Some rider and team news for this hump day, but first some bad news out of Chicago.
The village council of Downers Grove voted to eliminate the $37,000 it spends on the USPRO National Crit weekend. Per ChicagoBikeRacing.com, race organizer Special Events Management is seeking sponsorship to plug the gap and the race may go on. No further news at this point. ChicagoBikeRacing goes on to add that Chicago Criterium and Superweek’s Arlington Heights are also in jeopardy.
Change of plans for Bennet van der Genugten who was to ride for the Kenda p/b GearGrinder Adageo-Energy Pro Cycling (as corrected by a tweet) squad in 2010. The 25-year old announced on his blog that he has decided to stop racing. “I am stopping bike racing for two reasons, the first being my physical health, the second being my mental health”. (read more on his blog).
Note that the transfer-o-rama has been updated with the rider and team news.
The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis officially announced its 2010 roster, bringing back veterans from its previous incarnation the OUCH p/b Maxxis along with some new blood.
Newcomers Jake Keough and Eric Barlevav bring some serious speed to the squad. Keough won 3 stages at the Vuelta Ciclista del Uruguay for the Kelly Benefits squad in 2009 while Barlevav got people’s attention as a first-year pro with Mountain Khakis culminating his season with a win at USA Crits finale in Las Vegas. Bringing more speed and experience in leadouts is Jonny Clarke from the Jelly Belly squad and who prior to that raced with the South Australia-AIS squad.
Helping out in the stage races will be climber Morgan Schmitt and 2007 U23 Road Race National Champion Max Jenkins. Jenkins is returning to the USA after spending the 2009 season racing mostly in Europe with the Glud & Marstrand squad. He turned heads at the U.S. Pro Road Race back in September when he made the final selection and ultimately finished 14th. (Read more about Jenkins here). Rejoining the squad after one year with Jelly Belly in 2009 is Matt Crane who spent two years, 2007 & 2008, with the OUCH-Maxxis team. Adrian Hegyvary, who finished second at the 2009 U. S. elite national time trial championships, joins as a first year pro. The final addition is Dutch rider Marc de Maar who rode for the Rabobank Pro Tour team for the last three years.
Veterans. Leading the team once again will be 2007 and 2008 NRC Individual Points Champion Rory Sutherland. The Australian won the overall titles of the Nature Valley Grand Prix the past two years, and the Joe Martin Stage Race the past three. After joining mid-season this year Chris Baldwin, who finished 2nd overall at the Mt. Hood Classic, returns as a leader for climbing stage races like Hood and the Tour of Utah. Adding strength to the stage race squad are workhorse Roman Kilun and breakaway artist Bradley White.
Karl Menzies and Andrew Pinfold return with a focus for crits and one-day races, as well as stage races like Nature Valley that call for a rider who can sprint and get over the climbs. Rounding off the team is road captain Tim Johnson who has been team leader for three years now.
Gord is back. One other important addition to the organization is the return of Gord Fraser, who will be one of the team’s directeur sportifs working with Mike Tamayo. Fraser was a pillar of the team from its first year in 2003 until he retired after the 2006 season and spent 2009 as a first-year directeur with Team Type 1. In his career, Canadian Fraser racked up over 200 wins, went to the Olympics three times and won just about every major race in North America, as well as winning a stage of the Criterium International in France.
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team p/b Maxxis 2010 roster
Chris Baldwin (USA), 34
Eric Barlevav (USA), 23
Jonathan Clarke (AUS), 25
Matt Crane (USA), 24
Marc de Maar (NED), 25
Adrian Hegyvary (USA), 25
Max Jenkins (USA), 23
Tim Johnson (USA), 32
Jake Keough (USA), 22
Roman Kilun (USA), 28
Karl Menzies (AUS), 32
Andrew Pinfold (CAN), 31
Morgan Schmitt (USA), 25
Rory Sutherland (AUS), 27
Brad White (USA), 27