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Univest Grand Prix - UCI America Tour Teams Announced
 
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Date: 8/22/2007
Univest Grand Prix - UCI America Tour Teams Announced
 

Univest Grand Prix - UCI America Tour Teams Announced
26 International Teams Announced. Race schedule, Live Television Coverage and 100 km Cyclosportif.


Teams from Germany, Italy, Columbia, and Hungary to join North America’s top pros

Univest Corporation and Sparta Cycling, Inc., the organizer of the Univest Grand Prix, has announced the 26 pro and elite cycling teams invited to the tenth annual edition of North America’s Pro Classic, a stop on the prestigious UCI America Tour.

The 107.3-mile road race will be held on September 8, 2007, with the start and finish in Souderton, Pennsylvania. On Sunday, September 9, the Univest Grand Prix of Doylestown will be held on a 1.4-mile criterium course in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

UCI Pro Continental teams Navigators Insurance and Slipstream Sports will head an international field of 180 racers. Also invited are top UCI Continental teams from Mexico, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Columbia, and Canada.

“This is an event very much focused on the North American racing class,” said race director John Eustice. “Our Mexican and Canadian neighbors bring riders like Canadian Martin Gilbert, from the Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast team who just won USA Cycling Professional Criterium Championship, Fausto Munoz from the Mexican Tecos team, winner of the most aggressive rider award at last year’s Univest Grand Prix.


Dominque Rollin (Kodak Gallery.com/Sierra Nevada Brewery)
Photo © Kurt Jambretz/Action Images

Dominique Rollin, the powerful French Canadian sprinter who races for the Kodak Gallery-Sierra Nevada team. The roster is loaded. It’s going to be a great race.”

The Navigators Insurance Cycling Team and Team Slipstream bring both firepower and depth with their team line-ups. The top ranked U.S. team in the UCI America Tour and winners of the 2006 Univest, Navigators will be led by former World U-23 Road Champion Sergey Lagutin (Uzbekistan).


Slipstream lines out the peloton in the chase at Philly. Pate 5th wheel.
Photo © Kurt Jambretz/Action Images

 Jonathan Vaughters Slipstream lads with new blood signed in the last few months are on target to race in the 2008 Tour de France. Pat McCarty, who took second at the 2007 U.S. Open Cycling Championships in April, and former World U-23 Time Trial champion Danny Pate, will lead the team.

“For me, Pate is a real favorite,” said Eustice. “This race really suits him. But it’s not a given that a Navigators or Slipstream rider will win. We have a powerful field with many potential winners.”

Other invited teams include The Rite Aid team, currently 7th in the UCI America Tour, with Alejandro Borrajo (Argentina), as well as local favorites Josh Taylor (Alburtis, Penn.) and Stephan Kincaid (Pottstown, Penn.). Eustice describes Borrajo, an excellent sprinter who finished fifth overall in the points competition in the 2004 Giro d’Italia, as “the most dangerous rider in the race.”


Toyota's Ivan Stevic in his new World Champ B kit. Photo copyright Amy Walker

Toyota/United’s team is led by 2007 World “B” champion Ivan Stevic (Serbia), 2006 Univest Grand Prix third place finisher Sean Sullivan (Tasmania), and veteran Henk Vogels (Australia).

“Toyota-United is bringing their very best team to the Univest Grand Prix,” said Eustice. Italian team Kio Ene-Tonazzo, a feeder team for top European pro team Acqua Sapone, is led by director Alberto Elli, who wore the Tour de France’s yellow jersey for four days in 2000. The lead rider is Mattia Gavazzi, son of Piero Gavazzi, three-time Italian national champion and winner of Milan-San Remo in 1980.

International teams include the German Team Sparkasse, led by former track world champion Christian Lademann, P-Nivo Betonexpressz 2000 from Hungary, Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara from Mexico, Caico Cycling team from Colombia, and Equipe Vallee de ‘Laluminium de Vinci from Canada.

The Univest Grand Prix is a stop on the prestigious UCI America Tour and USA Cycling Pro Tour. Modeled after the one-day classics of Europe, the 107.3-mile road race opens with a 68-mile loop traversing 18 municipalities throughout Bucks and Montgomery counties before hitting the decisive finishing circuits in Souderton. The next day’s criterium, the Univest Grand Prix of Doylestown, will be held on an expanded 1.4-mile course that encircles the historic Victorian town and highlights its arts festival. Both races feature exciting uphill finishes with superb spectator views.

Television Coverage
WFMZ, a television station in Allentown, Pa., will broadcast live coverage of the entire road race from the start at 10:30 a.m. through the finish at 3:00 p.m. Spectators will be able to view the race in its entirety from a Jumbotron at the start-finish line on Main Street in Souderton. Race fans around the world will be able to watch the final two hours of North America’s pro classic race on Cycling.tv, in what will be the internet television channel’s first-ever live event from North America. In addition to live TV, post-race coverage will be broadcast on NBC-10 in Philadelphia on Sunday, September 23 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., with other NBC affiliates signing on to the broadcast (TBA).

Cyclosportif
The races will be complemented by a broad array of community events and activities. The popular Cyclosportif 100K recreational ride will return on Saturday, September 8, giving participants an opportunity to challenge themselves on the racecourse of the Univest Grand Prix.

2007 Univest Grand Prix Team Roster
UCI Professional Continental teams:
Navigators Insurance (USA)
Team Slipstream (USA)

UCI Continental teams:
Tecos de la Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara (Mexico)
Kio Ene-Tonazzo (Italy)
Team Sparkasse (Germany)
P-Nivo Betonexpressz 2000 (Hungary)
Caico Cycling (Colombia)
Equipe Vallee de ‘Laluminium de Vinci (Canada)
AEG-Toshiba-JetNetwork (USA)
Colavita-Sutter Home (USA)
Jittery Joe's (USA)
Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast (USA)
Kodak Gallery-Sierra Nevada (USA)
Rite Aid (USA)
Team Nerac (USA)
Toyota-United (USA)

International Amateur teams:
CRCA/Sakonnet Technology (USA)
Fiordifrutta (USA)
TIME Factory Development Team (USA)
CRCA/Empire (USA)
GS Mengoni (USA)
Cycling Center (Belgium)
CCB/Volkswagon (USA)
Meredith Group-GPOA-Cannondale (USA)
PA Lightning (USA)
Jet Fuel Coffee (Canada)

Univest Cyclosportif and Grand Prix
The Univest Cyclosportif and Grand Prix will happen on Sept. 8th, 2007. John Eustice, as the race director, is the driving force behind bringing this type of cycling event to the US. The Univest Cyclosportif is unlike any other recreational ride in the country, falling somewhere between a recreational ride and a race. It is a challenging course (the same course that the pro race follows), that the weekend warrior can ride for fun and be timed. The format is based on European style rides like the L'Etape du Tour.

Great and controversial pros have ridden this ride in previous years with the cyclos. The riders include John Eustice, Floyd Landis, and Franke Andreu. We also have a 'secret guest rider' lined up for this year. Finally, the cyclosportif is the fastest growing sector of cycling in Europe and the Univest Cyclosportif is the ONLY cyclosportif in the U.S. I think it would be a fantastic positive cycling follow-up event after the controversial Tour de France.

The Univest CycloSportif, a timed recreational ride on the famed Univest Grand Prix racecourse, begins at 8:00am on Saturday, September 8, 2007. "Cyclosportif" is a European term for the recreational cyclist who enjoys the challenge of riding a true racecourse. This is an unforgettable opportunity to ride the actual racecourse just hours before the pros.

The recreational riders have five hours to complete the 40- or 60-mile course to finish under the start/finish line for the Univest Grand Prix and receive their official times and stats. Post ride, the Cyclosportif riders will be treated to showers and a delectable meal. TV Jumbotrons will show the live coverage, and riders can compare their times to those of the pros. Over $10,000 in spectacular prizes from Bianchi, De Rosa and Festina will be raffled to participants. The grand prize is a trip for two to a Cyclosportif in Provence, France including airfare through VeloSport Vacations!

This unparalleled event reveals cycling’s European roots while evoking something truly American. The Univest Cyclosportif is for the real enthusiasts, the ones who follow the Tour de France, train regularly, and want to push themselves in new directions. For all of its intensity and for all the kudos deserved for finishing the race, the Univest Cyclosportif is friendly and fun. It is the chance for the weekend warrior to experience and feel the atmosphere of a true international racecourse. Great course markings, feed zones, sprint zones, king of the mountains (KOM), it’s all there for a rider or a group of friends riding together to have their own “day in the pros”.

Riders start the race at the official start/finish and ride the first 20 miles through mildly hilly scenic farmland over local roads. The pack begins to string out just like a pro European race. The next segment takes the riders through quiet tree lined back roads followed by shattering climbs beginning with Old Church Road. This monumental hill begins the headlong dash through twisty descents and short uphill climbs that lead into the steadfast climb up Eichele Road. After reaching the top, cyclists enjoy a downhill stretch into the cool forested flats of Swamp Road. The course finishes with breathtaking views, the sprint to the finish, and the upcoming festivities of the day.

This unique experience fosters a dynamic camaraderie and mighty competition between riders and the clock. John Eustice, the executive race director for Univest, stated, “Cyclosportifs are the way to the future in organized rides in the US. They are the fastest growing sector of the sport in Europe- and there’s good reason for it. They are organized with the precision of a UCI-professional race, ridden on a challenging professional racecourse full of directional arrows, sprints, KOM and feed zone signs. While they are not races, the Cyclosportifs give a serious rider the chance to fully test themselves. Like playing a round of golf at Augusta before the Masters begins and watching how the pros handle the same challenges you just did.”

Don’t miss the perfect day at the races starting with your own “day in the pros”!
For more information, please visit www.spartacycling.com/rides/

About Univest Grand Prix: Patterned after the great classic races of Europe, the Univest Grand Prix reaches out to nearly 20 communities. From its inception, the cycling event was developed to provide opportunities for young athletes to advance, while also uniting the towns throughout Bucks and Montgomery counties for a community celebration. Over the last 10 years, it has grown to become one of the nations top UCI-ranked races. The pro event is presented by: Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania, Leidy’s Premium Pork Products, Bergey’s Dealerships, Doylestown Hospital, Landis Supermarkets, Comcast Sportsnet, WFMZ-69, NBC-10 and The Intelligencer. For more information visit www.univestgrandprix.com.

About Univest Corporation: Univest Corporation and its subsidiaries, Univest National Bank and Trust Co., Univest Insurance, Inc., and Univest Investments, Inc., provide support and leadership in their communities and offer a wide range of financial services to individuals, businesses, municipalities and nonprofit organizations throughout Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties. For more information, visit www.univest.net.

About Sparta Cycling: Sparta Cycling provides race promotion services to deliver world class events that meet the needs of sponsors, teams and riders, spectators and supporting communities. For more information, please visit www.spartacycling.com.

 
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