Re: News From The Pro Tour

Postby Tugboat on Fri 16/Oct/15 12:03pm

Jack Bauer looks to have a place at Cannondale in 2016, despite not having raced since breaking his femur at the Tour.

Nothing official yet, and procyclingstats show him as not having a 2016 contract but this is as good as a confirmation by Jonathan Vaughters on Twitter.

"@Vaughters Any news on Jack Bauer? @ProCyclingStats show him as out of contract."

"@billjessup @ProCyclingStats shows how much they know!"

That just leaves Jesse Sergent to confirm what team he's headed to.
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Re: News From The Pro Tour

Postby maddogbob on Tue 27/Oct/15 9:45am

Jesse off to AG2R http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/jesse-s ... -mondiale/

not a bad move will be good to see him get his MOJO back
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Re: News From The Pro Tour

Postby Tugboat on Tue 27/Oct/15 10:48am

maddogbob wrote:Jesse off to AG2R http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/jesse-s ... -mondiale/

not a bad move will be good to see him get his MOJO back


:thumbsup:

Interesting move. I had heard that he'd had interest from Tinkoff as well but he'll probably get a lot more opportunities with AG2R.

Good to have all the Kiwis at the top level accounted for now for 2016. Same number as last year at WorldTour level and real good numbers at pro-continental if ONE and Drapac are confirmed at that level.
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Re: News From The Pro Tour

Postby mfw on Sun 28/Feb/16 11:43am

Sagan 2nd in his first race of the year http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/omloop ... 6/results/
Now this is getting embarrassing - match fixing, podium doping? :rolleyes:
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Re: News From The Pro Tour

Postby Tugboat on Sun 24/Jul/16 6:15pm

From cyclingnews today.... :cool: :thumbsup:

"LottoNL-Jumbo announced in the early-stages of stage 20 that New Zealander George Bennett will remain with the team for a further two years.

"It is good news that I can stay with Team LottoNL-Jumbo. For two years, I've been riding for this team and I get all the support of the team, not only mentally but also in terms of equipment, training and nutrition," Bennett said. "I feel at home among the other boys and that is equally important. The team looks not only at how fast you can ride, but also who you are as a person. So I get every opportunity to develop myself."

Technical Director Nico Verhoeven added that Bennett's performances at the Tour of California, Criterium du Dauphiné and on his Tour debut made it an easy decision to extend his contract.

"Bennett has shown himself in the Dauphiné and the Tour of California this year. These results have ensured that he could start of the Tour de France," Verhoeven said. "He confirmed his good form being in the breakaways in the Tour.""
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Re: News From The Pro Tour

Postby Tugboat on Fri 21/Oct/16 7:20pm

2017 is shaping up to be another good year with a healthy number of Kiwis riding at the top-levels of the sport.

Two riders leave the World Tour:

Jesse Sergent (AG2R-La Mondiale) retired
Greg Henderson to United Healthcare (PCT) from Lotto-Soudal

Two join the World Tour:

Shane Archbold with Bora-Hansgrohe (up from PCT level)
Tom Scully to Cannondale-Drapac from Drapac PCT.

They join:

George Bennett - LottoNL-Jumbo
Paddy Bevin - Cannondale-Drapac
Jack Bauer - Etixx-QuickStep (from Cannondale-Drapac)
Sam Bewley - Orica-BikeExchange

And with PCT level teams in addition to Greg Henderson:

Dion Smith
Hayden McCormick
James Oram - all retained by ONE Pro Cycling
Aaron Gate - Acqua Blue Sport

Not so much clarity with the Women's UCI teams:

Jo Kiesanowski - retired
Emily Collins - retired/hiatus
Linda Villumsen - no team announced for 2017

Rushlee Buchanan stays with United Healthcare
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Re: News From The Pro Tour

Postby nostromo on Fri 21/Oct/16 7:34pm

Good stuff.

Although the stories from the secret pro might be a little different now :lol:

Maybe :paranoid:
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Re: News From The Pro Tour

Postby mfw on Sat 26/Nov/16 3:58pm

8 riders per team for grand tours, and 7 for other races.
Wonder if we'll notice much of a difference, got to favour the smaller teams though I guess. Bit of a bugger if you're the 9th rider though!
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Re: News From The Pro Tour

Postby mfw on Sat 26/Nov/16 4:01pm

Vfr, do we still get 9 riders? :p
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Re: News From The Pro Tour

Postby Kev on Sun 27/Nov/16 9:43am

that would certainly make it easier for me to guess the appropriate cap for the team strength, "what was it last year?"
But no, If the real Director Sportif's have to pick 8 riders, then that what us VFR punters will have to do!
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Re: News From The Pro Tour

Postby Derryn Hinch on Fri 9/Dec/16 4:20pm

Seems the UCI want to keep it at 9, so we'll have to wait and see how it plays out.
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Re: News From The Pro Tour

Postby Tugboat on Sun 27th Aug 12:55pm

Time of the year to start looking at which Kiwi riders are going to be riding in the big leagues for 2018...

George Bennett stays at Lotto-Jumbo (confirmed - is halfway through a 2 year contract)

Sam Bewley stays at Orica (confirmed)

Jack Bauer moves from Quick Step to Orica (unconfirmed but Patrick Lefevere quoted as much in Het Niuewsblad).

Cannondale doesn't have the funding to remain at WorldTour level for 2018 so unsure what will happen with Paddy Bevin and Tom Scully. Assume, given that Cannondale are haemorraging riders, that both will have a spot on a PCT level iteration of Cannondale if unable to pick up rides elsewhere.

Shane Archbold - unknown but best guess is Bora-Hansgroe don't re-sign him given that he hasn't raced this year. Maybe lucky to get a PCT ride.

Dion Smith stays at Wanty (confirmed)

Aaron Gate stays at Aqua Blue (confirmed). Team is buying up some big name riders and is possibly eyeing up a WorldTour licence.

Hamish Schreurs stays at Israel Cycling Academy (confirmed). Team will be focussed on earning a wild card to the Giro given that it starts in Jerusalem.
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