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Cycling: UCI chief condemns Wiggins for labeling drug cheat Armstrong an 'icon'
November 12, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
David Lappartient, who was elected head of the UCI in September last year, was responding to the fact that five-time Olympic gold medalist Wiggins has included Armstrong in a book about the most influential figures in his life. Wiggins said at the Rouleur Classic in London this week that he still speaks More...
Marangoni ends 11-year career with first professional victory
November 12, 2018 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Italy's Alan Marangoni enjoyed an emotional, fairy-tale ending to his 11-year professional career, winning for the first time in his last ever race. The 34-year-old spent much of his career as a domestique with the Cannondale team, sacrificing his own chances to help teammates such as Peter Sagan, Vincenzo Nibali, Ivan Basso and Rigoberto Urn. He went close to victory in a stage of the 2015 Giro dItalia near his home in Forli but seemed set - and content - to retire without ever winning a professional race.ADVERTISEMENT Destiny stepped in at the final hour, at the one-day Tour de Okinawa in Japan, with Marangoni - now riding for Nippo-Vini Fantini - winning alone after a late attack from the breakaway. He beat Australias Freddy Ovett, who was riding for BMC as a stagiaire, and Chun Kai Feng (Bahrain-Merida), finishing alone with his arms in the air for the first time in his professional career. "It was the perfect day Ive always looked for in my career and I found it today," Marangoni said emotionally after shedding a few tears immediately after crossing the line. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Mauduit joins Groupama-FDJ as directeur sportif
November 12, 2018 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Philippe Mauduit will leave his position as a directeur sportif at UAE Team Emirates to take up the same role with Groupama-FDJ in 2019, his new team has announced. Mauduit, 50, has played the sports director role with a number of teams since his retirement as a professional after a year in the pro ranks with Besson Chaussures in 1999. The Frenchman has worked at Bouygues Telecom, the Cervlo TestTeam, Saxo Bank, Lampre-Merida and Bahrain Merida, and then for UAE Team Emirates this season. "I really like what the team stands for, and have spoken regularly with [team boss] Marc Madiot over the years, realising that everything he says tallies with my way of working. The offer was too good to refuse," said Mauduit of his new role with Groupama-FDJ, which is home to French sprint star Arnaud Dmare and one of France's big Grand Tour hopes, and this year's Il Lombardia winner,Thibaut Pinot.ADVERTISEMENT "I've worked for foreign teams for 10 years, and so it's nice to come back to a French squad. Now I need to get to know the team and learn how things work, as everyone needs to be on board to ensure that this team continues to head in the right direction," Mauduit said. Groupama-FDJ started life as La Franaise des Jeux in 1997, and have gone through a raft of subtle name changes, although Madiot's team always retained the French national lottery as its main sponsor, until the Groupama insurance company came on board as the title sponsor for the 2018 season You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kennedy extends with Mitchelton-Scott
November 12, 2018 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Australian Lucy Kennedy has extended her contract with the Mitchelton-Scott team for another year, the team has announced. Kennedy joined the squad at the start of 2018, but, after an extremely promising start to the season, when she took second place at the national time trial championships and then ninth place in the road race, followed by fourth overall at the Santos Women's Tour and, over in Europe, fifth place at Strade Bianche at the start of March, her season was derailed by multiple crashes. Having taken ninth place at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda two weeks after Strade Bianche, Kennedy crashed out of the following month's Amstel Gold Race, fracturing her eye socket, shoulder and collar bone.ADVERTISEMENT After having fought back from her injuries to be fit for the start of the Giro Rosa in July, Kennedy crashed there on stage 3, and again broke her collar bone. "It has been particularly frustrating because it was a race that I was really targeting, and it was such a motivation for me after that crash at Amstel Gold in April," Kennedy told Cyclingnews in September. "The Giro was three months away, but it was a reasonable time-frame to get back in form, and it was a race that really suited me. It was a huge drive in that recovery, so the disappointment of not being able to do the race was huge," she said of having to leave the 10-day race so early on. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Arthurs Seat returns to Herald Sun Tour in 2019
November 12, 2018 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The classic climb of Arthurs Seat on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula makes a welcome return to the route of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in 2019, having last featured in the race in 2016. New race director Scott McGrory, who takes over from long-time director John Trevorrow for 2019, is ensuring that the riders will know all about how tough the climb is by increasing the number of times the race will go up it in February. "This particular stage willinclude the riders travellingfive times up Arthurs Seat," said McGrory in a press release. "On previous occasions, it's been three times, which has been tough enough, but five times... Well, the riders are going to be shocked when they hearthat, and certainly moreshockedwhen they're riding upit."ADVERTISEMENT Spectators will have easy access to the top of Arthurs Seat thanks to the new Eagle gondola, which goes from the start of the climb in Dromana to the summit. "It'll be great for the public with the roads covered with spectators," added McGrory, "with plenty of activity on the hairpin corners and a real festival of cycling at Arthurs Seat to showcase the best riders in the world." The stage that finished on the three-kilometre-long climb in 2016 was won by Team Sky's Chris Froome, 17 seconds ahead of Damien Howson of Orica-Greenedge (now Mitchelton-Scott). The victory on what was the final stage of that year's race was enough for Froome to take the overall race victory, having taken the leader's jersey from teammate Peter Kennaugh. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Freeman to face medical tribunal over testosterone patch delivery
November 12, 2018 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman is set to face a medical tribunal in connection with the 2011 delivery of testosterone patches to the national team's headquarters in Manchester. According to a report in The Sunday Telegraph, Freeman is likely to face the General Medical Council tribunal which could decide to punish him with a suspension or remove him from the medical register. In 2016, UK Anti-Doping launched an investigation into the delivery of a 'mystery package' from British Cycling headquarters to Team Sky during the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine for Bradley Wiggins. During their examination of the records at the Manchester National Cycling Centre, investigators found evidence of a delivery of banned testosterone patches, as well as 60 - 70 vials of triamcinolone.ADVERTISEMENT Freeman worked for both teams in 2011, and the medical equipment for the two programmes shared storage space at the National Cycling Centre. Steve Peters, Team Sky's former medical director, at the time said the testosterone delivery was made in error and the patches were returned to the supplier. Freeman also denied any wrongdoing, saying the patches were never intended for athletes. But the supplier, Fit 4 Sport, declined to cooperate with the UKAD inquiry and provide supporting documentation of the error. British Cycling is a co-complainant in the GMC inquiry, and a spokesman said they "referred concerns in relation to Dr Richard Freeman's fitness to practice" to the GMC and "continue to support its ongoing investigation". You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Auckland cycleways overestimated demand to obtain taxpayer funding, says Auckland Transport report
November 12, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Auckland Transport may have used exaggerated figures to receive taxpayer dollars for four cycleways in the city, says an internal AT report."The cycle demand was overestimated in all the four business cases" for the Quay St, Nelson... More...
Lefevere: I don't understand Tafi's comeback
November 11, 2018 (11:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Andrea Tafi may have moved a step closer to his dream of competing in next year's Paris-Roubaix but his former boss, Patrick Lefevere, is still baffled by the 52-year-old's desire to return to professional competition. Last week Tafi announced that he had found a team that would indulge his fantasy of racing Paris-Roubaix twenty years after his win in the French Monument. Lefevere managed Tafi when the Italian won the race in 1999 and was approached by his former rider last month for a possible avenue back into the sport "I saw him at a sponsor event last week as we were celebrating 20 years of sponsorship with Latexco. We all were asking Andrea if he had a fever or something or if he had become crazy. I don't understand it," Lefevere told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT "He asked me, laughing, but half serious, if our team was interested but you know the composition of our team. It's already a fight to make the seven riders for Paris-Roubaix and I don't want to invest in a project just for publicity. I hope he can find another way." Tafi retired in 2005 and started his pro racing career in the late 1980s. The riders who completed the 1999 Paris-Roubaix podium were none other than Wilfried Peeters and Tom Steels - both of whom now work as directors for Lefevere. When asked how far Tafi would last in one of the hardest one-day races in the world, Lefevere replied: "A 90-year-old could start Paris-Roubaix. I just don't know how long they would stay in the bunch. I have no clue how long Andrea would last." According to Lefevere, the plan is for Tafi to document his return back into the professional ranks. Although a super-competitive and serious team such as Quick-Step have no room for a 52-year-old rider, Lefevere believes that a team lower down the ranks would perhaps profit from giving Tafi a shot. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Stybar sets 2019 sights on Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders
November 11, 2018 (11:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors)hasnt had a big one-day win since Strade Bianche in 2015, but he is setting his sights high for the coming season. Paris-Roubaix is at the top of his wish list, followed by the Tour of Flanders. The Czech rider has performed well in the Spring Classics over the last few years, finishing second in Roubaix in 2017. ''And yet the past year was not bad, but indeed, the big win was missing. In the top classics, however, I ended up every time within the first ten, he told nieuwsblad.be. In the past two years, his only wins have been the Czech national road title (2017) and the points jersey at this years BinckBank Tour.ADVERTISEMENT He shares his Roubaix and Flanders goals with teammate Yves Lampaert, but they will not have to contend with another internal rival. Niki Terpstra, who has won both of those race, is leaving for Direct Energie in 2019. Not that Stybar thinks that will make a difference within the team. Even when Tom Boonen was still riding with us, we were already a broad, strong group, where everyone got chances. That will not be different now. Stybar, 32, is currently training on Mallorca, without teammates. I see my teammates already enough in the season, I prefer to do it alone now. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Montaguti signs with Androni Giocattoli
November 11, 2018 (11:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
34-year-old Matteo Montaguti has signed with the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec squad, Tuttobici reported on Saturday. The Italian moves from the WorldTour squad AG2R La Mondiale after eight seasons, announcing that it was his final race with the French team at Il Lombardia. "Many thanks for eight years of my professional career and many good memories and feelings," Montaguti wrote on Instagram last month. Montaguti has only three professional wins to his name, stage 4 of the 2017 Tour of the Alps and a stage and the overall of the 2010 Giro della Provincia di reggio Calabria before he moved to AG2R La Mondiale.ADVERTISEMENT But with 13 Grand Tours under his belt - eight editions of the Giro d'Italia, four of the Vuelta a Espaa and one Tour de France, the Italian's experience will be invaluable for the Androni team. "It is an important signing for our team," manager Gianni Savio said. "Matteo is a rider who has demonstrated his worth for years in the World Tour. A serious professional with characteristics that fit perfectly with the spirit and the fighting mentality of our team." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Viviani and Keisse link up for Gent Six Day
November 11, 2018 (11:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Quick-Step Floors pairing of Elia Viviani and Iljo Keisse are set to team up for the Gent Six Day, November 13-18. Keisse, a Six Day specialist, has triumphed at the Gent event on six previous occasions, while Viviani is the reigning Olympic Omnium champion after winning gold in Rio at the 2016 Summer Games. The Belgian and Italian riders will race in Deceuninck-Quick-Step jerseys after it was announced that Deceuninck would become co-title sponsors of the Belgian WorldTour team from the start of the 2019 season. "The Six Days of Gent is always a special event for me, one to which I look forward every year," Keisse, 35, said in a release issued by his team. "I'm happy to be back on the bike and ride with Elia, an Olympic Champion on the track and the most successful rider of 2018 on the road. My family will be there, the fans will come in huge numbers and create a fantastic atmosphere and we'll do our best to get the victory, especially as it's been a few years since the last time I won here."ADVERTISEMENT Viviani has raced the Gent Six for the last two years and used the event as part of his build up to the road season. He raced in 2017 with fellow Italian Michele Scartezzini, but paired up withKeisse in 2016. The Italian only joined Quick-Step Floors at the start of this season but enjoyed his best year to date. He won a stage at the Tour Down Under in January and never looked back, winning the GC and two stages at the Dubai Tour, a stage at the Abu Dhabi Tour, four stages and the points jersey at the Giro d'Italia, the national road title and three stages at the Vuelta a Espana. "I'm excited to be going to Gent and riding with Iljo. I'm sure it will be an amazing week, but also a difficult one, because many teams will be aiming for the win. To triumph in such an event you have to be both strong and smart. We are motivated for this, we hope to put on quite the show for all the fans in the stands and to take the overall victory in the mythical Kuipke," said Viviani. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Caja Rural sign Arctic Race winner Chernetskii from Astana
November 11, 2018 (11:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Caja Rual-Seguros RGA have strengthened their team for 2019 with the signing of Sergei Chernetskii from Astana. The Russian rider has spent the last two seasons with Astana, having ridden for Katusha the past. The 28-year-old had a strong second half to the season, winning the Arctic Race in Norway, before finishing third in the Gree-Tour of Guangxi. He will add valuable experience to the Spanish squad. "I have chosen Caja Rural-Seguros RGA to continue my career because it is a good Professional Continental Team to continue improving as a cyclist. For me, 2018 has been my best season, winning Arctic Race of Norway and third place in Gree-Tour of Guangxi. My goal for 2019 is to achieve victories for Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, especially in the hilly races," the Russian said in a press announcement released by his 2019 team. Chernetskii will have the chance to lead Caja Rual-Seguros RGA in a number of races, and will be relied upon less as a support rider - as he was at both Katusha and Astana. The Russian rider also won the Tour des Fjords in 2013, and a stage of the Volta a Catalunya in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT The Spanish Pro Continental team have made a number of changes ahead of next season. Chernetskii joins the signings of Jon Aberasturi (from Euskadi - Murias), while sprinter Matteo Malucelli has signed a two-year contract and moved across from Androni-Giocattoli. Two-time Portuegese national time trial champion Domingos Gonalves has also joined the team, while Alan Banaszek has moved over from CCC. Xavi Caellas and David Gonzlez have both joined as first-year professionals. Australian Nick Schultz has left the team for a two-year deal at Mitchelton-Scott. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
No pressure on Dennis for GC results at Bahrain Merida
November 11, 2018 (11:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bahrain Merida have insisted that Rohan Dennis will not be put under pressure to chase GC results in Grand Tours during his first two seasons at the team. Team manager Brent Copeland has stressed that Dennis will be given the full backing to challenge for the Olympic Games in 2020, where he will be hoping to win the road time trial. Dennis signed a multiple-year contract with Bahrain Merida during the summer and is also likely to start the Tour de France in 2019. "We've discussed ideas with our new head of performance on our team, David Bailey, and it will probably mean that Rohan does the Tour de France," Copeland told Cyclingnews, before adding that final race schedules for his riders would not be announced until the team's December training camp in Croatia. Dennis targeted the Giro d'Italia this year and wore the maglia rosa for several days, won a stage, and finished 16th overall. He was within the top ten until the final two mountain stages. He bookended his campaign with two stages at the Giro d'Italia before claiming his maiden elite road title in the time trial. According to Copeland a Giro return is unlikely due to the nature of the Grand Tour profiles.ADVERTISEMENT "At the Tour there's a TT in there for him, the TTT and it's good preparation for the Worlds. We still have to sit down and finalise that with him but it's not really a GC plan at the moment." Dennis has made no secret of his plan to one day challenge for major Grand Tour honours but he has insisted that he will take a pragmatic and steady approach to his development as a stage racer. Copeland reiterated those sentiments, stressing that the Australian had time on his side before fully concentrating on three-week racing. "In order to go for GC he'd have to change his entire training and weight. When we brought him onto the team we agreed that there would be no pressure to chase GC from the start. We have a number of riders who can do that next year with the likes of Vincenzo, Teuns and Pozzovivo. We're happy to support Dennis, and at the moment his plan is to focus on time trials until the Olympic Games in 2020 and then have more of a focus on GC." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
New bike track gets Tawhero and St Marcellin schools pedalling
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
A new bike track between Tawhero and St Marcellin schools has opened adding another cog in Whanganui's growing network of cycleways. An official opening for the track was held on Monday and Tawhero School principal Chris Dibben... More...
Fenn criticises Aqua Blue Sport bosses after more salary woes
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Andy Fenn has written an open letter to the management at the now defunct Aqua Blue Sport team, in light of fresh reports that the staff's October salaries have not yet been paid. The Pro Continental team collapsed in August without any warning, with all riders and staff told that they could seek alternative employment. All Aqua Blue contracts were torn up, while the team owner Rick Delaney stopped communicating with the team's roster. The riders and staff were told in September that their salaries for the remainder of the year would be covered by the team's UCI bank guarantee, and the first month after the team folded was eventually paid. However Fenn, who rode for the team in 2017 and 2018 - until the point at which the team folded - took to Twitter on Saturday to put public pressure on both Delaney and the team's CEO Tom Timmerman for answers.ADVERTISEMENT "I would just like to raise your attention to the fact that all AquaBlueSport riders salaries for the month of October, have still not yet been received," the 28-year-old British rider wrote. Fenn, frustrated at not receiving his salary for October, contacted the UCI directly for answers, and claimed that Timmerman had not been communicating with the governing body. "As it currently stands the UCI will not release anymore funds from the bank guarantee that has been activated to pay the outstanding salaries and fees associated to AquaBlueSport, until all necessary paperwork and clarification regarding December salaries has been given," Fenn wrote. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour Down Under: Porte and Dennis are Impey's main challengers
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mitchelton-Scott manager Matt White has selected Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis as two of the main favourites for next year's Santos Tour Down Under.The first WorldTour race of the 2019 campaign starts on January 15 with Mitchelton-Scott looking to defend their crown. Daryl Impey, who won the race in 2018, is likely to lead the Australian team once more and will be hoping to become the first rider in the race's history to win back-to-back titles.With Caleb Ewan set to race in Lotto Soudal colours, Mitchelton-Scott will not bring a sprinter to the first WorldTour race of the season. "No one has gone back-to-back in the history of the race, so it will be a big challenge for us," White told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT "Obviously, without being privileged to see who is coming, regardless I think our biggest threats will come from Australians with Rohan Dennis, Jay McCarthy, as guys who will be ready to go, but for me the big favourite is again Richie Porte." In 2018, Impey edged out Porte, the then-defending champion, with Tom-Jelte Slagter finishing third. Porte has won on Willunga Hill for the last five straight years and is set to return in 2019 as the leader for Trek-Segafredo after moving away from BMC Racing. He had hinted at not returning to the Tour Down Under earlier this season, but all indications are that he will look to win the race for the second time in his career. While Impey is set to lead the line for Mitchelton-Scott, the Australian team's three Grand Tours specialists - Esteban Chaves, and Simon and Adam Yates - will make their 2019 race debut back in Europe. Chaves is still on his way back from a long-term virus, and although he raced the Tour Down Under in 2017, he will not return to the race for a second attempt. White is currently planning the team's assault on 2019's Grand Tours after the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia routes were recently announced. The Vuelta a Espaa has yet to be confirmed. This year Simon Yates and Chaves targeted the Giro, while Adam Yates headed to the Tour. The team won their maiden Grand Tour at the Vuelta, with Simon Yates finishing ahead of Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors), and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana). The Tour Down Under is the first significant goal of the 2019 season, and Mitchelton-Scott will be looking to uphold their successful reputation in the race, having won the event four times in the last seven years. The return of the Corkscrew stage in 2019 suits Impey's challenge, according to White. "The reintroduction of the Corkscrew stage is good for us," White said. "It's always selective, and it can sometimes be more selective than the Willunga stage. Few people have won Corkscrew stage solo, but there will probably be a nice gap between the main field and a small group off the front. This stage will start to define the GC, and while there are bonus seconds that are always critical, the major selection will be made on those two stages." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Chapter2 bikes replace Cervelo at women's Bigla team in 2019
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
New Zealand bike brand Chapter2 will replace Cervelo as the equipment sponsor for the UCI women's Cervelo-Bigla team in 2019, according to a team press release. The team announcedearlier this month that Bigla would be the main naming-rights partner. "We're excited to partner with Chapter2 at this stage of their journey," said team manager Thomas Campana. "They are an exciting start-up, pushing the boundaries of design and reshaping how things have been done. The brand is about inspiring people to ride and explore and to not be afraid to take new less-travelled paths." The team also announced that Bigla signed a contract extension that will keep the Swiss furniture company as the title sponsor until at least the end of the 2020 season. Theroster for next year includes Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Martina Alzini, Elizabeth Banks, Elise Chabbey, Mikayla Harvey, Emma Cecilie Norsgaard, Nikola Noskova, Maria Vittoria Sperotto, Leah Thomas and Sophie Wright. The team lost Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Lotta Lepist to CCC and Trek-Segafredo, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT "When you look at the athletes we have on the team next year, a number of them left conventional paths to explore their passion for the bike that has translated into professional contracts," Campana said. "Their boldness has been rewarded. Twenty-nineteen is going to be an exciting journey for them with partners such as Chapter2." Michael Pryde is the designer behind Chapter2, a relatively new cycling brand that says its quest is to create something unique that follows a road less travelled. A connection between Bigla and Chapter2 was, in part, established because the team is known for providing development opportunities for up-and-coming talents in womens cycling. "At Chapter2 our aim is to 'Explore the road less travelled' - through our design, dealer-friendly business model, and the way we approach the world of cycling, Pryde said in a team press release. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Brian Cookson's planned women's team put on hold, but not abandoned
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Brian Cookson has been forced to put a hold on his plans to launch a UCI women's team in 2019 due to a lack of financial resources. The former UCI President told Cyclingnews on Friday that the hunt for a main financial backer has proven to be the biggest obstacle, and that the earliest likely date to launch a team would be in 2020. "The first thing to say is that I am anxious not to make false promises or unrealistic claims, and so I can only report that this is still a work in progress," Cookson told Cyclingnews in an email when asked for an update on the team's status for next year. "It is proving difficult to secure the resources needed to establish a team at the level we are aiming at. There will not be a team in 2019, but my collaborators and I have not abandoned the project."ADVERTISEMENT Cookson announced in November last year that he planned to develop a women's team, after he lost his bid for the UCI presidency re-election to David Lappartient two months earlier. He said that he was in the midst of setting up a structure for a women's professional team at the UCI Women's WorldTour level. He said he wanted the team to exceed the recently confirmed new two-tier structure- Women's WorldTeams and Continental Teams - which he said was developed during his term as UCI President. Current UCI President David Lappartient confirmed to Cyclingnews the new two-tier structure, which will go along with a minimum salary requirement for the top tier of teams beginning in 2020. The salary requirement will be introduced slowly over a three-year period and will equal the mens Professional Continental teams' minimum salary currently set at roughly 30,000. "The main problem, as always, is finding a major funder to take the title sponsorship," Cookson told Cyclingnews. "It's as simple as that. I don't want to do this as a half measure, I want to be in a position to pay decent salaries to the riders, and if you do that then you have to pay decent salaries to all the staff, too, in my view. So the costs add up. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Hincapie team lands two title sponsors for 2019
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Holowesko-Citadelannounced today on Twitter that they have signed two new title sponsors for 2019 and will return to the Continental ranks next year after one year at the Pro Continental level. Arapahoe Resources, a supporting sponsor in 2018, will move to the title-sponsor role along with BMC Switzerland, which provided the team with bikes this year. "This year is a monumental year for Arapahoe Resources," owner Paul E. Kloberdanz, Jr., said in a statement published on the Holowesko-Citadel website. "We have high expectations and are extremely confident that the results will confirm."ADVERTISEMENT The team owned by George and Rich Hincapie have had a relationship with BMC since 2010, when Hincapie Sportswear provided clothing for the BMC WorldTour team. In 2012, they joined forces to start the Hincapie Sportswear Development Team that eventually morphed into Holowesko-Citadel in 2016. BMC returned to the fold as the bike supplies this year. "As a premium bike brand built on racing, we are proud to have Hincapie Racing represent BMC Switzerland," said BMC CEO David Zurcher. "This is a team that stands for our same values and beliefs. We have shared a long and successful history together with the Hincapie brothers, and we appreciate their ability to deliver an innovative racing platform that also creates engaging content and activations of its riders onboard our performance bikes. "Hincapie Racing will play a key role in complementing all of our other sports investments for next season," Zurcher said. "Meanwhile, BMC Switzerland will turn a new chapter in creating something exciting and sustainable for many years to come" much more than just racing." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Van Asbroeck signs with Israel Cycling Academy
November 11, 2018 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Israel Cycling Academy have signed Belgian Tom Van Asbroeck to a two-year deal in a continuing effort to bolster the Pro Continental team's Classics campaigns, according to a team announcement today. Van Asbroeck, 28, raced the past two seasons with EF Education First-Drapac after stints at Topsport-Vlaanderen and LottoNL-Jumbo. He has three professional wins: two in 2014 and his last in 2016 atTour du Poitou Charentes. In two years with EF Education First-Drapac, his top result was third in stage 4 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espaa. Van Asbroeck is hoping his move to the Pro Continental team will provide an opportunity to hit the top of the podium once again.ADVERTISEMENT "I chose the ICA because they are a growing team, and like me they want to do better every year," Van Asbroeck said in a statement released by the team. "I wanted to be a part of this team and again to be one of the best Pro Continental riders out there. In the WorldTour teams, I had to ride a lot for the big-name riders, but this had a negative affect on my personal results. The competitor and 'animal' in me had trouble with this. "I really am an ambitious person - a real competition animal - I always want to do better, get stronger, be faster, and even if I win I won't be satisfied. I always want more." Van Asbroeck had an advocate within the team in director Erik Van Lancker, who lobbied hard to bring Van Asbroeck aboard the Israeli team to create a stronger Classics attack. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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