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by Shane Stokes
November 1, 2017
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With their Pro Continental application for 2018 submitted to the UCI, Holowesko-Citadel announced a new sponsor and two new directors, including Olympic medalist Bobby Julich. Arapahoe Resources, an oil and gas exploration company based out of Oklahoma City, brings it support as a presenting sponsor after backing its own amateur team for three years.
The team’s new directors include Julich, who previously held coaching positions for Saxo Bank, Team Sky, BMC Racing, and Tinkoff, and who will serve as Performance Director. Radisa Cubric, a native of Serbia who competed at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, will be second director. Thomas Craven, who has led the team for five years, remains Chief Sports Director. Julich shares history with Craven, whom he rode as a teammate at Chevrolet-LA Sheriff in the 1990s.
“I am extremely happy and excited to be joining the team,” says Julich. “I have known Rich and George [Hincapie] since we were juniors, and as fate would have it, here we are working together on this project 30-plus years later. I’ve had the honor of working with many top-level cycling teams and coaching many of the world’s top pro riders, and I look forward to using my experience to help take this team to the next level.”
“We’re really looking forward to the 2018 season,” said George Hincapie. “We have the right leadership in place, solid sponsorship partners, and some really good guys on the team. I can’t wait to see it all come together. It’s my aim that we continue to grow year after year, eventually getting to World Tour. This is the first step toward that goal.”