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by Mark Zalewski
January 18, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kirsten Wild wins scorching Santos Women’s Tour finale, Amanda Spratt keeps firm GC hold; Caleb Ewan scorches to victory as extreme heat shortens Tour Down Under stage 1; La Méditerranéenne cancelled; Laura Kenny likely out for track World Championships; Loes Sels asks Belgian coach to only consider her results for worlds selection; CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 22: Changing lives in the off-season with Team Novo Nordisk; Owain Doull suffers appendicitis at Tour Down Under; Aevolo Cycling announces roster, sponsors; Christoph Strasser sets new world record for cycling across Australia; Guinness World Records verifies longest distance ridden by a woman; Video: Men’s Santos Tour Down Under, stage 1 highlights; Crash compilation from Fiuggi World Cup races; Mathieu van der Poel trains in Spain; Bike thief caught in the act on bike camera.
Aevolo Cycling, North America’s newest development team, officially unveiled its roster, sponsors and mission on Tuesday. The team is a non-profit project managed by former American professional cyclist Mike Creed and is using a student-athlete model for its roster. The project was founded by Steven van der Zwan, who has been involved in several cycling teams and organizations over the last decade, aiming to bridge the gap to professional teams for developing riders.
“There are a limited of number of professional contracts available,” said Creed. “I believe in my guys and their potential. I also believe it is my job to support the full range of their development should they choose a different path.”
“Despite a growing amount of talent coming up through the junior ranks in recent years, most development teams have collapsed or merged into one remaining elite-level development team in the United States,” noted Van der Zwan. “Many young riders end up shoe-horned into teams that are too single-mindedly focused on delivering race results to their sponsors rather than nurturing rider development. We felt another elite development team was sorely needed.”
The foundation for the team’s stability lies in the three-year deal funded by a collective donor model rather than the traditional title sponsor model. “We have built and are continuing to build a group of donors who are passionate about supporting cycling development and youth development in general,” said Van der Zwan. “Although we certainly need to expand that group, we believe that this donor model will provide the team with a great deal of stability in the years to come.”
The team’s first race will be the Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas in late March.
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