Hereâ€™s whatâ€™s on our minds this Monday:
1. While the pre-season training camps begin to pop-up all over the calendar, details continue to trickle in regarding Team Lux.Â The latest news has Belgian telecom giant Belgacom and Danish earpiece manufacturer Jabra becoming the main backers of the team, with an announcement possibly to coincide with the arrival of Fabian Cancellara.Â But weâ€™ve heard this before, havenâ€™t we?
2. Itâ€™s likely that something will be determined soon as the new squad has itâ€™s first pre-season get together scheduled from December 6th-12th in the Swiss Alps.Â Whoever the new teamâ€™s clothing supplier is, they better be able to accommodate quick turnarounds.
3. Speaking of transfers, Irish legend Sean Kelly has an idea for the UCI regarding transfers.Â Is the UCI principled enough to not skim an unreasonable amount of money off the top should they take Kellyâ€™s comments to heart?Â Given the governing bodyâ€™s recent track record, we think not.
4. I was excited to read that Palmans will be returning to the sportâ€™s upper echelon after signing-on to support Team Vacansoleil, while Dutch firm TVM will be returning to co-sponsor the Rijke amateur team from Holland.Â Time for me to find someone to trade kit with.
5. And speaking of Palmans, maybe you can help me end a 5-year hunt for a needle in a haystack.Â One of the first copies of Winning Magazine I ever purchased had a fantastic picture of a lone Palmans rider climbing what I believe was the Molenberg in Het Volk.Â Heâ€™s wearing the old maroon and gold kit, a hairnet, and the traditional white house sits in the background.Â I believe it was 1996, the year Tom Steels took his first big win for Mapei.Â Can anyone help me find a copy?Â That said, weâ€™d settle for any copies of Winning covering the classics from the late 1990â€™s.Â You know, for the archives.
6. In doping news, the UCI has asked the RFEC to open disciplinary hearings against Contador. RFEC says that’ll take months.Â Are we to assume the provisional suspension will remain in place until they come to a conclusion?
7. Team Sky wants a Tour of California invite and might send a superstar team in order to get one. Will the Giro vs. ATOC showdown intensify next season?Â And will the ATOCâ€™s organizers remember the way in which Sky shunned the event last year?
8. This just in: Pegasus has named Henrik Redant as one its new sport directors for 2011.Â Redantâ€™s one of the classiest guys in the sport, and will certainly prove to be a valuable resource as the team moves forward.Â Now for that title sponsorâ€¦
9. On the domestic cyclocross front, Ryan Trebon is leaving Kona (on good terms) to start his own team with the goal of taking on the world in Louisville in 2013.
10. In Europe, Sven Nys took a big win at the Superprestige in Hamme-Zogge, while Zdenek Stybar suffers from knee painâ€”which may put a damper on his bid to prevent Nys from winning SP for the 10th consecutive time.
11. If you havenâ€™t done so already, please complete this survey regarding our 2011 clothing order. Your responses will help us get an accurate cost as we finalize details with Vermarc.
12. And last but not least, hopefully youâ€™ve noticed (and enjoy) our new layout and design.Â Erik and Jeremy deserve kudos for their time and effort on the last two versions of the siteâ€”thanks guys!Â Itâ€™s incredible how far weâ€™ve come from a design standpoint.
Thatâ€™s it for todayâ€”enjoy your week, and share your comments below.