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Mathieu van der Poel is on the top step of the podium again. Race report and video from the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup in Bogense, Denmark. Shane Sutton speaks about Sky TUEs - Top Story. In other cycling news: Eschborn-Frankfurt redesign, 2018 season for Caja Rural-Seguros RGA and Dimension Data, Hayato Yoshida signs for Nippo-Vini Fantini and UAE Team Emirates go on the Mitsubishi safety driving course. EuroTrash Monday coffee time.

TOP STORY: Shane Tells it Like it Is!
Ex Sky and British Cycling coach, Shane Sutton, is probably not the most popular man on the planet at the moment, but this week he confirmed what we all already thought about the case of Bradley Wiggins' Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) use for corticosteroid triamcinolone in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In a BBC television documentary on Sunday, Britain’s Cycling Superheroes: the Price of Success, the new Chinese National coach pointed out that "if you’ve got an athlete that’s 95% ready and that little 5% niggle or injury that’s troubling them, if you can get the TUE to get them to 100%, of course you would in them days." Adding that, "the business you’re in is to give you the edge on your opponent and ultimately it’s about killing them off but you definitely don’t cross the line and that’s something we’ve never done."

So, basically Sutton is saying that if you need corticosteroid before a Grand Tour you get a TUE. You can take from that what you will, but it is working within the law of WADA. It's legal, but is it ethical? It has been said that the administration of triamcinole would only be to a patient who is severely ill. One wonders if Wiggins was well enough to race?

Taking 'Marginal Gains' too far?
London - England - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Bradley Wiggins (GBR) and David Brailsford pictured during Time Trial TT - contre le montre zeittfahren - tijdrit - tijdrijden elite men Olympic Games 2012 - foto Cor Vos ©2012 *** local caption *** 00907301

UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup - Bogense, Denmark 2017
Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) was back to his winning ways on Sunday in the Danish round 4 of the UCI cyclo-cross World Cup in Bogense. The European and World Cup leader beat his two big rivals, World champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Charles) and Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions). Van der Poel now leads the World Cup by 100 points from Van Aert with Lars van der Haar (Telenet Fidea Lions) in third.

Van der Haar was the first leader, but it wasn't long before Van der Poel took to the front. He had a small lead, but a mistake had Van Aert, Aerts and Van der Haar with him at the end of lap one. A lap later Van der Poel tried again and only Aerts could go with him and the two stayed together for two laps, until Aerts needed a bike change on the 5th lap and couldn't get back to the flying Van der Poel.

Behind the leaders; Van Aert dropped Van der Haar and the World champion eventually caught Aerts. Van der Poel had no problem getting to the finish with enough time to enjoy the victory with the fans. Van Aert punctured in the final, but managed to catch Aerts and out-sprint him for 2nd place. Van der Haar held on for 4th as Tim Merlier (Crelan-Charles) was 5th ahead of Corné van Kessel (Telenet Fidea Lions).

Bogense - Denmark - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Mathieu van der Poel (NED) pictured dring the men’s Elite Telenet UCI cyclo-cross World Cup 2017 in Bogense, Denmark, 19/11/2017 - photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2017

Race winner, Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon): "It took a while to get a grip on the course because it had changed a bit compared to the circumstances during the pre-race training ride."

2nd, Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Charles): "I didn't have much luck. Then again, I think I finished in the position that I deserved. Toon and I were each other's match but Mathieu was certainly better. I felt pretty good early on but Mathieu was clearly stronger. Toon managed to keep up a bit longer than myself. For now, it's clear we can't beat Mathieu. During the second half of the race I was closing in on Toon, when I bridged up with him I noticed that he had punctured. I was headed for second place but punctured too and we came back together. During the final lap, I punctured again."

3rd, Toon Aerts (Telenet-Fidea Lions): "I tried to keep the pace up to hold on to second place but it didn't work out. I noticed that he (Van Aert) punctured late in the race. I took a few meters but it wasn't enough. I was dead empty."

UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup - Bogense Result:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon in 1:02:58
2. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Charles at 0:08
3. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:09
4. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Telenet-Fidea at 0:47
5. Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Charles at 1:21
6. Corne van Kessel (Ned) Telenet-Fidea at 1:28
7. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) ERA-Circus at 1:48
8. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 1:52
9. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 2:05
10. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 2:06.


Makeover for Eschborn-Frankfurt
The German Classic raises its profile with a new name, a new design and the return of iconic climbs.

2018 will mark the second year in which May 1st marks the completion of the great spring classics in the WorldTour calendar. In keeping with these monuments, the most traditional one-day race in Germany has a new name: Eschborn-Frankfurt. Concise, with no name added and as international as the region, the race focuses on both its starting and finishing cities. Eschborn-Frankfurt also becomes a modern classic in terms of appearance: the Taunus hills and the elements of the Eschborn and Frankfurt skylines characterize the new logo, which tells the story of the race at a glance.

Claude Rach, Managing Director of German A.S.O. "The German Classic has been a tradition since 1962 and is deeply rooted in the region on May 1st. The new design shows that, despite all the tradition, a Classic can also be modern: the new name underlines our self-confidence that Eschborn-Frankfurt is in no way inferior to the great monuments. Thousands celebrate a true cycling festival on and off the race, the biggest international stars are fighting on a pure classic road in the Taunus hills."

As with the renewed design, the Taunus Hills and Skylines were also the milestones for a modified course. The 57th edition of Eschborn-Frankfurt presents more difficulties than before, extending over 211 kilometers and more than 2,200 meters of altitude. Some of the legendary climbs in the history of the race will make their return: the hill of Ruppertshain (1,3 km, at 6,7%) must be climbed three times next year (once in 2017), the Billtalhöhe (3.5 km, with 8.4% max. gradient) is again included after seven years of absence and will be tackled twice, the final leads by the Hainer Weg - a section up 1.5 km just 15 km from the finish line.

Fabian Wegmann, two-time winner of the race, now a sports, course and security consultant for the elite edition, said: "We have made some minor but powerful modifications to strengthen the character of Eschborn-Frankfurt. The newly designed loop now includes twice the Billtalhöhe, three times the climb to Ruppertshain and four times the Mammolshainer Berg in high frequency. This requires many attacks and a selection of favorites. Back in Frankfurt, I'm waiting for the final Hainer Weg attack from the riders who want to avoid a sprint. A difficult course, endless opportunities to attack and an unpredictable result - it's a real classic."

The German classic of May 1st is the most traditional cycling race in Germany. It was staged for the first time in 1962. Cycling celebrities like Eddy Merckx, Gerrie Knetemann, John Degenkolb and Alexander Kristoff mastered the challenge through the Taunus hills to win the race. In addition to the elite race, races for recreational and amateur athletes, youth under 23 (U23), juniors, teenagers, students and skaters are also organized. Seventeen competitions in one day - no other organizer in the world offers so many competitions in one day. Last year 800.000 people came to see the riders all along the races.

Eschborn-Frankfurt Trailer 2018:

Caja Rural - Seguros RGA unveil new-look squad as team come together for first training camp of 2018.
The Caja Rural - Seguros RGA Team will come together for their first meeting ahead of the 2018 season. The team will begin the camp on the 17 November in the home of one of their team sponsors, the Bed4U hotel in Tudela (Spain).

There will be eight new additions to the squad for next year with a mixture of Spanish riders and International riders. Three riders will step-up from the development team (Cuadros, Moreira and Serrano) which is credit to the amateur squad run by Director, Ruben Martinez.

The focus for 2018 will be to continue developing young riders with the average age of the squad just 25 years old.

Continuing riders 2018:
Aranburu, Álex (Spain,19/09/1995)
Benito, Miguel Ángel ( Spain,21/09/1993)
Celano, Danilo (Italy,07/12/1989)
Ferrari, Fabricio (Uruguay,03/06/1985)
Irisarri, Jon (Spain,09/11/1995)
Lastra, Jonathan (Spain,03/06/1993)
Mas, Lluís (Spain,15/10/1989)
Molina, Antonio (Spain,04/01/1991)
Oien, Justin (USA,05/05/1995)
Pardilla, Sergio (Spain, 16/01/1984)
Reis, Rafael (Portugal, 15/07/1992)
Schultz, Nick (Australia, 13/09/1994)
Zabala, Josu (Spain, 11/04/1993).

New Signings 2018:
Amézqueta, Julen (Spain,12/08/1993) – Wilier-Selle Italia
Rodríguez, Cristian (Spain, 03/03/1995) – Wilier-Selle Italia
Serrano, Gonzalo (Spain, 17/04/1994) – Development team
Silva, Joaquim (Portugal, 19/03/1992) – W52-Porto
Soto, Nelson (Colombia, 19/06/1994) - Coldeportes-Claro
Yssaad, Yannis (France, 25/06/1993) - Armee de Terre
Moreira, Mauricio (Uruguay, 18/07/1995) – Development team
Cuadros, Álvaro (Spain,12/04/1995) - Developmet team.

The future for the Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team:

2018 Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka Squad Announcement
While the 2017 cycling season concluded on the 24 October for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, planning for the 2018 season is well underway already. Our African Team descended upon Cape Town, South Africa, staying at the Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel between 12 November and 19 November for our 2018 season training and strategizing camp.

From medical assessments to performance goals, the riders and staff of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka have been preparing for what is set to be an exciting 2018. The camp in Cape Town has not been all meetings and presentations – the team has enjoyed hospitality from various team partners and team-building activities, with the highlight so far being yesterday's Qhubeka bicycle distribution ceremony.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was able to provide 150 bicycles to the Charleston Hill Secondary School children, through donations raised via the team’s #BicyclesChangeLives campaign. The children are part of a Qhubeka Learn-to-Earn initiative, and the bicycles will help them to get to and from school more easily.

Each rider and staff member was personally able to present a bicycle to a Qhubeka beneficiary, and in doing so, the 2018 Team Dimension Data roster was also fully revealed. 27 riders from 10 different countries will represent our African Team in the UCI World Tour next year.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka 2018 Roster
Igor Anton, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Steve Cummings, Mekseb Debesay, Nic Dougall, Amanuel Gebreigzabhier, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Ben King, Louis Meintjes, Ben O'Connor, Mark Renshaw, Jay Thomson, Johann van Zyl, Julien Vermote, Natnael Berhane, Mark Cavendish, Scott Davies, Nicholas Dlamini, Bernie Eisel, Ryan Gibbons, Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Merhawi Kudus, Lachlan Morton, Serge Pauwels, Tom-Jelte Slagter, Scott Thwaites, Jaco Venter

2018 will be a significant year for our African Team as we embark on an ambitious project, our 2020 vision, to place a rider on the general classification podium at the Tour de France. Our 2018 season goals form part of the building blocks to our 2020 vision.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka 2018 season goals:
Raise 5000 bikes for Qhubeka
30 UCI race wins, including 10 World Tour
Grand Tour stage wins
Grand Tour Top 5 GC
Podium in classics (World Tour one-day race)
Top 15 World Tour team ranking

Douglas Ryder - Team Principal
The 2018 season holds great promise for our African Team with 6 exciting new additions to our squad. The new season will see the journey of our 2020 vision begin. Inspired by our #BicyclesChangeLives campaign, and with the support of our partners, we will look to make an impact that matters both on the road and by mobilizing the continent of Africa with bicycles.

Jeremy Ord - Dimension Data Executive Chairman
We’re excited to welcome the new riders to the team, and look forward to supporting Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka to achieve their long-term vision. Technology has the power to transform businesses in today’s digital world. We will apply our expertise to develop new, custom-designed technologies that will assist Team Dimension Data to achieve more wins, and raise funds to put more children on bicycles.

Jim Moffatt - Head of Deloitte Global Consulting
Deloitte was thrilled to support Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka during the 2017 cycling season and we can’t wait for the 2018 season to begin. We stand ready to support the team as they strive to meet both their professional and societal impact goals in the year ahead. They continue to build an outstanding team and, with the support of Deloitte, are well positioned to fulfill their 2020 vision of racing to the top of the podium at the Tour de France while continuing to make an impact on the lives of children across Africa.

Tsatsi Phaweni – Qhubeka Executive Director
We love being part of the Team Dimension Data training camp every year and introducing the riders and staff to some of the children who benefit from the bicycles that the team has funded. It’s always an emotional day as we’re all reminded of the reality that bicycles can change lives. To date, over 17,000 bicycles have been funded by the team since 2013, and we are thankful for their ongoing support in helping us to move more people forward with bicycles.

Dimension Data 2018 Riders:

Hayato Yoshida is a New Rider of the Nippo Vini Fantini Europa Ovini Team
Under23 Time Trial National champion in 2011, winner of 4 domestic races in 2017, after 3 seasons in the team Continental Matrix Powertag will ride in the Professional team Nippo Vini Fantini Europa Ovini from the 2018 Season.

Hayato Yoshida is a new #OrangeBlue rider. Under 23 Time Trial National Japanese Champion in 2011, winner of a stage of the Tour of Taiwan in 2013, the 28 years old sprinter from Japan will join the team starting from 2018 season. Expert rider, yet ready to compete at any level in Asian and European races.
In 2017 he won 4 domestic races with the Japanese Continental team Matrix Powertag, from 2018 season he will wear the #OrangeBlue jersey of the NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini team.

These the first words of the Japanese rider: “I’m very happy of this contract and excited to be part of the NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini team. Next racing season will be the most important for my career and an important experience for me because racing in the world top races is my big dream since I was a child. I know that it will be very hard and tough challenge, but I will do my best to prepare myself and to make my top performance for upcoming season. Without the warm supports from my former teams, especially team Matrix Powertag which I have raced from 2015 to 2017, I would never reach this contract. Even if I had some hardships to win, they were supporting me always with strong confidences, so I really appreciated this.”

Another rider will support the Roster 2018, joining the team in the training camp that will begin next Monday, the 20th of November in Abruzzo.

Hayato Yoshida:

Mitsubishi Safety Driving Course
UAE Team Emirates sports directors attended a course at Nuvolari circuit. UAE Team Emirates for safer cycling: scenes from Mitsubishi safety driving course.

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