ahead of Frank. “When Bakelants attacked, I just followed wheels,” Frank said. “It was my job to do this in the race. I haven’t raced for almost three weeks, but my shape is good. But I was a bit on the limit when they were going full gas.”

Frank said he followed in the wheels of Bakelants and Voeckler, knowing Gilbert (winner of this race in 2006 and 2011) and teammate Greg Van Avermaet (runner-up here last year) were in a small group that was chasing. “Our tactic was to go for Phil and Greg,” the double-stage winner at the Tour of Austria said. “Having me up there, I was just waiting and wasn’t riding really much with the guys. In the end, I couldn’t follow, so it would have been better if they (Gilbert and Van Avermaet) had come back. But that’s how it is.” Frank’s podium finish was his seventh of the season. Earlier, BMC Racing Team’s Larry Warbasse was part of a 10-man breakaway that enjoyed freedom until the final 40 km. “I was kind of surprised the break went almost on a downhill,” Warbasse said. “We were just supposed to watch certain teams. I saw Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) was up there, so I rode across to it.”

Since RadioShack Leopard Trek did not have this race on their program, Bakelants was allowed to start with the Belgian national team of coach Carlo Bomans and he did not disappoint: “I knew that I would be good here,” explained Bakelants. “Two weeks after my altitude training camp in Italy I expected to perform well in this region. Moreover in my U23 years I won a lot of races here. Now already I can tell you that Liège-Bastogne-Liège will be one of my goals next year. But first Firenze. I will attack there too, I hope. Philippe Gilbert will be the team leader and I will work for him with pleasure but I also hope to get some freedom myself.”

Bakelants attacked on the Côte de Lustin, 24 K from the finish. Mathias Frank (BMC) followed and Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) joined the two a bit later: “If I wanted to win, I had to improvisize,” continued Bakelants. “I knew that guys like Philippe Gilbert or Greg Van Avermaet would be hard to beat in the sprint. That’s why I attacked earlier. Because of the bad weather I knew that the peloton would not go faster than the break in that rain. With a gap of 45 seconds at 6K from the end I knew I could win. I had no problems to counter the attack of Voeckler on the uphill climb of 3 kilometres. I felt good in the rain and saw that Voeckler did not dare to take risks in the corners. In the last corner, I definitely took more risks than the Frenchman. It gave me the victory.”

Grand Prix de Wallonie Result:
1. Jan Bakelants (Bel) Belgian National Team in 4:54:47
2. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar
3. Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC at 0:08
4. Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement at 0:14
5. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step at 0:18
6. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Argos-Shimano
7. Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
8. Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step at 0:29
9. Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun at 0:31
10. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC.

Bakelants in Wallonie:




Horner’s Missed Drugs Test?
There were some embarrassed faces on Monday morning after it was reported that 2013 Vuelta a España winner; Chris Horner had missed an out of competition drugs test. USADA had asked the Spanish Ministry for Health (AEA) to undertake the surprise test at the RadioShack Leopard hotel in Madrid, this they tried to do, but Horner was not in the room that he should have been. This information was leaked and Spanish sports papers AS and Marca reported it as an infringement.

Horner was in a different hotel with his wife as they were flying back to his American home on Monday. Horner had informed USADA of the change and had received an auto-reply that it had been noted.

So USADA had not informed AEA of the change, for whatever reason, AEA didn’t check the information and someone leaked/sold the information the newspapers, who also didn’t check the information. Red faces all round?

Press Release: The management of RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK wants to clarify the situation about the alleged missed out of competition anti-doping test of Chris Horner.

Chris Horner updated his whereabouts with USADA before the start of the final stage, giving the agency the name of his hotel for the night, phone number and room number for his one hour window between 6 and 7 AM. This is all according to the rules and Chris Horner received a confirmation email. A screenshot of the emails is included with this press release.
The anti-doping inspectors from the Spanish Anti-doping Agency that were asked to do the test by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) showed up at the wrong hotel in Madrid, where the team was staying but Horner was obviously not to be found.

The team believes the communication between the Spanish Anti-doping Agency and the media is a violation of the privacy of Chris Horner, especially since it comes down to a clear mistake by the tester.

The team asks the media to report correctly on this matter and will seek compensation for this matter with the responsible anti-doping agencies.

Here is the email:
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USADA accept that a mistake was made and that Chris Horner is not to blame, they also say that they did not leak the story to the press.



Contador for la Vuelta 2014?
As the final stage of this year’s Vuelta a España passed through the Pinto, the home town of Alberto Contador, the 2008 and 2011 Vuelta champ was in Canada. He was thinking of his home Grand Tour though as he Tweeted: “Today @LaVuelta goes through my hometown,Pinto.This year I’m not there, but next yes!”



Spanish World’s Team
Spain is sending a super-strong team to Florence next week. Alejandro Valverde, Joaquim Rodriguez and Alberto Contador will lead a team of stars.

Road Race:
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff), Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar), Jose Herrada (Movistar), Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Dani Moreno (Katusha) and Luis Leon Sanchez (Belkin). Reserve riders are: Jesus Herrada (Movistar), David Arroyo (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Angel Vicioso (Katusha), Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Xavier Zandio (Sky).

Time Trial:
Luis Leon Sanchez (Belkin) and Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar).



Australian World’s Team
As always Australia will be sending a strong nine man team to Florence for the World road championships. Cadel Evans (BMC) and Richie Porte (Sky) will lead the team in the road race and Portie with Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) will ride the time trial.

Road Race:
Simon Clarke, Michael Mathews & Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge), Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp), Cadel Evans (BMC), Richie Porte & Mathew Hayman (Sky), Rory Sutherland (Saxo-Tinkoff) and David Tanner (Belkin).

Time Trial:
Rohan Dennis (Garmin-Sharp) and Richie Porte (Sky).



Italian World’s Team
A home World championship is very important to the Italians and especially as it is in Tuscany, the home of many riders and National coach Paolo Bettini. Vincenzo Nibali will be the strong man in the group, but Bettini needs a fast finisher and Filippo Pozzato could be that man. 11 riders have been announced, 9 will ride.

Road Race:
Giampaolo Caruso & Luca Paolini (Katusha), Vincenzo Nibali, Simone Ponzi & Alessandro Vanotti (Astana), Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Filippo Pozzato, Michele Scarponi & Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida), Ivan Santaromita (BMC) and Giovanni Visconti (Movistar).

Time Trial:
Marco Pinotti (BMC) and Adriano Malori (Lampre-Merida).



Swiss World’s Team
Fabian Cancellara will lead the Swiss national team in Florence next week, he will also ride the Individual time trial as also will Reto Hollenstein. Switzerland have 9 riders in the road race, they are:

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard), Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge), Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling), Mathias Frank (BMC), Gregory Rast (RadioShack Leopard), Michael Schär (BMC), Danilo Wyss (BMC), Oliver Zaugg (Saxo-Tinkoff), Sébastien Reichenbach (IAM Cycling).

Time Trial:
Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) and Reto Hollenstein (IAM Cycling).



French World’s Team
The young French hero’s of the Vuelta a España; Warren Barguil and Thibaut Pinot are part of the 9 man French team. Sylvain Chavanel will ride the individual time trial, but not the road race.

The French Road Race team is:
Warren Barguil (Argos-Shimano), Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), Anthony Roux (FDJ), Romain Bardet(Ag2r-La Mondiale), Arthur Vichot (FDJ), Chistophe Riblon (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Amaël Moinard (BMC) and Cyril Gautier (Europcar).

Time Trial:
Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) and Jérémy Roy (FDJ).



German World’s Team
Tony Martin will defend his World Individual Time Trial and as he is the reigning champion, Germany can also have Patrick Gretsch and Bert Grabsch. For the road race Dominik Nerz will be team leader and John Degenkolb will be their sprinter if the race ends in a large group.

Road Race:
Dominik Nerz (BMC), John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano), Fabian Wegmann (Garmin-Sharp), Paul Martens (Belkin), Simon Geschke (Argos-Shimano), Marcus Burghardt (BMC).

Time Trial:
Tony Martin (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step), Patrick Gretsch (Argos-Shimano) and Bert Grabsch (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step).



No World’s For Fast Freddie
USA National road champion; Freddie Rodriguez will not be going to Florence and his place will be taken by RadioShack Leopard’s Matthew Busche. He has decided that the course does not suit him and it would be better to let someone else another rider take his place. He still hopes to ride the 2015 World’s in Richmond, Virginia.

USA Road Race Team:
Matthew Busche (RadioShack Leopard), Chris Horner (RadioShack Leopard), Tejay van Garderen (BMC), Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp), Alex Howes (Garmin-Sharp), Taylor Phinney (BMC) and Peter Stetina (Garmin-Sharp)




No Team for Robbie Hunter
South African cyclist Robbie Hunter will retire at the end of the season as he has no team for next year. He became the first South African to start the Tour de France when he was with Lampre and also the first South African to win a stage, he started 9 tours, 4 Giro d’Italia’s and 3 Vuelta a España’s, winning 2 stages in the Spanish race. During his career from 1999 to this year he has ridden for 8 different teams.



The Vuelta Bits You Might have Missed
Vuelta A España 2013 Review – Tour Of Spain In Numbers by Global Cycling Network:





The PEZ NEWSWIRE!
Don’t forget to check the “NEWSWIRE” section, you can find it down the right hand side on the home page, just above the EuroTrash section. The bits of news that missed the EuroTrash deadline are in there, plus any news as-it-happens will be added there too.


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