Ryder Hesjedal joins Trek Factory Racing

Ryder Hesjedal joins Trek Factory Racing

Ryder Hesjedal at the 2015 Tour Down Under

Ryder Hesjedal at the 2015 Tour Down Under

Trek Factory Racing is proud to announce the signing of 2012 Giro d’Italia champion Ryder Hesjedal.

Hesjedal joins the team as a General Classification leader, notably for Italy’s Grand Tour, which holds a special place in the heart of the 34-year-old Canadian. He finished fifth in the latest edition of the race.

Hesjedal: “I am very excited about this. Trek’s management and I are on the same page in terms of what we can achieve together. I know that I still have podium level legs for the Grand Tours.”

“The Ardennes Classics will be important as well,” says Hesjedal, who has a series of top ten placings in the Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège – most notably his second place in the AGR in 2010. “You basically work backwards with the Giro being the number one goal. The rhythm to get to your best shape in the Giro leads you to those races. I know the routine to get there.”

General Manager Luca Guercilena is very pleased with the arrival of Hesjedal. “This is an excellent signing for our team and I have no doubt our fans in North America will be very happy as well. Ryder is a very strong racer and he has a very constant performance.”

“Welcoming a Grand Tour winner makes us feel very proud,” continues Guercilena. “I believe he will be a good fit for our team.”

Hesjedal joins Trek Factory Racing from Cannondale-Garmin, a team where he spent no less than eight seasons. “I have excellent memories from the past seasons and I have a lot of friends there. But I’m thrilled about this change of air. I believe it’s what I needed.”

Hesjedal began his road career on a Trek, and now finds himself back to his road bicycle roots. “Back on a Trek, yes, that’s true,” says Hesjedal. “People ask me if I’m contemplating the end of my career. If I was, the circle would now be complete. The truth is I don’t really know how long I’ll still be racing. As far as performance goes, and how I feel, I feel there’s still a lot in there. This year’s Giro was a confirmation of that. But yes, I don’t see myself racing for another five years. One, two or three, we’ll see. ”
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USA Pro Challenge at crossroads

The Denver Post:

The USA Pro Challenge has the fans. It has international television coverage, supportive sponsors, the world’s top teams and Colorado communities that clamor for host duty.

But after five years, what the Pro Challenge still lacks is a title sponsor that can keep it alive.

This is not a new problem. Professional cycling is largely supported by benevolent billionaires, who are always in short supply. Endless doping scandals haven’t helped the sport either.

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1 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 4:37:03
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3 Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:00:10
4 Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
5 Robbie Squire (USA) Hincapie Racing Team 0:00:13
6 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis 0:00:25
7 Jaime Roson (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:00:27
8 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:31
9 Julian Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:33
10 Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:38

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Top 10, stage 1

  • 1. Taylor PHINNEY, BMC RACING TEAM, in 3:39:07
  • 3. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 5. Gavin MANNION, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS, at :00
  • 6. Logan OWEN, AXEON CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 8. Ivan ROVNY, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 10. Damiano CARUSO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00


Top-10 overall

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  • 3. Brent BOOKWALTER, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 5. Gavin MANNION, JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS, at :00
  • 6. Logan OWEN, AXEON CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 8. Ivan ROVNY, TINKOFF – SAXO, at :00
  • 10. Damiano CARUSO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
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Axeon Cycling Team Announces Hagens Berman & California Giant Berry Farms As Sponsors

Axeon Cycling Team Announces

New Sponsors For 2016

The Axel Merckx Project, Hagens Berman, NEON Adventures, SRAM®,

Specialized, Cal Giant, the American Proficiency Institute and Velofix

come together to invest in the future of cycling.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado – Axeon Cycling Team announced Monday it is significantly bolstering its sponsorship for the 2016 season to expand one of the world’s leading cycling development programs.
In addition to current sponsors NEON Adventures, SRAM®, and the American Proficiency Institute, Axeon (pronounced “AK’shun”) will be joined next year by Hagens Berman, a Seattle-based national class action law firm, Specialized Bicycle Components, California Giant Berry Farms, a long-time sponsor of cycling that is headquartered in Watsonville, California, and Velofix, North America’s largest fleet of franchised Mobile Bike Shops.
Axeon Cycling Team General Manager Axel Merckx said the new sponsorship program will allow the re-branded “Axeon Hagens Berman” team to continue its tradition of nurturing and advancing young, talented riders from the amateur ranks to the highest level of the sport. The additional funding will be channeled toward training, personal coaching, conditioning, bike fittings, performance counseling, physiological assessments, and technical training, he said.
“This is a major step forward for us and a groundbreaking one when it comes to our development of young riders,” Merckx said. “The past six seasons, we have sent 18 riders to the WorldTour. Getting riders to that level will continue to remain our focus. The new support from these partners will allow us to sign additional riders, provide them with better resources, and participate in more races throughout Europe and the United States.”
From its Seattle headquarters, Hagens Berman fights for the rights of consumers, employees and others across the nation against corporate greed, fraud and deception. Outside the courtroom, many members of the firm’s legal team enjoy cycling to work and on the weekend.
“This is a natural move for Hagens Berman in our support for promising young talent in their rise to compete at the highest levels of cycling and forge the skills to succeed both on and off the bike,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman.
Hagens Berman has sponsored one of the longest-running UCI road racing teams registered in the USA, Jamis-Hagens Berman, and also bolstered the Hagens Berman U-23 Cycling Program. With the new Axeon Hagens Berman team, Berman said the firm looks forward to focusing on the Under 23 level.
“We want to provide young riders with opportunities and experiences that can change their lives forever,” he said.
Other new sponsors say they are equally as excited about being involved.
“Specialized has looked at Axel’s team in the last few seasons and we have always been very impressed by the great program and the talent that he has developed over the years,” said Simone Toccafondi Head of Specialized Racing. “Specialized Racing will provide the team with the best equipment and the technology needed to interpret every race in the best way possible. With the technical partnership with Specialized, riders will have the option of pro tour proven bikes including the new Venge ViAS. Additionally, riders will have access to key time saving equipment like the SWorks 6 road shoe and Evade helmet.”
California Giant Berry Farms says the partnership is a perfect fit.
“We are excited about this new partnership with Axeon Cycling,” said Anthony Gallino, Vice President of Sales. “This new connection provides our riders the opportunity to have even more support as they strive to achieve the highest level in pro cycling. California Giant has supported a team for 15 years and during that time period we have escalated our program due partnerships and the talented riders we have been honored to sponsor. In turn they have supported our strong commitment to health and fitness. This new partnership with Axeon will allow us to continue our commitment to this sport and the health and fitness message for our berries we grow and ship both domestically and internationally.”
VeloFix co-founder and CEO Chris Guillemet said: “We are excited and very proud to partner with Axel and Axeon for the 2016 season. His commitment to youth development and the team’s investment in the future of cycling aligns perfectly with our business goals. We look forward to supporting the team and being part of a successful 2016 season.”
The Axeon Cycling Team is currently competing in the USA Pro Challenge, a seven-day UCI 2.HC event in Colorado. Earlier this month, Axeon won a stage of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah with Logan Owen, as well as the “king of the mountains” classification with Gregory Daniel. Among the team’s nine victories this year is Ruben Guerreiro winning a stage and overall title at Trofeu Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina in Portugal in March, James Oram’s victory in the Under 23 New Zealand national time trial championships, Keegan Swirbul’s U23 national title in the USA Cycling Under 23 road race and Daniel Eaton’s national title in the USA Cycling Under 23 time trial championships.
The Axeon Cycling Team will continue to be registered in the United States, Merckx said, meaning 60 percent of the 2016 roster will be Americans. This year’s roster includes riders from Great Britain, New Zealand, and Portugal.
About Axeon Cycling Team

Founded in 2009 by world-renowned Belgian cycling champion Axel Merckx, the Axeon Cycling Team has the goal of developing the best young talent into pro riders. With the backing of an international racing program, the team strongly supports talented young cyclists in their journey towards becoming top athletes and role models. Already the program has advanced 18 riders to the WorldTour ranks, including Giro d’Italia stage winner Taylor Phinney, past U.S. national road champion Ben King, two-time Amgen Tour of California “best young rider” Lawson Craddock, 2015 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah winner Joe Dombrowski and 2009 junior world road champion Jasper Stuyven.
Learn more about the Axeon Cycling Team: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
About Hagens Berman

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a consumer-rights class-action law firm with offices in nine cities. The firm has been named to the National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs’ Hot List eight times. More about the law firm and its successes can be found at www.hbsslaw.com.


About NEON Adventures

NEON Adventures is a London-based digital team born out of the Forward Internet Group with interests spanning from publishing to property, philanthropy to films. Having first teamed up in 2015 to co-create the Axeon brand, NEON will be continuing their support of the world’s top young riders in the 2016 season.
“Becoming an active part of the Axeon setup has been an incredible experience,” said Neil Hutchinson, founder of NEON. “We are hugely excited to build on last year with Axel, the team and a great set of sponsors.”


About SRAM®

SRAM® is a global manufacturer of high-end bicycle components founded in Chicago, Illinois, in September of 1987 with the invention of Grip Shift®. SRAM has focused on building its organic product development capability through road, urban and mountain, but also has completed strategic acquisitions focused on amplifying this capability. SRAM has acquired Sachs Bicycle Components, RockShox®, Avid®, Truvativ® Zipp® and Quarq® power. SRAM is the second largest manufacturer of bicycle components in the world. With more than 3,000 employees, and offices and manufacturing in 15 countries, SRAM is a world-class leader in performance bike parts.
“Axeon Cycling Team continues to be an outstanding representative of the SRAM, Zipp and Quarq brands and our culture of teamwork and development,” said Alex Wassmann, Road Sports Marketing Director. “This program consistently represents exactly what is great about the sport of cycling. We look forward to 2016 and sharing continued mutual growth and success.”
About Specialized Bicycle Components

Specialized was founded in 1974 by riders for riders. Based in Northern California, we focus on the rider’s need for functional and technically advanced products that provide a performance benefit.
About California Giant Berry Farms

California Giant Berry Farms is a grower-shipper of premium fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.  The privately held, family owned company is based in Watsonville, CA and has been in business for over 40 years shipping domestically and internationally on a year-round basis.  California Giant contributes to the health of American consumers by providing an abundant, healthy and delicious product. The company is committed to supporting organizations and alliances that send positive messages about the importance of combining diet and exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle to consumers.

USA Pro Challenge Preview: UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling


USA Pro Challenge Preview: UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Ready to Take on “America’s Race”
The 2015 USA Pro Challenge presents great opportunity for the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team with seven iconic stages for the men and three all-new stages for the women around the mountainous state of Colorado. The talented international field, deep crowds, amazing mountain scenery, and friendly host towns have helped the USA Pro Challenge become a premier event on the US Calendar. In 2014, Kiel Reijnen lit up the race with a triumphant victory on the opening stage in Aspen, Colorado. The team united around Reijnen for the remaining stages, dominating the sprint category to claim the overall sprinter’s green jersey after the final stage in Denver. In 2015, the team will once again look for opportunities to add another jersey to the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team collection.

Kiel Reijnen, sprinting to victory on stage 1 of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge. Reijnen earned the sprinter’s green jersey and with the help of his strong teammates, protected the jersey through the final stage.
Reijnen said of the race, “The USA Pro Challenge is a race we look forward to every year. It’s our chance to show off in front of home crowds on our training roads. The team had a stellar showing last week at Tour of Utah so we are headed to the Pro Challenge with confidence and a taste for yellow.”

The men’s race begins on a 47-mile circuit in beautiful Routt County. The circuit starts and finishes in downtown Steamboat Springs, and will be completed twice by the eager peloton, totaling 6518 feet of climbing. The 96-mile stage will likely end with a sprint finish, and the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team will be riding hard on the front of the pack with the aim of positioning their talented sprinters for the finale.

Day two leads the peloton south towards Summit County. The mountaintop finish at Arapahoe Basin comes after 115 miles of racing, and will be a great opportunity for the team to test its strength in the mountains. The five-mile finishing climb on Loveland Pass road will be a true spectacle for the crowds lining the steep mountain road. Stage three takes place in the high mountains. With the backdrop of Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in Colorado, the peloton will head over Independence Pass to Aspen, before returning to Summit County on Stage Four– the 126-mile trek through South Park to Breckenridge. With intermediate sprint points available throughout and an ambitious field of international talent, the stage will be filled with aggressive racing.

The ever important individual time trial moves from Vail to Breckenridge for 2015, with a hilly 8.5-mile route sure to push the riders to their limit. The time trial also serves as the first stage of the women’s edition, adding fresh legs and a new dynamic to the event. With the high mountains in the background, the race will then head to the Front Range for an exciting second half of the week. A long and mountainous stage six will take riders to northern Colorado, finishing in Fort Collins with Buckhorn and Rist Canyons in between. The final seventh stage will begin with the iconic Lookout Mountain climb in Golden. As has become tradition for the race, the streets of Denver will play host to an exciting circuit race to end the week’s racing. With a long run in to the finish, expect to see the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train come to the front to battle it out for the win.

The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team brings a strong and close-knit roster to the USA Pro Challenge. After a successful Tour of Utah, Kiel Reijnen is on top form, and will be the one to watch on the opening punchy stage in Steamboat Springs. Alongside Reijnen, The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team is fielding sprinters John Murphy and Marco Canola. With options in the sprint finishes and plenty of horsepower to control the race, the UnitedHealthcare Blue Train will be a crowd favorite throughout the week. Accomplished climber and time trial specialist Janez Brajkovič, will lead the charge in the rarefied air of the high mountains and the Breckenridge Time Trial. In the breakaways and lead out trains, talented all-around riders Danny Summerhill, Tanner Putt, Chris Jones, and team captain Jonny Clarke complete the versatile roster. Reijnen is entering the race with confidence, “I will be looking to add to my stage tally and finish the week wearing the sprint jersey again. We, of course, have Jani for GC and John Murphy for the larger group sprints making for a well-rounded squad regardless of how the race plays out.”

General Manager and Sporting Director Mike Tamayo commented, “After a long, hard early season, the riders were able to take some rest and then execute quality training together before this stage racing block. What we saw in Utah was an incredibly strong and cohesive group of teammates, willing to do anything for each other. Our guys are highly motivated and prepared as they head to Colorado.”

The inaugural 2015 Women’s USA Pro Challenge is a three-day invitation-only event, kicking off in Breckenridge on August 21st and concluding in Golden on August 23rd. The USA Pro Challenge is the largest spectator event in the history of the state, and will spotlight the best of the best in professional cycling. The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, fresh off a stage win and overall victory at the Tour of Utah, will be lining up with the dynamic sprinting pair of Hannah Barnes and Coryn Rivera. Katie Hall and Abby Mickey bring immense climbing ability, with proven all-around rider Scotti Wilbourne and time trial expert Linda Villumsen completing the roster. Hall’s victory at the Tour of California early in the year proved she has the legs to climb with the best. Rivera is confident in the team she will be racing with at the USA Pro Challenge, “After a great finish at the Tour of Utah Women’s Edition, the Women’s team is looking forward to continuing our relentless teamwork to propel us to more success at the USA Pro Challenge. The ultimate goal for the team is to win, we don’t show up on the line for 2nd place.”

To follow the men and women of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team as they race across the state of Colorado at the USA Pro Challenge, click here or the button below.
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