UCI announces Div III teams
The UCI has today published the list of Division III teams. In the list
below, following the team name is the three-letter country of registration,
followed by the three-letter team name abbreviation. To see the rosters for the
teams, please visit the UCI Div III list
Elk Haus Radteam Sportunion Schrems AUT ELK
Quick Step - Davitamon - Latexco BEL QDL
Miche BUL MIB
Jet Fuel Coffee CAN JET
AC Sparta Praha CZE ASP
Credit Agricole Espoirs FRA CAE
Team Maestro GBR MAE
Team Endurasport.Com - Principia GBR TEP
Team Comnet - Senges GER COM
Marco Polo Cycling Team HKG MPC
Nippon Hodo JPN NIP
Team Ringerike NOR RIN
Legia POL LEG
Servisco - Koop POL SER
Team HSBC RSA HSB
Team Barloworld RSA TBA
Perutnina PTUJ SLO PER
Team Macandina - Kewa Rad - VC Gippingen SUI MKV
Saeco - Romer's - Wetzikon SUI SRW
Team Mälarenergi SWE MAL
Giant Asia Racing Team TPE GNT
7Up USA 7UP
Colavita Bolla USA COB
Health Net Cycling Team USA HNC
Jelly Belly USA JEL
Lemond Fitness - Blender USA LFB
Ofoto - Lombardi Sports USA OFO
Prime Alliance Cycling Team USA PRI
Saturn Cycling Team USA SAT
Sportsbook.com Cycling Team USA SCC
Schroeder Iron Cycling Team USA SCI
Sierra Nevada - Clif Bar Cycling Team USA SIE
Webcor Cycling Team USA WEB
West Virginia Cycling Team USA WVC
Cooke wins Stage 3 Tour de Med
Baden Cooke, first man to cross the line on stage three of the Tour
Méditerranéen, had been classed as a rider who had abandoned the race the
previous day because he had not been noticed crossing the line by the race or
The confusion as to who had won the stage and whether Cooke had indeed
finished the previous day's stage was sorted out following careful study of the
previous day's film footage which proved the young Australian was in the second
group to finish. For full details
Bettini in Yellow: Joachim's great escape
Benoit Joachim (US Postal) had a good race today in the Tour Méditerranéen - but Bettini is in yellow - for full details
Kevin Hulsmans back on the bike
The Quickstep "infirmary" is less populated - Kevin Hulsmans, who fractured
his femur in the Tour Down Under in January, is on his bike for one hour per
day, and though his return is not yet known, he says he is on his bike, which is
good for his morale. (Velo Club du Net)
Turchino back in Milan-San Remo
The Turchino pass, absent from the Milan-San Remo for two years because of
landslides, will be included in this year's edition. The World Cup race (if not
disqualified due to a television rebroadcast dispute) will cover 294 km on the
22nd of March. Read Daily Peloton articles related to the race's World Cup
and here. (Kataweb)
Navigators Training Camp Update
Press Release--The Navigators Cycling Team began their spring training and
early season racing campaign in the quiet town of Castegneto Carducci,
near Donoratico, Italy, this week. With the days filled with training,
tweaking bike positions, photo sessions and getting settled into the
routine with new teammates, there's been little time for fun and games.
However, the boys and Eva (Barabas), a new team mechanic, did have the
opportunity to celebrate the birthdays of Marty Nothstein, Oleg Grichkine and
Sergey Davidenko, which all occur on the same date: February 10th.
With most of the formalities now out of the way, the team started to
bond as a unit with the usual characters trying to one-up the "new" characters,
and a brand new selection of nicknames, hairstyles, and cycling stories. By the
end of today's photography session, which included rides through the beautiful
hills, vineyards and olive groves of Northwestern Italy, the boys in blue had
already conspired to overthrow management and hijack the team's van for a fun
trip to Livorno. It must have been a good break as the guys were still
celebrating their afternoon of freedom long after dinner had finished.
With a full squad of seasoned riders coming together this quickly, it is a
favorable indicator for the racing action, which begins next week, one day
earlier than originally planned. The season-opener for the Navigators squad will
now be the Tropheo Lagueglia on February, 18th, instead of the Giro Dellai
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Cannondale Continues Sponsorship Of Surging 7UP Cycling Team
Press Release: Cannondale will once again serve as the official bicycle and
apparel sponsor for the rapidly up-and-coming 7UP men's professional road racing
team.The 7UP squad had its best year ever in 2002, with victories at the
Redlands Classic, US Pro Criterium, and the San Francisco Grand Prix.The 2003
season marks the fifth year of 7UP's involvement in professional cycling.
The 7UP riders will be competing aboard Cannondale's highly-acclaimed
2.5-pound CAAD7 frames, which are crafted from the company's proprietary Optimo
aluminum alloy.Because Optimo has 15% greater tensile strength than conventional
aluminum alloys, Cannondale's engineers are able to use thinner, lighter tube
walls without sacrificing frame strength.
The 7UP team is the perfect complement to Cannondale's Saeco and T-Mobile
road squads, according to Scott Montgomery, Cannondale's vice president of
marketing."Saeco gives us a strong presence at the very highest level of
European racing, and theT-Mobile team is one the top women's teams," said
Montgomery."The 7UP team is the last piece of the puzzle for us, giving us great
representation in men's professional domestic road racing."
Most of last year's 7UP team will be returning for 2003, along with some
fresh talent. Leading the team again will be seasoned veteran John Lieswyn. John
had a great 2002 notching up wins in the Great River Energy Classic in
Minneapolis and New Zealand's Southland Tour to finish the season ranked 7th on
the National Racing Calendar. Also taking more of a leadership role will be US
Pro Criterium Champion Kevin Monahan who ended 2002 on a high note by winning
the Mercy Classic in Arkansas. Track World Cup medallists Greg Henderson and
Hayden Godfrey of New Zealand are back for another year with 7UP and looking to
tear up the US criterium scene. Also returning for his 4th year with 7UP is
Oscar Pineda hot off his victory in the final NRC race of the year- the Michelin
Classic. Doug Ziewacz and Dan Schmatz also return for 2003 with something to
prove. Doug returns after an injury plagued year following a broken collarbone
at Solano and Dan looks for that breakthrough ride that he narrowly missed last
season on way to a 4th overall at the Wendy's International Cycling Classic.
New blood for 2003 comes via Brice Jones, Jason McCartney, and Chris Pic.
Brice is a former U23 National Champion looking to make a name for himself on
the US Pro scene after a year apprenticing at Mercury. His 2nd place at the Pro
Tour event in Miami and 28th in the U23 Tour of Flanders are testament to what's
under the hood of this future star. After a fine stage win at the 2002
International, Jason McCartney steps up to the plate at 7UP to lend a hand with
the climbing duties in everything from stage races to hilly crits. Chris Pic
spent 2002 in semi-retirement, racing while working a 40 hour-a-week job. For
2003 Chris is back full time and looking to return to the form that saw him to
top 20 finishes at Redlands, Philly, and Downers Grove.
"This is the most complete lineup" in the 5-year history of Team 7UP, said
Jeff Corbett of Sports Group Eleven. "Everyone on this roster has podiumed at an
The sponsorship side of the 7UP team looks familiar as well with a host of
returning sponsors and a splash of new names. Besides Cannondale, returning
sponsors include industry leaders like Ritchey, Time, Bell, Smith, Serfas, and
Cytosport. New for 2003 are Mavic as official wheel and brake sponsor, Maxxis
who will be providing all the rubber, and SRAM comes on board with their new
line of road chains and cassettes. Two newer companies stepping up to the pro
ranks for the first time are HoneyStinger with their new energy bars and Dogfish
with casual clothing.
The 7UP Pro Cycling Team is planning a full NRC schedule for 2003 including
the new Tour of Georgia. They will also have a strong focus on the Wachovia
Series and defending their titles at Downers Grove and San Francisco.
The team will kick off the season with a two week training camp in central
Florida and the NRC season opener - the new Gainesville Grand Prix.
USA Cycling athletic funding program
USA Cycling Press Release - The USA Cycling Development Foundation has
announced an increase of $100,000 to its annual grant for USA Cycling's athletic
programs in 2003. This commitment to increase funding was made at the Foundation
Board's bi-annual meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. earlier this month.
The Foundation Board has increased its annual grant total from $500,000 to
$600,000, increasing its overall contribution for 2003 by 20%. The USAC
Development Foundation has supported USA Cycling athletic development programs
for the past three years, with grants totaling more than $1.5 million.
"This is a very significant enhancement to our athletic operating budget,"
said USA Cycling's Director of Athletics Steve Johnson. "These additional
resources have made it possible to launch a mountain bike development program in
2003, including the hiring of a national mountain bike development manager.
"Through the financial support of the USA Cycling Development Foundation, we
have been able to support some truly world-class programs, like the European
Espoir program," said Johnson. "The T-Mobile Women's road team was also launched
with Foundation support. The Foundation has played, and will continue to play a
major role in these and future programs."
The USA Cycling Development Foundation is currently the second-largest cash
sponsor of American development cycling programs. It additionally awards more
than $60,000 annually to collegiate riders, outstanding clubs/teams through the
Centers of Excellence awards and travel/training grants to junior riders through
the Edmund R. Burke Fund for Cycling Development.
For more information or to pledge support for America's young athletes,
please contact the USA Cycling Development Foundation at (719) 866-4856, or
visit the website at www.usacdf.org.