Here we are in October already. More than time to start paying attention to who is going where in the road world.
Let’s start off with the Kenda Pro Cycling squad which continues as a UCI Continental team in 2010 with new riders and a new DS still to be announced. Looking at the new riders, the team is re-inforcing its GC threat for the upcoming season. Returning to the team are Chad Burdzilauskas, Chris Monteleone, Jonathan Parrish, Jake Rytlewski, Tyler Stanfield and Scottie Weiss.
Joining the team are the duo from GearGrinder Chad Hartley and James Stemper. Hartley, who had surgery back in December to correct his iIliac endofibrosis, came back strong this year and won the overall at the Tour of the Dairyland while Stemper was the Best Amateur at Superweek. Other new riders include Nick Keough of BikeReg.com, Nick Waite from Kelly Benefit Strategies, Phil Gaimon from Jelly Belly, Stefano Barbieri who is returning to the pro ranks and neo-pro Rob Bush.
The BISSELL Pro Cycling Team, also returning as a UCI Continental team, announced the signing of its first 10 riders for the 2010 season. The team is adding more finishing speed to its roster for the next season. Ben Jacques-Maynes and Frank Pipp are both returning and will act as co-leaders. Also returning are Andy Jacques-Maynes, New Zealand time trial champion Jeremy Vennell, New Zealand criterium champion Pete Latham and Paul Mach. The newly crowned International Omnium and Madison Track champion Cody O’Reilly is also returning.
New to the team are Kyle Wamsley from the Colavita/Sutter Home team, Daniel Holloway from the U23 Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin squad and neo-pro David Williams. In 2009, Wamsley had two top-five stage wins at the Tour of Missouri, as well as a stage win and the overall points jersey at the Redlands Classic. Holloway was on the long solo breakaway earlier in Philly, had wins both on U.S. and European soil this year and also raced on the track. Williams is the current state time trial champion. Williams also wrapped up his 2009 season with exceptional results on the track, where he recently won the men’s individual omnium, 4k pursuit and team pursuit at the U.S. Collegiate Track Nationals. Team manager Glen Mitchell and team director Eric Wohlberg also continue in their roles for 2010.
Some news is also known for the OUCH p/b Maxxis team. Morgan Schmitt from BISSELL and Adrian Hegyvary from Hagens-Berman LLP are joining the squad in 2010. Hegyvary finished second at the Elite National Time Trial earlier this year.
Team Radioshack roster is taking shape with some announced signings and many rumors. Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer, Tomas Vaitkus, Grégory Rast. Chechu Rubiera, Sébastien Rosseler, and Gert Steegmans were previously announced. Janez Brajkovič, Andreas Klöden, Yaroslav Popovych and Chris Horner also confirmed that they are coming over from Astana along with South African Daryl Impey who comes from Barloworld. Other names linked with the team include Americans Jason McCartney from Saxo Bank and Matthew Busche who had a breakthrough year with Kelly Benefit Strategies, Tiago Machado a U23 rider from Portugal, Sergio Paulinho, Geoffroy Lequatre from Agritubel and Markel Irizar of Euskaltel-Euskadi.
Graduating from the U23 Trek-Livestrong team are 21-year old Bjorn Selander and 22-year old Sam Bewley who both have signed a two-year contract following the UCI guidelines for neo-pros in Pro Tour teams. Speaking of the U23 team, it will also be sponsored by Radio Shack next year. The only two riders confirmed for next season are 19-year old Taylor Phinney and 21-year old Jesse Sergent. Three riders that will no longer meet the age guidelines: Bewley, Ryan Baumann and Guy East.
After a 9-year run, the Canadian team Volkswagen-Specialized has called it quits. Title sponsor Volkswagen could not meet the deadline for a budget plan and the team management preferred to make the announcement to give the riders time to find a new team. Riders with the 2009 team were Alexandre Cloutier, Daniel Chalifour, Jean-Sébastien Béland, Arnaud Papillon, Marc Allard, Christian Deshaies, Mathew Bell, Jean-Sébastien Perron, William Goodfellow and Stéphane Cossette. Guillaume Boivin also started the year with the team but joined the Planet Energy squad following his victory at Canadian Road Championships.
And lastly and sadly, as reported by The Sacramento Bee, Chad Gerlach is living on the streets again. I hope that Gerlach can find peace.
Transfer-o-rama is coming!