Two new U.S. squads added to UCI Div. III
By Bryan Jew VeloNews Senior Writer
With UCI paperwork due into USA Cycling, the Division III line-up in the U.S. is becoming clear. Among the eight U.S. teams, six are previewed in the Feb. 5 issue of VeloNews — 7-Up-Colorado Cyclist, Zaxby’s, Jelly Belly, NetZero, Prime Alliance and Noble House. Details of the two remaining teams, DeFeet-LeMond and RealityBikes.com, have come out this week.
The DeFeet-LeMond team makes the move from the amateur ranks to Division III after several successful seasons. Last year, highlights included third place at the espoir national time trial championship and fourth at the elite national road race. Roberto Gaggioli headlines the roster, but among the young up-and-comers are Americans Brandon Lovich, Shawn Willard and Chris Harkey. And Italian Gabrielle Rampollo and Yugoslavian Dragomir Mitca Zivicovic are expected to be big contributors as well.
The DeFeet-LeMond roster is as follows: Roberto Gaggioli, Gabriele Rampollo, Chris Harkey, Shawn Willard, Brandon Lovick, Darren Fuller, Doug Boice, Viktor Laza, Dragomir Mitcha Zivicovic, Geri Mewitt, Patrick McLoughlin.
Meanwhile, RealityBikes.com gives 46-year-old Kent Bostick a chance to return for another year in the pro peloton. He will be joined by Jason Jones, Ryan Barnett, John Atkins, Andy Crater, Travis Hutchison, Lou Schimmel, Ryan Blickem and Andrew Broas.