After six years of collaboration with the COMMENCAL brand, COMMENCAL/Riding Addiction is honoured to announce the arrival of a new Andorran partner, Vallnord resort! Still managed by the Riding Addiction structure with Thibaut and Gaëtan RUFFIN, Remi Thirion and Myriam Nicole (winner of 2011 World Cup), the team has changed names and will now be known as COMMENCAL/VALLNORD to honour the two main partners. Its bike park, its different enduro trails and its sports complex, make VALLNORD an ideal playground for the team. In addition, Gaëtan VIGE, a promising young rider, joins the team and will evolve in the Junior category for the next two seasons. Lezyne is proud to continue its sponsorship with COMMENCAL/Vallnord!
Read more about the new Vallnord sponsorship at PinkBike here.
For over 30 years, the Belgian National Lottery has been involved in professional cycling. Lotto riders have claimed over 760 victories making Lotto one of the most successful teams in professional cycling. Lezyne’s sponsorship of the Lotto Belisol team has been a great partnership. For 2015, Belisol has ended sponsorship of the team and Soudal has stepped in, which is Europe’s top manufacturer of sealants, adhesives and PU-foams since 1966. The newly renamed Lotto-Soudal team now continues with Tour de France stage winners Andre Greipel and Jurgen Van den Broeck, Grand Tour talents Jurgen Reolandts and Jelle Vanendert, as well as former Belgian National Road Champion Ludivine Henrion, and Cherise Taylor on the women’s team. The team also welcomes newcomers Jasper De Buyst and Thomas De Gendt. Lezyne is proud to continue this sponsorship and looks forward to many more victories to come for this strong and well-respected Belgian team.
Read more about the Soudal sponsorship at Cycling News here, and at the Lotto Belisol site here.
The Riding Addiction Team recently found some success in the Cairns World Cup in South Africa. The team gives a report of the event in their own words:
“The 2014 UCI World Cup has kicked off 3 weeks ago in South Africa. The team was really excited to start this new season. Myriam, Rémi, Cam, Thibaut and Gaëtan were motivated to have a good launch into this new season.
It’s always good to be back in South Africa, great atmosphere, wonderful landscapes, even if the track is not the most adored one : Everyone knew it would be one of the most physically demanding track of the season and this year track builders built some interesting new features to make it more technically. Adding this, dry and dusty conditions, it resulted a pretty tricky combo.
Myriam offered us the best surprise, usually not at her best on this track, she managed to get a really good 4th place. Cam was in the pace too with a promising 12th place, he had a clean run but admit with more confidence he could have been faster. Rémi had a really good top part split, which ranked him 6th, but he lost a lot in the pedaling section, he ended up 20th. Thibaut was further in the ranking with the 45th spot, disappointed with his run which missed a lot of rhythm. Gaëtan had a good come back in the top 80 with a 67th place, 1 month and half only after his collarbone surgery.”
In just 2 years, Melbourne-based African Wildlife Safaris Cycling Team (AWSCT) has grown from a concept to one of the best equipped and performing cycling teams in Australia’s domestic competition. AWSCT is taking on the full National Road Series (NRS) calendar and selected UCI events as the team is newly registered as a UCI Continental Team for 2014. AWSCT is the only Australian team to make the step up to UCI Continental ranks this year. Driven by a charter to develop young riders and to contribute to society beyond racing, Scar Racing, the management behind AWSCT believe 2014 will provide opportunities to achieve this with a larger racing calendar, with a strengthened and growing roster and new committed international industry partners.
AWS Cycling Team will be riding with Lezyne bottle cages, multi-tools, and other Lezyne accessories. Check out their Facebook page and Lezyne page for more information on the team!
Andrè Greipel ends the Tour of Oman in dominating fashion! Greipel takes the final stage with his third win of the tour, sealing a very successful endeavor for the Lotto-Belisol team! Congratulations to Greipel and the entire Lotto team!
Bart Leysen, sports director: “Today we aimed for another bunch sprint. The beginning of the stage was very tough. The plan was to have one of our riders in a breakaway, so we shouldn’t have to lead the chase. First Jurgen Van den Broeck jumped away with Kreuziger and Nibali. They stayed in front for about five kilometers. Then Pim Ligthart attacked and later it was up to Gert Dockx. But the escapees didn’t get any space. Katusha wanted to let it all explode on the last climb and closed the gap. Halfway a front group of three was formed which stayed ahead until the final. We kept them under control with Lars Bak and Gert Dockx. Marcel Sieberg and Jürgen Roelandts dropped off Andrè Greipel perfectly again and he sprinted towards the victory.”
“These two weeks in Qatar and Oman have been successful. We won four out of twelve stages. With Jürgen Roelandts and Andrè Greipel we came close to an extra win in Qatar. It proves the whole team is good. The guys can go home in perfect condition for the Belgian opening weekend. We can’t wish for anything more. Also Tony Gallopin and Jurgen van den Broeck have done an excellent job for the team. They are still building up and their goals are yet to come.”
With a perfectly initiated bunch sprint by Lotto-Belisol, André Greipel was the fastest at the finish of the 5th stage at Tour of Qatar. The German champion could go home with the flowers after the win today.
From Andr´ Greipel: “The team did a great job. There were no echelons today. Starting from 60 km before the end Lars Bak and Gert Dockx were pulling to get the breakaway back and put the rest of us out of the wind all day. We didn’t get any help. After 30 kilometers we left it to the other teams. The gap started decreasing again with 20 km to go. Kris Boeckmans led us up to the 2 km sign as it was important to be in front there with the crosswinds. Sieberg and Roelandts took the lead in the final kilometer and did it perfect like always. I could save myself until 200 meters to go. Everyone did his part for the victory.”
Cameron COLE with COMMENCAL Riding Addiction for 2014!
They can finally confirm the rumors… COMMENCAL Riding Addiction is strengthening their squad in 2014 with the addition of Cameron COLE! Riding Addiction welcomes this new rider with open arms!
From team manager, Thibaut Ruffin: “It’s been a couple of seasons we wanted to give a more ‘international’ aspect to the team, when Cam approached me a few weeks ago, he was definitely the rider who could perfectly fit in with what we were working for. He’s a great guy with incredible riding skills, we couldn’t expect for a better rider and team mate. It’s going to be a really exciting season with a really strong line up in the team and we are all looking forward to get back racing and bring to all our riders the keys to achieve their goals.”
Lezyne continues their support and sponsorship of COMMENCAL Riding Addiction and can’t wait to see their new rider in action! Congratulations to Cam Cole and cheers to what should be an exciting 2014 season!
Lotto-Belisol has just received their high-quality, custom cycling accessories from Lezyne! The people of Facebook seem to be taking a liking to these slick new colors and designs. Take a look for yourself on the Lotto Belisol Team Fanpage on Facebook. While you’re there, don’t forget to drop them a ‘like’ on their page for support.
Lezyne continues to be a proud sponsor of the Lotto-Belisol Team, providing their riders with the best in bike tools and accessories.
Congratulations to Lotto-Belisol on their strong start to the season! The Tour Down Under finished with circuit through the streets of Adelaide today, and none other than André Greipel led the pack! Greipel’s sprint was set up by a strong Lotto-Belisol team effort to take the last stage of the Tour Down Under.
This wasn’t the only feat to talk about! Adam Hansen, who had a strong showing by finishing fourth in stage three, gave his home country an impressive performance. Hansen finished ninth at 37″ of winner Simon Gerrans with an unfortunate puncture holding him back in the final, but he was placed in the same time as the first group. The Aussie now gets to wear the KOM jersey around his home country!
Said André Greipel after the race:
“It was really good teamwork today. I actually didn’t need to do anything until the last two hundred meters, the guys took care of the rest. It was pretty hard to stay together on the circuit. Adam Hansen had a puncture in the last lap so we had to wait as long as possible to move to the front. Marcel Sieberg took the responsibility then to set up the lead-out train with 1,2 kilometers to go, that was the right decision. We had a lot of horsepower in the final kilometer.”
“I’m really happy with this second victory, it gives confidence. Staying healthy is the main goal, the rest will come. I’m super happy with my teammates, everybody had his part in the victory. This was a successful Tour Down Under for us. We have Hansen in the top ten and he also took the mountain jersey, so it has been a nice week. It’s a strength of this team that we all help each other, that’s what counts.”
Congratulations to the entire Lotto-Belisol squad and their strong start to the season!
André Greipel and Lotto-Belisol take first win of the Season!
Congratulations to André Greipel and the rest of team Lotto Belisol for their fast and successful start to the season! Lotto Belisol took their first win of the season with a stellar performance by André Greipel, who was the fastest in the fourth stage of the Tour Down Under, and teammates Jürgen Roelandts and Elia Viviani.
It is André Greipel’s 15th stage win ever, with more to come. Greipel commented after the win:
“For me this was the first real sprinter’s chance at the Tour Down Under. That today we not only take the stage win but also the second place with Jürgen Roelandts shows the strength of our team. This was a very strong collective performance. It was a nervous stage, with a lot of crosswind. At the right moment we raised the pressure which resulted in a split of the peloton. Of course I’m glad I could take my first victory. I knew the last climb and the final well, so I knew what we could expect. This well-deserved victory is great. The team is rewarded for its work. The confidence was there, but because of the victory we are all the more looking forward to the final stage on Sunday.”
Again, congratulations to the Lotto Belisol team! Cheers to continued success!