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by Mark Zalewski
November 9, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bayly wins queen stage of Tour of Taihu Lake; Jess Varnish, vilified for her claims, speaks about investigation findings; Astana reveals 2017 plans; X-rays confirm broken wrist for Archibald; Team Sky signs Jon Dibben; Mike Creed to direct new American U23 development team; Other players chime-in on Aaron Brown’s resurfacing; Meet Ventouman, who has climbed the Giant of Provence 379 times … and counting; Peter Sagan wants you to ride your bike; Recap of Archibald Madison crash.
Mike Creed, a former pro who went on to direct the U.S. domestic team SmartStop that upset the top teams by winning the professional road championships in 2014, will be back behind the team car wheel in 2017 as director of a new U23 development squad.
Former pro cyclist and Smartstop team director Mike Creed became the coach of the USA Paralympic team in 2015. He brought his inspirational style and intensity to the program, helping to produce a record medal haul for the USA team.
“I’ll be running an under-23 Continental team next year called Aevolo,” said Creed. “We’ll have ten riders. We’re sponsored by HIA Bikes, a new bike company. We’re going to do a full [USA Cycling Pro Road Tour] stage racing calendar, Tour de Beauce, Grand Prix de Saguenay, then depending on how the results go and the team goes, hopefully get into a race like Tour of Utah or something like that.”
The news of a new team forming is welcome on the American domestic scene, as multiple current teams are folding.
“There’s not a lot of pro teams starting,” Creed said. “I don’t know of any new ones besides this one. I’m a little removed from the gossip so maybe there’s another one, but as far as I know there’s not another Continental team starting. And with the under 23 riders, there’s not a lot of options for those guys. They have Axel [Merckx, director of Axeon Hagens Berman], and there’s ones that can get picked up by division 3 teams, but those guys usually have a hard time making roster spots. So this will be cool to have a team just dedicated towards that.”
While Creed has not directed a U23 team before, he said he is confident he can adapt to the role. He recently coached the U.S. Paralympic team at the Rio Games.
“But at the same time they’re just riders, right? They’re just U23 riders. I get it. It’s not altogether different. I actually don’t expect much in that way. I’m sure they’ll have cultural references I don’t get and musical choices I don’t agree with, but on anything else I’m sure we’ll totally get along well.”
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