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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion,
Sunday, December 25, 2016

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Thank you all so much for visiting and spending time on our site. May you all enjoy good health and much joy this coming year, and....more than a few kilometers on the bike. Bill & Carol McGann

Complete Gent-Wevelgem results now posted

In the off-season I work on adding to the BikeRaceInfo's historical results. After finishing up the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France, I've been working on the classics. I just finished posting complete results for every edition of Gent-Wevelgem.

Marcel Kint

Marcel Kint (The Black Eagle), winner of the 1949 Gent-Wevelgem

Next, up, Hamburg Cyclassics. Then Clasica San Sebastian and Het Nieuwsblad.

Knee Surgery for Enzo Wouters

Lotto-Soudal sent me this report:

Yesterday, Lotto Soudal neo-pro Enzo Wouters underwent keyhole surgery on his knee in Herentals. Doctor Toon Claes removed an inflammation on the capsule of the left knee. Such an inflammation is an annoying injury for cyclists, because of the many pedal strokes.

Enzo Wouters: “Of course it’s a setback when you have to undergo surgery after the first training camp. According to the doctor a lot of inflamed tissue was removed and the operation was definitely necessary. ‘Patience’ will be the key word during my rehabilitation. If I take the necessary rest, I will be back in a few months. Of course I was keen on having a good start of the season, but now that start has to be postponed.”

In about three weeks Wouters can carefully resume training on the bike.

China files complaint on EU’s new anti-dumping rules sent me this news:

GENEVA, Switzerland – The World Trade Organization has received a complaint filed by the Peoples Republic of China on the European Union’s new rules for determining dumping practices. These new rules could mean that the 48.5% anti-dumping duty now in place for China made bikes exported to the EU member states will not end by 2018.

China’s complaint specifically addresses the European Union’s new method for calculating whether dumping is taking place.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) published a document on the complaint filed by China. It is named “European Union – Measures Related to Price Comparison Methodologies; Request for Consultations by China.”

On the legal basis for the complaint by China, this document says, “When China acceded to the WTO, China and other WTO Members agreed that, for a transitional period of fifteen years, China-specific treaty provisions would apply to the determination by other Members of certain elements of “price comparability” in anti-dumping proceedings involving Chinese imports. WTO Members were, subject to certain conditions, exceptionally permitted to use a methodology not based on a strict comparison with domestic prices or costs in China. That transitional period ended on 11 December 2016. Accordingly, from that date, the WTO rules that govern the determination by WTO Members of all elements of price comparability now apply to imports from China. However, the European Union continues to determine normal value on the basis of a special calculation methodology unless the producer establishes that it meets certain criteria. Thus, the European Union is in violation of its international obligations.”

You can read the entire story here.

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