News Shorts: Bora-Argon 18 announce Tour de France long list

Cycling club auctions Wiggins' California jersey for charity; Three US riders named to UCI Athletes Commission; Boonen to lead Etixx-QuickStep at Rund um Köln

Bora-Argon 18 announce long list for Tour de France roster

Bora-Argon 18 has announced the long list of riders being considered for this year’s Tour de France, the second time that the German Pro Continental team has received a wildcard invitation.

Three weeks before the start of the world’s most prestigious race, team manager Ralph Denk picked the extended line-up of 13 riders that will be pared down to nine for the July race.

"We will start with a dual leadership in this year’s Tour de France,” Denk said. “Therefore, we decided already on the key positions in our squad. After the very successful first half of the season, Sam Bennett will make his debut in a Grand Tour. He is one of the fastest men in the peloton and he deserves to compete with the best sprinters in the biggest race of the world.

"In addition, Dominik Nerz is our man for the general classification,” Denk said. “We work with him very hard on his preparation since the beginning of the year. After a setback in the winter by an illness, we are now completely on schedule.

"In accordance with this, we’ll add riders to our tour line-up who support Sam in the sprint preparation and are helpful for Dominik in the mountains. The squad further will be completed with riders who can achieve a result at selected stages, such as Jan Barta in the time trial.”

The team will make the final selection of nine riders after the Ster ZLM Toer on June 23.

Long list Bora-Argon 18 for the Tour de France 2015:
Jan Barta (30, CZE), Cesare Benedetti (27, ITA), Sam Bennett (24, IRL), Emanuel Buchmann (22, GER), Zakkari Dempster (27, AUS), Bartosz Huzarski (34, POL), Patrick Konrad (23, AUS), Jose Mendes (30, POR), Dominik Nerz (25, GER), Cristiano Salerno (30, ITA), Andreas Schillinger (31, GER), Björn Thurau (26, GER), Paul Voss (29, GER)

Jan Barta of the Czech Republic and Bora - Argon 18 leads a reakaway group during the 2015 Milan-San Remo.
Jan Barta could get his chance to hunt stage wins at this year's Tour de France.

Cycling club auctions Wiggins' California jersey for charity

The Cycle Club of Evesham, an elite level cycling team based in Marlton, New Jersey, has teamed up with Bradley Wiggins to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House.

Wiggins donated a signed yellow jersey from his 2014 Tour of California win for an Ebay auction to benefit the charity, which provides housing and care for families of children who require extended hospital stays.

Wiggins’ donation kept the momentum going that was started by 2013 Tour of California winner Tejay van Garderen, who also donated a jersey for last year’s auction.

Efforts to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities started in 2010, when an event that Evesham director Ken Mills runs for the club changed to a memorial race for fellow rider Ryan Pettit and his wife Becky, who lost there daughter Brianna to complications from a heart surgery procedure in 2009. The Pettit’s choose the Ronald McDonald House as the charity for Mills and the Cycle Club of Evesham because Brianna had spent time there before and after her surgery.

The auction for Wiggins’ Tour of California leader’s jersey is currently live on Ebay and runs through Sunday, June 14.

USA Cycling announces three elected to UCI Athletes Commission

 USA Cycling today announced there members who will join the UCI Athletes Commission after being elected by their peers

Georgia Gould, Donny Robinson and Greta Neimanas will represent mountain biking, BMX and Paralymics on the commission, respectively.

The selection of three US athletes tied the Netherlands for the most representation by one country.

“This is an exciting accomplishment by these three athletes,” said outgoing USA Cycling CEO & President Steve Johnson. “To be elected by their peers for such important roles shows the value of their character, leadership and talent as athletes. Congratulations to Georgia, Donny and Greta.”

Gould, a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time World Championships bronze medalist, will serve as the women’s mountain bike representative along with Greg Minaar of South Africa as the men’s rep, while Robinson, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist and two-time elite world champion, will act as the men’s BMX representative alongside Colombian Mariana Pajon on the women’s side.

A two-time world champion and 14-time world medalist, Neimanas serves as the Paralympic women’s representative alongside Tobias Fankauser of Switzerland.

The members will appoint a President for the Commission during its first meeting in autumn 2015. To ensure athletes are well represented, the President will be co-opted onto the UCI Management Committee, the International Federation’s executive body that officiates under the authority of Congress.

“We look forward to having a successful cooperation with them in the next two years,” UCI President Brian Cookson said in a letter to USA Cycling. “We wish them all the best in their new role.”

Each representative will serve a two-year term.

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) before the race
Georgia Gould will represent mountain biking on the UCI Athletes Commission.

Boonen headlines Etixx-QuickStep roster for Rund um Köln

Etixx-QuickStep today announced the selection that will participate in Rund um Köln, a 196.7km one-day race on Sunday.

Participating in the race for Etixx-Quick-Step will be Carlos Verona, Lukasz Wisniowski, Nikolas Maes, Gianni Meersman, Petr Vakoc, Yves Lampaert, Guillame Van Keirsbulck and Tom Boonen.

"The parcours of the race in the first part is quite demanding, with up-and-down continuously," said team director Tom Steels. "So it is difficult to control. It should be an opportunity for a breakaway to establish itself.

“The team will have to stay focused and maybe jump into a few actions. Then, in the last 50 kilometres, it is completely flat. So the chance is always there for the bunch sprint. We will try to race smart, be in good actions, and be there in case of a bunch arrival.

“This is also an important moment for two guys like Carlos Verona and Lukasz Wisniowski, as they are returning from injury and this gives them important competition to build their condition. We'll see what they can do and we are happy they return to competition after a few weeks off."

Something made Tom Boonen laugh
Tom Boone wil compete this weekend at Rund um Köln. (Tim de Waele/TDWSport).

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