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by Shane Stokes
November 29, 2017
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Former pro rider Bobby Julich has taken up a new role as performance director with the Holowesko/Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources team, coming on board as the squad steps up a level. The American team announced on Tuesday that the UCI had approved its application to become a Pro Continental team. It has signed a new partnership with Arapahoe Resources and, in addition to bringing Julich on board, has signed Radisa Cubric as second directeur.
There will be 16 riders, including eight from the 2017 squad. Those staying are Miguel Bryon, Ruben Companioni, TJ Eisenhart, Andzs Flaksis, Andrei Krasilnikau, Joe Lewis, John Murphy, and Brendan Rhim.
“Eisenhart, who came to the team in 2017, made a name for himself last season with his strong performances in Colorado and Tour of the Gila, as well as the overall GC title in Redlands,” said the squad in an announcement. “Murphy, who claimed a number of titles at Speed Week, the Tour of Utah, and Colorado Classic, is bringing his speed to the team for another year.”
The riders coming on board are Danish competitor Nicolai Broechner (Riwal Platform), Swiss rider Fabian Lienhard (Team Vorarlberg), as well as Evan Bybee, Andrew Dahlheim, Grant Koontz, Morgan Schmitt, and the Colombian duo Brayan Sanchez and Bryan Gomez.
“We have a strong group of guys for our first year as a Pro Continental team,” says team owner George Hincapie. “These riders, paired with our new partnerships and additional leadership, give us a promising start for the 2018 season. It’s still my dream to one day have a team in the Tour de France, and this is a step in the right direction.”