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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion,
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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Tour of Hainan stage four report from race leader Jakub Mareczko's Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia team:

Another amazing morning for the team Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia that celebrates the third victory in a row of Jakub Mareczko, who has repeated himself in the 4th stage of the Tour of Hainan.

No changes in the script of the stage with the team protagonist once again, as it happened in the first stage, in the chase of the breakaway that was caught once again in the last 10 kms.

At the last km, Jacopo Mosca and Eugert Zhupa were perfect in putting Jakub Mareczko in the best position with 200 metres to go, where the young sprinter started and confirmed his status of strongest sprinter in the race.

Jakub Mareczko

Jakub Mareczko is on a hot streak.

#Kuba increases his advantage in both general and points classifications and reaches 37 wins in career while in the team Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia. He now has 13 wins this season. Tomorrow in Changjiang there will be a new chance for our sprinter.

Slipstream Sports signs Swedish road champion Kim Magnusson

The team sent me this news:

Slipstream Sports is proud to announce the signing of Swedish national road champion Kim Magnusson. The 25-year-old joins the WorldTour on a two-year deal from Team Tre Breg – Postnord.

“Stepping up to the WorldTour with Slipstream Sports is the most important step in my career so far,” said Magnusson. “For the past several years, I’ve worked very hard in training with the help of Thomas Löfvist, and I feel like now is the right time to step up. To be able to sign with Slipstream Sports, which from 2018 has the Swedish company EF Education First as the main sponsor is highly motivating and fun.”

“Kim will obviously meet for the very first time a professional set-up at the highest level of road cycling,” said sports director Andreas Klier. “I am sure that this will help him to develop his strength, and I'm looking forward to seeing until which stage of a race he is able to support our leaders.

“As the current Swedish champion, he obviously knows what is needed to win a race, and maybe if the team strategy allows him to be in one of the races in a similar situation, he can take an opportunity for himself,” Klier added. “He is an interesting rider, and I am looking forward to working with him.”

Magnusson will make his debut in argyle on Friday 3 November at the Rouleur Classic. He takes the stage at the Rouleur Theatre in London at 3:40 GMT to launch the POC Cycling kit that Team EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale will wear in 2018.

“We have built an international reputation around safety and innovation and a big part of that is our Swedish heritage,” said POC CEO Jonas Sjögren. “Naturally we are avid supporters of Swedish cycling and have also partnered with the Swedish Cycling Federation until 2020. To see Kim, the current Swedish road champion, join Slipstream and be a part of a broader Swedish connection on the WorldTour is truly inspiring and motivating.”

Magnusson joins a crop of neo-pros in a new-look Slipstream Sports in 2018. He’ll learn the WorldTour ropes alongside Dan MacLay and Logan Owen from the likes of Rigoberto Uran, Sep Vanmarcke, Pierre Rolland and Simon Clarke.

“For the next season, I’m looking forward to a lot of things,” said Magnusson. “I’m excited to meet my new teammates and the staff, get new influences regarding my training, line up for new races, and, most importantly, to compete on the highest level.

“I’m eager to start the new season and to work to help our team leaders achieve great results,” Magnusson added. “I see myself best-suited to stage races and hilly one-day races, but I’m ready to explore it all.”

While Magnusson will play a key role in Friday’s kit launch, fans will need to wait until January to see him in his Swedish champion jersey. Magnusson is eager for this reveal.

“I want to show myself and the Swedish champion jersey to the cycling world in the best possible way,” said Magnusson. “I’m eager to gain important experiences with a great team in a key year in my career.”

Fun Fact: Kim’s father, Glenn Magnusson, and Slipstream Sports CEO Jonathan Vaughters were teammates in 1999.

November is key month in European E-Bike dumping investigation

Bike Europe sent me this update:

BRUSSELS, Belgium – The investigation into the alleged dumping of e-bikes by China carried out by the European Commission presents legally bound deadlines. Some of these deadlines are already scheduled for beginning November. Here’s an overview of the applicable deadlines and to which stakeholders/companies they apply to.

The statutory time schedule for dumping investigations starts with the date of publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. For “the notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of electric bicycles originating in the People’s Republic of China” the publication date was 20 October, 2017.

An important deadline is set for later this week; next Saturday, November 4. EU producers should by then have made themselves known to the Commission if you consider you should be included in the EU producers’ sample. For how to make yourself known; see the ‘Notice’ document published on this webpage.

Also on November 4 all European importers buying the product under investigation from Chinese suppliers, but not related to those Chinese companies, should make themselves known to the Commission.

By 4 November also all producers exporting from China or representatives acting on their behalf, should make themselves known to the Commission and provide the information requested in Annex I of the Notice, which includes a declaration to claim an individual dumping margin should the Commission impose anti-dumping duties.

You can read the entire article here.

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