Prime Alliance Press Release
November 6, 2002, BOULDER, Colo. – The management of the Prime Alliance Cycling Team is proud to announce the riders and sponsors for the 2003 Prime Alliance Cycling Team.
New to the team for 2003 year will be 2001 Tour de France Team Time Trial winner Jonathan Vaughters (transfer from Credit Agricole) and winner of this year’s First Union Invitational David Clinger (transfer from US Postal). The back bone of the current squad will be returning for 2003 being lead by 2001 U-23 Time Trial World Champion Danny Pate and including 2002 U-23 National Time Champion Michael Creed, 2002 Points Race, Madison and Team Pursuit National Champion Jame Carney, Alex Candelario, Jonas Carney, Matt Decanio, John Peters and Svein Tuft. Also coming to the team in February, at the conclusion of the cyclo-cross season, will be all-arounder Jonathan Page.
We are also proud to announce the follow cycling industry sponsors who will be a major part of 2003’s campaign: Pinarello – bicycles, Bontrager – wheels, bars and stems, Speedplay – pedals, Campagnolo – components, Fizik –saddles, Vredestein - tires, Ciclosport – sports information systems, Chris King - headsets, Vision Tech – aero bars, USE – aero seat-posts, King Cages – bottle cages, Kool Stop - brake pads, Giordana - clothing, Diadora – shoes, Rudy Project – eye wear, Clif – bars and gels, CytoSport – sports drink, Cyclops – trainers, Saris – bicycle racks, Pedros – lubricants and cleaners, Park – tools, Excel Sports – mail order company, Bike.com – news source.
Along with our title sponsor Prime Alliance, we are very pleased to have support from the plastics industry with a renewal of commitments from BASF, DSM and Solutia.
In 2002, the team won five of North America’s eight major stage races with Danny Pate continuing to build on a long list of accomplishments with his brilliant ride at the 2002 US Professional Road Championships. Prime Alliance achieved its major season-long goals with riders finishing first and second in the National Racing Calendar rankings as well as having the team finish second in the team rankings.
The team is very excited to have the added experience and leadership of Jonathan Vaughters, the power and professionalism of David Clinger and the all around ability of Jonathan Page. The team management is also very pleased to have so many members of the 2002 team returning with a desire to continue building the program’s reputation and success. The line up for 2003 will be a more balanced team that will have improved ability at the key one-day events while still being a dominant player at all of the major stage races.
2003 Team Riders:
2003 Team Personnel:
Organization President: Tom Irvine
General Manager: Roy Knickman
Director Sportif/Road Manager: Kirk Willett
Head Mechanic: Ken Whelpdale
Head Therapist: Brenda Phelps