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The Item: IFBB Pro League Contest Competitors List, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Just Announced: Organizers of the Mr. Europe contest just released the contestants roster of IFBB Pro League athletes that will compete at the 2011 IFBB Mr. Europe Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Madrid, Spain (March 26).

Open Class Competitors:
IFBB Pro Serdar Aktolga
IFBB Pro Thomas Benagli
IFBB Pro Marcos Chacon
IFBB Pro Toney Freeman
IFBB Pro Daniel Hill
IFBB Pro James Flex Lewis
IFBB Pro Essa Obaid
IFBB Pro Robert Piotrkowicz
IFBB Pro Arnaud Plaisant
IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel
IFBB Pro Sergey Shelestov
IFBB Pro Michael Sheridan
IFBB Pro Mohammed Touri
IFBB Pro Mario Van Steenberghe
IFBB Pro Egberton Roelly Winklaar

The "So What?": The 2010 Mr. Europe Champion IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel is the pre-contest favorite for several reasons; among them, hometown hero IFBB Pro Francisco "Paco" Bautista is not on the list and neither is 2011 British Grand Prix Champ IFBB Pro Branch Warren, to whom Rockel took a controversial 4th place finish at last week's Brit Grand Prix. As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," Warren has dominated the IFBB Pro League contest season, thus far, even snatching the win at the Arnold Sports Festival's 2011 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships earlier this month (where Rockel landed in 6th place).

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Others predicted to place high in Spain include IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar (8th at Arnold Classic and 2nd at British Grand Prix) and IFBB Pro Flex Lewis, a top 202 Division competitor who suddenly decided to jump into the Open Class at this Mr. Europe event. Ronny Rockel is hungry to defend the title and snag an Olympia Qualification to take on 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler in Las Vegas at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (September 16). Russian Sergey Shelestov has had difficulty making the Top 10 in several pro contests and likely, at the very least, hopes to do that in Spain (like he managed to do with a 9th place finish at last year's edition).

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