GP Miguel Indurain start list

It's on the 2nd of April but judging by airport news... they are already there or leaving now... 
The official site of the race is that one:  http://www.clubciclistaestella.com/
Wegman won it in 2008 and was 2nd in 2009.  Lets hope in a streaming!
Katusha Team
1 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa)    
2 Juan Horrach Rippoll (Spa)    
3 Vladimir Karpets (Rus)    
4 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus)    
5 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa)    
6 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa)    
7 Egor Silin (Rus)    
8 Eduard Vorganov (Rus)    
Movistar Team
11 David Arroyo Duran (Spa)    
12 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita)    
13 Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa)    
14 Javier Iriarte (Spa)    
15 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr)    
16 Sergio Pardilla Belllón (Spa)    
17 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa)    
18 Branislau Samoilau (Blr)    
Team Garmin-Cervelo
21 Thomas Danielson (USA)    
22 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra)    
23 Ryder Hesjedal (Can)    
24 Michel Kreder (Ned)    
25 Daniel Martin (Irl)    
26 Thomas Peterson (USA)    
27 Peter Stetina (USA)    
28 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra)    
31 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa)    
32 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa)    
33 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa)    
34 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa)    
35 Iván Velasco Murillo (Spa)    
36 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa)    
37 Amets Txurruka (Spa)    
38 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa)    
41 Ivan Basso (Ita)    
42 Francesco Bellotti (Ita)    
43 Damiano Caruso (Ita)    
44 Timothy Duggan (USA)    
45 Mauro Finetto (Ita)    
46 Dominik Nerz (Ger)    
47 Simone Ponzi (Ita)    
48 Cameron Wurf (Aus)    
AG2R La Mondiale
51 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita)    
52 Mikael Cherel (Fra)    
53 Hubert Dupont (Fra)    
54 John Gadret (Fra)    
55 Ben Gastauer (Lux)    
56 David Lelay (Fra)    
57 Matteo Montaguti (Ita)    
58 Mathieu Perget (Fra)    
Andalucia Caja Granada
61 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa)    
62 Manuel Ortega Ocana (Spa)    
63 Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa)    
64 Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa)    
65 Vicente David Bernabeu Armengol (Spa)    
66 Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa)    
67 José Luis Roldan Carmona (Spa)    
68 Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa)    
71 Fabio Felline (Ita)    
72 Noè Gianetti (Swi)    
73 David Gutierrez Gutierrez (Spa)    
74 Mauricio Ardila Cano (Col)    
75 Marco Corti (Ita)    
76 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa)    
77 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col)    
Caja Rural
81 Julian Sanchez Pimienta (Spa)    
82 José Herrada Lopez (Spa)    
83 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa)    
84 Guillermo Lana Baquedano (Spa)    
85 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa)    
86 Higinio Fernández (Spa)    
87 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa)    
88 Arturo Mora Ortiz (Spa)    
Orbea Continental
91 Adrian Saez De Arregui (Spa)    
92 Victor Cabedo (Spa)    
93 Xabier Zabalo Imaz (Spa)    
94 Aritz Etxebarria (Spa)    
95 Mikel Bizkarra (Spa)    
96 Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa)    
97 Beñat Urain Epelde (Spa)    
98 Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa)    
Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León
101 Diego Gallego Arnaiz (Spa)    
102 Luis Mas Bonet (Spa)    
103 Manuel Anton (Spa)    
104 Oscar Grau (Spa)    
105 Pascual Orengo Lopez (Spa)    
106 David Belda Garcia (Spa)    
107 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa)    
108 Ruben Jimenez Ventosa (Spa)    
Leopard Trek
111 Andy Schleck (Lux)    
112 Fränk Schleck (Lux)    
113 Jakob Fuglsang (Den)    
114 Maxime Monfort (Bel)    
115 Stefan Denifl (Aut)    
116 Anders Lund (Den)    
117 Jens Voigt (Ger)    
118 Fabian Wegmann (Ger)    
121 Sandy Casar (Fra)    
122 Arnaud Courteille (Fra)    
123 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra)    
124 Francis Mourey (Fra)    
125 Rémi Pauriol (Fra)    
126 Thibaut Pinot (Fra)    
127 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus)    
128 Arthur Vichot (Fra)    
Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia
131 Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col)    
132 Juan Villegas (Col)    
133 Alex Cano Ardila (Col)    
134 Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col)    
135 John Edibberto Martinez Montero (Col)    
136 Dalivier Ospina Navarro (Col)    
137 Camilo Andres Suarez Albarracin (Col)    
138 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col)

Needle no needed?

I personally hate needles, am scared like hell if I just see one. But cyclists - pro especially - 'meet' them very often. Too often somebody thinks, even excluding doping. It's a complicated subject. Modern cycling involves modern sport science and a massive mediaclization. The debate is open. Read here and please vote: I'm curious to know your opinion.


AFLD expert in favour of "no needle" policy

By:Hedwig Kröner
Collaboration with police and pharma industry crucial in anti-doping fight
The scientific expert of the French Anti-Doping Agency AFLD, Michel Rieu, has spoken in favour of the "no needle" policy currently being discussed within the sport. At the moment, only a few teams including Garmin-Cervélo has implemented this, but UCI president Pat McQuaid has also recently supported the idea.
"The new approach of 'no needles', that seems to interest the UCI, is promising," Rieu told L'Equipe. "When you see the arsenal of some teams, it leaves you naturally cautious. With this new approach, a whole team would be excluded."
The Frenchman thought that banning any kind of needle use in cycling could help in the fight against doping, as well as close collaboration with criminal investigators and police. This particularly applied to substances such as growth hormone (HGH), which can only be detected over a very short period of time. "You have to be very lucky, because the detection span is only from 12 to 24 hours after the injection. So in this case, the detection not only concerns chemists but also investigators: you have to target suspect persons to catch them at the right place and the right time. According to our information, [growth hormone] is widespread in all sports. It's not a lot to get just one cyclist positive for it."
Another important step is the collaboration between anti-doping instances and the pharmaceutical industry. "A few months ago, the industry has accepted to give information on the new molecules that are being studied or tested clinically, so that we have a detection method on hand. This worked well for Hematide, a successor to EPO: two labs, including that of Châtenay-Malabry, were able to get this molecule and are working on a detection method," he revealed.
Moreover, a new section has been added to the 2011 WADA list of banned substances: that of substances that have not yet received the green light to be put on the market, but that could be used to enhance performance already by athletes willing to do anything for a victory. "Before, you could not be positive for these substances because they weren't on the list," Rieu explained further.
"For example S107, a molecule against fatigue, or GW1516, possibly already being used by some sportsmen. The Cologne laboratory has developed detection methods for these products. Gene therapy is still only in its early stages but GW1516 is a substance that acts on a certain gene's function and can orientate muscle fibre type towards endurance."
To prevent these substances from being abused in the world of competitive sports, anti-doping authorities often face the same networks than drug traffic rings. "[Doping trafficking] is less risky and offers an investment return of 10 for 1," added Rieu.


New Twitter pic: I like!

Andy changed his profile picture on Twitter and the new one is definitely better then the old one in my opinion. 

First of all, it's colored: I like black and white but not in small pictures, then I know why the previous picture is black and white: at LEOPARD TREK presentation the light was 'wrong': using the flash there was a red domination, without it the picture was flussy. A disaster. Some photographers decided to edit their pictures black and white to hide these 'mistakes'.

Here Andy is more serious, ok. I always prefer a smile, but he has an intense beautiful expression, look just at 'you' and...well...I like his hair ;)

This picture was taken in Mallorca during the training camp and I suppose is by Kristof Ramon, but I am not sure.
Cool choice anyway.


Another old cute picture

Pic by TDW

Bravo Lele! Sella won Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali

I had no time but I must say I am deeply happy and also a bit moved for Emanuelle Sella's victory in Coppi e Bartali GC. As I often wrote, his doping was a stupid mistake after a wonderful - clean - Giro d'Italia and he made a decent, soft coming back with a small team - Carmioro - in less important races. 
Lele celebrated by his wife Lara: pic by Bettini
He found a new motivation at Androni, trained very hard last winter and had a good start of the season. This victory, with a wonderful stage victory and a wise managing of the gap, is the real opening of a new phase on his life, that I wish him to be good and rich of satisfations, because he deserves it. 
He's a good, simple, humble guy, hard worker and not arrogant at all. A small kid with a big cycling passion who was so lucky to find good people around him to go through that bad story and to start again. Bravo! I think his case is a positive exemple and would like that cycling press stops reminding everytime about his mistake or censuring his name. 
If you want to support him, I did a group on facebook: simply look for 'Emanuele Sella' group.

Criterium International TT: Andy had a problem with cleats...

...and that's why he was not ready at the start and so nervous. Read here:
Nice old pic...just to remember ;)
" "I had a problem with my cleats," he told VeloNation at the port of Porto Vecchio. "It is magnetic and I couldn't clip in after the start. It took about 100 meters."
Precious seconds ticked away as he tried to get his foot in and start pedaling fully concentrated. When he did, he was finally able to get going. "I took the time trial seriously. I went full speed," he said. He had worked very hard on the time trial performance in the off-season and felt that things were paying off. "Considering the problem I had, I think I did a good time."
In this interview Andy also says:
"I am not a rider who just concentrates on one race in the year, so I am heading to the Classics very optimistically."


Criterium International pics spam

Pic by ?

Pic by Jean-François Quénet

Pic by Jean-François Quénet

Frankie said...

"I was nervous, of course. It’s a nice race at a high level. With all the big riders here, it had a big meaning. I didn’t want to give the win away. I was pretty nervous before. In the time trial, you don’t have a lot of time to think. Kim [Andersen] told me on the radio that I was doing very well. I felt very good and I’m very happy with it. It was important to me to get a good result and boost the confidence.”

Check that!


Criterium International final GC and more

Did you watch the TT? did you notice how nervous Andy was? LOL. At the start he looked not-ready when the man gave the Go! then he kept moving on the sadle - once especially he had to 'set' his bottom because it went too foward - and finally he even moved one hand from the handlebar to fix his helmet. He ended 52th, is 13th in final GC - yesterday he was 10th. Not a great TT but his position is better in my opinion, he just need to relax, to be more focused. You'll say: that TT wasn't important for him. - You are right - even if a top ten isn't smething to throw away. But I think he should use every TT till July to improve and to get more confident. 
Andy & Frank this morning by AFP
Jakob did a super TT! 3th! Chapeau! Also Frank fought hard: 12 is great! amazing! For sure that yellow jersey helped him to go faster. Rein Taaramae could do better but probably he was still tyred since yesterday and today TT was too short for him. A very good CI for him anyway: 3th in final GC is fantastic! Bravo!
Coppel and Gauthier and two young promising French guys I follow since a Tour de l'Avenir: of some years ago: they are coming, keep out. I'm sure we will see them again in the top ten somewhere.
Finally: it's very nice to see DZ 4th. He wasn't in shape lately or I didn't notice him....
But ofcourse the news is FRANK's VICTORY! the first Schleck victory in 2011, just the first one! WOW! I'm looking forward the Classics!
1. KLÖDEN Andréas 11 TEAM RADIOSHACK 08' 46"  
2. WIGGINS Bradley 21 SKY PROCYCLING 08' 50" + 00' 04"
3. FUGLSANG Jakob 42 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 08' 56" + 00' 10"
4. ZABRISKIE David 37 TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 09' 00" + 00' 14"
5. TALANSKY Andrew 36 TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 09' 01" + 00' 15"
6. COPPEL Jérôme 141 SAUR-SOJASUN 09' 02" + 00' 16"
7. MONFORT Maxime 44 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 09' 02" + 00' 16"
8. KIRYIENKA Vasil 75 MOVISTAR TEAM 09' 03" + 00' 17"
9. MACHADO Tiago 14 TEAM RADIOSHACK 09' 06" + 00' 20"
10. ROUX Anthony 6 FDJ 09' 07" + 00' 21"
11. PERAUD Jean-Christophe 51 AG2R LA MONDIALE 09' 07" + 00' 21"
12. SCHLECK Frank 46 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 09' 10" + 00' 24"
12. HESJEDAL Ryder 33 TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 09' 10" + 00' 24"
14. SANCHEZ Samuel 61 EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI 09' 11" + 00' 25"
15. VINOKOUROV Alexandre 91 PRO TEAM ASTANA 09' 11" + 00' 25"
16. TAARAMAE Rein 121 COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 09' 12" + 00' 26"
52. SCHLECK Andy 41 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 09' 29" + 00' 43"
 Final GC

Temps Écarts
1. SCHLECK Frank 46 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 7h 13' 12"  
2. KIRYIENKA Vasil 75 MOVISTAR TEAM 7h 13' 25" + 00' 13"
3. TAARAMAE Rein 121 COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 7h 13' 42" + 00' 30"
4. GENIEZ Alexandre 114 SKIL-SHIMANO 7h 14' 26" + 01' 14"
5. MACHADO Tiago 14 TEAM RADIOSHACK 7h 14' 27" + 01' 15"
6. PERAUD Jean-Christophe 51 AG2R LA MONDIALE 7h 14' 28" + 01' 16"
7. HESJEDAL Ryder 33 TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO 7h 14' 31" + 01' 19"
8. FEDRIGO Pierrick 1 FDJ 7h 14' 35" + 01' 23"
9. LOPEZ GARCIA David 76 MOVISTAR TEAM 7h 14' 37" + 01' 25"
10. LAGUTIN Sergey 82 VACANSOLEIL-DCM 7h 14' 37" + 01' 25"
11. NORDHAUG Lars-Peter 26 SKY PROCYCLING 7h 14' 45" + 01' 33"
12. GAUTIER Cyril 104 TEAM EUROPCAR 7h 14' 50" + 01' 38"
13. SCHLECK Andy 41 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 7h 14' 50" + 01' 38"
14. ROLLAND Pierre 108 TEAM EUROPCAR 7h 15' 00" + 01' 48"
15. PARDILLA Sergio 77 MOVISTAR TEAM 7h 15' 01" + 01' 49"