Cannondale Pro Cycling Announces 2014 Rider Roster

 

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Cannondale Pro Cycling Announces 2014 Rider Roster

 

Cannondale Pro Cycling is proud to announce its team for 2014, promising to make for an incredible year of racing coming off of the team’s successful inaugural season. The official roster will continue to develop a stable of young, talented international riders with a flair for winning and boasts 27 riders including three recent signings, four neo-professional riders, and twenty returning riders from the 2013 squad. Though it’ll be difficult to top the 2013 season of 35 stage victories and a Green Jersey win at the Tour de France, Cannondale Pro Cycling is looking forward to a successful second year.

 

Experienced Italian riders Marco Marcato and Oscar Gatto will help lead the team throughout the Classics season and in the Grand Tours. A skilled, all-round rider, 29-year-old Marcato raced for the World Tour team Vacansoleil-DCM in 2012. His strong character will add depth to the team during the Classics and his experience as a domestique will allow him to work with and support team star Peter Sagan. 28-year-old-Gatto was captain of his previous team, Fantini Vini, and has nine professional wins including a stage of the Giro d’Italia in 2011. The skilled rider will both support Sagan during the Classics and take the lead in additional races. Another promising new addition to the talented group is New Zealander George Bennett. The 23-year-old climber took the silver medal in the New Zealand road championship in 2013 and joins Cannondale Pro Cycling from World Tour team RadioShack Leopard Trek.

 

Cannondale Pro Cycling has also signed four promising young guns (as previously announced in August): former junior World champion and current U23 World Champion Matej Mohoric (Slovenia), and three very talented Italians – Davide Villella, Alberto Bettiol and Davide Formolo.

 

The 20 riders continuing with the team who led Cannondale Pro Cycling to a successful start during the 2013 season are: Peter Sagan (Slovakia), Ivan Basso (Italy), Moreno Moser (Italy), Elia Viviani (Italy), Damiano Caruso (Italy), Ted King (USA), Maciej Bodnar (Poland), Guillaume Boivin (Canada), Alessandro De Marchi (Italy), Michel Koch (Germany), Kristijan Koren (Slovenia), Matthias Krizek (Austria), Paolo Longo Borghini (Italy), Alan Marangoni (Italy), Daniele Ratto (Italy), Fabio Sabatini (Italy), Juraj Sagan (Slovakia), Cristiano Salerno (Italy), Josè Cayetano Sarmiento (Colombia) and Cameron Wurf (Australia).

Video-Peter Sagan wins @ Gent – Wevelgem in style and doing a wheelie !!!

Peter Sagan wins @ Gent

Peter Sagan wins @ Gent

Peter sagan wins @ Gent – Wevelgem
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Living Up To Himself: Moreno Moser looks ahead to second pro season

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Living Up To Himself: Moreno Moser looks ahead to second pro season

By Jen See

 

In his first year as a professional, Moreno Moser won five races. This is not the norm in a sport that more often rewards experience than youth. Plainly, the 22-year-old has talent. He also has pedigree. Moreno Moser is the nephew of 1977 world champion Francesco Moser. It all adds up to big expectations for the young Cannondale Pro Cycling rider.

 

“Last year, I take great results, I think,” Moser told Cycling Illustrated. “And people, [they expect] every year you grow. It is not easy. Last year, I won a stage race of the pro tour, so if this year, I don’t win a pro tour race, I’ve lost, no?”

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Images-Cannondale Pro Cycling,Hollywood and Saturday Night

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By Jen See

Cannondale Pro Cycling presented its 2013 team in Hollywood on Saturday night. The tuxedo-clad riders did their best James Bond impressions, and while the team has lost its Italian title sponsor Liquigas, Cannondale Pro Cycling retains its Italian verve. The team will look to a talented group of young riders to step up this season.

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2013 Cannondale Pro Cycling Team Presentation

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2013 Cannondale Pro Cycling Team Presentation

By Brandon Hale

 

The 2013 Cannondale Pro Cycling Team presentation was a black tie event held at Paramount Studios on Saturday January 12, 2013. It was clear from the start that Cannondale, as an organization, was motivated to win more than just races in 2013. They left no stone unturned in making sure the Cannondale brand is the most popular bike brand in the world. The theme for the year is “ The Joy of the Ride with a World Tour Team”.

 

Upon arriving to the black carpet event, the media and the guests were treated like royalty. Everyone was dressed to the nines; cocktails and appetizers were served as attendees mingled in anticipation of the arrival of the Cannondale athletes. When the athletes entered the scene, all members of the press and the guests lined the black carpets as the team strolled through one by one, graciously waving and shaking hands with friends and fans. The last part of the walk before entering Paramount Pictures Studios contained the press gallery. It was here where we got close up with the likes of Ted King, Ivan Basso, and Peter Sagan. They were wearing tuxedos and stopped, posed, then posed again.  As if the Cannondale Pro Cycling team was not star power enough, other guests included celebrities such as  Erika Christenson from the hit show Parenthood, as well as Shemar Moore and Joe Mantegna from Criminal Minds.

 

Once inside the theater, Bob Roll (one of America’s cycling voices) hosted the Team Presentation. The presentation kicked off with the team making an entrance on their bikes circling the audience then landing on the stage and in the aisles. Then one by one Bob introduced the Cannondale Management Team. Everyone from the General Manager to the Team Directors were present, and Bob Roll did a fantastic job translating how Team Cannondale is committed to winning in 2013. Bob Burbank, Cannondale’s General Manager, was welcomed with a warm round of applause. He thanked his staff and his global partners before stating he felt they have a great opportunity to change cycling by putting the “fun” back into the sport, and he mentioned “not everyone is a Cat1 racer.”

 

Every rider was introduced and interviewed about their goals for the 2013 season. Ted King, the only American on the team, was the first rider to speak to the crowd. He said his goal is to ride in the “Tour de France” and that to achieve this he has to take it one race at a time. As they neared the end of the introductions, it was clear they were about to present the captains The second to last person introduced was Ivan Basso with 14 years of Pro Cycling under his belt. You could tell he was experienced in team presentations because he took the stage differently than all the other riders. Before speaking, he handed out high fives to his entire team one by one, showing them that he supports them as much as he is supported by the team. The last person to be introduced was Peter Sagan, and the gallery roared as he entered the stage. As another great leader of the team, he approached each team member to acknowledge them in the same way as Ivan Basso. He said many things, but what was most profound was his goal; “My goal is to win a “Tour of Flanders” for Cannondale this year.” Peter will be one to watch this season to see if he can pull off the win. At the conclusion of the presentation, confetti fell on the crowd from the ceiling and everyone applauded as the team exited the stage.

 

The dinner that followed was held on the “Streets of New York” a well recognized set at Paramount Pictures. Music, food trucks, and drinks were served to the guests of the event. Team Cannondale riders mingled with the crowd as the press continued taking pictures, and guests ate the delicious food that was offered from several food trucks. They even had one truck that was dedicated to just desserts. As the night winded down, people began to head over the Mondrian Hotel for the “GURU After Party”. The guests of the party were treated to Cannondale musette bags full of gifts that included a new pair of Rudy Project shades. This was a fine ending to one of the best Team Presentation events I have ever attended.

 

 

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