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Copeland steps down as Saturn director

After two years directing the men's Saturn Cycling Team, Jim Copeland has decided to resign from the job. Copeland said he expects to shift his focus from cycling and on to other aspects of his life. "I have been involved in the cycling industry for the better part of the last 20 years, both as an athlete and manager," he said in a release issued Monday, "and I, along with my wife, Alisa, have decided that it's time to reduce the travel schedule and come home and stay for a while." While directing the Saturn Cycling Team, Copeland led the team to wins at the Redlands Cycling

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By VeloNews Interactive, from Team Saturn news release

After two years directing the men’s Saturn Cycling Team, Jim Copeland has decided to resign from the job.

Copeland said he expects to shift his focus from cycling and on to other aspects of his life.

“I have been involved in the cycling industry for the better part of the last 20 years, both as an athlete and manager,” he said in a release issued Monday, “and I, along with my wife, Alisa, have decided that it’s time to reduce the travel schedule and come home and stay for a while.”

While directing the Saturn Cycling Team, Copeland led the team to wins at the Redlands Cycling Classic, the Sea Otter Classic, Downer’s Grove US Pro Criterium Championships, the Tour de ‘Toona, and the NY City Cycling Championships.

In 2001 Copeland guided the Saturn team to No. 1 ranking in both the US Pro Tour and National Racing Calendar. In his position as men’s director, Copeland always pushed the riders, especially the younger ones, to take on more responsibility and helped them achieve a higher level of success as team players in the professional peloton.

Copeland said the decision was not an easy one.

“Directing the Saturn Cycling Team was unquestionably the highlight of my 20 years in cycling thus far,” Copeland was quoted as saying. “The Saturn Cycling Program is the best in the business, in my opinion, because of the exceptional people -people that have provided an immeasurable contribution to the sport of cycling. I would like to especially thank Christine Rivers, Tom Schuler and Giana Roberge, as well as all of the staff and athletes on the Saturn Cycling Team. We’ve achieved an enormous amount of success as a team, and I will miss working with you all.”

Tom Schuler, President of Team Sports, Inc expects to name a replacement soon. The team will kick off its 2003 season with training camp from January 14 – 26 in California before heading to Malaysia to compete at the Tour of Langkawi.