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Marco Pinotti Scott HTC Columbia Plasma 3

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After introducing the Plasma 2 last year at the Giro d’Italia, Team HTC is again using this bike for this the same event with a few renovations on the last year’s bike. Formula 1 aerodynamacist Simon Smart, together with his team is making the changes on this year’s Plasma 3.

This year, the changes can be found on the much lower front end of this bike. Complete with a Missile Evo aero bar, the stem is directly in line with the top tube.  They also customized the bar with multiple mounting holes for the arm rests and extensions making it adjustable at the arm’s rest heights and three stem lengths.

Racer and four time Italian Nation time trial champion Marco Pinotti prefers his base bar  grips fairly low but extensions are a bit higher with narrow spaces as high as 19cm that is why this new renovation is made that way…

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HTC-Columbia Ready for Tour of California

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One of the many American Pro Tour Squads taking much concern for next month’s Amgen Tour of California over the Giro d’Italia is Bob Stapleton’s team HTC-Columbia. Michael Rogers will be heading to California to lead HTC-Columbia general classification efforts.

Lance Armstrong will be heading his team Radio Shack in their home turf with a tough compliment contingent from Garmin-Transitions featuring tough riders headed by Christian Vande Velde which is expected with the “local” Pro Tour outfits.

Giro d’Italia hosted last year’s centennial main event with a non-Italian star studded roster on foreign soil and it seems in 2010 will focus more on the traditional orientation to be racing on their home ground and on other racing field.

Rogers believes that fighting battles in two fronts is a very difficult task and the chances of winning is clearly uncertain if not near unattainable. However, the hope of success is not that elusive, he…

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Greipel Undefeated at Tour of Turkey

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Andre Greipel of HTC-Columbia wins another round at the 2010 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey. He bested Angelo Furlan and Claudio Cucinotta with a sprint.

Jan Schaffrath, sports director of HTC-Columbia, shares that it was a tough day but the team did what they came to do and did a splendid job, “A lot of climbing, particularly in the last 20 kilometres, but André stuck in there and we finally got the win”.

Schaffrath described the stage as similar to a heart rate monitor because of the numerous climbs marked on the course, “The longest was about three kilometers. The last sprint was a little bit dangerous, though, and came after another little climb in the final kilometers, but André held on and then did a great sprint.”

Schaffrath noted the strong efforts made by Gert Dockx and Aleksejs Saramotins as well. He adds that tomorrow’s stage will be more challenging but remains…

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Cavendish Gets First 2010 Road Win at Catalunya

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Star sprinter Mark Cavendish of Team HTC-Columbia finally got his first-ever win in a road race this season as he grabbed the 2nd stage victory at the 2010 Volta a Catalunya last Tuesday.

The British rider has had a rough start to his 2010 season, as he was beset by dental and medical problems as well as numerous crashes in the races. However, he seemed to have broken the jinx as he finally found himself on top of the podium as the winner of the Catalunya scond stage. Cavendish finished in front of Team Saxo Bank’s Juan Jose Haedo and Spanish rider Aitor Galdos, who finished in second and third place respectively.

Cavendish is in unfamiliar territory this year as his 2009 season was unlike what he is undergoing now. At this point of the season last year, he had already grabbed six victories, including the Milan-San Remo classic,…

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Greipel Expresses Displeasure Over Milan-San Remo Exclusion

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Team HTC-Columbia rider Andre Greipel has voiced his displeasure over being skipped for the team lineup for the recently-concluded 2010 Milan-San Remo. The German cyclist was not part of the lineup of riders that HTC-Columbia had fielded to race in the Italian classic last Saturday, instead opting to go with their star sprinter Mark Cavendish.

Greipel sees this as an indication that he is just getting second billing on the team, and the fact that he has indeed outperformed his British teammate so far this season does not help matters any. The German rider has already shown his winning form in several events this year, starting with an early rush of three stage victories, earning the points jersey, and the overall title as the 2010 Tour Down Under champion. From there, Greipel went on to grab a win at the Trofeo Magalluf-Palmanova in the Mallorca Challenge, plus another…

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