Caleb Ewan wants to win in Giro, Tour and Vuelta this year

With races in his native Australia suspended and enormous travel difficulties, Caleb Ewan (Lotto) is in Europe. The 26-year-old sprinter has completed the first part of the preseason at his residence in Monaco and from now on he will work with the rest of his teammates, who these days train in three separate bubbles on the Levantine coast. Perhaps this change in plans has inspired the little sprinter (1.65 meters) to devise a bold plan for the season: “I want to win in Giro, Tour and Vuelta this year.”

Ewan is probably the number one sprint right now and that allows him to take on such a difficult challenge. Only three riders have managed to win in the three great tours in the same year in all history: Miguel Poblet (1956), Pierino Baffi (1958) and Alessandro Petacchi (2003).

The Australian runner already knows victory in the three rounds of three weeks. He has five stages in the Giro and Tour and one in the Vuelta, where he opened his account in 2015. Ewan knows that the challenge is very complicated and has explained that he will modulate it depending on whether or not he obtains the desired results: «If I win in the Giro , I will continue with the Tour and then I will do the same with the Vuelta. But if I do not achieve victory in the Giro, I will not go to the Vuelta “, he advanced in ‘Cyclingpro’.

Another goal he sets for himself is the Tour green jersey, which he has never managed to wear in Paris. For this reason, he makes it clear that if he has already won before, he will choose “not to reach the end of the Giro” and thus save himself the very hard last week of the corsa rosa.

Three precedents

If Ewan won the Giro, Tour and Vuelta in the same year, he would achieve a remarkable feat, but it is difficult to imagine that he can achieve it to the extent that the three men who have already achieved it so far did.

The one with the worst record was Pierino Baffi. The Lombard cyclist, a partner of Fiorenzo Magni, scored a stage in the Giro in 1958, three in the Tour and two in the Vuelta. ‘Only’ six victories, which did not exceed those achieved by Miguel Poblet two years before. The Barcelona, ​​double winner of the Milan-San Remo, had prevailed in 1956 in four arrivals of the Giro, one of the Tour and three of the Vuelta. Eight incredible victories that would be surpassed by Alessandro Petacchi in 2003, with six stages of the Giro, four of the Tour and five of the Vuelta, to reach 15.

Ewan has a contract with his current formation until 2022, as well as the two henchmen of his ‘train’, Roger Kluge and Jasper De Buyst.

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The Young Orchestra of Euskal Herria closes the Beethovian tour

The EGO (Young Orchestra of the Basque Country) has completed a Christmas tour, or rather New Year’s, of four concerts with two Beethovian pieces for commemorate the 250th birthday of the German genius: Saturday in San Sebastián (Kursaal), Sunday in Vitoria (Teatro Principal), Monday in Bilbao (Euskalduna) and Tuesday morning in Getxo (Muxikebarri), here closing the cycle dedicated by the city council to Ludwig van Beethoven, which is what that we are going to narrate.

This Tuesday morning the box office capacity was sold out (in front of us, in the queue, the last of the 391 seats available in the Ereaga room, the main one of the Getxo municipal auditorium) was sold and there were quite a few children among the respectable a In spite of the fact that the EGO, but its name, is an orchestra of shaft, of professional quality and depth.

Well shot after rehearsals and four consecutive concerts, at the Muxikebarri the EGO spent 80 minutes on stage to perform two pieces by Beethoven: ‘Ah! Perfido ‘, with the fifty masked young musicians (the winds not, obviously) and playing integrated with their companions, sounding with passion, and with the Guest soprano Jone Martínez astounding by his maturity, talent, faculties and inspiration; and secondly ‘Egmont’, incidental music difficult to listen to according to the direct warning Ruben Gimeno about this overture composed by Beethoven for the homonymous tragedy written by Goethe, and where the EGO performed again integrated, with the musicians swaying their bodies as they read the scores (that is, enjoying them and deeply embedded in them), and with the ssecond special guest, actor and narrator Eneko Sagardoy (He looked like a flamenco because of his beard, bangs and jacket), interspersing declamations in Basque with little volume in the mix during his last speeches.

The musicians with Christmas decorations in the second encore, 'Sleigh Ride'.
The musicians with Christmas decorations in the second encore, ‘Sleigh Ride’. / O.C.

And by way of encores, two more pieces fell out of the program: the Christmas carol ‘Actor, mutile actor’, which is not that they played it reluctantly, but it seemed cowardly and routine even in the choruses mused by the audience (not even the children present sang it), and by way of closing the culmination of the morning session, with the young musicians adorned with Christmas tinsel to play the very American, optimistic and spirited ‘Sleigh Ride’, a standard composed by Leroy Anderson in 1948 and first recorded in 1949 by Arthur Fiedler and his Boston Pops Orchestra, making it a hit (later, the female vocal group The Ronettes covered it in 1963 in Christmas format and it became a hit again).

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Tour chaos! Poland included after exclusion – winter sports

The Polish team was excluded from the opening competition of the Four Hills Tournament due to a corona case. It can still jump.

The corona virus causes chaos at the Four Hills Tournament even before the first competition in Oberstdorf. On Monday, the entire Polish team was banned from participating in the opening competition after Klemens Muranka gave a positive test.

The reason: his colleagues had been in contact with him longer than would be allowed to participate. It was clear that the defending champion, Dawid Kubacki, was not allowed to jump either.

Now everything turns out differently. Because: Muranka gave a negative result in a second test on Monday evening. The Polish federation immediately lodged a protest at the international ski federation FIS and demanded a return to the hill.

A third test was also negative. The organizers withdrew the exclusion of the Polish team. The athletes are allowed to jump!

Poland is now allowed to do training jumps at 2:30 p.m., before the trial run at 3 p.m. and the competition at 4:30 p.m.

Additional confusion is that the mode had to be flipped. The competition would take place without the knockout mode.

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Carla Bruni is coming to Vienna in autumn 2021 – national music

Carla Bruni will be a guest at the Konzerthaus on September 11th.


Carla Bruni will be a guest at the Konzerthaus on September 11th.
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The French singer Carla Bruni is planning a tour for the coming autumn and will make a stopover in Vienna.

During her tour, the wife of the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy will also perform in the Wiener Konzerthaus on September 11, 2021, as the organizer announced on Wednesday. Guest performances are also planned in Frankfurt, Berlin and Zurich. Tickets will be available from Monday (December 21).

It was only at the beginning of October that Carla Bruni released a new, self-titled album. It also features the first English-language song that Bruni wrote, “Your Lady”. She has remained consistently true to her melancholy style. In addition to pieces from the new album, the Italian-born’s “greatest successes” are also announced for the tour.

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La Oreja de Van Gogh announces a new tour that will start in San Sebastián

“Freedom is singing in time of silence.” With that quote from José Agustín Goytisolo, La Van Gogh ear has announced this morning on its social networks that it will start a new tour to present his latest album ‘A whisper in the storm’. The San Sebastian quintet has announced this tour that will take them to five Spanish cities and that will allow them to play live before their fans.

This album, which was published in September, four years after the previous one, from ‘The imaginary planet’, is made up of eleven songs that “lead you to ask yourself things, to reflect,” Leire pointed out in an interview with this newspaper. Songs such as ‘Hug me’, ‘During a look’, ‘You look so much like me’ or ‘Sirens’ will sound for the first time live and with an audience on different stages as long as health conditions allow it. «With all the necessary security measures and maximum responsibilityBut we need to play and hear you sing Playing makes us feel alive and free, more than ever in time of silence ”, the group assured in their networks when communicating that their return to the stage.

The pandemic, which prevented them from touring the United States in May, will not interfere this time with the new tour that will start and end with a double date. The premiere will be in San Sebastián, on the days March 13 and 14 at the Kursaal and the last appointment will be in Madrid on May 4 and 5. Meanwhile, they will also play in Pamplona, ​​at the Baluarte auditorium on March 19 and 20, at the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao on April 17 and May 1 in Barts, Barcelona. The tickets, as indicated on their social networks, will be available from this Friday on the group’s website.

Concerts

March 13 and 14

Donostia, Kursaal Auditorium

March 19 and 20

Pamplona, ​​Baluarte Auditorium

April 17th

Bilbao, Basque Palace

May 1

Barcelona, Barts

May 4 and 5

Madrid, Bankia Príncipe Pío Grand Theater

With each publication La Oreja de Van Gogh sneaks into the number one lists. With this new album they entered number one sales in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and in the top of Spanish music discs in the United States. The band continues in the lists of the best-selling albums in Spain and after several consecutive weeks being No. 1 in Mexico, it remains among the best sellers.

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The Arab anti-Iran axis revolves around Israel

The shared threat from Iran and a common ally like the United States have helped bring to light a new axis in the Middle East that breaks decades of Arab consensus on Israel. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Sudan have normalized their relations with the Hebrew state without the latter having to recognize a Palestinian state. Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman (MBS) met Benyamin Netanyahu in Neom, on the shores of the Red Sea, in a secret meeting that neither side did anything to hide.

The replacement in the White House and the arrival of Joe Biden, who has expressed his desire to return the United States to the nuclear agreement signed with Iran in 2015 and from which Trump left in 2018, sow nervousness among those who have been firm allies of the Republican president and prepare for the new scenario. There are two months to go and the countdown has begun with the assassination of the father of the Iranian nuclear program in Tehran, a crime for which Iran blames Israel and will have an answer.

“The agreements are based on national security and the feeling we share about Iran. At the same time, they have great economic potential in fields such as commerce, tourism, transport, communications, technology, energy, finance, health or climate change ”, indicates a report by the Institute for National Security Studies ( INSS), one of the benchmark strategic study centers in Israel, referring to the so-called Abraham Accords, named after the father of monotheistic religions.

Morocco or Oman could soon adhere to these pacts, but the one who would really mark a before and after would be Saudi Arabia, with whom the Israelis have had unofficial contacts for years, but which for the moment resists normalization.

This is how the regional actors involved in this anti-Iran axis position themselves

United Arab Emirates

Sale of the F35

Sale of the F35. Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed, the most important figure in the small Gulf country, was the first to move the card and publicly announce normalization with Israel. The Emiratis justified this step on Netanyahu’s promise to temporarily halt the annexation of the West Bank. The first consequence after the signing of the so-called Abraham Accords, in which Bahrain also took part, was the green light by the United States for the sale of the F35 fighter jets. Washington has always followed through on its commitment to ensuring Israel’s qualitative military superiority, but the normalization agreement could include a similar promise to the UAE.

Emirates is the second largest economy in the region and has the world’s seventh largest oil reserves. A new market possibility opens up for the Israelis. In the world of tourism, despite the coronavirus, this window has already opened with the first commercial flights between Tel Aviv and Dubai. Local media put more than 300 scheduled connections between the two countries in December, which will mean the arrival of 50,000 Israelis in the Gulf.

Israel

Prepared for a US attack on the Islamic republic

The Axios portal reported that the Army has been preparing for a possible US attack on Iran for weeks before Trump’s departure from the White House. This possibility rings out strongly after revealing ‘The New York Times’ that Trump put the option of the attack on the table to stop Iran’s nuclear progress. The murder of scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran on Friday adds a new destabilizing factor to the more than likely Iranian retaliation.

Netanyahu’s diplomatic successes are not paying him too much domestically. Israel’s longest-serving prime minister in the history of Israel faces a trial for corruption, the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus, settler discomfort over stopping the annexation of the West Bank and weekly protests in which thousands of citizens ask for his resignation. The conservative leader has fulfilled his dream of leaving the Palestinian conflict in the background to strengthen the Arab-Israeli relationship.

During the four years of Trump, Netanyahu has managed to get the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State, the transfer of the Tel Aviv Embassy to the holy city or the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan. Now he is preparing for the arrival of Joe Biden with the request that he not return to the nuclear deal with Iran.

The change in the White House brings those who worked with Barack Obama, a president who had a terrible personal relationship with Netanyahu, to the forefront of US politics.

Saudi Arabia

Nerves in the face of Trump’s departure and the relief

Mohamed Bin Salman has followed Mohamed Bin Zayed’s approach to Israel as this can serve as a shield after Trump’s departure. The young prince wants to make history by modernizing and opening up the kingdom, but the war in Yemen, the murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi, the ongoing fight with Qatar or the systematic arrest of human rights activists are not to the liking of the administration. democrat.

In Riyadh, they took good note of the interview that the now chosen by Biden as new Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, gave to the CBS chain last May. In it he advanced that, in the event of a victory at the polls, “we will review the relationship with the Government of Saudi Arabia, to which President Trump has basically given a blank check to pursue a set of disastrous policies, including the war in Yemen, but also the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and domestic repression.

This change in the harmony between the United States and the countries of the area will also extend to Egypt, where it seems that the policy of Trump’s “favorite dictator”, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, does not enjoy the favor of Blinken. The future strongman in US foreign policy earlier this week criticized the detention of several human rights activists in Cairo.

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The anti-Iran Arab axis revolves around Israel

The shared threat from Iran and a common ally like the United States have helped bring to light a new axis in the Middle East that breaks decades of Arab consensus on Israel. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Sudan have normalized their relations with the Hebrew state without the latter having to recognize a Palestinian state. Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman (MBS) met with Benyamin Netanyahu in Neom, on the shores of the Red Sea, in a secret meeting that neither side did anything to hide.

The replacement in the White House and the arrival of Joe Biden, who has expressed his desire to return the United States to the nuclear agreement signed with Iran in 2015 and from which Trump left in 2018, sow nervousness among those who have been firm allies of the Republican president and prepare for the new scenario. Two months to go and the countdown has started with the assassination of the father of the Iranian nuclear program in Tehran, a crime for which Iran blames Israel and will have an answer.

“The agreements are based on national security and the sentiment we share regarding Iran. At the same time, they have great economic potential in fields such as trade, tourism, transport, communications, technology, energy, finance, health or climate change ”, indicates a report by the Institute for National Security Studies ( INSS), one of Israel’s leading strategic study centers, referring to the so-called Abraham Accords, named after the father of monotheistic religions.

Morocco or Oman could soon adhere to these pacts, but the one who would really mark a before and after would be Saudi Arabia, with whom the Israelis have had unofficial contacts for years, but which for the moment resists normalization.

This is how the regional actors involved in this anti-Iran axis position themselves

United Arab Emirates

Sale of the F35

Sale of the F35. Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed, the most important figure of the small Gulf country, was the first to move the card and publicly announce normalization with Israel. The Emiratis justified this step on Netanyahu’s promise to temporarily halt the annexation of the West Bank. The first consequence after the signing of the so-called Abraham Accords, in which Bahrain also took part, was the green light by the United States for the sale of the F35 fighter jets. Washington has always followed through on its commitment to ensuring Israel’s qualitative military superiority, but the normalization agreement could include a similar promise to the UAE.

Emirates is the second largest economy in the region and has the world’s seventh largest oil reserves. A new market possibility opens up for the Israelis. In the world of tourism, despite the coronavirus, this window has already opened with the first commercial flights between Tel Aviv and Dubai. Local media put more than 300 scheduled connections between the two countries in December, which will mean the arrival of 50,000 Israelis in the Gulf.

Israel

Prepared for a US attack on the Islamic republic

The Axios portal reported that the Army has been preparing for a possible US attack on Iran for weeks before Trump’s departure from the White House. This possibility rings out strongly after revealing ‘The New York Times’ that Trump put the option of the attack on the table to stop Iran’s nuclear progress. The murder of scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran on Friday adds a new destabilizing factor to the more than likely Iranian retaliation.

Netanyahu’s diplomatic successes are not paying him too much domestically. The longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s history faces a trial for corruption, the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus, settler discontent over stopping the annexation of the West Bank and weekly protests in which thousands of citizens ask for his resignation. The conservative leader has fulfilled his dream of leaving the Palestinian conflict in the background to strengthen the Arab-Israeli relationship.

During Trump’s four years, Netanyahu has managed to get the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State, the transfer of the Tel Aviv Embassy to the holy city or the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan. Now he is preparing for the arrival of Joe Biden with the request that he not return to the nuclear deal with Iran.

The relief at the White House brings those who worked with Barack Obama, a president who had a terrible personal relationship with Netanyahu, to the forefront of US politics.

Saudi Arabia

Nerves in the face of Trump’s departure and the relief

Mohamed Bin Salman has followed Mohamed Bin Zayed’s strategy of rapprochement with Israel as this can serve as a shield after Trump’s departure. The young prince wants to make history by modernizing and opening up the kingdom, but the war in Yemen, the murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi, the continuous fight with Qatar or the systematic arrest of human rights activists are not to the liking of the administration. democrat.

In Riyadh, they took good note of the interview that the now chosen by Biden as new Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, gave to the CBS network last May. In it, he advanced that, in the event of a victory at the polls, “we will review the relationship with the Government of Saudi Arabia, to which President Trump has basically given a blank check to pursue a set of disastrous policies, including the war in Yemen, but also the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and domestic repression.

This change in harmony between the United States and the countries of the area will also extend to Egypt, where it seems that the policy of Trump’s “favorite dictator”, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, does not enjoy Blinken’s favor. The future strongman in US foreign policy earlier this week criticized the detention of several human rights activists in Cairo.

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Clip of ‘Trolls 2: World Tour’

After its overwhelming success in the United States, on October 23 the sequel to this animated musical comedy will be released in Spanish cinemas

The movie clip.

After its overwhelming success in ‘streaming’ in the US, ‘Trolls 2: World Tour’, the sequel to the successful animated musical comedy released in 2016, hits Spanish cinemas. In this new adventure, Poppy and Branch They discover that their tribe of Trolls is only one of the six that exist, that the rest are spread over six kingdoms and devoted to six different types of music: funk, country, techno, classical, pop and rock. Queen Barbara, a member of the royalty of hard rock, and her father, the Metal King, want to end the rest of musical genres and impose the reign of rock. With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy and Branch, along with the rest of the gang – Big Guy, Chanelle, Satin, Cooper and Guy Diamond – will visit the other kingdoms to unite the Trolls against Barb’s plans to outshine them all. . The film will open on October 23.

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Izaro starts his tour at the Euskalduna this Thursday after ten days of voluntary confinement

Izaro Andrés is so eager to return to the stage that he has not hesitated to confine himself for ten days at his home in Donostia to reduce the risk of contagion as much as possible. “Whatever happens, let it not be said that we did not do what we could”. The Biscayan artist (Mallabia, 1993) based in the capital of Gipuzkoa puts the end of her week and a half of confinement this Thursday to finally begin the tour to present her album ‘Limones en Invierno’, scheduled for spring and postponed and modified by the coronavirus pandemic. “It has not been easy to get everything ready. But actually, I really want them these days. I will try to dedicate myself to myself», He explained after the last dress rehearsal with his band.

The singer has been forced to redesign her tour to adapt her concerts to current sanitary measures. In this way, instead of offering a single live show in Bilbao, it will carry out a triple session divided into two days. Today, for whose function there were still a few tickets left yesterday, it will perform at 8.30 pm and tomorrow at 7 pm and 10 pm. Next week he will take the stage of the Kursaal four days in a row, between October 25 and 28, and on January 2, after traveling throughout the Basque geography, he will sing at the Principal in Vitoria. In between, it will act in different Basque municipalities.

Although during the months of confinement due to the pandemic he performed via streaming, at the end of July Izaro starred in his first two concerts with an in-person audience in Chillida Leku.

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