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The Week In Review: December 30

Trek unleashes the Boone in Baal

By Dan Seaton in Baal, Belgium, and Caley Fretz
After more than a decade on Colnago cyclocross bikes, Sven Nys made the official swap to Trek on Wednesday, riding the new Boone in his home race at the G.P. Sven Nys in Baal, Belgium. Trek’s all-new Boone cyclocross bike, intended to be an emphatic re-entry into the top echelon of cyclocross technology. The bike was developed with input from Katie Compton, and will be the race bike of Sven Nys for the remainder of the season. The carbon frame utilizes much of the technology originally developed for the popular Domane endurance frame used by Fabian Cancellara, including the IsoSpeed decoupler, which allows for more vertical flex without compromising lateral stiffness.

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Alonso to face important litmus test over management choices

By Andrew Hood in Leon, Spain
Fernando Alonso will face an important litmus test as he pulls together a management team to direct his high-profile entree into the peloton.

With a five-year sponsorship commitment already in the bag with backers from the United Arab Emirates, the two-time Formula One world champion is pushing full-steam ahead with ambitious plans to create a new team in time for the 2015 season.

All eyes will be on the 32-year-old Spaniard’s selections to lead the team, and how those choices fit into what he says will be a strict, anti-doping platform within the squad.

Last week, Spanish daily ABC reported that Alonso would adopt a zero-tolerance policy similar to what has been implemented at Sky, where sport directors who admitted to past doping indiscretions, including coach and former pro Bobby Julich, were pushed out of the team in 2012.

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Top men’s road teams reveal 2014 kits

By VeloNews.com
The New Year means new kits for the world’s top professional road teams. We run through the jerseys that have debuted so far, including Lampre-Merida’s rainbow jersey for Rui Costa and a bold new look for Lotto-Belisol.

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Photo Essay: The cyclocross elite take on Kerstperiode in Belgium

By Dan Seaton in Brussels
The Kerstperiode in Belgium is the busiest time of the cyclocross season in the sport’s homeland. With seven races in 12 days, riders from around the globe descend on Flanders for the holidays.

The Bpost Bank Trofee stop in Essen, near the Dutch border, opened the action on Dec. 21. From there, riders tackled the Namur World Cup (Dec. 22), Heusden-Zolder World Cup (Dec. 26), Bpost Bank Trofee Azencross in Loenhout (Dec. 27), Versluys Cyclocross in Bredene (Dec. 28), Superprestige Diegem (Dec. 29), and Bpost Bank Trofee G.P. Sven Nys in Baal (Jan. 1).

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The top 10 stories in cycling for 2013

By Andrew Hood in Leon, Spain
There was no lack of headlines in 2013, a year that proved crucial to cycling’s transition toward a cleaner, more credible future.

It seemed that cycling’s past was generating just as much buzz as what was happening in the races, with a dynamic and exhilarating racing season sometimes being overshadowed by off-road drama. The Lance Armstrong scandal continued to churn throughout 2013, and coupled with the no-holds-barred UCI election, there was never a dull day in 2013.

Beyond the scandal-driven headlines was racing across the elite men’s calendar that was as exciting, unpredictable, and thrilling as cycling should be.

Today’s generation is getting fed up with questions about what happened years before, and in 2013, they more than held up their end of the bargain. Here’s a look at the top 10 stories of 2013.

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