A sure sign that the North American road season is slowly coming to its end, as the news turns from racing to team sponsorships and signings, and rumors swirl.
Changes at the top of the Bissell team. Chairman and CEO of the Bissell Company, Mark Bissell is taking over the ownership of the team, and current DS Glen Mitchell will step up to also take over the management of the team along with his current duties.
The last big stage race in the season, the Tour of Missouri, has announced some of the roster that will be racing the second week of September. Team Columbia’s Mark Cavendish will skip his home country’s Tour of Britain to race in Missouri where he will be joined by his teammates: three-time world champion time trialist Michael Rogers, defending champion George Hincapie, three-time Italian time trial national champion and Tour of Italy stage winner, Marco Pinotti, Bernhard Eisel, Mike Barry, John Devine and Craig Lewis. The Garmin-Chipotle is fielding an all-America squad with Christian Vande Velde, David Zabriskie, Danny Pate, Will Frischkorn, Steven Cozza, Olympian Mike Friedman, Tyler Farrar and Jason Donald. Liquigas is bringing the 22-year-old 2008 Tour of Switzerland winner Roman Kreuzinger and Vincenzo Nibali. Symmetrics will be led by Tour de Beauce, Canadian National Time Trial Champion and highest-placed North American at the Olympics Svein Tuft, along with sprinter Andrew Pinfold, Cam Evans, and toughman Eric Wohlberg. Australian Rory Sutherland will lead the Health Net-Maxxis that will includee Karl Menzies, Frank Pipp, John Murphy, current U.S. National Cyclocross Champ Tim Johnson, Kyle Gritters, Kirk O’Bee and Phil Zijacek. The other teams racing in Missouri are BMC, Rock Racing, Colavita/Sutter Home finally invited to one of the big 3 stage races in the US, Jelly Belly, Kelly Benefit/Medifast, Tecos, Sparkasse, Toyota-United and Rabobank. Complete roster soon.
In the final push before Missouri, the American riders are getting ready for the US Pro championships races on tap this weekend, including Garmin-Chipotle’s Timmy Duggan who is returning to racing after 6 months of recovery following his head injury in a horrible crash.
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And finally, the 2008 Single Speed World Championships were held last weekend in Napa California. Proman’s Rachel Lloyd and Carl Decker took the honors and are now sporting brand new tattoos. Only photos can do justice… pull out your favorite beverage and enjoy.