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Stagiare Roundup - 30 July 2010
By Vaughn Trevi
Date: 7/30/2010
Stagiare Roundup - 30 July 2010

Stagiare Roundup - 30 July 2010
The Young Guns of August - Making the jump to the pro peloton, get an opportunity to show their grit in the top races....

BMC Racing Team - Stagiares
Wetterhall from & Daniel Teklehaymanot

For the rest of the season, young riders Alexander Wetterhall from Sweden and Daniel Teklehaymanot from Eritrea will join Cervélo TestTeam as stagiaires.

The 24-year-old Wetterhall, from southern Sweden, started his career as a mountain biker before moving to road cycling in 2008. Already in his first year on the road, he became Swedish national champion in the individual time trial. The 2010 season also started promisingly, with overall victory in the Irish tour FDB Insurance Rás and a stage victory in the Ringerike Grand Prix. Wetterhall will join the team next week in the Post Tour of Denmark, which starts on the 4th of August.

In addition to Wetterhall, Cervélo TestTeam will welcome another international rider into its ranks. Teklehaymanot, a 21-year-old athlete from Eritrea, is one of the most promising African riders. In 2008 he won his first national title in the road race and also claimed victory in the individual time trial (category U23) at the African Championships. A year later he took two stage victories at the Tour of Eritrea and finished 6th overall in the Tour de l’Avenir. This season he already has a stage win in the Coupe de Nations Ville Saguenay to his credit and took second place in the Berner Rundfahrt. His first appearance in the Cervélo TestTeam colors is planned for the one-day race Chateauroux Classic de l’Indre Trophée Fenioux in France at the end of August.

BMC Racing Team Names Cole House Stagiaire
First Native American Pro Rider

American Cole House will spend the rest of the 2010 season as a stagiaire with the BMC Racing Team. His first race is expected to be the Tour de l'Ain, Aug. 10-14.

Prime Opportunity
BMC Racing Team President Jim Ochowicz said House's promotion is chance for the Oneida, Wiscosin resident to show himself in the pro peloton for the first time. "It's up to him seize the opportunity and show what they can do," Ochowicz said. House won a stage of the recent International Cycling Classic and spent much of the spring racing with USA Cycling's Under 23 team. He is believed to be the first Native American professional cyclist.

Good Experience
BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said there is a big difference between amateur U23 racing and pro level. "It's a good experience for him and for him to see where we is and what we can expect in the future," Lelangue said. "The most important thing is for him to get experience on this level."

Vacansoleil Bolsters Team in Bid for ProTour License
Wout Poels extends contract 2 years to 2012

Since 2006 the 22-year old Wout Poels has been with the team of manager Daan Luijkx. In 2009 the skinny climber followed the team manager with the core of the team to the pro continental team of Vacansoleil. Parties reached a contract extension of two years till the end of 2012. Poels was, on behalf of the leading team in the Europe Tour, ninth in the final time trial of the Tour de Suisse 2010 and the rider of Blitterswijck is getting more and more a  general classification rider.

Poels is looking forward to the upcoming years: “The team and sponsors have faith in me and I want, like the team, to grow with a giant Tour in 2011.”

Besides the time trial in Switzerland Poels got a top-10 classification in the 2010 Rund Um Den Finanzplatz Eschborn-frankfurt.  Earlier in the week Rob Ruijgh extended his contract till the end of 2012.

Björn Leukemans with Vacansoleil through 2012
Björn Leukemans is a member of the Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team since its establishment in 2009. The 33-year old classic specialist was the rider to take the first win in the history of the team at Ster des Bessèges 2009. The rider of Bevel showed himself this spring with a fourth place at the Tour of Flanders and a sixth place at Paris-Roubaix.

The current contract with the rider ends at the end of 2011 and the new contract goes till the end of 2012. Vacansoleil manager Daan Luijkx is happy with Leukemans: “Björn is very important for us cause of his experience and qualities in a lot of different races. I am pleased that the contract is extended and I am looking forward to the next 2,5 years.”

Martijn Keizer signs for two years with Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
Dutch rider joins Pro continental as from January 1st 2011

The Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team strengthened the team for 2011 with the 22-year old Martijn Keizer. Currently the rider is a member of the Rabobank continental team. The Dutch U23 time trial champion is aiming for the world championships in Geelong, Australia. Keizer has the ambition to become U23 world time trial champion. The rider from the province of Groningen will ride the Tour of Portugal and Tour de l’Avenir as preparation towards the worlds. Possibly, Keizer will, in the preparation towards the World championships do a race as trainee for the blue yellow formation of Vacansoleil.

So far Keizer won five times in 2010 and is besides a time trial specialist an allrounder. This is shown with a ninth place at Liege-Bastonge-Liege U23 and a fifth place in the general classification of Olympia’s Tour 2010.

Vacansoleil-manager Daan Luijkx is happy with signing Keizer: “It is a real strong rider who fits the team. We are always looking for young and talented Dutch riders and wish to find a balance for Martijn to grow and to perform at the pros. Keizer is ready to become pro. It is good for the Dutch sport of cycling to have several Dutch teams for the talented riders.”

Adds Three Stagiaires for 

Three talented young riders are joining Team RadioShack as stagiaires starting next week. Two riders from Trek-Livestrong, Taylor Phinney (USA) and Jesse Sergent (New Zealand) and one rider from the PWS Eijssen Team, Clinton Avery (New Zealand), are set to join the Team for the rest of the season. The Tour of Denmark (August 4th-8th) will be their first race for the Team.

Taylor Phinney (Boulder, CO, June 27th, 1990) is the reigning elite world champion in pursuit. In Copenhagen he repeated his title of 2009. He is also the two-time winner of Paris-Roubaix U23 (2009, 2010). This season he was impressive in the Olympia’s Tour in Holland with the overall classification and four stage wins.

Jesse Sergent (Feilding, NZ, July 8th, 1988) is the silver medalist of the world pursuit championship, 2010. In May he won the time trial stage in the Tour of Gila over specialists Levi Leipheimer and Dave Zabriskie. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Sergent won the bronze medal as part of the New Zealand team in team pursuit.

Clinton Avery (Rotorua, NZ, December 3rd, 1987) started his career in mountain bikes. After moving to road racing he became U23 national road and time trial champion. In 2010 he won the Vlaamse Pijl (Belgium) and a year earlier the GC of the Tour of Vlaams-Brabant (Belgium). Avery has finished the last three years in the top ten of Paris-Roubaix U23.

"All three riders are classy young riders. They have a lot of potential,” commented Sports Team manager Johan Bruyneel. “We believe in them and are hoping this works out and can lead to something permanent next year. So far none of the three riders has a guaranteed place in our 2011 team but this is already a step forward in their development as a pro-rider. In the mean time we work further on the future of Team RadioShack. We are currently negotiating with other potential future riders for our 2011 team.”

The three stagiaires will start in the Tour of Denmark (August 4th-8th). They will get other race opportunities in the Tour du Poitou-Charentes (August 24th-27th), the Classic de l’Indre (August 29th), the Grand Prix Jef Scherens/Leuven (September 5th), the Memorial Van Steenbergen/Aartselaar (September 8th), Paris-Brussels (September 11th), the Grand Prix Fourmies (September 12th), the Grand Prix de Wallonie (September 15th), Koolskamp (September 17th) and the Grand Prix Isbergues (September 19th).

Footon - Servetto - Fuji
Two Promising talents: Argentinean and the Israeli Stagiares Diaz & Margaliot

UCI ProTour's youngest squad FOOTON-SERVETTO-FUJI goes on with their attempt to build up some of the best hopefuls in world cycling and will give two promising riders an opportunity to go into trainee status in the season finale: Argentina's Daniel Ricardo Díaz -just turned 21 this month- and Israel's Ran Margaliot, who celebrated his 22nd birthday last week.

Díaz has been the real sensation of the Spanish amateur division this year, coming from his home country in April to become the dominator of the Elite U23 peloton, with a season-leading seven victories up to date. In turn, Margaliot is the most important rider from the new wave of Israeli riders coming ahead and the leader of the u23 National team, taking part into the most important meetings as one of the members of the UCI's World Cycling Center in Swiss Aigle. The Gold Generation will look up to take another trainee in the coming weeks.

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