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The winner of the 2016 Red Hook Criterium fixed-gear series is starting a new three-rider team for 2017, called Intelligentsia Racing. Colin Strickland will be joined by sixth place overall Marius Petrache and Stefan Rothe, winner of the Red Bull Last Man Standing event last year.
Strickland dominated the 2016 Red Hook Criterium series in part due to his partnership with Slovenian Aldo Ino Ilesic, who is a well-known powerful criterium racer around the U.S. Ilesic has since joined a new criterium team with his former teammates from the crit-heavy Astella’s squad that ended last year.
Strickland said the three-rider structure of the team is ideal for taking on the 2017 series, as the goal is to win as many of the series races as possible.
“You win the GC by winning races, if you win enough races you will be the GC winner too, so the focus is on winning races and from there see where I stand in the GC.”
The fixed-gear crit racing should be exciting with Strickland and Ilesic now going head-to-head.
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