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Looks like Andrea Tafi has possibly found a team for the 2019 Paris-Roubaix, that and lots of other cycling news in EUROTRASH Thursday. A year ban for Burgos-BH? - Top Story. Stig Broeckx takes his first ride, Vuelta route rumors, cross for Zdeněk Štybar, Nibali and Lopez for Colombia, new name for E3, team and rider contracts, BMW for Deceuninck – Quick-Step and André Cardoso to fight his suspension. Coffee anyone?




TOP STORY: A Year Out for Burgos-BH?
Things are not going well for the Burgos-BH team. The UCI has suspended Igor Merino for four years after he was found to have used growth hormones. This is the team's third suspension in a one year period. This could meant that the Burgos-BH team will be suspended for up to twelve months.

The UCI has already passed the Burgos-BH case to the disciplinary committee due to Ibai Salas and David Belda both receiving four-year suspensions. Now that Merino has been suspended from June 13, 2018 to June 12, 2022. This has triggered UCI rule 7.12.3: If a third doping case takes place within a period of twelve months, then a more severe punishment than the 15 to 45 days that applies to two positive tests. The UCI disciplinary committee determines how long Burgos-BH cannot participate in international competitions. All circumstances in the case are taken into account. The duration of the suspension will not be less than 15 days and no more than 12 months.

David Belda:




Stig Broeckx Takes his First Ride
At the weekend Stig Broeckx rode his mountain bike for 40 kilometers, his first ride since he crashed two years ago on the penultimate stage of the Baloise Belgium Tour on May the 28th, 2016. The Belgian came out of the coma at the end of December 2016 and has been in rehabilitation since.

Radio station Studio Brussels gave Broeckx an award for his perseverance in rehabilitation which has been progressing, literally, step by step. "That forty kilometers on the mountain bike made me very happy," Broeckx said. "Next time I want to get on my race bike, that is my next goal." Apart from cycling, Broeckx had to learn to do lots of things from scratch: "Walk, talk, many things."

Does the Lotto Soudal rider still following cycling? "Yes, I still feel a lot of love for cycling."

Stig Broeckx's first ride photos on Instagram:




Tafi to Race with Dimension Data?
UCI boss David Lappartient seems to have spoken out of turn in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport. The Frenchman has heard that the 52-year old Andrea Tafi will ride for the South African Dimension Data team next year in, at least, Paris-Roubaix.

It will be twenty years since the Italian won the 'Hell of the North'. "I do not have to do a whole season. My goal is to ride Paris-Roubaix", he said last month. Only last week Tafi announced he had found a team to start in the 2019 Paris-Roubaix. "I can only say that I negotiate with a team. It is a WorldTour team. However, nothing has been signed yet," it now seems Dimension Data is the team.

Lappartient also pointed out that Tafi will not be the oldest rider to have competed at the highest level of the sport. The French cyclists Edwige Pitel and Jeannie Longo rode a World championship at 51 and 60 years of age.

Tafi wins Paris-Roubaix in 1999:




La Vuelta 2019 to Visit France and Andorra
The Vuelta a España will visit Andorra in 2019, Olga Gelabert, the Minister of Sport in Andorra, told El Periódico de Andorra, also various reports in the Spanish media have suggested the race will return to France.

Last the Vuelta started with a prologue in Nîmes, then stage 2 finished in Gruissan before the race headed to Andorra. In 2019 the Vuelta will start in Alicante before heading probably towards the Principality and the tough Pyrenean climbs.

Race director, Javier Guillén, spoke to the Spanish news agency EFE and confirmed that the Spanish Grand Tour would pass through France. "The 2019 Vuelta will have an international character. Since we finished a stage of the Vuelta on the Aubisque, our Tour is very popular in France. The Vuelta start in Nîmes was also a great success. In short, we have to return on a regular basis."

Stay tuned for the Vuelta a España 2019 route launch on December the 19th, PEZ will be there.





A Little Cross for Štybar
Zdeněk Štybar will ride at least one cyclo-cross this winter, according to Het Nieuwsblad. The Belgian newspaper reports that the three-time World cyclo-cross champion will start the Superprestige cross in Diegem on Sunday the 30th of December. This will probably be the last time we will see the Quick-Step Floors jersey as it will be Deceuninck - Quick-Step on the 1st of January, 2019. Štybar may appear two days later on New Year's Day at the GP Sven Nys in Baal in the new team jersey. It is also suggested that the 32-year-old Czech might ride the DVV Trophy Cross in Loenhout on Friday, December 28th as a warm up.

Zdeněk Štybar in the sand:




Giro/Tour for Romain Bardet?
AG2R-La Mondiale's French climber, Romain Bardet, has suggested in an interview with L'Equipe that he is considering riding the Giro d'Italia in 2019. "We will weigh up the advantages and disadvantages, probably making a decision at the end of November."

Bardet has five Top-Ten finishes in the Tour de France, twice on the podium, but was disappointed with his 6th place this year, although he does think that his best years are yet to come. "I expect to reach my peak between my 28th and 32nd years", Bardet was 28 this year. He also pointed out that "it is important that everyone within the team gives their opinion. We will probably make a choice at the end of November, if there is a training camp on the program. The fact is that I want to ride the Giro once."

What about the Giro/Tour double? "I only do that when I know that I can play a role in the Tour. Otherwise I would be better staying at home. The intention must be to do at least as well as in 2016 or 2017." Bardet was 2nd in 2016 and 3rd in 2017.

The 2019 Tour de France is well suited to the Frenchman with more climbing and less time trials. So probably he should concentrate on the Tour. What does he think of the present Grand Tour peloton: "You clearly see that there is a trend; riders can turn into climbers by losing weight. In addition, there is less room for pure climbers to attack. Servants are getting stronger and can therefore continue to ride at a high pace for longer. You now need three consecutive mountain stages to make differences."

Romain Bardet on the Tour podium 2017:




Nibali to Start 2019 Season in Colombia
More and more top riders are prepared to ride the Tour of Colombia next year (12-17 February). Chris Froome, Rigoberto Urán and Alejandro Valverde will all be on the start line and now Vincenzo Nibali will also be in South America in February.

Jorge Ovidio González - President of the Colombian Cycling Federation - told CiclismoInternacional that the Italian would be riding the Colombian Tour. Although Nibali hasn't confirmed his early season plans, the Bahrain-Merida rider has previously kicked off his season in Argentina in the Tour de San Luis and the Vuelta a San Juan Internacional. Froome, Urán and (probably) Valverde will be joined by Julian Alaphilippe and home riders Fernando Gaviria and Miguel Ángel López.

This is second edition of the race, last year it was named the Colombia Oro y Paz Tour and was won by Egan Bernal (Sky) ahead of Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Urán.

Nibali in San Juan, Argentina 2017:
San Juan - Argentina - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Vincenzo NIBALI (Italy / Team Bahrain - Merida) pictured during Vuelta a San Juan 2017 - 35th Edition - training - 23/01/2017 - photo IB/RB/Cor Vos © 2017



Miguel Ángel López to Start new Season in his Home Country
Miguel Ángel López will start the new season in home country of Colombia. The 24-year-old Astana climber of has announced that he will take part in the Tour of Colombia, held from 12th to 17th February, 2019.

López also started 2018 in Colombia with his National championships, followed by the Tour of Oman. In 2019 López will be at the start of the second edition of the Tour of Colombia (UCI 2.1), previously known as the Colombia Oro y Paz. López took podium places in the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España this year and is the next top rider to confirm his participation, joining Chris Froome, Rigoberto Urán, Fernando Gaviria, Julian Alaphilippe and Vincenzo Nibali, World champion Alejandro Valverde is 99% sure to start.

López on the attack in the Vuelta'18:




Spanish Coach, Mínguez, Out of Contract
Javier Mínguez has not had his contract renewed as National coach by the Spanish cycling federation RFEC due to his complaint to the media about his salary being too low. Mínguez had worked for free for his first years due to federations financial problems. Mínguez said: "This is because the Spanish federation was struggling with financial problems. But why did the women's union coach and the technical director get an annual salary of 40,000 euros during that period? It is a shame that a national coach earns 25,000 euros."

Mínguez said after he had directed Alejandro Valverde to victory in the World road race championships: "There comes a time when you have to say; now it is enough. If nothing changes, I stop at the end of the year as national coach." Adding that: "I will only continue if my financial requirements are met. Cerrón (RFEC Chairman) knows how I think about it, he has to take the initiative now." Cerrón took the initiative and thanked the former coach for "his dedication and proven services" in the termination letter.

Mínguez has directed Spanish riders to five medals at the World Championships.

Omar Fraile, Javier Mínguez y Alejandro Valverde celebrating in Innsbruck:




E3 Harelbeke to be E3 Binckbank Classic
The Dutch company BinckBank is the new main sponsor of E3 Harelbeke for the 2019 event and will be known as the E3 BinckBank Classic.

The bank is has been the sponsor of the BinckBank Tour, the former Eneco Tour, the multi-day stage race in Belgium and the Netherlands which takes place in August, the BinckBank Tour will continue. "It is an ideal extension after the success we have had with the BinckBank Tour", said manager Stijn Ceelen. "The organization of the E3 is a bit eccentric. That is how we profile ourselves as a bank, not like the average big banks."

After the 2018 edition, the collaboration with the sponsor Record Bank ended because the bank merged with ING and BinckBank was found as a replacement. "From the first moment we had the idea that they would join us. Everyone on the board is proud of the new partner", says Jacques Coussens, race press officer.

The E3 BinckBank Classic 2019 course will not change much, there are a few adjustments in the final, due to road works. The Eikenberg cannot be ridden and the Katteberg replaces the Wolvenberg. The run-up to Oudenaarde has been simplified a little to guarantee the safety of riders. The race will cover 204 kilometers with 2,320 meters of climbing and 15.5 kilometers of cobbles.

Aftermovie Record Bank E3 Harelbeke 2018:




Curtain closes on 2018 as Team Dimension Data Looks to the Future
The 2018 season for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka formally drew to a close following a hugely successful annual training camp in Cape Town.

All 27 riders for the 2019 season were present including a host of new staff that was based at the Southern Sun, The Cullinan hotel near the V&A Waterfront.

The camp included internal planning sessions, training rides and wide-ranging partner interactions with the goal to fully integrate our new team members as well as start our formal planning process for 2019.

The week also included one of the most special days in our calendar as we attended a Qhubeka distribution ceremony at the Bulumka Secondary School in Khayelitsha. 75 Qhubeka bicycles were handed over on the day with the team having already surpassed their goal of funding 5000 bicycles in 2018.

Douglas Ryder, Team Principal, said: “Having raced for nearly 300 days in 2018 to have the opportunity for all of our riders, some of our staff and partners to spend time handing over Qhubeka bicycles to recipients in Khayelitsha was a deeply moving moment for all. We always say that it’s the best day in our year, and this year absolutely proved to be so once again.

“We had an intense but hugely enjoyable camp in Cape Town and I’d like to thank each and every partner that took the time and effort to spend time with us and together determining the next step in our future.

"Our planning for 2019 is already at an advanced stage and we all left the camp clearly aligned in what our goals and targets are for next year. We can’t wait to get back racing.”


2019 Rider Roster:
Bernhard Eisel (AUT), Mark Cavendish (GB), Louis Meintjes (RSA), Mark Renshaw (AUS), Michael Valgren (DEN), Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR), Lars Bak (DEN), Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA), Enrico Gasparotto (ITA), Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA), Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA), Danilo Wyss (SUI), Jay Thomson (RSA), Jaco Venter (RSA), Julien Vermote (BEL), Tom-Jelte Slagter (NED), Roman Kreuziger (CZE), Gino Mäder (SUI), Rasmus Tiller (NOR), Ryan Gibbons (RSA), Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (ERI), Steve Cummings (GB), Ben King (USA), Nicholas Dlamini (RSA), Stefan de Bod (RSA), Scott Davies (GB), Ben O’Connor (AUS).

Ben King took two stages in la Vuelta'18:




Baugnies and Vanspeybrouck Extend Stay
The Belgian pro riders Pieter Vanspeybrouck and Jérôme Baugnies extended their contract with Wanty-Groupe Gobert. Baugnies stays until the end of 2019, Vanspeybrouck until the end of 2010.

The 31-year old Jérôme Baugnies will start his 6th season at Wanty-Groupe Gobert in the upcoming year. After a heavy crash in the GP Wallonie at the end of 2017 he returned to the highest level in 2018. He showed himself with a long breakaway in Liège-Bastogne-Liège and won the GP Stad Zottegem (1.1) and the International Cycling Trophy in Oetingen (1.2). He also triumphed at the kermesse races in Melle and Ninove.

The 31-year-old Belgian rider Pieter Vanspeybrouck is since 2017 part of the Belgian procontinental formation. Last year he showed himself in the Tour of Norway and Tour of Germany, but his season was also marked by a lot of bad luck and crashes.

Jérôme Baugnies: "I hope to be able to equal my performances from last season in 2019. I would immediately sign for that. Normally my best period starts in the month of May, then I hope to score some wins again. Even though I was already excellent in Liège-Bastogne-Liège this year. Do I want to ride the Flemish classics again? I do not make any statement about this at the moment. The riders who are in the best condition at that moment deserve the selection. I just resumed my training on the road, as I was did undergo surgery two weeks ago. The metal screws after my crash in the GP Wallonie 2017 were still there. They have now been removed. So I am new officially a steel-free man again. The operation itself went well and in the meantime I was able to resume training on the road. That is a bit later than in other years, but that should not be a problem. Until the end of December I will keep visiting the physiotherapist. That is why I do not plan a foreign training camp for now, as long as there is no snow in Belgium."

Pieter Vanspeybrouck: "Last season was one full of ups and downs. In the spring I started the season strongly, but a number of crashed caused problems in the important classics. In Frankfurt and Norway I came back in good form, but in the fourth stage of the Tour of Norway I crashed and broke my collarbone. After the summer it went better again, with remarkable performances in the Tour of Germany. Still, I feel that I have not yet demonstrated my full potential at Wanty-Groupe Gobert. Every time I really got going, I had to deal with bad luck. Being able to show my true potential will be my main goal in the upcoming season. I hope to shine again in the spring classics. Gent-Wevelgem is a race that I like and the course suits my characteristics."





Sports Directors Peiper and Stephens Join UAE Team Emirates
UAE Team Emirates has strengthened its technical staff and in 2019 will be able to rely on the professional skills of Allan Peiper and Neil Stephens.

The impressive international experience of these two Australian Sports Directors will contribute significantly to the team.

Allan Peiper, born in 1960, has been a fundamental figure on BMC team as they have built their success over the past years, and he has managed many champions, proving to be particularly adept at working in a structured organization and interacting with top riders.

Neil Stephens, born in 1963, has contributed significantly to the Australian team GreenEdge since its formation, helping them achieve fantastic results and showing exceptional management and organizational capabilities.

Allan Peiper with Greg Van Avermaet:




Eight New Riders Join Lotto Soudal U23 in 2019
Lotto Soudal U23 slims down from 25 to 22 riders in 2019. Harm Vanhoucke already joined Lotto Soudal’s WorldTour team halfway through last season. As was announced earlier, he will be accompanied by Stan Dewulf. Next to them, Alfdan De Decker (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Aaron Van Poucke (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise) will turn professional on January 1st. Seven other riders will leave the team: Jonas Castrique, Alex Colman, Stijn Daemen, Mitch Groot, Steff Hermans, Ward Jaspers and Jacob Vaughan. They will be succeeded by eight new riders, who will compete for Lotto Soudal U23 next season.

Kurt Van de Wouwer, head of the sports department at Lotto Soudal U23: "Our team will consist of 22 riders in 2019, eight of which are newcomers. Ilan Van Wilder might be the biggest name to join the team. He was second in the European Championships time trialling in the junior category, behind Remco Evenepoel. He finished the road race also in fourth place. Although he rode in the shadow of Evenepoel, just as every other junior cyclist, he is still one of the best junior riders in the world. Thibaut Ponsaerts will also join the team from the junior category, even though he was very unlucky last season. Three other juniors will also join: Jarne Van de Paar, Steven Pattyn and Henri Vandenabeele. Van de Paar has proven to be a real winner, as he earned ten victories last season. Pattyn and Vandenabeele were both part of the Belgian national team that competed in the World Championships. Next to these four riders, we welcome three current U23 riders as well: Viktor Verschaeve, Florian Vermeersch and Swiss rider Johan Jacobs. Verschaeve had a strong season last year and competed in the U23 road race in the World Championships in Innsbruck. Vermeersch and Jacobs will both shift their focus from cyclo-cross to road racing."

Composition Lotto Soudal U23 2019:
Ruben Apers, Loran Cassaert, Sander De Pestel, Kobe Goossens, Sébastien Grignard, Rune Herregodts, Laurens Huys, Johan Jacobs, Arne Marit, Julian Mertens, Steven Pattyn, Thibaut Ponsaerts, Gerben Thijssen, Henri Vandenabeele, Jarne Van de Paar, Maxim Van Gils, Ward Vanhoof, Brent Van Moer, Ilan Van Wilder, Thomas Vereecken, Florian Vermeersch and Viktor Verschaeve.

Thomas Vereecken:




Ivan Santaromita is the Most Experienced Rider Confirmed for the 2019 Season
“For the first time I will be the most experienced rider of the team, but it is fantastic to have young riders always listening to my suggestions.” With these words Ivan Santaromita officialize his 2019 role as experienced rider of the roster.

The first training camp of the 2019 season is ready to start. The official meeting will be in Asiago from 21 to 23 of November. Among riders taking part to the training camp, there will be the leader Marco Canola and the new rider Moreno Moser. With them an important confirmation of giving big experience to team roster: Ivan Santaromita, that for the third season in a row will wear the #OrangeBlue jersey.

A season in which Ivan Santaromita has very clear his personal and team goal, with the desire to be also more involved in team results, with the satisfaction to teach to youngest riders of the team.

"In this season I expect to help a lot the team and the growth of our young riders" said Ivan Santaromita, "young riders who in our team are more and more international, not only Italians, but also Japanese, Spanish and Colombian. In 2018 I found a good interaction with Nicola Bagioli, who is a good listener always taking care of my advice. To see how he works, listening to the advice and improving after a day gives me so much satisfaction, but this applies to all the young riders on the team. I cannot wait to get to know the new teammates, hoping that they too will be ready to receive the advice as confirmed. Also on a personal level I want to maintain the great continuity that I had from 4th place in the Italian championship of 2018 onwards, but managing to scratch more on some occasion suitable with my characteristics. The team has also strengthened uphill with the arrival of young Colombians and the growth of our Italians. Sometimes in the team I stress the details, but in modern cycling every detail makes the difference, from nutrition to training, you have to be very careful about everything to be competitive."

With Ivan Santaromita are 8 the Italian riders in the roster 2019 of the #OrangeBlue, that is always more international, but always with a special focus on Italian young riders. Together with Marco Canola, Moreno Moser and Ivan Santaromita many young Italian riders, such as Nicola Bagioli at his third year among PROs, Filippo Zaccanti, Imerio Cima and Damiano Cima at their second year and the neo-pro Giovanni Lonardi ready to debut among PROs with the NIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanè team.

Ivan Santaromita:




BMW to become the new Official Car Partner of Deceuninck – Quick-Step Team
Leading premium car manufacturer and World Tour Team Classifications winner sign a multi-year agreement, set to run from 2019.

Patrick Lefevere, CEO of Deceuninck – Quick-Step Team, was on hand at the BMW Belux headquarters in Bornem, last Friday, to receive the keys to the first of 15 vehicles that will be used by the Belgian-based team from next season. The fleet of cars will be made up of nine BMW X1s Drive 18i’ and six BMW 520i Touring, as part a multi-year agreement, that will be supported by the Le Couter and Lemmens-Le Couter BMW dealership. The partnership will also see Deceuninck – Quick-Step Team use the brand-new BMW X7, which is due to be launched in March and will see them be amongst the first to take ownership of the exciting new model.

The premium BMW vehicles will be used by the UCI #1 ranked team, winner of 73 UCI races in 2018, on the road both before and after events, as well as utilizing reliability and comfort with which they are synonymous, to offer their riders crucial support during the plethora of races that make up the calendar. The Deceuninck – Quick-Step Team staff will also use the innovative vehicles to support them logistically while on the road. The BMW X7 will amongst others be used for the exclusive VIP services offered by the high performance team.



When speaking of the new partnership, Patrick Lefevere said, “We are really pleased to have BMW join us as our new Official Car Partner. We are always looking for innovative ways to improve our setup and support the team. However, we believe that having an Official Car Partner like BMW, that is as passionate about innovation as we are, can help to deliver even more success and satisfactions.”

Those thoughts were echoed by President and CEO of BMW Group Belux, Eddy Haesendonck, who said, “BMW Belux are delighted to be joining forces with a team as successful as Deceuninck – Quick-Step. We feel that BMW build cars that are the very best quality and give a luxury and dynamic driving experience that cannot be rivaled. These values mirror Deceuninck – Quick-Step Team’s winning mentality and desire to be the best cycling team in the world, and that’s why this partnership makes us very proud.”

For Stijn Le Couter and Werner Lemmens from the Le Couter and Lemmens – Le Couter BMW dealership there was a quick and obvious match. “The values of the team and our dealership correspond perfectly: sportiveness, team spirit and the continuous search for improvement to maintain our Number One position. Both the riders and our staff give their every day’s best in order to be the leader and reference.”





André Cardoso to Fight his Suspension
As we reported in Monday's EUROTRASH, André Cardoso is facing a four year suspension for a positive out-of-competition test for EPO in June 2017. In July Cardoso said he did not have enough money to enter into the legal battle. Now the former Trek-Segafredo rider is planning to raise money for his legal battle.

The Portuguese rider has been suspended since the result of the A-sample and now faces that suspension running until June 26, 2021. Cardoso said on Facebook: "I'm doing my best to control my anger, but I'm totally disappointed with the confirmation", said the 34-Year-old cyclist after the UCI announcement.

"I've been fighting this for 16 months, but from the beginning it was clear that the UCI wanted to make me an example to set a precedent to sanction athletes with a sample a, ignoring due process. We realized that when they hired one of Switzerland's main law offices and practically all the specialist doctors who could help us prove our case. Why did they do that in a case they claim to be completely clear? If it were a simple case, it would be closed quickly. I would also like to point out that the test out of competition in question was held outside my designated schedule and that I opened the door knowing who was there. If I was involved in something illegal, I could have just stayed in without fear of repercussions. I know that does not prove my innocence but I would like to think that it shows how open and involved I have always been in the fight against doping. The fact that I know that this has caused grief to my family, friends and teammates makes the situation even worse, because I feel responsible for their anguish, even though I have done nothing wrong. Having said that, I would like to apologize to them again and tell them that they were not wrong to trust me and that I deeply regret the fact that they were dragged into this very stressful and sad. At this point, I need to consider all options, but I intend to raise funds for a legal battle and continue to work to prove my innocence. For me, it is also a question of justice, because unless you have the financial resources of a great cyclist, it is impossible to fight.

"A month after the test of sample B I received an email from the UCI, I was incredulous and in a whirlwind of feelings, I received the whole package of sample B and for the record, my sample B is negative, without substance. However, it is reported by experts as inconclusive because there is A sample with substance. According to Lausanne experts and 4 MORE LABORATORIES 'there is a strong probability of the degradation of sample B and as such cannot declare as a clear negative, but as a dubious/inconclusive'. And more I don't have to say."

There seems more to this that first appeared.

Cardoso in 2016:
Les Gets - France - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Cardoso Andre (Cannonade) pictured during the prologue of the Critérium du Dauphiné 2016 - photo Davy Rietbergen/Cor Vos © 2016






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