Roundup 28 December 2006
Bernhard Eisel Austrian Cyclist of the Year, Paolo Bettini, UCI Continental
Teams for 2007, Breschel Ok after crash, Slipstream signs Felt bikes... more
Eisel Austrian Rider of the Year
Bernhard Eisel was named Austrian cyclist of the year by edging out
Bernnard Kohl and Rene Haselbacher.
Eisel won multiple stages of the Tour of Qatar along with wins at the Volta ao
Algarve and the Driedaagse van De Panne. Eisel signed to ride with T-Mobile for
Paolo in Lombardia
Photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti
Paolo Bettini speaks of retirement after Olympics
and Worlds in 2008
The current World and Olympic champion would like to retire with
those jerseys in his possession after hanging up his wheels at the end of the
"The World Championships course in Stuttgart 2007 and Varese 2008 suit me, just
like the Olympic road race in 2008. But I won't ride much longer," said Bettini
to Sport.be. "Physically I can ride until the end of 2008, but with what kind of
results? I will listen to my body, and when I think it's been enough, I will
The UCI Professional Continental Teams for the 2007
Health Net Presented by Maxxis (USA)
Navigators Insurance Cycling Team USA
Team Slipstream USA
Selle Italia – Serramenti Diquigiovanni (Ven)
ELK Haus - Simplon (Aut)
Team Volksbank (Aut)
Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen (Bel)
Landbouwkrediet - Tonissteiner (Bel)
Andalucia Cajasur (Esp)
Karpin Galicia (Esp)
Wiesenhof - Felt (Ger)
Ceramiche Panaria Navigare (Irl)
Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo (Ita)
Ceramica Flaminia (Ita)
OTC Doors – Lauretana (Ita)
KLAAS DE GRUYTER signs a pro-contract with team
In 2005 DE Gruyter was STAGAIR with Mrbookmaker.com and he finished
that year 4th in Tripyque Ardennais. The 26 year old athlete is at his best in
tough stage races but can also show himself in the Flemish 1-day races.
Olivier Onderbeke www.acso.be
Breschel okay despite heavy crash
Matti Breschel was unfortunate enough to crash Thursday at the
Ouverture to the six days race in Copenhagen, but the young Danish rider was
examined at a hospital directly afterwards, and fortunately things are looking
"Nothing is broken and even though my back is hurting and I'm beaten up
pretty good, it does not stop me from training at full effect, so that's good,"
Breschel said Friday. Breschel opened last season with a serious injury to the
back and a long break to follow.
"I have a bit of experience with injuries to the back now, but the pain comes
from a different place this time, so that is comforting," said Breschel who also
points out, that he won't be riding on the track again.
"I have tried that now, and it really didn't go too well," he laughs. He
actually crashed twice but didn't really get hurt the first time.
The 22-year old Dane has been training for the new season for quite a while
as he will begin racing in Tour Down Under in January. He hopes to ride fast
directly off the bat.
"I am always searching for victories, but we have three Australian riders on the
team, so of course we would like to get them some victories," Breshel says and
hints at Stuart O'Grady, Matthew Goss and Luke Roberts.
Happy New Year from
The Predictor/Lotto team just finished an excellent training week on Majorca;
the next camp is scheduled from 9 to 18 January at Albufeira in southern
Portugal, with 21 racers.
Tour Down Under Squad
Hendrik Redant leaves January 5th with Fred Rodriguez, Wim
Vansevenant, Geert Steurs, Josep Jufré en Mario Aerts for Australia's Tour Down
Under, where they will reinforce Robbie McEwen, Matthew Lloyd and Nick Gates.
Cadel Evans will be training in Australia, but will not race in Tour Down Under.
The Canadian 'Cross Team needs support
Oakville, ON. December 27, 2007 (Friends of Canadian Cyclo-cross Racers)
Canadians Mike Garrigan, Kyle Douglas, Tara Ross and Greg Reain have all
qualified and are planning on attending the Cyclo-cross World Championships in
Hooglede-Gits, Belgium on January 27-28, 2007.
As the Canadian Cycling Association doesn't provide any funding for the
National Cyclo-Cross Team, riders must cover their own airfare, accomodations,
meals, equipment expenses and even their national team jerseys. We have seen the
commitment that it has taken for these riders to qualify and get there and we
are hoping that we can help them along by taking some of the financial burden
off of their shoulders, allowing them to focus on putting in a stalwart
performance, representing Canada at the Cross Worlds.
We're hoping that you will join us in supporting these riders by dropping a
donation off via Paypal, via our website -
or contact us to find any other way to pass along a payment. We have a pretty
short time line to raise funds for this year and hope you can contribute today.
Be assured there are no administration fees lumped in and all of your money will
get directly to the athletes. For more information on the Friends of Canadian
Cyclo-cross Racers, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website
Thank you! Rod Olliver for Friends of Canadian Cross Racers
Adobe / Schwalbe Elite Team
The new Adobe / Schwalbe presented by Lombardi Sports Elite Cycling
team is please to present it’s 2007 roster & new sponsor group. The team is a
revised bigger & stronger overall Elite / Masters squad formerly under the GS
Lombardi Sports title. Team director Bill Howard, along with equipment head
Robbie Brennan, Masters team captain Steve Pelaez & Elite team captain Darin
Divine head up a bolstered squad of young U23 talent & seasoned Elite & Masters
The squad numbers 17 riders for the ’07 season, of which 8 riders are new to
the team. There are three new U23 riders: Tyler Gough, JP LeClair & Matt Obregon.
The new Elite rider additions are highlighted by Dave Wyandt (former Webcor pro)
& Jim Miller (former Helens). The Masters squad will be deadly in both criterium
events with new super sprinter Allen Vugrincic & road events with Jimi Robinson
(former Village Peddler), with former pro & longtime Lombardi’s rider Colby
Farrell also focusing on masters events for 2007.
The team on an overall basis will focus on Northern California road events
with special focus on the District Championships (both Elite & Masters) as well
as the team’s flagship event, the Giro Di San Francisco. On a National level,
the team will target both Elite & Masters Nationals with emphasis on the Road &
Criterium events. Additionally the team will send squads to key national events
such as Superweek in Wisconsin, Tour of the Gila in New Mexico, & the Gastown
Grand Prix in Vancouver BC.
Team Director, Bill Howard states, “ With new title sponsors Adobe
Systems, Schwalbe Tires, Oppenheimer & Company, & Management Recruiters of
Berkeley, along with new equipment sponsor Colorado Altitude Training (CAT) &
returning equipment sponsors LeMond Bicycles, Ritchey, Nike & Louis Garneau we
have a great budget & the resources we need to continue the Lombardi’s history &
tradition of supporting an Elite Amateur program, with special focus on the
development of young talent out of the depth of the Northern California racing
pool. We have a proven track record of taking U23 riders & developing them onto
the national team & domestic pro teams respectively.”
“ We have a lot of momentum around this team right now, with recent events
such as our seminar night with Levi Leipheimer & Shaun Wallace (with Colorado
Altitude Training) speaking at Lombardi Sports in front of an estimated 200+
crowd. All this activity benefits our youth in cycling long-run.”
See team site/blog for complete view of the team roster, sponsor group, schedule
& upcoming team events:
Felt Bikes Signs with Jonathan Vaughters Team
Felt Bicycles is delighted to announce a partnership with Jonathan
Vaughters' tremendously successful racing program, Team Slipstream Powered by
Chipotle (formerly TIAA-CREF), for the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Established originally as a development model and recognized
predominantly as the USA's youngest pro cycling team, Team Slipstream has
produced 17 national champions since its inception in 2004. By selecting and
retaining young, talented athletes and matching them with seasoned riders - like
Mike Friedman, Brad Huff, Danny Pate and Mike Creed – the program provides
leadership and mentoring qualities to further enhance the strength of the squad.
The team will compete with a Pro Continental license, which allows them to
race in bigger and more prestigious events such as Tour of California and the
Tour de Georgia, as well as entry into some of the larger European events
including Tour de l'Avenir, Tour of Denmark and Tour of Normandy. Perhaps the
most exciting and significant of European race dates are confirmation of entry
into ProTour events Paris-Roubaix and the Criterium International. Danny Pate
and Pat McCarty (USA rider and latest addition to Team Slipstream) who both rode
in the 2006 Elite World Road Championships, are shooting for similar Worlds team
placement in 2007.
Jonathan Vaughters said of the new partnership "Felt bikes are fast, durable,
light, and make sense from an engineering standpoint. The guys love them, they
test fast in the wind tunnel and they don't break. It's refreshing, and we're
thrilled to work with such a superior partner."
Felt has not only opted to sponsor Team Slipstream’s road team, but also the
track team and the junior development program. The track team, which is being
primed for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, features three riders who are in the
USA elite talent pool and will be foremost in the selection process for all
upcoming major international events. Both Creed and Huff earned talent pool
designation by winning both the National Track Calendar and the National
Championships - Creed in the points race and Huff in the Madison. Friedman
qualified automatically as the National Track Calendar winner and National
Champion (with Huff) in the Madison.
Team Slipstream's junior development program is considered the most
successful in the country and boasts a plethora of national champions.
Developmental riders will continue to work at the younger level in cycling and
towards a spot on the professional Slipstream squad.
Jim Felt, founder of Felt Bicycles said, “This is a team we have watched
since its beginning and we have seen it flourish into one of the best programs
in the nation. It fits perfectly with Felt’s mission – to build the best bikes
in the world for our riders, regardless of whether they are already pro caliber
or whether they are simply trying to beat their personal best. We could not have
more exciting partnership.”
Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle will train on the Felt CA1 and race the
Felt F1 and Z1 frames. In time trials, they will race the Felt DA and B2; and on
the track they will race the Felt TK2 and custom pursuit frames.
About Felt: Felt Bicycles, LLC is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of
its own propriety branded premium quality bicycles, framesets, components and
accessories. The company headquarters is located in Irvine, CA with additional
offices in Buffalo, NY and Edewecht, Germany. Felt Bicycles is an
internationally recognized brand whose bicycles and products are currently sold
in over 30 countries, worldwide. Athletes on Felt products have won numerous
National and International events including World Championships, ESPN X-Games
and other major national and international competitions. For more information on
Felt Bicycles call (949) 452-9050 or log on to
About Slipstream Sports: Slipstream Sports, LLC, is a sports marketing and
development company. Slipstream's primary purpose is the marketing and promotion
of professional sports teams, including Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle,
America’s youngest professional cycling team in pursuit of a singular goal:
creating the next world champions, Olympians and Tour de France Winners.