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2011 Transfer News - Skil-Shimano
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Date: 9/21/2010
2011 Transfer News - Skil-Shimano

2011 Transfer News  - Skil-Shimano
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 championship.

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.

Johannes Fröhlinger
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 2011.

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 2012.

Four riders released:
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.

Earlier Skil-Shimano Announcements:
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  palmares.

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 extends Curvers contract
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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