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EUROTRASH News Round Up New Year’s Day Monday!
The New Year is here and we take a quick look back at 2017 in our Top Story. Three cyclocross races with reports and video and in other cycling news we look at the Tour Down Under, Dutch track champs, Paddy Bevin crash, Vuelta a San Juan, Ruta del Sol, Elevate-KHS Roster, happy New Year from the Contador team and Sunweb Creating Memories Live returns. Have a great 2018!


TOP STORY: Happy New Year!
It's the first of January and we have a whole wonderful year of cycle sport ahead of us. 2017 had a few surprises, third Worlds win and a Tour DQ for Peter Sagan, 'The Double' and a dodgy drug control for Chris Froome, Tom Dumoulin winning the Giro, mechanical doping has been the recurring story and we still don't know what was in the jiffy bag.

Bring on 2018, but please ease up on the bad news.




Telenet Superprestige Diegem 2017
European champion, Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) recovered from an early crash in the Diegem round of the Telenet Superprestige on Saturday evening. Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Charles) took yet another second place behind the Dutchman at 55 seconds, Laurens Sweeck (Era-Circus) was third at 1:41.

Under the floodlights of Diegem in Belgium it looked like the World champion Van Aert could take the win when Van der Poel his a barrier. Van der Poel lost a lot of ground, but by the end of the first lap he had retaken the lead position and by the start of the third lap he was gone and on his way to finish solo. As he crossed the line he held his bike in the air in triumph.

Van der Poel now has 85 points, only 1 point behind Van Aert in the Superprestige trophy with two rounds still to go.

More photos from Diegem in PeloPics.

Diegem - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Van Der Poel Mathieu (NED) of Beobank - Corendon celebrates the win pictured during  the men’s elite Telenet Superprestige cyclocross race of Diegem, Belgium - photo NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Telenet Superprestige Diegem Result:
1. Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus in 1:03:45
2. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Charles at 0:55
3. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) Era-Circus at 1:41
4. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 2:18
5. Marcel Meisen (Ger) Steylaerts-Betfirst at 2:28
6. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 2:30
7. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Corendon-Circus at 2:36
8. David Van Der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus at 2:51
9. Michael Boroš (Cze) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice at 2:55
10. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 3:15.

Diegem'17:




Brico Cross Bredene 2017
The Belgian Christmas Week of cyclocross continued on Friday with the Brico Cross in Bredene, West Flanders. The muddy race gave World Champion Wout van Aert (Crelan Charles) one of his few victories over top man of the 2017/18 season, European Champion Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank Corendon).

Van der Poel had a slow start, but eventually he join Van Aert at the front. The Dutchman made a few mistakes and was forced to settle for second place. The European champion chased with his brother and teammate David and Tim Merlier (Crelan Charles), but he eventually dropped them for second place at 1:27. Quinten Hermans (Telenet Fidea) was third, 1:40 down on Van Aert.

Brico Cross Bredene Result:
1. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Charles in 1:05:15
2. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon at 1:27
3. Quinten Hermans (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:40
4. Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Charles at 2:02
5. David Van Der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon at 2:08
6. Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux - Napoleon Games at 2:50
7. Daan Soete (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 3:06
8. Nicolas Cleppe (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 3:30
9. Joeri Adams (Bel) at 3:43
10. Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 4:40

Bredene'17:




DVV verzekeringen trofee - Azencross 2017
Another cross race and another win for European champion, Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon). On Thursday the 28th of December, the young Dutchman soloed away for a 35 second win over his main adversary, World champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Charles). Toon Aerts (Telenet-Fidea) took third at 1 minute with Van Aert's Crelan-Charles teammate, Tim Marlier in fourth.

Loenhout - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -   Van Der Poel Mathieu (NED) of Beobank - Corendon in action during the Azencross , the 6th leg of the men’s elite DVV verzekeringen trophy cyclocross race on December 28, 2017 in Loenhout, Belgium, 28/12/2017  - photo NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

DVV verzekeringen trofee - Azencross Result:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon in 1:00:41
2. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Charles at 0:35
3. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 1:00
4. Tim Merlier (Bel) Crelan-Charles at 1:32
5. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 1:35
6. Jens Adams (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice at 2:00
7. Tom Meeusen (Bel) Beobank-Corendon at 2:06
8. Daan Soete (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions at 2:07
9. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Steylaerts-Betfirst at 2:33
10. Wietse Bosmans (Bel) Era-Circus at 2:40.

Azencross'17:




Büchli Dutch National Sprint Champion, Bos Third
Matthijs Büchli won the gold medal today at the individual sprint during the Dutch track cycling championships in Alkmaar. The BEAT Cycling Club rider passed the finish line before Harrie Lavreysen. Theo Bos finished third in the race for bronze, ahead of Jeffrey Hoogland.

Matthijs Büchli: "It was a tough sprint tournament. What a bizarre feeling. The sprint is not really my favorite discipline. That would be the keirin. I beat the three sprint kings here today in Harrie Lavreysen, Jeffrey Hoogland and Theo Bos. That is amazing."

Theo Bos raced to a third place during the race for bronze. In the battle with Jeffrey Hoogland, Bos showed his current good form. "I am happy with my medal and with my very decent 200m time trial. I recorded my fastest time ever on this track, but you always want to go faster. After qualifying, I knew I had to face Roy van den Berg and if you win that race, you're up for bronze. I won the race for bronze purely on tactics and experience," says Bos.

Tim Veldt: "This was a very special tournament. We had a very strong field, including the two winners of the sprint at the World Cups in Manchester and Milton, and Matthijs beats both these riders on such an evening."

"It's really cool that Theo takes third place. As we said today was very tough and he showed his form by beating Jeffrey Hoogland. Both men showed they can grow into the tournament and I'm proud to be their coach. This is a perfect start to the tournament, with two medals. Now it's on to the kilometer time trial."

The BEAT track team started the tournament well during the initial qualifying round with a 2nd place for Matthijs Büchli (9.910). Roy van den Berg rode to a 4th place in 10.055 and Theo Bos finished the 200 meter qualification in fifth place (10.098).

Bos and Van den Berg met each other in the quarterfinals. Bos was able to beat his teammate in the very end. "I thought he had me in the final straight, but in the end I could just stay ahead of Roy," said Bos. Büchli won his quarterfinal, ahead of Sam Ligtlee.

In the semi-final, Theo Bos lost to the fastest man of the day, Harrie Lavreysen. Büchli was faster than vice-European champion Jeffrey Hoogland in the semi-final.

Dutch sprint podium:




Bevin to Skip National Championships Following Training Crash
New recruit Patrick Bevin will miss this week's New Zealand National Road Championships due to injuries sustained in a training crash.

Bevin crashed on Saturday, 30 December, in New Zealand but was fortunate to escape relatively unharmed, BMC Racing Team's Chief Medical Officer Max Testa said.

"Patrick crashed on a descent in training and was taken to hospital for examination which revealed a deep contusion on his right elbow and some road rash. Luckily, he did not suffer a concussion and the injuries were quite isolated. Although a skin graft was initially considered, the elbow only required stitches," Dr. Testa explained.

"Patrick will need to stay off the bike for five to seven days before resuming his normal training load. Unfortunately, this rules him out of the New Zealand National Time Trial and Road Race Championships but at this stage, he should be fine to race at the Santos Tour Down Under the week after. We will continue to monitor his recovery in the next week but we expect Patrick to recover quickly."

Bevin said his injuries could have been much worse considering the circumstances of the crash.

"I hit a melted piece of tar on the road which sent me flying over my handlebars without any warning and I landed on my right elbow. I'm not feeling too bad but I'm a bit gutted about it because you never want to crash in training. I was going fairly quickly so I'm a bit banged up but I'm pretty lucky considering it was a big, wide, and fast piece of road," Bevin said.

Bevin make his racing debut with BMC Racing Team at the Santos Tour Down Under.

Interview with Paddy up soon on PEZ.




2018 Santos Tour Down Under News

‘Sagan Says’ TDU Junior Starter Pack Gives Kids the Opportunity to Win Learn, Create and Enter Now for a Chance to Meet Peter Sagan
The Santos Tour Down Under and the BORA-hansgrohe cycling team are giving one lucky South Australian youngster and their friends the opportunity to meet superstar rider, Peter Sagan, all in the name of learning and creativity.

The 2018 TDU Junior Starter Pack aims to teach kids about cycling, the TDU and complete a range of ‘Sagan Says’ activities. Throughout the starter pack, Peter Sagan will pop up with some great activities including fill in the blank of SA towns, design a jersey, draw a bike and many more. Peter Sagan says, “The TDU Junior Starter Pack has so many fun activities that will encourage kids to get creative whilst teaching them lots of fun facts about the Santos Tour Down Under, South Australia and me! I am really looking forward to meeting the winner and their friends to talk all things cycling in January.”

The applicants with the most outstanding work will be chosen to meet Sagan himself over breakfast at the Hilton Adelaide and take a couple of photos with him before he prepares for the final stage of the Santos Tour Down Under. “We want as many kids as possible to get involved and get creative,” said Peter.

The winner will be selected from the artwork that is shared with the Santos Tour Down Under community through Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using either of the hashtags #MyTDU or #SaganSays. Children must share their work by Sunday 21 January 2018 to have their chance to win this fantastic prize.

Visit www.tourdownunder.com.au for all terms and conditions. Download a copy of the TDU Junior Starter Pack HERE.




Australian Nathan Haas to Lead Team Katusha-Alpecin
Australian rider Nathan Haas will make his racing debut with Team Katusha-Alpecin at the Santo Tour Down Under.

Nathan Haas said that the Santos Tour Down under race has been coined by the European peloton now as ‘Radelaide’.

“Every year it seems more and more of the riders are fighting to be at the season opener, so for me, I'm lucky, everybody wants to be at my home race! said Nathan Haas. It's seriously getting better, bigger and faster every year. The course for 2018 I believe is going to show off the big fight between the Australian punchy riders. I predict a big show down in Stirling. Bring on January!"

Race Director, Mike Turtur is looking forward to seeing the combination of Tiago Machado and Nathan Haas now on the same team and any GC aspirations with their history having them both finish in the top ten in 2017, 2014 and 2012. “Haas has finished fourth overall at the 2017 race and fifth overall in 2014. Machado finished third overall at 2012 race so it will be interesting to see their results in 2018,” said Mike Turtur.

The Katusha Alpecin line up taking to the start line at the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under will be made up of the following riders: Nathan Haas (Australia), José Goncalves (Portugal), Pavel Kochetkov (Russia), Maurits Lamertink (Netherlands), Tiago Machado (Portugal), Jhonatan Restrepo (Columbia) and Mads Schmidt (Denmark) with Team Director, Gennady Mikhaylov (Russia).

Nathan Haas wins in Burgos 2016:
Lerma - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Nathan Haas (Australia / Team Dimension Data) pictured during Vuelta a Burgos 2016 stage 4 from Aranda to Lerma - photo Louis Angel Gomez/Cor Vos © 2016


AG2R La Mondiale Returns for their 20th TDU Appearance
French team Ag2r La Mondiale will return to Adelaide next month for its 20th appearance at the Santos Tour Down Under in 2018 - the only team to have competed in every event since the inaugural race in 1999. The team has produced four overall event winners, as well as taking out the Winning Team Classification twice.

Race Director, Mike Turtur said a team with such a great history with the event would not fail to disappoint fans again next January. “Once again we expect Ag2r La Mondiale to be very competitive. We all know their history at our race, producing the most Santos Tour Down Under overall winners, with Gilles Maignan in 2000, Mikel Astarloza in 2003, Australia’s Simon Gerrans in 2006 and most recently Martin Elmiger in 2007,” he said. “The team sets solid foundations with their riders – I mean, you only have to look at the success Simon Gerrans has had since his first win in Adelaide. He’s the only rider to have won the Santos Tour Down Under four times. We saw Mikael Cherel finish 10th overall in the GC in 2009 so will be keen to see what he can do to make an impact on the race once again,” said Mike Turtur.

Led by experienced team manager, Laurent Biondi, the Ag2r La Mondiale is the only team to have competed in all editions of the TDU and has taken out the overall winning team classification at the 2000 and 2010 Santos Tour Down Under events.

The Ag2R La Mondiale team taking to the start line at the 2018 Santos Tour Down Under will be made up of seven riders featuring Ben Gastauer (Luxembourg), Mikael Cherel (France), Matteo Montaguti (Italy), Pierre Latour (France), Nans Peters (France), Stijn Vandenbergh (Belgium) and Axel Domont (France).

Axel Domont:
Sagunt - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Axel DOMONT (France / Team AG2R La Mondiale) - John Jhon Darwin ATAPUMA HURTADO (Columbia / Team UAE Emirates) pictured during La Vuelta ciclista a Espana 2017 (2.UWT) stage 6 from Vila-Real - Sagunt (204,4 km) - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2017



Quick-Step Floors to Vuelta a San Juan
Fernando Gaviria – one of the most successful riders of 2017 – will kick off his season in Argentina.

Argentina: the country of Jorge Luis Borges and Mario Kempes, tango and dulce de leche, Iguazu Falls and the Aconcagua Mountains, has also become for some years now the country which witnesses Quick-Step Floors’ first wins of the season, with our team taking no less than 15 victories in half a decade, most recent ones coming at the previous edition of the Vuelta a San Juan, which in 2017 welcomed for the first time in history World Tour teams at the start.

Vuelta a San Juan returns next year for its 36th running (21-28 January) and the eight-day race puts on the table four stages for the sprinters, one that suits the attackers and a short individual time trial serving as an appetizer for the GC riders, before the big battle on the Alto del Colorado (20.7 km, 4.2%).

Fernando Gaviria – who burst onto the international scene in Argentina, nearly three years ago – will kick off 2018 at the Vuelta a San Juan, where he scored a brace of wins last season, a feat matched at that edition by his trusted lead-out man Maximiliano Richeze, who’s set for another appearance in front of his countrymen in January.

An experienced rider, who always instills calm into the team and impresses with his tactical acumen, Iljo Keisse will also be part of the six-man Quick-Step Floors team, together with Rémi Cavagna and neo-pros Alvaro Hodeg and Jhonatan Narvaez, the champion of Ecuador.

“Vuelta a San Juan is a good race to start the season. We took five stage wins at the previous edition, so it’s only normal to line up at the start motivated to start the year with a good result. Concerning our team, you can see it’s a mix of young and experienced riders, who will have their chances to shine, especially in the bunch sprints, so we are looking forward to this race”, said sports director Davide Bramati.

Fernando Gaviria winning San Juan'17 stage 4:
San Martin - Argentina - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Fernando Gaviria (COL - QuickStep - Floors) pictured during Vuelta a San Juan 2017 - 35th Edition - stage 4 - San Martin - San Martin - photo IB/RB/Cor Vos © 2017



The 64th Ruta del Sol Route Presented
Four balanced and varied road stages and a solo time trial as a novelty to be held on the last day.

Deporinter, organizer of the Tour de Andalucía, disclosed the course of the 64th Ruta del Sol, which will be held from the 14th to the 18th February 2018. The Andalusian appointment has been a UCI 2HC Hors Categorie since 2017.

Following its philosophy to distribute five days a proposal for a balanced and attractive route that offers options for all cyclists in the peloton, the 2018 Vuelta Andalucia will stage a half mountain, a high mountain, a flat stage, a mixed day that combines a flat and medium mountain route and finally, as a novelty, an individual time trial that will put an end to the overall.



64th Tour Ruta del Sol, Tour de Andalucía Route:
Wednesday 14 February. Stage 1: MIJAS (Malaga) - POMEGRANATE
Thursday, February 15. Stage 2: OTURA (Granada) - La Guardia de Jaén, Alto de burgled, (Jaén)
Friday 16 February. Stage 3: STAIN REAL (Jaen) - HERRERA (Seville)
Saturday 17 February. Stage 4: SEVILLA - Alcala de los Gazules (Cádiz)
Sunday 18 February. Stage 5 time trial: BARBATE - BARBATE (Cadiz).

Wednesday 14th February, the Costa del Sol in Mijas will be the starting point of the 2018 edition and the first stage of the 64th Ruta del Sol with a stage mid - mountain with finish in the city of Granada that might mark the first differences within the race.

Thursday 15th Andalusian stage will continue from the Granada town of Otura to enter Jienense territory to finish in one of the emblematic ports of cycling, the Alto de raided in La Guardia de Jaén. It will certainly be the toughest short and explosive stage, high mountain, which will show a lot from the first kilometers of the race.

Friday 16th, the teams will have a day of transition and start their recovery from the town of Mancha Real Jaen and finish the Vuelta Andalucia stage in Seville town of Herrera.

Sevilla will be the starting point of the 4th stage on Saturday 17th with a mixed day that will combine a flat course through the Seville countryside to enter the province of Cadiz, where we find the second part of the stage mid - mountain. Starting the ascent of the mythical climb area, not forgetting Doves notch. This stage has a surprise at the end with a summit finish in Alcala de los Gazules, with sections of pavé and more than 18%.

The last day will be one of the main novelties of this edition. Sunday 18th individual time trial with start and finish in Barbate with an attractive route is not completely flat. The first kilometers lead through the Natural Park of La Brena and marshes of Barbate after which one of the major surprises is presented. For the first time in the history of the Tour of Andalusia, we have an individual time trial along a stretch of 6 kilometers of sterrato with a slight rise to re-enter the port area of Barbate.

The participation will be very high in quality and quantity. An average of 22 professional teams of all nationalities attend the 64th Ruta del Sol Andalusia ready to start their seasons, with the technical and balanced routes, beautiful scenery and warm and stable weather.

Mikel Landa and Romain Bardet, Movistar and Ag2r respectively, were the first to confirm their presence in the Andalusian race. The Basque rider will debut with Movistar in Andalusia while the French rider returns to the Ruta del Sol, after making the podium in the last two editions of the Tour de France in 2016 and 2017, with just a second difference from the Spanish Mikel Landa.

Live television broadcasting will remain one of the highlights of the event and ensuring impact and dissemination of the image of Andalusia to the outside World. In this issue we will have daily coverage through the Eurosport Group, reaching more than 100 countries and the Andalusian public television through Canal Sur.

Routa del Sol 2017:




Elevate-KHS 2018 Roster
The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team is excited to announce it’s complete roster for the 2018 season. New additions, Sam Bassetti and Kevin Girkins, bring additional speed and strength to the team. Current members Eder Frayre, Brian McCulloch, Nick Torraca, and Cory Williams are also returning to the squad for the 2018 season. They bring a wealth of experience and are the backbone of the team.

Sam Bassetti had a fantastic season in 2017 winning six road races. The highlight of his season was winning three stages of the Tour of Poyang Lake in China. “Winning three stages in China really got me back on track. It was an incredible boost of confidence realizing that all of my years of hard work were starting to pay dividends,” states Bassetti. Sam has raced in the pro peloton before with 5-Hour Energy and IRT Racing, and he is looking forward to capitalizing on his return back into the pro peleton. “I am excited to race against the best in the world this year. Having the opportunity to race the Tour of Utah and the Colorado Classic in 2018 are on the top of my list this year. I want to prove to the team that I can win when called upon and also be a fantastic team player.”


Sam Bassetti

Texas native Kevin Girkins steps up to the pro ranks for the first time this year. Racing for the Elbowz racing team for the last three years allowed Kevin to cut his teeth on the US racing circuit, and he is looking for more. “I had the opportunity to race the Tour of Southland in New Zealand, racing in support of Elevate-KHS team leader James Piccoli. It was a fantastic experience traveling across the world and seeing how the team really commits to a goal and accomplishes it. I plan on making the most of this opportunity and surprising some people this year.”


Kevin Girkins

“We are really excited about the team we have put together,” states General Manager Paul Abrahams. “Adding Sam and Kevin are the final pieces that we were looking for to add some additional strength and depth to the team. We truly believe that we have assembled one of the best teams in America and are excited for the opportunities we have ahead of us.”

2018 Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team Roster:
Sam Bassetti (USA), Jordan Cheyne (CAN), Eder Frayre (MEX), Kevin Girkins (USA), Scott Law (AUS), Brian McCulloch (USA), James Piccoli (CAN), George Simpson (USA), Nick Torraca (USA), Jose Alfredo Rodriguez Victoria (MEX), Cory Williams (USA).

Elevate-KHS Team website.

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Sam Bassetti win



Happy New Year from Alberto and the Boys
The Alberto Contador Foundation wish you a New Year 2018 plenty of success and victories!!!





Creating Memories Live to Return in 2018
Team Sunweb are pleased to announce that Creating Memories Live will return in 2018, with the first episode produced from Berlin, Germany, directly after the Team Launch on January 4th. The online talkshow is a co-production between Team Sunweb and their title partner Sunweb, with the shared purpose of bringing fans closer to the team than they've ever been before.

In the first episode of 2018, Team Sunweb will reveal the ins and outs of their race plans for the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España, the trailer below provides more insight into the show. Creating Memories Live is available for everyone to watch for free worldwide, with the first episode airing on the evening of January 4th, across all of Team Sunweb's online channels.

Further episodes of Creating Memories Live throughout the 2018 season will air at the end of March from the heart of the classics season in Waregem, Belgium, the end of May at the Giro d'Italia finish in Rome, Italy, the Tour de France Team Presentation, as well as the finish in Paris, France.

View the trailer for the first episode of the new year:







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