2011 Transfer News -
Skil Shimano and manager Iwan Spekenbrink continue to build the squad for 2011
and beyond with a strong reliance on young French talents and proven performers
Skil-Shimano continues to build their team for 2011 and beyond with 4 young
French riders along with contract renewals of contracts of proven performers
this year; Kenny Van Hummel, Bert De Backer, and Roy Curvers. The team takes on
a French accent due to the teams quantity of French races during the year.
Three Riders to Worlds in Melbourne
Three Skil-Shimano riders will be at the World Cycling Championships in
Melbourne. Koen de Kort was announced by head coach Leo van Vliet added to the
Dutch selection. In addition, Skil-Shimano trainee Ronan of Zandbeek (Ned) was
selected for the Dutch U23 team..
The Japanese team has also selected Yukihiro Doi (road race). Belgian
selectors choose Skil rider, Dominique Cornu (time trial) at the start of world
Kenny van Hummel extends with Skil-Shimano
Skil-Shimano has renewed Kenny van Hummel’s contract for a further twelve
months. The Dutch sprinter won two races this season, the first stage of the
Tour de Picardie and the second stage of the Tour of Belgium. Van Hummel also
claimed high finishes in the Tour of Turkey, the Driedaagse van de Panne, the
Dutch Food Classic Veenendaal and the Eneco Tour. The 27-year-old is happy to
extend his stay at Skil-Shimano. ‘This team’s stability and the great, detailed
attention given to rider guidance, with a constant focus on improvement, appeal
to me. The team also has ambitions and it is a great challenge to be able to
play a part in that.’
Skil-Shimano extend Bert De Backer’s contract
Skil-Shimano management have agreed a one-year extension to Bert De Backer’s
contract. In his second season at the team, the 26-year old Belgian missed the
first half of 2010 following surgery on a twisted artery in his groin. He
returned to Iwan Spekenbrink’s line-up in the Tour of Belgium at the end of May,
and performed well enough in the remainder of the season to convince management
and directeurs sportifs of his worth.
Skil-Shimano has enhanced the 2011 season with the German rider John Fröhlinger.
The 25-year-old German, currently riding for Milram. Fröhlinger at home on hilly
terrain and has in recent years shown that he can perform well in races at the
highest level. In 2008 he finished second in a stage in the Giro d'Italia in
2009 and finished third in the seventh stage of the Tour de France arriving in
Andorra Arcalis. This season he was good for eighth place in the fifth stage of
the Tour of Switzerland.
Fröhlinger makes a conscious choice for Skil-Shimano for the ambitions of the
team and because of the intensive and innovative guidance from the team, which
is fully focused on the development and improvement of its riders. The resident
of Freiburg a pro since 2007 first at Gerolsteiner and then Milram, has ridden
the Tour de France twice, and the Vuelta a España and Giro d'Italia. Johannes
rode at Skil-Shimano as a stagiare, and expects to have more opportunites to to
build on his record. Fröhlinger has signed a contract for one year.
"We have followed Johannes Fröhlinger long time and know him from his
time as an Espoir. He is a rider who fits perfectly with the team, "says general
manager Iwan Spekenbrink.
Roger Kluge signs for Skil-Shimano
German rider Roger Kluge will race for the Skil-Shimano cycling team in 2011.
The 24-year-old made his bow as a professional rider in 210 after causing a stir
on the track. Kluge’s roll of honour boasts silver in the points race at the
Beijing Olympics, a European title and several national titles.
In his freshman season as a pro at German team Milram Kluge finished fourth
overall in the Tour of Qatar, first in the Neuseen Classic in Zwenkau (Germany),
fifth in a bunch sprint in the second stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné and
fifth in the German Championship.
Kluge also started the Tour de France, functioning as the last pacemaker for
team-mate Gerald Ciolek, before suffering a broken hand, which resulted in his
withdrawal. The injury ruled him out for the rest of the season. Kluge is a
speedy rider who wears the mantel of power sprinter well, although he is also
well suited to the cobblestone classics and prologues. Kluge intends to return
to the track in the omnium discipline at the 2012 London Olympics.
Two Up-and-coming Frenchmen join Skil-Shimano
Two very promising French youngsters have joined the Skil-Shimano professional
cycling team on two-year contracts. Both deals – with Thomas Damuseau, who
debuted in the professional peloton in the last month as a stagiaire at
Skil-Shimano, and Thomas Bonnin – give the team the option of retaining the
rider for an additional twelve months.
Thomas Bonnin from Castelginest, close to Toulouse in southwest France, is a
born climber. The 21-year-old ended this season second in the Tour des Pays de
Savoie. He also made a splash among the pros in the Tour de l'Ain, finishing
eleventh in stages three and four, which included the Grand Colombier, and
claiming 20th overall in the final classification.
he young Frenchman is also
an important part of the French national U23 team that is set to participate in
the Tour de l’Avenir.
Bonnin, a member of Albi Vélo Sport, completed a stint as stagiaire at French
team AG2R this month, but decided to sign for Skil-Shimano, due to the team’s
philosophy and intensive guidance, which is dedicated to making riders better.
Thomas Damuseau from Grenoble, in southeast France, is another gifted climber.
The 21-year-old put down a marker in the Tour de l’Ain while a stagiaire at
Skil-Shimano, executing an aggressive plan that enabled him to lead the fourth
stage, featuring the Grand Colombier, for a long stretch. Damuseau also
performed well in last weekend’s French U23 championship, ultimately finishing
second behind Geoffrey Soupe. Earlier this season, the Frenchman finished fourth
in the U23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege and seventh in the prestigious
Italian Under 23 tour Giro delle Regione.
Five French Riders
France is a major cycling country for Skil-Shimano, bearing in mind the number
of races held there. The team will have at least five Frenchmen in its ranks in
Skil-Shimano extend Geniez contract through 2012
The management of Skil-Shimano has offered Alexandre Geniez an improved contract
through to the end of 2012. The 22-year-old, one of the most promising French
riders of his generation, has made great strides this year.
His season has included second place in the mountain time-trail of the Route
du Sud, victory in the young riders classification in the Tour de Luxembourg and
an impressive performance in the Tour Méditerranéen, where he crossed the line
eighth in the final stage – with finish on the summit of Mount Faron – in an
elite leading group. Those achievements prompted Skil-Shimano to improve the
French climber’s contract, which will keep him at the team until the end of
Skil-Shimano management has announced the departure of three riders who will not
be offered a contract for 2011. They are Piet Rooijakkers (Netherlands), Floris
Goesinnen (Netherlands) and Jin Long (China).
Skil-Shimano have also agreed to cancel Frederik Wilmann’s contract, which was
due to expire at the end of 2011, by mutual consent. The Norwegian is now free
to find a new employer for next season.
Promising German Marcel Kittel Joins Skil Team
The management of the Skil-Shimano professional cycling team has persuaded
Marcel Kittel to join the team in a two-year deal. The team has followed the
young German through its talent-scouting programme for a while now.
Kittel, who was born in Arnstadt on 11 May 1988, has already built up quite a
record as a time trial rider, as well as being strong in the sprints. He was
world junior time trial champion in 2005 and 2006. Last year Kittle won the
European U23 time trial title and finished fourth in the world championship in
that discipline. This year he added the German time trial title to his
Kittle joined the Thüringer Energie Team in 2007. This autumn he is expected
to be one of the few Germans at the U23 world championship to compete in both
the time trial and the individual road race.
Skil-Shimano have contracted Roy Curvers for an extra year. Team management is
very happy with how the 30-year-old has developed in the Skil-Shimano jersey.
Curvers has played an important part in this season’s spring classics with some
attacking displays and top twenty finishes in Omloop het Nieuwsblad and
Ghent-Wevelgem. He has also matured further in his role of team captain. Team
management expects the Dutchman to continue to make strides in both areas.
Curvers joined the Skil-Shimano team in 2008.
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