The new professional continental team from Czech republic PSK Whirlpool-Author has plans to start its season at the Trofeo Mallorca on February 10. The team's riders are already at a training camp in Mallorca.
Former Czech road cyclist and Team Manager Vladimir Vavra signed 17 riders for the team, including two from Germany: experienced sprinter Andre Schulze and youngster Patrick Keller. Rene Andrle is serving as team captain after several years on the Spanish teams Once and Liberty Seguros. He'll be supported by Petr Bencik, Tomas Buchacek, Czech national road race champion Stanislav Kozubek and Martin Mares who is formerly of the Italian Naturino Sapore di Mare team.
Perhaps the most notable signing is Ondrej Sosenka, the one-hour world record holder in 2005 (49.7 km). The 32 year-old has twice won the Tour of Poland and also the Course de la Paix.
"He is excellent time trialist and a kind of rider we need," said Vavra of Sosenka.
After Mallorca, the team will race the Trofeo Cala Millor, Trofeo Pollenca and Trofeo Soller and the Volta ao Algarve in Portugal.