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2012 Team Exergy Roster
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Date: 12/6/2010
2012 Team Exergy Roster

2012 Team Exergy Roster
Escalera Racing's  Remi McManus builds team to win North American stage races and properly contest the newly announced National Criterium schedule.

Professional Cycling Team

Team Exergy has finalized its 2012 roster well in advance of the November 5th UCI application deadline. The Boise, Idaho based Continental team will return the majority of the 2011 cast along with 5 new riders added to firm up the squad. The expansion coincides with title sponsor Exergy Development Group’s growing involvement in the world of cycling and is designed to allow the second year outfit an opportunity to win North American stage races and properly contest the newly announced National Criterium schedule.

Director Sportif Tad Hamilton explains the thinking behind Team Exergy’s formula for 2012; "We feel that the division between the NCC and the NRC requires two distinct racing platoons. The success that Carlos Alzate and Ben Chaddock earned last year in criterium racing gives us great confidence that we can field a crit squad strong enough to challenge the NCC, however we don’t want our best stage racers to have to ride support for our sprinters. The addition of several new sprinters will allow guys like Andres Diaz and Matt Cooke the liberty to completely focus on winning stage races."

Fast Freddie Rodriguez
3 time U.S. Pro Champion Fast Freddie Rodriguez returns to captain the team’s sophomore season. Rodriguez showed he still is one of America’s best racers during his return to professional competition last summer, finishing on the podium at Tour of Elk Grove and also on the final stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. In addition, his extensive experience and calm demeanor are invaluable for radio-free North American racing where tactical decisions often have to be made in the peloton without the benefit of immediate information from the Director’s car.

The team returns 5 other riders from its inaugural year: Co-captain Kai Applequist, Sam Johnson, and Quinn Keogh, along with twins Conor and Kevin Mullervy. These 5 young men apprenticed as neo-pros in 2011, and their growth and improvement is essential to a successful second season.

Applequist and Johnson will spend their year on the stage race crew, while Keogh and the Mullervy brothers will see mostly crit action.

New Talent
New riders include Morgan Schmitt, Sergei Tvetkov, Zack Davies, Logan Loader, and Andres Alzate (Carlos’ younger brother). Schmitt and Tvetkov are deeply experienced racers, with Schmitt coming off 2 year’s racing for United HealthCare, including the latest season spent in Europe. Tvetkov is a former Moldovian national champion and may be the dark horse of next year’s domestic peloton.

Zack Davies, who moves across to Team Exergy from V Australia, will work with neo-pros Loader and Alzate to assist the elder Alzate and Chaddock in their quest for criterium glory.

The 5 new additions follow Escalera Racing’s recipe of using selfless teamwork and aggressive riding to achieve success. Director Tad Hamilton added, "There were some high-profile riders on the market this fall, but we feel strongly that our squad is already very sound. While bringing in a ‘ringer’ might make the team more attractive for race invites, it doesn’t guarantee that the team will be better. These roster changes show loyalty to returning riders, offer opportunity to talented new riders and make the team much deeper."

General Manager of Escalera Racing, Remi McManus, commented on the roster changes, "We were delighted with the way our men raced in 2011, we just needed to add depth. The small roster left us short-staffed when races conflict, but now we have the manpower to attack every race on our schedule. There’s no doubt that the split squad schedule will test our organization, but it will also add many more opportunities for success."

Generous support of major North American events and the addition of the ladies’ Team Exergy/2012 squad has made it very clear that Exergy Development Group is making a long-term investment in the sport of cycling.

"We are excited about the newest members of Team Exergy and are looking forward to next season. Exergy is committed to the advancement of professional cycling, and with the addition of the ladies' Team Exergy/2012 the Exergy road racing family is now complete. Both teams make excellent ambassadors for cycling and for our company by helping us raise awareness about renewable energy, while giving back to communities and fans along the way,” said James Carkulis, CEO of Exergy Development.

The opportunities and expectations facing Team Exergy for next season are rapidly growing. If the past is truly prologue, Team Exergy is ready to take on the challenge.

Team Exergy 2012 Roster

Returning Riders
Carlos Alzate
Kai Applequist
Ben Chaddock
Andres Diaz
Matt Cooke
Fredddie Rodriguez
Sam Johnson
Quinn Keogh
Conor Mullervy
Kevin Mullervy

New 2012
Andres Alzate
Morgan Schmitt
Sergei Tvetkov
Zack Davies
Logan Loader

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The team will ride Felt bikes and race and train on Kenda tires as they did last season.

Exergy Development Group is a group of companies working across North America to transform our energy future so that it is cleaner, vibrant, and more sustainable. Exergy Development Group plans and owns commercial renewable generation facilities that are socially and environmentally responsible. One division, XRG Development Partners, focuses on wind energy development. Another division, Exergy Integrated Systems, commercially develops innovative technologies that put the earth's clean and renewable forms of energy to good use.

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