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Goss to help HTC-Columbia train stay on track
January 27, 2010 (08:21) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Last year's Paris-Brussels champion Matt Goss is one of the key additions to HTC-Columbia's sprint train in 2010 following the departure of some big names and he's relishing his new role plus the possibility of being a spearhead for the team's Classics campaign. The 23-year-old from Launceston, Tasmania, whose ability on the road is comparable to another Australian, Stuart O'Grady, thanks to his track background and speed in a sprint finish, left O'Grady's team at the end of last season, having ... More...
Stapleton: HTC-Columbia can go toe-to-toe with Sky
January 18, 2010 (19:56) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Bob Stapleton believes his HTC-Columbia team is well positioned to compete for riders after 2009 saw the first major buy-outs of riders already under contract by rival teams. While the practice of big-dollar transfers is common in sports like football, the tactics employed to entice riders like Bradley Wiggins from Garmin-Slipstream to Team Sky were a reasonably new occurrence for cycling. Stapleton’s team was also at the centre of Team Sky’s thirst to fill out its first ProTour roster, ... More...
Stevens keen to consolidate at HTC-Columbia
January 18, 2010 (16:46) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
HTC-Columbia's Evelyn Stevens says she will use her first full season as a professional to continue her lighting transition to a full-time member of the women's peloton. A revelation on the women's cycling scene in 2009, Stevens' contract with HTC-Columbia has completed a rapid twelve-month transition from a career on New York's Wall Street to that of a professional cyclist. Despite six wins last year, including a stage win at La Route du France and overall victories at the Fitchburg Longsjo and ... More...
Velits brothers ready to step up at HTC-Columbia
January 18, 2010 (13:09) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A part of HTC-Columbia's significant influx of talent for 2010, Slovakian twins Peter and Martin Velits say they are looking forward to the challenge and pressure of being part of one of the peloton's strongest teams as they target a strong start at the Spring Classics. The Velits, 24, have made the move to the US-backed squad after two years with Germany's Milram and despite the efforts of their former employer to retain their services, the two opted for a fresh start at HTC. "We got an offer ... More...
Van Garderen aiming high at HTC-Columbia
January 15, 2010 (16:31) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tejay Van Garderen says he will look for every opportunity to convert success in the Espoir ranks into results in the ProTour as he makes his debut with HTC-Columbia this season. The 21-year-old has moved to HTC after a two-year apprenticeship at Rabobank's Continental squad, where last year he secured overall victories at the Tour du Haut Anjou and Circuito Montañes, as well as second overall at the Tour de l'Avenir. With his step up to the ProTour environment just weeks away, Van Garderen ... More...
HTC-Columbia presented in Spain
January 13, 2010 (10:51) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
HTC-Columbia's men's and women's squads were officially presented in Majorca, Spain, on Tuesday and will head into the 2010 season with a combined total of 15 new riders. The men's team will once again be headed by Mark Cavendish and André Greipel, with Team Director Rolf Aldag naming Australian Michael Rogers as the team's road captain. The women's squad will focus on a schedule of American and European races and will be able to count on veteran Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, who led the team in terms ... More...
HTC-Columbia warm up for team presentation in Majorca
January 12, 2010 (15:38) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
HTC-Columbia's men's and women's squads hit the roads this morning for a training ride prior to the team's official presentation in Majorca, Spain. The training ride represents one of the only opportunities the two teams will have to ride together before their respective racing seasons begin later this month. Rugged up against chilly conditions Mark Cavendish, Lars Bak, Kanstantsin Siutsou, Marco Pinotti, Craig Lewis, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, Linda Villumsen, Noemi Cantele and Evelyn Stevens joined ... More...
2009 Reader Poll: Columbia crushes competition as Best Team
January 07, 2010 (18:46) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Columbia-HTC's victory in the inaugural "Best Team" category of the 2009 Cyclingnews reader poll mimicked its dominance of the 2009 road season. The American team was judged an overwhelming winner with over 51 percent the votes cast by 14,070 Cyclingnews readers. Columbia-HTC's winning ways began just eight days into last year with Michael Rogers the first to chip in to the men's season total of 85 victories. His victory in the Australian time trial National Championship was a sign of ... More...
Renshaw's absence forces Columbia to shuffle Cavendish's lead-out train
December 24, 2009 (20:21) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With Mark Renshaw set to miss the start of the season with a virus, his Columbia-HTC team will need to alter Mark Cavendish’s lead-out train for the first part of the 2010 season. On Tuesday it was confirmed that Renshaw was suffering with the Epstein-Barr virus and would not be able to train until mid-January, and that he wouldn’t commence racing until May, thus ruling him out of the Tour Down Under and the Spring Classics. The Classics are a major goal for Cavendish who won Milano-Sanremo ... More...
Peiper anticipates another strong year for Columbia-HTC, despite changes
December 22, 2009 (18:11) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Despite the departure of several key riders such as Edvald Boasson Hagen, who took 13 individual wins in 2009, the Columbia-HTC team has its sights set on another very successful season in the year ahead. Sport director Allan Peiper says that he remains confident that the US-registered ProTour squad will take dozens of victories. “We didn’t think that we’d do as well this season as in 2008, but things worked out very well. We had 80 wins then, this year we had 85,” he told ... More...
Guldhammer the new climbing star for Columbia-HTC
December 19, 2009 (13:08) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Rasmus Guldhammer is looking forward to taking on the mountains with Columbia-HTC. The 20-year-old Dane is entering his first ProTour season with the US-based outfit. Coming from flat Denmark, the youngster didn't discover his climbing talent until he went on holiday with his family in Italy. “Once I found out I could do it, though, I quickly found out how nice it is to go hard up climbs with the rest of the field just clinging on behind," he said on his new team's website. Another Columbia ... More...
Cavendish and Greipel to ride Vuelta together?
December 18, 2009 (06:09) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With the thoughts of a rainbow jersey spurring him on, Mark Cavendish is likely to make his Vuelta a España debut in 2010, and could find himself working alongside Columbia HTC’s other big sprinter, Andre Greipel in the race. As his autobiography Boy Racer outlines, the two have had a tense relationship in the past, although it is believed that they are now on better terms than before. They have not shared the billing in a major race, though, and the Vuelta – or perhaps the Tour ... More...
Columbia-HTC aims for success in 2010 Vuelta
December 17, 2009 (12:09) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Columbia-HTC sees the 2010 Vuelta a España as “an interesting race, one in which our GC contenders and some of our other riders will have a real chance to shine.” The newly-announced route offers the US-based team plenty of chances to repeat its success from this year. Columbia-HTC won five stages in the 2009 Vuelta, one by Greg Henderson and four by sprinter Andre Greipel, who also took the overall points competition. "The Tour of Spain 2010 route is very demanding ... More...
Columbia trains on Lanzarote
December 11, 2009 (13:20) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Columbia-HTC is in full swing of preparing for the 2010 season. This week, the squad has convened at the Club La Santa in Lanzarote, Canary islands, Spain, for the team's first training camp with the full 2010 rider roster of 28 men. The outfit will spend ten days in planning, fittings, bike set-up, testing and training on the windy volcanic island off the Moroccan coast. Team manager Rolf Aldag was excited about the camp, as well as about the new season prospects. "It's really great to have ... More...
Columbia-HTC to field six-man team at Australian championships
December 10, 2009 (02:20) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Columbia-HTC will field six riders, including four Australians, at January’s Australian Open Road Championships, according to race organiser Caribou Publications. The ProTour team will be looking to avoid a repeat of 2009 where it lost the title to Drapac-Porsche’s Peter Macdonald, despite having two of its riders in the three-man sprint for victory. After finishing second in the road race this year Michael Rogers will return for another attempt at the title and to defend his time trial ... More...
Columbia-HTC backs Bak for 2010
December 09, 2009 (05:08) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The musical chairs of the transfer season haven't stopped moving yet as Columbia-HTC announced its signing of triple Danish time trial champion Lars Ytting Bak from Saxo Bank. The affable Dane won the 2005 editions of the Tour de l'Avenir and Paris-Bourges, the team time trial at the 2005 Tour Méditerranéen, the first stage of the 2008 Tour de Pologne and stage five of this year's Benelux Tour, although it's as a tireless teammate that Bak has forged a solid reputation; Team CSC, later ... More...
Cantele ready for new season with Columbia-HTC
December 08, 2009 (13:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Noemi Cantele is known in the professional women's peloton as “Little Crazy Horse” for her early attacks. The Italian time trial champion will continue her trademark early escapes in her first year with new team Columbia-HTC in 2010, a team whose attitude she says, “I really like and admire.” Cantele, 28, turned pro in 2002 and rode for Team Bigla for five years. She was the most successful woman at this year's World Championships in Mendrisio, winning silver in the time ... More...
Columbia-HTC riders visit Right to Play programmes in Peru
December 01, 2009 (11:50) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Three riders from Columbia-HTC have visited Peru to see the effect of the charity supported by the team, Right to Play, and to help raise awareness for its programmes. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, Craig Lewis and Evelyn Stevens, along with team doctor Helge Riepenhof, visited Lima and a number of remote areas of the South American country. The three pro riders not only toured the area and inspected the facilities, but also played with the children and joined in the sports activities. Sixty-five percent ... More...
Cavendish happy to stay at Columbia-HTC
November 30, 2009 (16:10) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Mark Cavendish remains convinced that his current team, Columbia-HTC, is in the best environment for continued sprint success. The 24-year-old says that although he aware of his value to rival squads, he is content with his position at the US-based outfit. “I'm in the best position at Team Columbia,” he told The Times newspaper. “I'm not looking for a contract. I want to win and I want to be in the best place to do that, and that's Columbia.” His name had been mentioned in ... More...
Hosking prepares for life at Columbia-HTC
November 30, 2009 (06:37) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Young Australian rider Chloe Hosking is the latest talent from Down Under making it into the ranks of the Columbia-HTC 'superteam'. Hailing from the national capital of Canberra, the 19-year-old impressed in 2009 and caught the eye of Bob Stapleton and his management team, including Kristy Scrymgeour, a former national champion and Team Saturn professional. Hosking's ability at the pointy end of a race has been the hallmark of her fledgling career and the reason she was offered a one-year contract ... More...

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