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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Date published:
August 19, 2009, 04:00
  • Cancellara leads long list for Swiss Worlds team

    Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank)
    Article published:
    August 18, 2009, 10:23
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Host nation has six spots in road race

    Olympic time trial champion Fabian Cancellara leads Switzerland's long list of an eventual six riders for the World Championships road race. The race will month in Mendrisio, Switzerland, September 27.

    Switzerland qualified for three riders in the championships, and as host nation has three more positions available. Two of the six riders may participate in the time trial.

    Cancellara (Saxo Bank) this season won the opening stage of the Tour de France and the prologue of the Tour of California. He dominated the Tour de Suisse, winning two stages, the points' ranking and the overall title. He is also current Swiss road champion.

    The Swiss federation also nominated Michael Albasini (Columbia-HTC) for the road team's long list. He won stages in the Vuelta al País Vasco and the Tour de Suisse, as well as a stage and the overall title in the Tour of Austria this year.

    Cancellara and Rubens Bertogliati (Diquigiovanni) should race the time trial, with three riders nominated as reserves.

    Switzerland will make its final time trial nominations September 7 and road race nominations September 14.

    Preliminary Swiss world championship selection, road race:
    Albasini Michael (Team Columbia HTC)
    Bertogliati Rubens (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni)
    Calcagni Patrick (Barloworld)
    Cancellara Fabian (Team Saxo Bank)
    Dietziker Andreas (Vorarlberg - Corratec)
    Frei Joel (Team Hörmann)
    Frei Thomas (BMC Racing Team)
    Frank Mathias (BMC Racing Team)
    Loosli David (Lampre – NGC)
    Morabito Steve (Astana)
    Rast Gregory (Astana)
    Stalder Florian (BMC Racing Team)
    Zaugg Oliver (Liquigas)

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  • The Cyclingnews guide to rider transfers

    The peloton at the Vuelta
    Article published:
    November 22, 2009, 09:35
    By:
    Tomas Nilsson

    Who's in, who's out and who's staying

    As the second half of the 2009 season rolls on, teams are already making preparations to confirm their rosters for next year. With a number of riders' contracts expiring and big teams like Team Sky and Team RadioShack set for the peloton the months ahead will be filled with a plethora of staff changes.

    As rider transfers in-and-out of teams whip into their traditional frenzy, it can be difficult to keep a track of who's going where.

    Bookmark this page and check back regularly as rumours make way for firm agreements and get up-to-the-minute news from Cyclingnews about who's going where in the transfer period.

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    AG2R La Mondiale

    In:

    Maxime Bouet
    David Le Lay

    Out:
    Aurélien Clerc
    Renaud Dion
    Cédric Pineau
    Alexandr Pliuschin (Katusha)
    Stéphane Poulhiès
    Jean-Charles Senac
    Blaise Sonnery

    Stéphane Goubert (retiring)

    Re-signed:
    Nicolas Roche

    Androni Giocattoli

    Re-signed
    Leonardo Bertagnolli

    Astana

    In:
    Gorazd Stangelj
    Paolo Tiralongo (Lampre)
    Alexandre Vinokourov
    David De la Fuente (Fuji-Servetto)
    Andriy Grivko (ISD-Neri)
    Gorazd Stangelj
    Mirko Selvaggi
     

    Out:
    Dmitriy Muravyev
    Lance Armstrong (RadioShack)
    Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack)
    Janez Brajkovič (RadioShack)
    Chris Horner (RadioShack)
    Sérgio Paulinho (RadioShack)
    Andreas Klöden (RadioShack)
    Steve Morabito (BMC)
    Dmitriy Muravyev (RadioShack)
    Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack)
    Gregory Rast (RadioShack)
    José-Luis Rubiera (RadioShack)
    Michael Schär (BMC)
    Tomas Vaitkus (RadioShack)

    Re-signed:

    Barloworld

    Out:
    John-Lee Augustyn
    Francesco Bellotti
    Diego Caccia
    Steve Cummings
    Chris Froome
    Robert Hunter
    Paolo Longo Borghini
    Geraint Thomas
    Patrick Calcagni (retired)
    Giampaolo Cheula

    Bbox Bouygues Telecom

    In:
    Anthony Charteau
    Freddy Bichot

    Out:
    Julien Belgy
    Arnaud Labbe
    Evgeny Sokolov

    Re-signed:
    Yukiya Arashiro
    Yoann Gené
    Steve Chainel
    Damien Gaudin

    BMC Racing

    In:
    Cadel Evans
    Mauro Santambrogio
    Alexander Kristoff
    Alessandro Ballan
    George Hincapie
    Karsten Kroon
    Marcus Burghardt
    Steve Morabito
    Michael Schär

    Out:
    Tony Cruz

    Burgos Monumental - Castilla y Leon

    Out:
    Enrique Mata Cabello

    Caisse d'Epargne

    In:
    Marzio Bruseghin (Lampre)
    Juan José Cobo (Footon-Servetto)
    Christophe Moreau (Agritubel)
    Juan Mauricio Soler (Barloworld)

    Out:
    Daniel Moreno (Omega Pharma-Lotto)
    Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha)
    Oscar Pereiro (Xaxobeo Galicia)
    Marlon Perez
    Anthony Charteau
    (BBox Bouygues Telecom)
    Nicolas Portal (Sky)

    Re-signed:
    Pablo Lastras
    David Arroyo
    Chente García
    Imanol Erviti
    Xabier Zandio

    Cervélo TestTeam

    In:
    Theo Bos
    Stefan Denifl

    Out:
    Hayden Roulston
    Serge Pauwels
    Simon Gerrans

    Re-signed:
    Heinrich Haussler
    Thor Hushovd
    Martin Reimer

    Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne

    In:
    Kevin Ista
    Jens Keukeleire

    Tony Gallopin (neo-pro)

    Out:
    Bingen Fernández (retired)

    Re-signed:
    David Moncoutié
    Jean-Eudes Demaret
    Julien El Fares
    Rein Tarramäe

    CSF Group - Navigare

    In:

    Out:
    Tiziano Dall'Antonia

    Re-signed:

    Elk Haus

    Out:
    Markus Eibegger
    Matthias Brandle

    Stefan Denifl

    Euskaltel - Euskadi

    In:
    Beñat Intxausti
    Gorka Izagirre Insausti
    Romain Sicard

    Out:
    Mikel Astarloza (Suspended)
    Jorge Azanza (Esp)
    Markel Irizar (RadioShack)
    Inigo Landaluze (Suspended)

    Re-signed:

    Française Des Jeux

    In:
    Thibault Pinot (neo-pro)

    Out:
    Jerôme Coppel (Saur Sojasun)
    Sébastien Joly (Saur Sojasun)
    Guillaume Levarlet (Saur Sojasun)

    Re-signed:

    Footon-Servetto

    In:
    Michele Merlo (Barloworld)
    David Vitoria (Rock Racing)
    David Gutiérrez Gutiérrez
    David Gutiérrez Palacios
    Rafael Valls (Burgos Monumental)
    Miguel Ángel Rubiano

    Tom Faiers
    Giampaolo Cheula (Barloworld)
    Pedro Merino
    Enrique Mata Cabello
    Markus Eibegger
    Matthias Brandle
    (Elk Haus)
    Iban Mayoz Exteberria

    Out:
    Beñat Intxausti (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
    Ivan Dominguez (Jamis Sutter Home)
    Fredrik Kessiakoff (Garmin)
    Paolo Bailetti (Ceramica Flaminia)
    Juan José Cobo (Caisse d'Epargne)
    David De la Fuente (Astana)
    Robert Kiserlowski (Liquigas)
    Daniele Nardello (retired)
    Ricardo Serrano (Suspended)
    Davide Vigano (Team Sky)

    Re-signed:
    Eros Capecchi
    Arkaitz Durán
    Alberto Benítez
    Ermanno Capelli

    Garmin - Slipstream

    In:
    Robbie Hunter (Barloworld)
    Michel Kreder (Rabobank Continental)
    Johan Van Summeren (Silence-Lotto)
    Tom Zirbel (Bissell)
    Peter Stetina (neo-pro)
    Fredrik Kessiakoff
    (Fuji-Servetto)
    Travis Meyer

    Out:
    Will Frischkorn (retired)
    Huub Duyn
    Kilian Patour (retired)
    Michael Friedman
    Chris Sutton (Team Sky)

    Re-signed:

    ISD

    In:
    Diego Caccia
    Paolo Longo Borghini
    José Rujano

    Lampre - N.G.C

    In:
    Grega Bole (Amica Chips)
    Danilo Hondo (PSK Whirlpool)
    Alessandro Petacchi (LPR Brakes)
    Diego Ulissi (neo-pro)
    Adriano Malori (neo-pro)

    Out:
    Alessandro Ballan (BMC)
    Marzio Bruseghin (Caisse d'Epargne)
    Mauro Santambrogio (BMC)

    Re-signed:

    Liquigas

    In:
    Mauro Finetto
    Robert Kiserlovski
    Elia Viviani (neo-pro)
    Francesco Bellotti (Barloworld)
    Davide Cimolai (neo-pro)
    Tiziano Dall'Antonia (CSF Navigare)
    Kristjan Koren
    Maciej Paterski (neo-pro)
    Peter Sagan (neo-pro)
    Mauro Finetto (CSF Group-Navigare)
    Robert Kiserlovski (Fuji-Servetto)
    Elia Viviani (neo-pro)

    Out:

    Kjell Carlstrom (Sky)
    Enrico Franzoi (BKCP-Powerplus)

    Re-signed:
    Valerio Agnoli
    Ivan Basso
    Daniele Bennati
    Maciej Bodnar
    Jacopo Guarnieri
    Roman Kreuziger
    Aliaksandr Kuchynski
    Vincenzo Nibali
    Daniel Oss
    Franco Pellizotti
    Manuel Quinziato
    Fabio Sabatini
    Ivan Santaromita
    Sylwester Szmyd
    Brian Vandborg
    Alessandro Vanotti
    Frederik Willems
    Oliver Zaugg

    Quick Step

    In:

    Out:
    Dominique Cornu (Skil-Shimano)
    Steven De Jongh (Retired)
    Sebastien Rosseler (RadioShack)

    Re-signed:
    Eddy Engels
    Kevin Van Impe

    Rabobank

    In:
    Dennis van Winden
    Steven Kruijswijk

    Out:
    Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky)
    Mathew Hayman
    (Sky)
    Bram de Groot (retiring)

    Re-signed:
    Tom Leezer
    Bauke Mollema
    Mauricio Ardila

    Graeme Brown
    Grischa Niermann
    Paul Martens

    Skil-Shimano

    In:
    Dominique Cornu (Quick Step)
    Frederik Wilmann
    Alexandre Geniez

    Out:
    Cyril Lemoine
    Jonathan Hivert

    Re-signed:
    Fumiyuki Beppu
    Kenny van Hummel
    Albert Timmer
    Piet Rooijakkers
    Koen de Kort
    Simon Geschke
    Thierry Huppond

    Tom Veelers
    Roy Curvers
    Robert Wagner

    Floris Goesinnen
    David Deroo

    Omega Pharma-Lotto

    In:
    Jan Bakelants (negotiations underway)
    Adam Blythe
    Kenny Dehaes (Katusha - June 09)
    Jurgen Van Goolen (Saxo Bank)
    Daniel Moreno (Caisse d'Epargne)
    Jean-Christophe Peraud

    Out:
    Cadel Evans (BMC)
    Roy Sentjens (Milram)
    Pieter Jacobs (Topsport Vlaanderen)
    Gery Gardeyn
    Bart Dockx (Landboukrediet Colnago)
    Gorik Gardeyn (Vacansoleil)
    Johan Van Summeren (Garmin)

    Re-signed:
    Olivier Kaisen

    Team Columbia - HTC

    In:
    Aleksejs Saramotins
    Rasmus Guldhammer
    Leigh Howard
    Jan Bakelants
    Jan Ghyselink
    Tejay van Garderen (Rabobank Cont.)
    Patrick Getsch
    Martin Velits (Milram)
    Peter Velits (Milram)
    Hayden Roulston (Cervelo)

    Out:
    George Hincapie (BMC)
    Marcus Burghardt (BMC)
    Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky)
    Thomas Lövkvist (Sky)
    Greg Henderson (Sky)
    Kim Kirchen (Katusha)
    Morris Possoni (Sky)

    Re-signed:
    Tony Martin
    Marcel Sieberg

    Team Katusha

    In:
    Joaquin Rodriguez (Caisse d'Epargne)
    Kim Kirchen (Columbia)
    Eduard Vorganov (Xacobeo Galicia)

    Out:
    Geert Steegmans (RadioShack)

    Re-signed:
    Danilo Napolitano

    Team Milram

    In:
    Luke Roberts
    Roy Sentjens
    Wim De Vocht
    Roger Kluge
    Dominik Nerz

    Out:
    Martin Velits (Columbia HTC)
    Peter Velits(Columbia HTC)
    Martin Müller (retired)
    Ronny Scholz (retired)
    Christian Kux

    Re-signed:
    Servais Knaven
    Björn Schröder
    Robert Förster
    Dominik Roels

    Team RadioShack

    In:
    Lance Armstrong
    Dmitriy Muravyev
    Levi Leipheimer
    Sergio Paulinho
    Gregory Rast
    Geert Steegmans
    Tomas Vaitkus
    Andreas Klöden
    Chris Horner
    Janez Brajkovič
    Dmitriy Muravyev

    Team Saxo Bank

    In:
    Laurent Didier
    Baden Cooke (Vacansoleil)
    Richie Porte

    Out:
    Kurt Asle Arvesen (Sky)
    Karsten Kroon (BMC)
    Jurgen Van Goolen (Omega Pharma-Lotto)

    Re-signed:
    Frank Høj
    Kasper Klostergård
    Jens Voight
    Anders Lund

    Team Sky

    In:
    Kurt Asle Arvesen (Saxo Bank)
    John Lee Augustyn (Barloworld)
    Edvald Boasson Hagen (Columbia-HTC)
    Kjell Carlström (Liquigas)
    Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank)
    Simon Gerrans (Cervelo)
    Mathew Hayman (Rabobank)
    Gregory Henderson (Columbia-HTC)
    Thomas Lövkvist (Columbia-HTC)
    Lars Petter Nordhaug
    Morris Possoni
    (Columbia-HTC)
    Ian Stannard (ISD)
    Geraint Thomas (Barloworld)
    Steve Cummings (Barloworld)
    Russell Downing
    Peter Kennaugh
    Chris Froome
     (Barloworld)
    Chris Sutton (Garmin)
    Michael Barry (Columbia-HTC)
    Serge Pauwels (Cervelo)
    Sylvain Calzati (Agritubel)
    Nicolas Portal

    Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator

    In:
    Grégory Joseph

    Vacansoleil

    In:
    Romain Feillu (Agritubel)
    Brice Feillu
    (Agritubel)
    Alberto Ongarato (LPR Brakes)
    Gorik Gardeyn (Silence-Lotto)
    Rob Ruijgh

    Out:
    Clément L'hotellerie
    Baden Cooke (Saxo Bank)
    Aart Vierhouten (retired)
    Thijs van Amerongen
    Gerben Löwik
    Reinier Honig
    Wim De Vocht

    Re-signed:
    Borut Bozic
    Wouter Mol

    Team Vorarlberg-Corratec

    In:
    Piergiorgio Camussa (Team Piemonte)

    Re-signed:
    Christoph Sokoll
    Josef Benetseder
    Silvere Ackermann
    Reto Hollenstein
    Matic Strgar
    Andrea Capelli

    Xacobeo Galicia

    In:
    Nelson Oliveira

    Out:
    David Herrero
    Iban Mayoz
    Ivan Rana
    Eduard Vorganov
    Juan Francisco Mouron Doldan
    Alejandro Paleo
    Héctor Espasandin Rama
    Pedro Fernandez

    Iban Mayoz Exteberria

    Re-signed:
    Gustavo Dominguez
    Ezequiel Mosquera
    David Garcia
    Gustavo Cesar Veloso

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  • Skyter Shipping to take over Equipe Nürnberger sponsorship

    Trixi Worrack (Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung) wants to defend her Albstadt title
    Article published:
    August 18, 2009, 12:47
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Yacht company Skyter replaces insurance company Nürnberger Versicherung after 10 years

    Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung will have a new sponsor next season, Skyter Shipping. The international yacht company will take over sponsorship of the women's team as of January 1, the team announced Tuesday at a press conference in Nürnberg, Germany.

    Nürnberger Versicherung, a German insurance company, has sponsored the women's team for ten years. This year's team features time trial World Champion Amber Neben of the USA, former World Champion Regina Schleicher and German Champion Trixi Worrack. The team has 14 victories this year and is currently third in the International Cycling Union's team rankings.

    Skyter is a Luxembourg-based company that purchases, sells and charters yachts of 30 metres in length and up. It started time-sharing yachts for a specified number of weeks per year. Skyter GmbH is the firm's German branch, based in Fürth, near Nürnberg.

    The company also sponsors car racing, both the European Ferrari Challenge race series and the ADAC GT Masters race series in Germany.

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  • Petacchi searches for new team, major races

    Alessandro Petacchi (LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini)
    Article published:
    August 18, 2009, 13:00
    By:
    Gregor Brown

    LPR Brakes searches for new sponsorship, but Alessandro Petacchi to leave one year early

    Italian sprinter Alessandro Petacchi says he is ready to leave LPR Brakes one year early in order to find a new team that can offer guaranteed participation in top races. Petacchi, who has won four Tour de France stage in his career, is in negotiations with top-level ProTour teams for the 2010 season.

    "What races can I do in this second part of the season? Coppa Bernocchi, but then I don't know what else," Petacchi told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I don't have the certainty of a specific schedule and without the Vuelta a España and Paris-Tours the motivation is no longer very high."

    Petacchi won two stages and wore the leader's jersey for one day in this year's Giro d'Italia. His stage wins and the second overall of Danilo Di Luca was viewed as a success for the second-division team of Fabio Bordonali. However LPR Brakes have struggled since, with non-invites to several important races and the recent news that Di Luca doped during the Giro.

    Di Luca faces a likely two-year suspension for using banned blood booster Erythropoietin (EPO) - CERA.

    "I think it is unlikely that I will remain," said Petacchi. "LPR is leaving and Bordonali is forced to find an important replacement. Towards the end of the Giro the team shared some great feelings, but now I no longer feel content."

    Italy's LPR Brakes has a two-year contract with Bordonali that ends this year. The team is currently in negotiations with LPR Brakes and other companies for 2010 and beyond, Bordonali told Cyclingnews.

    Petacchi, 35, has won 15 races since he joined LPR Brakes one year ago. He won the Paris-Tours in 2007 and has claimed 19 stages of the Vuelta a España in his career. Both are races that LPR Brakes will miss this season's end.

    "I understand his [lack of] motivation," said Bordonali told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "If Alessandro would no longer like to continue with us, I won't do anything to hold him back."

    Petacchi's agent has a meeting with the manager of ProTour team Lampre-NGC, Giuseppe Saronni, tomorrow.  Petacchi believes that he can race at the upper level for another two to three years.

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  • Bill Stapleton, CSE will own, manage Team RadioShack

    Armstrong's primary goal for 2010 is the Tour de France, a decision is yet to be made about the scheduling conflict involving the Giro and Tour of California.
    Article published:
    August 18, 2009, 18:28
    By:
    Bruce Hildenbrand

    Long-time Armstrong agent and business partner outlines goals for 2010

    While the announcement of Team RadioShack generated much buzz at the Tour de France, details were in short supply. While things are still falling into place for the new squad, Bill Stapleton, Lance Armstrong's long-time agent and partner at Capital Sports & Entertainment (CSE) which owned and managed the US Postal and Discovery Channel squads and now owns and is managing Team RadioShack, discussed the team's plans for the 2010 season.

    The team is actively trying to get a ProTour license for 2010, but, while Johan Bruyneel is the name most associated with the sporting aspect of the squad, if a ProTour license is granted it will be in Bill Stapleton's name. "We are going back to a similar structure under which we ran the Discovery Channel team where the license is held by an American company that is run by Bart [Knaggs] and I and Johan owns a piece of," said Stapleton.

    Stapleton acknowledges that the squad will be built around Lance. With Armstrong's minimalist racing schedule, does the team really need a ProTour license? "Obviously, I think that would guarantee us admittance into the Tour de France which is important. Outside of that I don't think there is a major difference given the calendar that our team is likely to race," said Stapleton.

    While his 2010 racing schedule is likely to be very similar to 2009, Stapleton notes that there will be a potential conflict between the Tour of California and the Giro d'Italia, both of which are scheduled for mid-May. "Lance felt very good about how the Giro rode him into form. I know that is an old school approach to it, but it worked."

    Both races have their positives. "It [the Giro] is a longer race than California so that is the one side. The other side is that Tour of California is an American race. We want to support American racing and people want to see Lance racing in America," said Stapleton.

    After his success at the Leadville 100, Lance is also looking to do some more mountain bike races including the Cape Epic stage race in South Africa. "He really loves it [MTB racing] and RadioShack is very supportive of him doing things outside like that," said Stapleton.

    But, Stapleton is quick to admit that the primary goal for Lance and the team in 2010 is the Tour de France. When asked if Lance can be competitive in France at the age of 38 he said, "another year of training versus another biological year, he will be better off," citing Armstrong's 30-minute improvement in his race time in Leadville this year over 2008.

    In 2009 Lance did not take a salary from Team Astana, however, Stapleton said that Armstrong will draw a paycheck. "He's going to get paid fairly for what he does." Stapleton also added that Lance will continue to work on global cancer initiatives.

    CSE has a two-year contract with its title sponsor and with rights to renew. Will the new racing kit feature the name "RadioShack" or the new marketing moniker "The Shack"? "We don't know yet. We are still early in the design process and are still working on other sponsors to fill out the roster so we really haven't gotten to the question yet," said Stapleton.

    Some of the secondary sponsors will be long-term partners such as Nike, Trek, Giro and SRAM, but the team is looking to bring in one to three second-tier level sponsors, big American brand companies, similar to what the US Postal and Discovery Channel teams had with the semiconductor manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices(AMD). Livestrong will also be a sponsor.

    Several ProTour teams, including Astana, utilize an internal testing program on their riders. Stapleton acknowledges that with the biological passport program and the out-of-competition testing the internal programs become duplicative citing the number and quality of the testing Lance underwent in 2009. "We are going to take a look at whether that is a necessary project or not," said Stapleton.

    Team RadioShack would like to bring some of Lance's Astana teammates to the squad. "That is all tied up in Alberto Contador right now," said Stapleton. "That is the first chip that will fall in what happens with all those guys. Some of those guys have contracts for next year just like he does. Yes, there are guys there that we want."

    The Trek-Livestrong U23 team will serve as a farm team with a few riders, yet to be determined, being brought up to the RadioShack squad. Stapleton clarifies that they would like to build a real franchise over the next five to 10 years and growing riders through the Trek-Livestrong team is a key part of that.

    One critical component that has still not fallen in place is the man who guided Lance to seven Tour wins. "The hope is that Johan will be part of this team in a similar role as he has had with this team in the past, but we are still working this through that with Astana," said Stapleton.

  • Pic to direct Colavita-Sutter Home women's team in 2010

    Tina Pic (Colavita) wins another USPRO Criterium title.
    Article published:
    August 18, 2009, 20:00
    By:
    Kirsten Frattini

    Six-time national criterium champion will co-direct with current teammate Rachel Heal

    After recently announcing her retirement from professional bike racing, American sprinter Tina Pic confirmed that she will co-direct the Colavita-Sutter Home women's professional team in 2010.

    "We are hoping to bring the team up another level," said Pic. "We'll see, we just started and there is still racing going on. It's tough to try to finish off this season and work on the team for next year."

    Current rider, Rachel Heal, will co-direct the team alongside Pic. Heal is a long-time member of the British National team. She came to the USA to compete for the trade team Victory Brewing in 2006 and went on to race for Team TIBCO before joining the Colavita-Sutter Home team last year. The pair will take over the directorship from Iona Wynter-Parks.

    "We had always wanted this team to run well," said Pic. "Iona said she was going to do it last year but that she could only do it for one year. So, I was next up. I wasn't sure if it was something I wanted to do alone so when Rachel said she wanted to direct too, we decided to do it together."

    Pic announced her retirement from professional cycling after winning her sixth national criterium title. Her victory capped off a 13-year professional cycling career and thousands of Pic-fans gathered at the podium presentation to bid her a final farewell as she prepared for retirement at the end of this month.

    When asked if winning the jersey for a sixth time would motivate her to reconsider racing next year, Pic said, "no, I don't think so. I don't know what made me decide to retire this year. I was going to retire last year and I really wanted to have one more fun year. My husband Chris [Pic] was telling me that I travel so much, but I just wanted to have a fun year with a great group of girls."

    Pic is one of the most decorated cyclists in the North American women's peloton-she won the US National Criterium Championships in Downers Grove on six occasions along with the overall National Racing Calendar (NRC) championship title five times. She raced to victory in nearly every major criterium in the nation.

    She began her professional career in 1996 after winning the Collegiate National Championship for the University of Georgia the year prior. She married former pro cyclist Chris Pic, and recently picked up water skiing as a new favourite past-time.

    "We just got a boat so I've been water skiing a lot lately," said Pic. "I love it, it's different. We [the team] all started to learn to water ski. It's so fun, we've all been trying to learn together on Lake Lanier. The girls come to stay with me and we all try it."

    Pic is a graduate of the University of Virginia with degrees in Finance and Marketing. She switched from triathlons and duathlons to cycling while at the University of Georgia where she'd enrolled in pre-med classes to pursue a career in orthopedic surgery.

    When asked what her future plans might include once she decides to exit the cycling industry, her response was, "I don't know. Something in real life I guess."

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  • Sastre to support Alonso at European Grand Prix

    (L-R) Prince Albert of Monaco, F1 driver Fernando Alonso and Belgian cycling legend Eddy Merckx at the start of the Tour in Monaco.
    Article published:
    August 18, 2009, 21:32
    By:
    Cycling News

    Spanish rider taking a break from competition

    With the bulk of his season completed, Carlos Sastre will support friend and compatriot Fernando Alonso at this weekend’s European Grand Prix in Valencia. While Sastre has been a long-time supporter of Formula One, this weekend’s race will be the first time he’s seen an event in person.

    “Due to commitments in my sport, I have never before been able to attend a race,” said Sastre. “This year though, my season is already over so I am able to go to Valencia to enjoy the show."

    Sastre was delighted to hear Alonso would be competing this weekend after having a ban against his team overturned. “It’s great news,” said Sastre. “The two of us have a good friendship. This winter we trained on our bikes together in Portugal and now I will be able to see him and cheer him on in this race."

    Alonso is also a huge supporter of cycling, with rumours circulating earlier in the year that the Spanish driver was interested in launching his own professional cycling outfit as soon as 2010. Reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has been linked to an Alonso-owned or supported outfit, but neither side has confirmed the reports or even whether such a team will go ahead.

  • Armstrong to join Proman-Hitsquad after retirement in 2010

    Nature Valley Grand Prix leader Kristin Armstrong (Cervelo Test Team) waves to the Saint Paul fans
    Article published:
    August 19, 2009, 01:22
    By:
    Kirsten Frattini

    Former world champion to develop future talents after retirement

    Kristin Armstrong will bring her world-class expertise to the California-based Proman-Hitsquad women’s cycling team in 2010. The Olympic Games gold medallist and former UCI World Time Trial Champion, who currently rides for Cervelo Test Team, announced that she would retire from bike racing after next month’s International Cycling Union World Road Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

    Team manager Nicola Cranmer said Armstrong’s involvement will provide the team with more sponsorship opportunities. “Kristin's exact role will be determined over the next few weeks," said Cranmer. “She’s really excited and I couldn’t be happier. She has a lot of energy and a lot to offer. She brings a level of experience and professionalism that is unmatched.

    “She is so dedicated to developing women’s cycling and our focus on the junior program was really attractive to her,” she added. “Her focus is on the World Championships at the end of the season and she felt that now is the time to give back.”

    The start of Armstrong’s next endeavor is aimed at helping develop women’s cycling in North America. She recently launched the Kristin Armstrong Cycling Academy, based in her home city of Boise, Idaho, designed to develop junior level cyclists aged 15-18 within the United States of America.

    “She really wants to share her knowledge with junior riders,” said Cranmer. “She mentored our team at the Nature Valley Grand Prix this year where we had a small, young team. She looked further at our program and called me to say she really wanted to work without us. Kristin is just exactly what we needed. The program will be development-based, but we will also have some key elite riders too.”

    The Proman-Hitsquad Professional Cycling Team began in 2006 under Cranmer’s direction. Recently it has placed an emphasis on the development young American riders.

    Coryn Rivera is an example of several junior athletes that have benefitted from the team’s guidance over the past three years. Rivera, 16, is a 24-time US national champion who has displayed her versatility in road, cyclo-cross and track. Rivera has enjoyed a break-out year, winning races at the elite/professional level in Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, San Rafael Twilight and the Cascade Cycling Classic stage four criterium.

    “Last year we decided to have a junior program and it added a lot of depth to our team,” said Cranmer. “Kristin is a mentor to Coryn. It’s fun to work with the juniors and there really aren’t many opportunities for them in the professional peloton.

    “People like Rivera and [Ruth] Winder, we put them in with the pros and they really excel,” she added. “You’re really only as good as your opponents are so it’s giving them an opportunity.”

    Shelley Olds joined the team in its inaugural season and is an example of the team’s efforts in developing elite riders. This year Olds sprang on to the National Racing Calendar (NRC) circuit as a top American sprinter, winning the Tulsa Tough omnium followed by a podium finish in Philadelphia’s famed Liberty Classic in June. Olds’ achievements earned her a spot on the US National Team to participate in the Giro d’ Italia femminile, where she went on to place second on stage eight.

    While there will continue to be a focus on the development of young talents, the 2010 roster will be bolstered by the addition of four to five elite American riders. Those riders will be determined at a later date.

    “The riders we are looking at have Olympic potential,” said Cranmer. “That’s really important for us because even though our team has been very small, we’ve been developing a model to take riders like Olds and [Rachel] Lloyd who have Olympic potential and give them a little more personal attention and flexibility to do national team projects. We are not just chasing NRC points but really trying to develop champions.”

    The 2009 roster included elite riders Olds along with Carri Higgins, Rachel Lloyd, Lorraine Jarvis, Rachel Neylan, Christen King and Hanan Alves-Hyde. Development riders include Rivera, Winder and junior riders Christina Yglesias, Nikka Van Den Dries and Claire Jensen.

    The team’s 2010 roster is expected to be released soon.

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