Cycling News Roundup 16 June 2008
Team News, Phinney Sets Track Record, Olympic Selections: Doppmann &
Thürig, Italy: Zolli and Klencic
Selected, US Parlympic, Velokhaya Project
Making History, Cycling Videos, ASO & AEG Tours Partnership and more...
Taylor Phinney Sets New Track Record at ADT Event
Seventeen Year Old Sets First-Ever World Record on The Home Depot Center’s
Seventeen year old cyclist Taylor Phinney of Boulder, Colorado, has set a new
world junior record in the 3,000-meter individual pursuit event with a time of
3:16.65 this afternoon at the ADT Event Center located at The Home Depot Center
in Carson, California. The record set by Phinney, nominated to the United States
Olympic Team which will announce its members on July 1, is the first world
record set on the velodrome inside the ADT Event Center.
Phinney, talking part in USA Cycling’s team selection camp, said, “Achieving
this mark was one of my goals when I started my Olympic training this year,”
said Phinney. “As our team prepares for Beijing, I couldn’t be more proud to set
this record and am excited to represent the United States in the Olympics.”
The new world record eclipses the old mark of 3:17.775 achieved by Michael
Ford (Australia) in 2004.
Having opened July 21, 2004, the 2,450-seat ADT Event Center has hosted such
prestigious events such as the 2004 UCI Junior Track Cycling Championships, the
2005 UCI Track Cycling Championships and the 2007 UCI Track Cycling World Cup
Classic among other prestigious events.
Astana Cycling Team
Number One In ProTour
Levi Leipheimer held on to his 3th place on the final podium of the Dauphiné
Libéré. The whole team performed well and defended with success its first place
in the ProTour Team Classification. Astana Cycling Team leads with 110 points.
Team CSC is second, 17 points behind, Caisse d’Epargne third, 18 points behind.
While Andreas Klöden and his team-mates defend the Kazakh colors in the Tour
de Suisse (ProTour), another team starts in the Netherlands.
Ster Elektrotour (Netherland) Squad
Riders: Koen de Kort, Thomas Frei, René Haselbacher, Benoît Joachim, Aaron
Kemps, Roman Kireyev, Julien Mazet & Andrey Zeits - D.S.: Sean Yates
Alejandro Valverde on Dauphine Libere Win
“This victory is a very important one, not only for its prestige; but
also because it gave me the possibility to have a better opinion of my condition
and also of some of my adversaries for the next Tour de France. For the first
time, the Dauphiné was not an objective, but after I achieved a good prologue, I
won the first stage and I received the first yellow jersey; I became very
motivated to fight to the last day to defend the jersey and win the race. I am
also very satisfied because all my team-mates of Caisse d’Epargne achieved a
wonderful job during the whole week and this is also a good signal for the
Team CSC - First Pro Win
Chris Anker Sørensen Won the Queen Stage
This Saturday Team CSC Saxo Bank's Chris Anker Sørensen took his first victory
as a pro and not just in any old stage either, but the quenn stage in Criterium
du Dauphiné Libéré.
Sørensen escaped in a break after 40 kilometers along with 17 others, but
before the dreaded climb towards the finish line the group only had a a minute
on the favorites and the young Dane decided to go solo. Even though he had been
in the break all day Sørensen managed to match the pace of the favorite's group,
where there were plenty of attacks going on, so it was no wonder that Sørensen
was extremely happy after the stage.
"This is a big day for me. I'm so happy about taking my first victory and
even the queen stage is a race as big as Dauphiné Libéré. I had a good Giro
until I was taken ill for one night because of the cold weather, so I'm both
excited and proud to come back like this," said Sørensen after the stage.
Tinkoff Credit Systems For Elektrotoer
The Tinkoff Credit Systems cycling team heads to Holland to race the Ster
Elektrotoer (17 June-21 June) under the direction of Orlando Maini. Vasil
Kiryenka, Luca Mazzanti Daniele Contrini, Bernardo Riccio, and Russian riders,
Mikhail Ignatiev, Nikita Eskov, Evgueni Petrov and Nikolai Trusov. Maini spoke
of the team's objectives for the event, "We have several riders in racing
condition from the Giro d'Italia, including Kiriyenka, Ignatiev, and Mazzanti,
so naturally we look to them for victories. However, we know that all of our
riders are quite capable of claiming a win, and we will assume responsibility
for managing the race when necessary."
Ibis Bike Raffle to Benefit a Friend
We are holding to benefit a friend of Ibis who has cancer. If you're too busy to
read this long-winded missive, here are the cliff notes: A friend of Ibis has
cancer, we're donating an Ibis
Silk SL bicycle to a raffle being held for our friend.
Here's the longer version. We got a call last week from Elden Nelson, friend
of Ibis and the brains behind the Fat
Cyclist Blog. Elden's wife Susan is suffering from a recurrence of
breast cancer which has recently metastasized to her brain. In the process of
her two bouts with this disease, the family has received invaluable help from
the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and they want to give something back to
Elden AKA "Fatty" is holding a "virtual" raffle this Saturday June 21 (summer
solstice!) in conjunction with his own version of a
Triathlon. Ibis (with a big pull by our friends at Shimano) have decided
to donate the grand prize: a brand spanking new Silk SL road bike, complete with
a Shimano Dura-Ace Group including Dura-Ace SL wheels. You need not be present
to win and raffle tickets are only $5.00 each.
You can read about this chance to "pay it forward" in a number of places:
Elden's Blog as mentioned above, our founder's own feeble attempt at a very
as he likes to call it, or right
here on the ibis site.
It's a great cause and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the foundation.
Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team to Participate
in Cox Charities Cycling Classic
Team is World’s Most Successful on American Soil in Premier Cycling Events
West Warwick, Rhode Island: Cox Communications today announced that the
Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team will compete in the seventh annual Cox Charities
Cycling Classic on Saturday, June 28, 2008.
Toyota-United is the world’s winningest team in America’s premier cycling
Toyota-United is just the latest high-profile team set to participate in the
seventh annual Cox Charities Cycling Classic, which makes its debut on USA
Cycling’s National Racing Calendar this year. The event will attract nearly 400
of the top cyclists in the world – including world champions, former Olympians
and national champions from several countries – as well as thousands of
Former Olympic cyclist Sean Tucker founded Toyota-United in 2005. After years
of professional cycling and working in the sports industry, Tucker was
determined to bring Europe’s passion for cycling to America. He formed United
Cycling, L.L.C and laid the foundation for creating an American cycling “dream
team,” securing top-caliber team directors and the best U.S.-based cyclists in
Only three years after its inception, the team has competed in America’s
largest stage races, including the Amgen Tour of California, Tour de Georgia and
Tour of Missouri. With 89 stage (race) wins, Toyota-United is the most
successful team in the world on American soil in these premier events. Their
competition has included many of the teams that race in the Tour de France, the
world’s biggest sporting event.
Toyota-United consists of 14 riders from seven different countries, with
riders hailing from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Cuba,
Serbia and Mexico. Members of the team participating in the Cox Charities
Cycling Classic include Dominique Rollin (Montreal, Canada), the 2008 Amgen Tour
of California stage 4 winner and overall sprint jersey winner; Ivan Stevic
(Boulder, CO), current UCI B World Road Race Champion and 2008 Olympian; Chris
Wherry (Durango, CO) former U.S. professional road champion; and Jonny Clarke
Proceeds from the Cox Charities Cycling Classic will benefit Cox Charities
New England, which provides grants to non-profit organizations that support
children and education. Since the program’s inception in 2001, Cox
Communications has provided more than $2.4 million in Cox Charities grants and
in-kind support to local non-profits that support children and education.
About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment
company with more than 6.2 million total residential and commercial customers.
The third-largest cable television company in the United States, Cox offers an
array of advanced digital video, high-speed Internet and telephony services over
its own nationwide IP network, as well as integrated wireless services. More
information about the services of Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary
of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com
Cervelo Lifeforce Team
Doppmann and Thürig have been selected for Beijing 2008
The selection committee of Swiss Olympic made several selections for the Olympic
Games in Beijing 2008 which will take place from 8th of 24th of August. With the
37-year-old Priska Doppmann and the 35-year-old Karin Thürig, two athletes from
the Cervélo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team were nominated for the upcoming games.
In the women’s time trial race on 13th of August 2008 Priska Doppmann will be
at the start for Switzerland (2 time Olympic starter 2000 - 2004) as well bronze
medallist from 2004 Karin Thürig. For the road race: Priska Doppmann, Nicole
Brändli and Jennifer Hohl (both Team Bigla) are nominated for the team and will
fight together for a Swiss podium place.
"It was a tough fight for the tickets“ to Beijing 2008. Switzerland has a lot
of great women cyclist especially in the time trial”, said Thomas Campana, “the
early selection is good for Priska and Karin, now they can have the focus on the
preparation for the games. I’m sure that both of them will make top results “
Karin Thürig will in addition to the time trial, start of the individual
pursuit race on the track. This nomination was already done by Swiss Olympic
Committee in April.
Results at Olympic Games: Road race 2000 in Sydney: 32nd place
Road race 2004 in Athens: 18th place
Time trial 2004 in Athens: 9th place
Results at Olympic Games: Time trial 2004 in Athens: 3rd place
Track - individual pursuit 2004 in Athens: 5th place
Team Type 1
Wilson Wins Final Tour de Beauce Stage; RAAM Team Running Second
Quebec City, Canada -Team Type 1’s professional squad had a lot to
celebrate Sunday. Matt Wilson scored a stage win, Glen Chadwick won the King of
the Mountains crown and Moises Aldape claimed the sprint jersey and third-place
overall as Team Type 1 also won the team classification at the Tour de Beauce
stage race in Canada.
In addition to Aldape’s podium finish, Team Type 1 had Valeriy Kobzarenko
finish fourth overall and Chadwick fifth. Canadian Svein Tuft (Symmetrics
Cycling Team) took the overall title while Bernardo Colex (Tecos Trek UAG)
For Wilson, it was his second victory of the year and his first in North
America. The former Australian national road race champion had been slowed this
season by a broken wrist suffered in a training accident. But in Sunday’s
77.7-mile (125 km) circuit race in Quebec City, Wilson played team tactics to
perfection by escaping out of the main break to claim the win by four seconds
over Philipp Mamos (Sparkasse).
“We knew Symmetrics would try to ride a slow pace today and that the field
would probably let them go,” Team Type 1 Sport Director Ed Beamon said. “So we
gambled that they might let the break get the five minutes Chris (Jones) needed
to move into the top three overall. We got to almost four minutes, but some of
the guys in the break would not cooperate and it started coming back.”
In the Race Across America (RAAM) – an
event in which Team Type 1 is the two-time defending champion in the
eight-person team division, the squad was running a close second late Sunday
night with fewer than 700 miles remaining in the non-stop, 3,015-mile (4,852 km)
Team Type 1 – which is made up entirely of athletes with Type 1 diabetes –
trailed the Byggkjøp presented by BMC Cycling Team by less than 90 minutes at
the 39th of 54 time stations. Both squads were averaging better than the record
22.42 mph that Team Type 1 averaged in winning the event in 2007. At its current
pace, Team Type 1 will arrive at the finish line in Annapolis, Md., Tuesday
between the hours of 1 and 4 a.m.
Team CSX/Saxo Bank
Velokhaya Project Making History
The Life Cycling Academy's Luthando Kaka (22) is set to make history by becoming
the first black South African road cyclist to ride for a European continental
road cycling team. Kaka, the current Western Province Under 23 road cycling
champion and lead rider of the Acsis professional men's cycling team, is to join
the Danish-based Team Glud and Marstrand Horsens (GMH) at the end of June 2008.
Luthando Kaka Photo courtesy of Team CSC Saxo Bank
According to Glyn Broomberg, CEO of the Life Cycling Academy (LCA): “Luthando
has shown incredible form this year, particularly during the 2008 Giro del Capo
when he took the lead, for almost 30 minutes, in the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle
Tour, which was won by Robert Hunter, a 2007 Tour de France stage winner.
“This performance, together with Luthando's strong showing at the Western
Province Cycling Championships, gave us the confidence to recommend him for the
Danish team.” According to Broomberg, the opportunity for Kaka to compete in
Europe follows the establishment of a partnership between the LCA and Riis
Cycling, the owner of the world's number one pro-cycling team, Team CSC/Saxo
Bank, and an international partner of the LCA's Velokhaya
“Our partnership with Riis Cycling, which first began in December 2006,
allows for LCA riders who have achieved a certain level of cycling in South
Africa to be given the opportunity to compete in Europe. Following discussions
between Carsten Jeppeson, Manager of Riis Cycling, and myself, Luthando was
identified as a rider with the potential to one day make it onto the pro-cycling
circuit in Europe.
Team Glud and Marstrand Horsens (owned by Michael Skelde) is a dynamic Danish
team which is used by Riis Cycling as a feeder team for Team CSC/Saxo Bank. (For
example, Team CSC/Saxo Bank's Lasse Bochmann, Andre Steensen and Kaspar
Klostergaard are former members of Team GMH).
“Being selected for a Continental team is a significant achievement for both
Luthando and the LCA and we want to ensure that the move is a successful one,
which is why Luthando will be given time to adjust to his new environment in
Europe. We want him to 'find his legs' before competing on the pro-tour
circuit,” said Broomberg.
Commenting on his move, Luthando Kaka said: “The opportunity to ride in
Europe is a dream come true for me, my family, the community of Khayelitsha and
Mthunzi Mdwaba, CEO of Torque IT and a board member of the LCA, said:
“Luthando's appointment to the European team represents an important step in the
transformation of cycling in South Africa. “I sincerely hope that his move to
Europe will inspire other township youth to develop an interest in the sport of
cycling – and achieve their goals in life.”
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Eleven Athletes Nominated to the 2008 U.S.
Paralympic Cycling Team
following National Championships in Morrison, Colo.
Paralympic Cycling Team nominees were named tonight following the completion of
the 2008 U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Championships in Morrison, Colo.
Nominations were made based on each athlete's performance at the event and
results from the 2007 Paralympic Cycling World Championships. Eleven team
members (five women and six men) were named to the team that will go on to
compete in the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, Sept. 6-17.
The 2008 U.S. Paralympic Cycling Team Nominees
consist of the following:
Karissa Whitsell (Eugene, Ore.) and pilot Mackenzie Woodring (Grand Rapids,
Jennifer Schuble (Homewood, Ala.)
Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Greta Neimanas (Colorado Springs, Colo./Chicago, Ill.)
Barbara Buchan (Bend, Ore.)
Alejandro Albor (Elk Grove, Calif.)
David Lee (Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif.)
Anthony Zahn (Riverside, Calif.)
Oscar Sanchez (San Diego, Calif.)
Ron Williams (Hoover, Ala.)
Matt Updike (Denver, Colo.)
The road trials portion of the 2008 U.S. Paralympics Cycling National
Championships competition wrapped up earlier today, as athletes raced at Bear
Creek Lake Park in Morrison, Colo.
The following are results from today's road time
Women (Road time trials)
Name, hometown/classification, time
Karissa Whitsell (Eugene, Ore.) and pilot Mackenzie Woodring (Grand Rapids,
Jennifer Schuble (Homewood, Ala.)/CP4 21:55.029
Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.)/LC3 22:50.868
Greta Neimanas (Colorado Springs, Colo./Chicago, Ill.)/LC1 20:29.444
Barbara Buchan (Bend, Ore.)/CP3 23:37.720
Men (Road time trials)
Name, hometown/classification, time
Alejandro Albor (Elk Grove, Calif.)/HCC 21:42.458
Oscar Sanchez (San Diego, Calif.)/HCC 21:44.218
Ron Williams (Hoover, Ala.)/LC2 18:50.089
Matt Updike (Denver, Colo.)/HCB 23:56.582
Anthony Zahn (Riverside, Calif.)/LC4 21:39.632
David Lee (Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif.)/HCB 24:41.114
About U.S. Paralympics: U.S.
Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming
the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and to promoting excellence
in the lives of people with physical disabilities. Visit our Web site at
by Stuart Lieberman
Challenge Internazionali d’Italia Membrane Respira
Two Giants for Beijing: Zolli and Klencic Selected
Saturday the 4th and last round of the Challenge Internazionali
d’Italia Membrane Respira Cup ran: 4th position for Yader Zoli, a bronze medal
for Blaza Klemencic. At 4 p.m., the FCI have organized the press conference: the
selected athletes who will perform at the Olympic Games of Beijing are Zoli,
Lechner and Fontana.
Saturday morning the fourth and last round of the Challenge Internazionali
d’Italia was scheduled in Vermiglio. At 11 a.m. the most important event
dedicated to the Open Men category was run and at the starting line GIANT Italia
Team was present with Yader Zoli, Andrea Tiberi and Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez.
Besides them, the Under23 Diego Rosa and Alex Lupato.
Since the first uphill, the group composed by Tony Longo, the World Champion
Julien Absalon, Marco Aurelio Fontana and Yader Zoli lead the competition. Longo
increased his rhythm but he was re-joined by Absalon and Fontana.
The leader of the Team managed by Gianfranco Bechis re-joined his opponents
and the group composed by 4 athletes continued performing well together. Longo
punctured and Cattaneo re-joined him temporally. At the last sprint the athlete
of Hard Rock FRW defeated the biker of Orbea Team.
The fight between Longo and Zoli ended with the victory of the biker from
Trentino who got the bronze medal. The athlete of GIANT Italia Team has competed
looking at the Cross Country World Championships, scheduled for next weekend in
Val di Sole.
“Yader preferred not to compromise his performance at the World Championship
and he didn’t push hard risking the downhill sections of the track. This
decision forced him to improve his performance in the Uphills and also in the
flat areas” has commented the Technical Manager Gianfranco Bechis.
Andrea Tiberi finished in 8th place, preceding strong athletes like as
Stephane Tempier, Fredrik Kessiakoff and his team-mate Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez –
who got the silver medal in the final ranking devoted to the Elite Men category,
behind Marco Aurelio Fontana.
7th position in the Under21 category for Diego Rosa.
During the early morning, the Open Women race was run, and at the starting line
GIANT Italia Team was present with Blaza Klemencic – who performed well at the
Cross Country World Cup of Fort William getting a 7th position in the general
ranking. The biker of GIANT Italia Team has focused her performance on the
strongest athletes Leboucher and Tanja Zakelj.
Lap after lap, the leading positions changed a lot of times. At the end,
Annabella Stropparo controlled her opponents defeating the French Laurence
Leboucher and the biker of GIANT Italia Team.
The 2008 edition of the Challenge Internazionali d’Italia has been won by the
Italian Champion Annabella Stropparo. Behind her, the biker of GIANT Italia Team
followed by Elena Gaddoni. Klemencic is the second athlete of the GIANT Italia
Team arriving at the 2nd position in the 208 edition of the Challenge, after her
team-mate Ivan Alvarez Gutierrez.
At 4 p.m. the press conference organized by FCI
The selected athletes for the Cross Country World Championships were officially
announced and during the same occasion, the bikers representing MTB Italian
National Team at the 2008 Olympic Games have been also presented.
The name of Yader Zoli, athlete from Faenza born in 1975, has been confirmed
by the Technical Manager of the MTB Italian National Team Hubert Pallhuber.
The athlete of GIANT Italia Team will perform at the Olympic Games for the
second time, after his experience in Athens 2004. He is also the second biker of
GIANT Italia Team at Beijing after the selection of his team-mate Blaza
Klemencic – who has been already confirmed after the World Cup of Fort William.
Blaza Klemencic is also the only athlete representing Slovenia in the MTB
competition at the Olympic Games of Beijing.
“We are very proud and enthusiast about this double selection. It was the
result, GIANT Italia Team would like to get since the beginning of the season.
Yader and Blaza will perform besides the other athletes who will live such a
great experience like the Olympic Games event” confirmed the Technical Manager
Gianfranco Bechis, who has also explained “we are not surprised about the
selections. During the winter training, Pallhuber announced that the results of
the first 3 World Cups should have been the elements, he would consider above
At the end of Madrid’s competition, he confirmed that Yader, Marco Aurelio
and Eva should be the athletes representing Italy at the Olympic Games. I’m
afraid what TV, magazines and newspapers said considering the MTB situation in
Italy. They gave a lot of space to allegations and critics. They didn’t reserve
the same time and the same energy to the results and to the performances of
these bikers who perform day after day for Italy and who will represent the
Italian National Team at the Olympic Games of Beijing”.
On the phone, the Marketing Manager of GIANT Italia Team Massimo Bechis has
given more information about several technical solutions proposed by the
partners of the Team for Beijing : “We’re going to evaluate such interesting and
news solutions with our partners. We will present in Beijing news products, only
Blaza and Yader – as Olympic athletes – could use. We will show these solutions
in the next weeks. We will also approach the Olympic count-down preparing
interviews, reportages and some interesting news from our paddocks”.
We have to report also the victory of the Master athlete Gianpaolo Canella
who performed in Nucetto and the 5th position of Diego Rosa, who has competed at
the Promenado Bike Marathon.
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ASO & AEG Enter into Cycling Partnership Agreement
Owners of Tour de France & Amgen Tour of California Create Marketing Partnership
Amaury Sport Organisation (“ASO”) and AEG, owners respectively of the
Tour de France and the Amgen Tour of California, have formed a multi-dimensional
marketing partnership to grow and develop each other’s events, it was announced
by Yann Le Moenner, Deputy Director, Amaury Sport Organisation S.A. (ASO),
Christian Prudhomme, Director of the Tour de France and Andrew Messick,
President, AEG Sports.
Beginning with the upcoming 2008 Tour de France and 2009 Amgen Tour of
California, the multi-year agreement calls for the organizations to develop and
initiate comprehensive cross-promotional platforms for the world’s most
prestigious cycling event and America’s most successful cycling race, as well as
provide assistance with media and sponsorship sales for the races in their
“Being able to partner with one of the leading sports and entertainment
groups in the United States is a great privilege for ASO,” said Yann Le Moenner.
“AEG’s success in developing and promoting properties like the Los Angeles
Galaxy team with David Beckham as well as, among others, the NHL’s Los Angeles
Kings, will greatly benefit the Tour de France in the United States.”
“The Amgen Tour of California, which will celebrate its fourth anniversary in
February 2009, is still a brand new event on the cycling calendar, but one with
a promising future ahead of it,” added Christian Prudhomme.
“Here at ASO we are particularly pleased to be able to provide this event
with our support and our recognized skills and know-how established through the
organization of centenary events, such as the Tour de France, Paris-Roubaix and
Liège-Bastogne-Liège. We believe that it is also our duty to participate in the
worldwide promotion and expansion of the sport of cycling and the development of
constantly evolving new races, like the Amgen Tour of California.”
Among the key components of the agreement, ASO will assist AEG with the
international distribution of the Amgen Tour of California television and
digital media rights. ASO will develop, produce and distribute a portfolio of
programming formats, including live coverage of the race. Additionally, AEG will
be assisting ASO with the sales of specific sponsorship packages designed for
partners looking for the ability to communicate through cycling’s most
prestigious brand in the United States.
“AEG is delighted to be able to partner with the Amaury Sport Organization,
which is without doubt the world’s most experienced and successful organizer of
bicycle races,” said Messick. “With their help, we hope to be able to help grow
the sport of cycling, the Tour de France, and of course our Amgen Tour of
The partnership will be focused on the support and development of each
organization’s race and will leverage all marketing assets and media associated
with each event including on-site visibility as well as broadcast components.
ABOUT THE TOUR DE FRANCE - This year, the Tour de France will start on July
5th from Brest to finish in Paris on the prestigious Avenue of the
Champs-Elysées on July 27th www.letour.com
ABOUT THE AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA - Created in 2006, the Amgen Tour of
California is America’s most successful cycling race. The Amgen Tour of
California is an eight-day professional cycling competition staged across many
of California’s most scenic state highways, roadways and coastline drives. In
addition to being one of the United States’ most recognized annual sports
events, the international, world-class road race has offered the highest prize
purse of any cycling race in North America in each of its first three years.
ABOUT ASO - ASO is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Media Group “EPA”,
Edition Philippe Amaury. Created in September 1992, ASO is specialized in the
organisation of renowned sports events, such as the Tour de France, the Dakar
and the Paris Marathon. Over the last few years, the company has expanded, ASO
having intensified its activities in cycling (Paris-Nice, Tour of Qatar, Tour du
Faso) and taken up new disciplines, such as golf (the Open de France, the oldest
tournament on the European continent) and equestrian sports (creating for the
occasion a yearly event christened R.I.D.E: Rencontres Internationales des
Disciplines Equestres) and has just launched the Merrell Oxygen Challenge (Out
Door Event, trail and Mountain bike).
ABOUT AEG - AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in
the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or
controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center,
The Home Depot Center, Sprint Center, The O2, NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE and NOKIA
Theatre Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL),
two Major League Soccer franchises, a Major League Lacrosse team, two hockey
franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los
Angeles Lakers, the ING Bay to Breakers foot race and the Amgen Tour of
California cycling road race; AEG LIVE, the organization’s live-entertainment
division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live
contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and
multi-media production. For more information, visit AEG today at
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AEG Names Matthieu Van Veen to Key Euro Operating
Former NBA International Executive To Help Lead AEG Sports’ European Expansion
Reinforcing the organization’s commitment to global growth, AEG has named
Matthieu van Veen to the newly created position, Vice President, AEG Sports –
Europe, it was announced by Andrew Messick, Executive Vice President, Marketing
Based in Paris, van Veen’s responsibilities will include creation and
management of a portfolio of European sports properties; European leadership and
management of AEG’s global sports properties relating to AEG’s Facilities and
Sports Divisions; and coordination of AEG’s Facilities business in France.
“We are delighted to have Matthieu on board to help drive AEG’s growth in
European Sports. Matthieu combines deep knowledge in sports media with a
sophisticated knowledge of the structure and opportunities that exist within
Europe. We expect that Matthieu will continue to be highly successful in his new
role,” said Messick, who also holds the title of President, AEG Sports.
Developers and operators of the recently opened O2, a 28-acre development
located in the eastern part of London along the Thames River, which includes a
20,000-seat arena and over 650,000 sf of leisure and entertainment use, AEG’s
international portfolio includes other world-class arenas including the
Colorline Arena (Hamburg, Germany) and The O2 World (opening in central Berlin
in September, 2008) and the Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena; professional
hockey and soccer franchises; AEG Live-Europe, a leading concert promotional
agency and AEG Sports-Europe devoted to the coordination of sporting exhibitions
as well as international tours featuring professional franchises from North
“AEG's commitment to develop state of the art buildings in Europe is exciting
news for all sports fans,” said van Veen. These world-class arenas will provide
federations, leagues, event promoters, media and sponsors unprecedented
opportunities to provide fans with a memorable sporting experience taking indoor
sports to new heights and allowing for greater revenues. I am very excited to
join AEG's operations and commitment to European sport expansion."
Prior to joining AEG, van Veen served as the National Basketball
Association’s Senior Director, Global Media Distribution for Europe, the Middle
East and Africa. In his role as head of the NBA’s media business, van Veen was
responsible for all television and digital media rights for the NBA, WNBA and
USA Basketball. He has worked extensively in all Western European countries, as
well as Russia and Turkey.
AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the world’s largest
investor in entertainment and sports facilities; the world’s largest presenter
of live sports and entertainment events; world’s largest owner of sports teams
and sports events; AEG has a long history of success in the global sports and
entertainment industries including the STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA), NOKIA
Theatre Times Square, NOKIA Theatre at Grand Prairie (TX), the El Rey Theatre
(Hollywood, CA), the WaMu Theatre (Seattle, WA), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN)
and three just opened arenas, Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO), Prudential Center
(Newark, NJ) and The O2, a 28-acre development located in the eastern part of
London along the Thames River which includes a 20,000 seat arena and over
650,000sf of leisure and entertainment use; sports franchises throughout the
world including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Los Angeles Riptide (MLL), the Los
Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo (MLS) in addition to overseeing privately held
management shares of the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA). AEG developed and operates
The Home Depot Center, a $150 million national training facility on the Campus
of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, California designated
as an “Official U.S. Olympic Training Site” by the United States Olympic
Committee that includes major facilities for soccer, tennis, track & field,
cycling, lacrosse, rugby, action sports, beach volleyball and other sports.
AEG’s live entertainment division, AEG LIVE is one of the world’s leading
concert promotion and touring companies with fifteen regional offices and
stand-alone affiliate divisions devoted to all aspects of live entertainment
including: AEG LIVE Events, creators and producers of special events of all
sizes; AEG-TV, creators of live events for television, DVD, pay-per-view, cinema
and other electronic media and AEG LIVE Tours & Special Events, Concerts West,
Goldenvoice, The Messina Group and AEG Exhibitions, the company’s national
entertainment promotion and touring divisions. AEG LIVE is currently overseeing
the international museum tour of the artifacts of King Tut “Tutankhamun and the
Golden Age of the Pharaohs” and produced Celine Dion A New Day…Presented By
Chrysler, a spectacular theatrical production starring Dion and directed by
Franco Dragone which just concluded an unprecedented five year “residency” at
the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. AEG LIVE co-produces the New
Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Goldenvoice, the company’s southern
California-based regional promotion division created and operates the award
winning annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Recently promoted tours
have starred artists and groups including Prince, Usher, Kenny Chesney, Rod
Stewart, Paul McCartney, Yanni, the Eagles, George Strait, Justin Timberlake and
Christina Aguilera, Dixie Chicks, Hannah Montana and American Idol.
AEG is currently overseeing the development of L.A. LIVE, a 4 million
square foot / $2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, residential &
entertainment district featuring NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE, a 7,100-seat
state-of-the-art live theatre which opened in October, 2007, a 54-story,
1001-room convention center “headquarters” hotel, Club NOKIA L.A. LIVE, a 2,200
capacity live music venue, a 14-screen Regal Cineplex, “broadcast” facilities
for ESPN, along with entertainment, restaurant, residential and office space and
additional arenas, O2 World, on a 45-acre site in the heart of Berlin, Citizen’s
Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California and in Las Vegas, Nevada.