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Australian road championships and the big win for Alexander Edmondson, plus the time trial for Rohan Dennis and Corne Van Kessel wins the cyclocross in Leuven, results and video. ‘FroomeGate’ rumbles on and the riders have been speaking – Top Story. In other cycling news: More teams for the Santos Tour Down Under and the Vuelta a San Juan and Rally Cycling line up for the Ruta del Sol. We finish with the best of Team Novo Nordisk 2017 video.

TOP STORY: Tide Turns Against Froome
The days of ‘keeping silent’ in the peloton seem to be over. Since Chris Froome’s adverse dope control announcement there has been a lot of talk and many in the peloton have aired their views and not backing up Mr. Froome. Times are changing and maybe the days of Omertà have gone.

BMC’s Australian TT champion, Rohan Dennis: “I’ve got a zero tolerance for any sort of positive test, and that goes for myself. If I accidentally or purposefully take something — which I never would purposefully take something — then you just have to own it and accept that you get a slap on the wrist and try to move on and try not to make a mistake again. I don’t know the full details but I think for myself, if that was me, I’d just say ‘Look, I screwed up. I shouldn’t have done this’, or what not, if that is the case.”

Ex-teammate of Froome, Richie Porte: “I think it’s a big shame, I mean, I heard the news — it’s a massive shock but you know … let’s see what happens. Let it all run its course. I’m flabbergasted as you guys are too. Let’s see what happens.”

Cyclocross wonder-boy, Mathieu van der Poel has also had his say: “It’s very stupid, I can’t help saying that. Maybe I’m a bit too blunt for saying it like this. Maybe asthma patients will understand the case better, but cycling and all sports in general are for healthy people. For me it’s a positive test. If the limit is 1,000 and he’s up to 2,000, then there’s not much discussion needed. That’s a positive test.”

Jan Bakelants (AG2R-La Mondiale): “Ulissi was once caught with a value of 1,900 nanograms per milliliter and had to be on the side for two years. Later that was reduced to nine months, but Froome was in 2,000. I do not see how he will get out of this. There is a precedent, WADA will not go along with that and he has the perception against it.”

Greg Lemond has said a few things recently, but sums it up with: “That is the most ridiculous excuse I have ever heard.”

Not looking good for Froome:

Australian Road Race Championships 2018
A worker turned winner, Alex Edmondson has surprised a world-class field at the Australian Championships to claim the coveted green and gold jersey for the season ahead in Europe with Mitchelton-SCOTT.

Edmondson, who began the day to fill a team role, found himself in a winning position when he followed a move with just over three laps remaining.

A calm peloton rolled around the first couple of laps before the main breakaway of the day formed without any argument from the bunch. Five riders, including Rob Power for Mitchelton-SCOTT, were joined by four chasers to form a nine-rider main move. The peloton relaxed and the difference between the two groups quickly extended to seven minutes.

With Power in the front group, Mitchelton-SCOTT could back their man as the strongest climber and the pressure was off the rest of the team in the peloton. BMC were the first to react, sending Simon Gerrans and Miles Scotson to the front to put the pressure up the climbs.

With a little over three laps remaining and the majority of the early breakaway caught, Chris Harper (Bennelong) launched a counter attack which was quickly covered by Edmondson. The pair joined a tired Will Clarke (Education First) and Troy Herfoss who remained from the early breakaway but they soon lost touch.

Harper and Edmondson were well acquainted as they found themselves at the front of the race in the final laps – the pair best mates and training partners from Adelaide. Edmondson was the first to put in a big attack on the penultimate climb but Harper was able to respond and the pair worked together for the lap to follow.

The attacks from a reduced but chasing peloton came on the last lap, led by Porte. The efforts had them within 20seconds in the last five kilometers as Harper did everything to stay in front. Launching in the final 100 meters, just before the bunch caught them, Edmondson just hung on to throw his arms in the air for the victory.

Former Australian champion Luke Durbridge fell on the penultimate lap, suffering a minor concussion and a broken right collarbone that will see him miss the remainder of the Australian season.

2018 Australian National champion, Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott): “I’m absolutely speechless. This means a hell of a lot to me, I just want to thank the team for all their work, my family and my coach. It’s a magical day that I’m not going to forget for a long time. I came here just to do what I could for the guys and to come away with the green and gold is a dream come true. I think every cyclist grows up wanting to wear the green and gold and this isn’t going to sink in for a while. You’re trying to make sure you’re doing the right thing for the team, everyone wants to win but you really just want your teammates to win. Today everything just seemed to go my way. I knew I felt good in the middle of the race, I asked Mat Hayman what I could do, and he just said follow what you can and when Chris Harper went I knew he was in good shape and I knew I needed to get on his wheel. Chris Harper is one of my best mates, he lives 500m down the road and every day we ride together, every day he is the one pushing me along and vice versa – most of the time it’s him. It made it a lot harder because we are such good friends off the bike – you want to do the best for your mate, but you also have to look after your teammates. I’m just so thrilled for what he has been able to do, but keep an eye on him, he is going to go a long way. This isn’t going to sink in for a while. I’m trying to hold back the tears.”

Australian road Race Championships 2018
1. Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott in 4:54:27
2. Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:01
3. Chris Harper (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness
4. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
5. Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin
6. Chris Hamilton (Aus) Sunweb
7. Sam Crome (Aus) Bennelong SwissWellness
8. Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac
9. Brendan Canty (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac
10. Nathan Earle (Aus) Israeli Cycling Academy

Australian RR champs’18:

Australian Time Trial Championships 2018
Rohan Dennis has stamped his authority on the Australian National Time Trial Championships with an impressive ride that saw the South Australian smash the 40.9km course and take his third consecutive win by 1:08.

Dennis lined up as the outright favorite and was joined on the podium by Richie Porte who claimed the bronze medal in his first time trial since the 2017 Tour de France.

Defending road race champion Miles Scotson clocked the fourth-fastest time on the day in what was a strong display from BMC Racing Team’s Australian trio in the first race of the 2018 season.

Dennis set the best time at every check point and eventually caught runner up Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott) before going on to cross the line alongside Scotson, who started two minutes ahead.

Dennis averaged 47.9km/hour, having covered the 40.9km out and back course in a blistering 51:14.

The Winner’s Interview with Rohan Dennis:
Rohan, three championships in a row! How are you feeling?

“I’m pretty happy. It was obviously a different run in this year with regard to training. I’ve been in Europe a lot longer and the main concern for me was the heat and how I was going to cope today. So, I’m glad I handled it quite well and came home with the win.”

How important is it for you to wear the green and gold skinsuit?
“It’s more of a pride thing. To come here, win it and wear the jersey for the rest of the year is an honor. It’s hard to win as you see with guys like Richie Porte, Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott) and Miles Scotson, who is up and coming and improving every year. So, it’s not easy to win. It’s stressful but as I said, it’s more the pride and honor of wearing it.”

How did the race play out?
“I held on for longer and didn’t blow out as much as what I would normally do. I was told to go out a bit easier this year but in the end, I feel it out. I actually just seemed to be able to hold myself, and compose myself, until 5km to go, instead of suffering with 10km to go, and sit pretty comfortably. I did a few extra things to keep cooler out there. It’s never a bad thing [to catch the rider in front] but I still didn’t know how Richie was going. I heard at one stage that I was a minute up on him but then I heard nothing. But, I was confident with the power I was holding.”

What are your thoughts ahead of the road race?
“We have Richie Porte, Simon Gerrans and defending champion Miles Scotson so I’m not sure what our plan is at the moment. I wanted to come here and have a good hit out before the Santos Tour Down Under. Hopefully this year I’ll actually finish the road race! We’re lacking numbers compared to other teams but we have the quality.”

3rd, Richie Porte (BMC): “I have to be happy with that. Obviously, it’s been a long time since I really raced hard and today was such a hard day. It’s a hard course at the best of times but with that heat, it was a nice little hit out. The podium was the big goal and it was a good result for me. To finish third to Rohan Dennis, who is absolutely flying, and Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott), is not a bad podium. Miles Scotson was up there as well. I’ve really enjoyed the past two months, being fit and healthy, and now getting results in January. In cycling, you are only as good as your last performance. The time trial was a good show of form for us going into the road race on Sunday and I’m looking forward to racing with Simon Gerrans instead of against him.”

Australian National Time Trial Championships – Individual Time Trial
1. Rohan Dennis (BMC) 51:14
2. Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-Scott) at 1:08
3. Richie Porte (BMC) at 1:44
4. Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC at 1:58
5. Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin at 2:22.

Australian TT champs’18:

Soudal Classics – Leuven 2018
With Mathieu van der Poel and Wout Van Aert not competing, it gave Corne Van Kessel (Telenet Fidea Lions) the chance to take the win on Sunday in Leuven. Clement Venturini (AG2R-La Mondiale), the French ’cross champion overcame a mid-race mistake to finish in second place ahead of Vanthourenhout in third.

Venturini was the first leader, taking Telenet Fidea Lions youngster Thijs Aerts with him. Sieben Wouters (Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice) also gave chase, but a problem slowed him. Eventually Van Kessel, Venturini and Pauwels took charge, with Gianni Vermeersch (Steylaerts-Betfirst) leading the chase behind.

On the fourth lap Pauwels slipped on a corner which allowed Van Kessel and Venturini to escape. On the next lap it was Venturini who had a problem on one of the jumps which allowed Van Kessel to escape the French champion and was not seen again till the finish. Venturini was caught by Pauwels and Vanthourenhout and then the Frenchman lost more time in the pits. Van Kessel soon had a lead of 13 seconds over Pauwels and Vanthourenhout with Venturini a further 3seconds back and Iserbyt at 27 seconds.

Pauwels skidded, giving Venturini and Vanthourenhout their chance for victory and with one lap to go Van Kessel 17 seconds on the chase pair with Pauwels fighting to get back. At the finish line Van Kessel had 10 seconds on Venturini with Vanthourenhout in third 8 seconds later. Kevin Pauwels finished off the podium at 24 seconds.

Loenhout - Belgium - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Van Kessel Corne (NED) of Telenet - Fidea Lions pictured during the Azencross , the 6th leg of the men’s elite DVV verzekeringen trophy cyclocross race on December 28, 2017 in Loenhout, Belgium, 28/12/2017 - photo NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Race winner, Corne Van Kessel: “Starting as a favorite is the hardest thing there is, but I managed to make it happen. Venturini was strong, but I was able to get rid of him after he made a mistake.”

2nd, Clement Venturini: “This is my first ’cross of the season in Flanders. I had to adjust to the level. I experienced everything, with a few slips and falls, but I’m happy with my podium. I have to recapture my French champion’s jersey. That is the main goal of my season.”

Soudal Classics – Leuven Result:
1. Corne Van Kessel (Ned) Telenet Fidea Lions in 59:59
2. Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 0:10
3. Michael Vanthourout (Bel) Marlux-Bingoal at 0:18
4. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Bingoal at 0:24
5. Eli Iserbyt (Bel) Marlux-Bingoal at 0:32
6. Daan Soete (Bel) at Telenet Fidea Lions 1:06
7. Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Steylaerts-Betfirst
8. Rob Peeters (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice at 1:18
9. David Van Der Poel (Ned) at Corenden-Circus 1:20
10. Jim Aernouts (Bel) Telenet Fidea Lions.


Quick-Step Floors to Tour Down Under
Elia Viviani will make his debut for the squad at the 20th edition of the Australian race.

2018 marks the anniversary of two decades since the creation of the Tour Down Under, first World Tour event of the calendar and at the same time the most important race held in the Southern hemisphere.

For that reason, the race – whose start is scheduled two days after the traditional People’s Choice Classic criterium (January 14th) – will kick off from Port Adelaide, just as it did twenty years ago, before taking the peloton through more than 80 towns (including Stirling and the 3km-long Willunga Hill, with their spectacular stage finishes, but also Uraidla, a new-entry in the race) and returning to Adelaide for the final stage, which will see the sprinters move again into the spotlight.

Elia Viviani – one of Quick-Step Floors’ seven new signings for the 2018 season – will be at the start of the Tour Down Under (16-21 January), which he previously raced in 2011 and 2014, and is looking with optimism to the six-day event.

“I like the Tour Down Under, it’s one of the best races to start the season – with nice stages, spectacular landscapes and fantastic fans, who always create an electric atmosphere – and I’m motivated to kick off the season on the right foot. It’s a star-studded field at the start and I know it won’t be easy in the sprints, but I have a strong team with a good lead-out and this gives me confidence for my debut in the Quick-Step Floors kit, which I’m eager to show in Australia”, said the 28-year-old Italian, winner of 50 races in his career.

Fellow countrymen Eros Capecchi and Fabio Sabatini will join the 2016 Olympic Omnium Champion, who’ll also rely on Dries Devenyns, Enric Mas (who last year made his pro debut at the Tour Down Under), and two other newcomers, Michael Mørkøv and Florian Sénéchal, in his first outing for Quick-Step Floors.

Santos Tour Down Under (AUS) 2.UWT

Eros Capecchi (ITA), Dries Devenyns (BEL), Enric Mas (ESP), Michael Mørkøv (DEN), Fabio Sabatini (ITA), Florian Sénéchal (FRA), Elia Viviani (ITA).
Sports Director Rik van Slycke (BEL).

Elia Viviani:

UAE Team Emirates’ line-up for the Tour Down Under
Rui Costa and Ulissi in Australia for the first race of the season.

UAE Team Emirates will kick off their second season in Australia, participating in the Santos Tour Down Under, a World Tour circuit race scheduled from January 16th to the 21st.
A criterium race called the People’s Choice Classic (50.6 km on January 14th) will serve as an interesting appetizer for sprinters before the Tour Down Under, which will take place over 6 stages: 4 fractions will be suited to the speed wheelers, while the 4th stage (Norwood-Uraidla, 128 km) and stage 5 (McLaren Vale-Willunga Hill, 151.5 km) will feature uphill arrivals that will most likely determine the outline of the general classification.

Sports Director Philippe Mauduit (France) will be riding in the Emirati team car for the first time as he leads the following 7 riders:
– Matteo Bono (Italy)
– Simone Consonni (Italy)
– Rui Costa (Portugal)
– Roberto Ferrari (Italy)
– Marco Marcato (Italy)
– Manuele Mori (Italy)
– Diego Ulissi (Italy)

Rui Costa: “For the first time in my career I’ll be participating in the Tour Down Under. I want to get to know this race, but I’m well aware that I will end up next to riders who are already in great shape, especially the Australians. For me this will be the beginning of a long season; it will be interesting to see the first results of our winter workouts, hopefully we will have a good pedaling rhythm by then.”

Diego Ulissi: “As has often happened in the past, the 2018 season will also start for me in Australia, in a race where I have always encountered perfect conditions for the first competitive rides.
The competition is going to be very high calibre; the two stages with climbing arrivals will be coveted by many and will serve as a good testing ground.”

EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale ready to roll at TDU
And just like that, bike racing is back.

EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale will send an opportunistic squad to the season’s first races, focusing on a strong general classification showing and embracing opportunities identified as Santos Tour Down Under unfolds.

“We looked at Down Under and wanted to send the best possible team to this particular race. I’ve always thought you need Australians or neo-pros, which is who we have going,” sport director Tom Southam said.

Simon Clarke, Will Clarke, Brendan Canty, Mitch Docker, Tom Scully, Daniel Moreno, and Logan Owen make up the #ArgyleArmada seven for the sport’s first WorldTour race of the season. The group will also race the People’s Choice Classic on Jan. 14.

“Being Australian, the TDU is a very special race for me and I look forward to being there every year. Unfortunately after a broken shoulder at the Vuelta ‘16, I missed the last edition, so I am very eager to get back there this year,” noted Simon Clarke. “It’s a great way to kick off the season as it is an extremely well-organized race and always has great weather. Plus, I’m excited and proud to pull on the new kit.”

The Santos Tour Down Under serves as the doorbell for the race season, offering teams a chance to fly new colors and, in some cases, welcome new riders to the team. Owen and Moreno will make their debuts in argyle, and the team will race under a new title banner and owner, that of EF Education First.

Six of the team’s seven riders for the Australian races hail from the southern hemisphere, and four of those are from Australia.

“This year, we said, ‘OK, we’re just going to go with as many Australians as we can,’ which is good. They’re always in shape this time of year, which means they’ll be motivated. With those guys, we have a really nice team, quite well balanced,” Southam said.

Canty and Moreno will look toward the overall while the team adopts an opportunistic approach elsewhere.

“I think I have a pretty clear idea of how things are going to go, but every now and again the race is surprising,” Southam said. “I think it’s a good route. It’s different from the last few years in terms of the two hard days back-to-back, which is nice. I’m looking forward to getting out there and getting it going.”

The Santos Tour Down under runs Jan. 16-21 and begins in Adelaide. The races mark the return to high-level racing for the sport’s top teams and come at the pinnacle of Australian summer, making a challenge for those from colder climates to arrive with enough fitness to earn a result.

“This race favors youth and enthusiasm, it favors someone who’s had an active offseason — which are Australians, basically. It suits the home riders massively,” Southam said.

The race offers a sharp challenge for those aiming for results but also a nice intro to the season with its script, weather, and length of stages.

“The course is designed around that. The stages aren’t too long; they almost all have set pieces where you know if it’s going to be hard or not, and when it’s not, the guys tend to take it pretty steady,” Southam said. “I’d be pleased to see us with two guys in the top 10 or better. That would be great. It’s going to be difficult to get that. I’d also like us to walk away as a team with our heads held high with a result, whatever that may be, and feeling motivated and confident going into a new year with a fresh perspective.”

EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale for the 2018 TDU.
Simon Clarke (AUS), Will Clarke (AUS), Brendan Canty (AUS), Mitch Docker (AUS), Daniel Moreno (ESP), Logan Owen (USA), Tom Scully (NZL).
Director: Tom Southam (GBR).

Mitch Docker – 2018 Australian Criterium National Championships:

‘Young and exciting’ Team Sky squad set for Tour Down Under
Team Sky will line up with a ‘young and exciting’ squad as the 2018 season gets under way at the Tour Down Under.

Neo-pros Kristoffer Halvorsen and Chris Lawless make their first appearances as Team Sky riders alongside Egan Bernal, who will target the general classification across the six-day WorldTour event (January 16-21).

Halvorsen will have strong leadout support from Brits Jon Dibben and Owain Doull, with the seven-man squad completed by Salvatore Puccio and Lukasz Wisniowski.

The racing takes place on the roads around Adelaide, with the action kicking off with the now traditional pre-race People’s Choice Classic criterium (January 14).

On the lineup, Team Sky Sport Director Brett Lancaster explained: “It’s a really young and exciting team and we’re keen to see how these guys develop.

“We’ll be gunning to try and take a stage win. We’ve got Kristoffer as our lead sprinter. His form is a bit unknown coming straight from Norway and stepping off the plane into temperatures of close to 40 degrees.

“Puccio is our road captain and the most experienced rider in the team. He’s been pro since 2012 but he’s only 28 years old, which tells you how young the team is.

“Egan has already raced in a lot of big races. He’s no longer a neo-pro but he’s very young still. It’s going to be a really good chance to see where he is at, especially against the Australian riders who are in a home race and adapted already. We’ll see what happens come Willunga Hill and we’ll look to put him in a good position.

“It’s Willunga again where the race should be decided. Stage four has a good climb too but it’s similar to what we’ve seen in recent years. That Willunga day will be interesting for sure.”

On the challenge ahead Kristoffer Halvorsen added: “I’ve never been in Australia before so I think it will be really nice. The weather is really good and the stages are not too long, so it suits me well as a first ever World Tour race. Hopefully it will be really good.”

Fellow neo-pro Chris Lawless is understandably itching to get the race under way: “I’m really looking forward to starting the season at the Tour Down Under. Going over there with a young team should be pretty fun. It should be good seeing how we all bounce off each other and I’m sure we’ll all be really enthusiastic to get up there and get stuck in.”

Salvatore Puccio will be Sky team captain in Australia:
Andorra La Vella - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Salvatore PUCCIO (Italy / Team Sky)  pictured during La Vuelta ciclista a Espana 2017 (2.UWT) stage 3 from  Prades Conflent Canigo - Andorra La Vella (158,5 km) - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2017

Line-ups Tour Down Under and Vuelta a San Juan
A new year began five days ago and it won’t take long before the new cycling season is kicked off too.

The first race that the Lotto Soudal team will participate in this year is the Tour Down Under. This Australian WorldTour stage race takes place from Tuesday 16 January till Sunday 21 January. Traditionally the Tour Down Under is preceded by the People’s Choice Classic, a criterium in Adelaide on Sunday 14 January. After the Tour Down the Lotto Soudal riders, except for André Greipel, will also take part in a criterium in Melbourne on Thursday 25 January and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (WorldTour) on Sunday 28 January.

Line-up Tour Down Under:
Lars Bak, Thomas De Gendt, Jens Debusschere, André Greipel, Adam Hansen, Bjorg Lambrecht and Marcel Sieberg.
Sports director: Herman Frison.

Six other Lotto Soudal riders will defend the team’s honor during the Vuelta a San Juan; a stage race in Argentina from Sunday 21 January till Sunday 28 January.

Line-up Vuelta a San Juan:
Tiesj Benoot, Jens Keukeleire, Nikolas Maes, Tosh Van der Sande, Jelle Wallays and Enzo Wouters.
Sports director: Mario Aerts.

The other WorldTour riders go on training camp to Mallorca from 6 till 16 January. These riders are Sander Armée, Victor Campenaerts, Jasper De Buyst, Frederik Frison, Moreno Hofland, Tomasz Marczyński, Rémy Mertz, Maxime Monfort, Lawrence Naesen, James Shaw, Jelle Vanendert and Tim Wellens. Just like in December they will stay at the Rafa Nadal Sports Centre.

Tiesj Benoot for San Juan:

Cycling Rally, US team in Andalusia
The team’s first year in the Professional Continental Category.

In the United States the development of professional cycling has spent years promoting itself and making strides to try to match, or even exceed, the general hegemony maintained by European teams in recent years.

The Vuelta Andalucia has always been a pioneer in many aspects of cycling and this year has also opted for a new team Professional Continental, Rally Cycling, which will be the eleventh American team to participate after as they did others like Motorola, US Postal Service, Discovery Channel PCT, HTC Columbia, Team Radioshack, Novo Nordisk, Unitedhealthcare Professional, BMC Racing Team, Cannondale and Trek Segafredo Drapac Profess. A single player has involved 36 runners highlighting Van Garderen for his stage win in 2016 Vuelta Andalucía and Greg Lemond former champions of the world and Lance Armstrong.

The Cycling Rally was born in 2007 in the current season has achieved promotion to Professional Continental category. The team has eleven Americans and five Canadians runners, so it’s a completely American team. Last season was the winning team of the UCI America Tour rankings and USA Cycling Pro Road Tour, having won 58 singles victories and 108 podium finishes last season.

Patrick McCarty director who already participate in the Vuelta Andalucía in 2004 has selected the following riders:

Ryan Anderson: 30, Canadian sprinter who arrives in the team from the Direct Energy and which has played the last two seasons. It has eight individual victories in tests of Canada and the United States well in Portugal. Two seasons ago he participated in the Tour of Spain. He participated in the 2012 Vuelta a Andalucía with the Canadian team SpiderTech powered by C 10.

Robert Britton: Canadian cyclist of 33 years will compete for the third consecutive year with the team. He has managed 17 wins, two of them team time trial . Last year he got three wins: stage in the Tour de Beauce and stage and the final General in the Tour of Utah, in Brighton, United States. There has never participated in Andalusia.

Matteo Dal-Cin: Canadian sprinter just turned 27. Before opting for the bicycle was an excellent hockey player, even to compete with the Canadian team. It has 17 individual victories and will be his second year on the team that reached the Silber Pro Cycling Time. He is the reigning Canadian Elite Road Championship in Ottawa, Ontario, having also won stages in the Tour of Gila in New Mexico and the Tour de Beauce in Quebec. It will be his first participation in Andalucía.

Adam De Vos: 24, Canadian cyclist participating for the third season in the team. Before turning to cycling he competed ten years in swimming, until one year decided to combine swimming and cycling workouts and finally opt for the bike. He has to his credit a stage win in the Tour of Walla Walla, United States, as a first career win. Last year he won a stage in the Joe Martin Stage Race in Devils State Park in Arkansas and his European tour with the team won the GP Judendorf Strabelgel in the Austrian town of Judendorf. First foray into the Vuelta Andalucía.

Evan Huffman: American rider (27). Born athlete who has participated in competitive swimming and triathlon. At 17 he definitely chose the bike, having participated as Junior and Under 23 teams in different US. He turned professional with Astana in 2013 after two seasons and decided to return home. This year will be his third season in the team. It started as Junior proclaimed champion of the United States Map. Also he won as the US Under 23 time trial title and up to 17 victories. Last year he won a stage and the overall in the Tour of the Gila, two stages in the Tour of California, a stage in the Cascade Classic International in Oregon and one stage and overall in the Tour of Alberta, Canada. It will premiere in Andalusia

Colin Joyce: US rider (23yrs) who joined the team last season. His beginnings in the sport were in football and his first win as a rider was in the cadet category in which US time trial champion proclaimed itself. Last year he won a stage in the GP North Star and the General Classification in the same American test. There has never participated in Andalusia.

Emerson Orontes: American cyclist of 27 years. It will be his third season in the team. So far it has achieved a stage victory and the General in San Dimas Stage Race American. It will compete for the first time in Andalusia.

Rally Cycling in Colorado’17:

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