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Luca Damiani Signs with Kenda Pro Cycling

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Chad Thompson, Kenda Pro Cycling owner, has announced that they have signed Italian cyclist Luca Damiani to the team roster. “We were trying to see if we had the resources to do it. I knew his results, knew he was a brilliant rider but I wanted to see how he was as a teammate and with communication. I called around and he got gleaming reviews as a friend and a rider. I was surprised at how everyone felt about him,” Thompson said. “He had offers in Italy but he fell in love with the US style of racing and he wanted to be here. He will fit the mold of all the riders we’ve been hiring and that’s because he’s aggressive. He is an all-out rider that has sheer tenacity and attacks often. Having an aggressive riding style is our theory and motif for 2010, to…

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Benjamin Noval Wants to Help Alberto Contador at the Tour

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Spaniard Benjamin Noval is motivated to get to the 2010 Tour de France and help his teammate and friend, two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador. He promises to be there for Contador in the Tour in July, and he wants to regain his position as Contador’s “bodyguard.” “Just like a lot of fans, I believe that Astana didn’t work for Alberto during the last Tour. They were not united. In 2010, nevertheless, I am convinced that we are all going to be rowing in the same direction. We don’t have the stars like RadioShack does, but in the end, I believe we will be up to the job because all of us are clear on who is the leader, what the objective is and how our jobs are,” Noval told Spanish daily MARCA. Noval, nicknamed “el toro,” did not participate in 2009′s Tour because of the…

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Carlos Sastre Targets 2010 Giro d’Italia

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2008 Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre has announced today that he plans to compete in the 2010 Giro d’Italia. The 2010 Giro will begin on May 8th in Amsterdam. “After analyzing the routes of the three big tours — Italy, France and Spain — and discussing things with the team sporting director I’ve decided to take part in the Giro,” says Sastre. “Its a real opportunity,” he adds, and said that the 2010 route was “very attractive” to him. Spaniard Sastre has won two stages of the 2009 Giro; Monte Petrano and Vesuvio. He finished fourth overall. Sastre also wants to compete in the Tour of Catalunya from March 22nd through 28th, and the Amstel Gold Race and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

Via Velo News….

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Yahoo! Cycling Team Launches in 2010

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America’s newest cycling team, coming in 2010, will be team Yahoo!. An online survey was targeted at Silicon Valley, and found that 50% of the people are cycling fans and follow cycling, which encouraged Yahoo! to come on board. Kevin Klein, a former pro, will be taking the reigns as manager. The team will be starting at the grassroots level, and will be based out of California for the first year. “The whole idea behind the Yahoo! Cycling Team is the recruitment of high tech professionals in the Silicon Valley and to provide a platform for partners to achieve more involvement at the community level. If you do it right, everyone should win and grow their business,” says Klein. The team is made up of 15 riders so far, with Klein on the roster as well. “There are veterans, young guys, and professionals…

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ValueAct Women’s Team is now Team VBF

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The ValueAct Capital Women’s Pro Cycling Team has a new sponsor for the 2010 season, and a new name as well. Team VBF, as they are now called, also has a new top rider for the 2010 season, NRC individual champion Alison Powers. Team VBF works with the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer to help raise funds for breast cancer research. Specialized will remain the supplier of bikes and gear as well. “Specialized couldn’t be more proud of the team. Their new partnership works great with Specialized initiatives and the team already has an amazing ability to connect with women and their communities. Our goal is to introduce more women to the sport. With the team’s invaluable feedback on our design and geometry of the entire women’s line, they are helping us make riding a better experience,” says Tara Moeller, Specialized’s US marketing manager. …

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Team Liquigas Begins Training Camp in Spain

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Italian team Liquigas has began their second training camp in Valencia, Spain, after their trip to the snow in Passo San Pelligrino, Italy. The first trip was intended as a team-building activity, while the second is all about pre-season training. Although the team was at the Benicassim beach area, they still had to wear full winter gear due to low temperatures. Team Liquigas’ first ProTour event of the season will be the Santos Tour Down Under, which will begin next month in January….

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Mauricio Soler Goes to Caisse d’Epargne in 2010

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Mauricio Soler, the “Columbian condor,” will be making the move to Caisse d’Epargne in 2010. He was a 2007 Tour de France stage winner, but his 2008 and 2009 seasons were plagued with injuries. Soler is hopeful that his move to Caisse will help him regain his confidence. “I am very happy to arrive at a team as important as Caisse d’Epargne. I hope to be at my best to give back something big to the team. I will have no problem working for (Alejandro) Valverde, everyone knows he’s one of the best riders in the world,” Soler said to Biciciclismo. He also says that riding with Caisse will help take pressure off of him. “They were two difficult years, especially for the injuries to my knee and hand. I had the pressure and responsibility of the team and it was very complicated…

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