TheAge: GreenEDGE team looking to poach Aussie talent
Australia’s GreenEDGE team, a new project looking for a ProTeam registration for 2012, is determined to sign some top talent, including “at least one well-known, home-grown, veteran,” The Age reports. The paper thinks Stuart O’Grady or Michael Rogers are the obvious candidates, since Cadel Evans is signed with BMC through the 2012 season. The article also says the team is looking to sign Garmin-Cervelo’s Aussies: racers Cam Meyer and Jack Bobridge and manager Matt White. “White’s current contract expires at the end of this year but it is not inconceivable that the respected mentor could be lured to GreenEDGE, which could see a mass Australian exodus from Garmin-Cervelo.”
PressDemocrat.com: Santa Rosa to host 2012 Amgen Tour of California start
Santa Rosa is not hosting a ATOC stage in 2011, for the first time in the race’s history. But Levi Leipheimer’s home town is stepping up in a big way for 2012, the news site reports. “The City Council unanimously authorized City Manager Kathy Millison to sign the agreement with tour owner AEG Sports. The deal calls for the city to commit to spending $580,000 on the event, far more than the $190,000 cost of hosting a stage.”
Wielerland.nl: Former pro Bart Oegema dies at 27
The Dutch news site reports that the former road racer passed away unexpectedly. Oegema won a stage in the Tour de la Martinique in 2006 and was third overall. In 2007 he won a stage of the Circuit des Ardennes, and was also third overall. “Oegema quit cycling in 2008 and chose a career in healthcare,” Wielerland reports. In his final year of racing, he was on the continental Oegema P3 Transfer-Batavus team, the predecessor of Vacansoleil.
Feltet.dk: Wegmann not feeling the weight of German cycling
Fabian Wegmann, who jumped from the collapsed Milram team to Leopard-Trek for 2011, says he feels no pressure to uphold the future of German cycling. With Milram gone the country has no top-level men’s team. “I do not feel that there is extra pressure on my shoulders to produce results to put German cycling back on its feet. It is me who puts the pressure,” he told Feltet. “There is surely a future for cycling in Germany. We have some big races like Frankfurt Eschborn and Cyclassics in Hamburg.”
Carolina Cycling News: Ally Stacher enjoying HTC-HighRoad support
Ally Stacher is the latest pro rider to emerge from collegiate powerhouse Lees-McRae College. The 23 year old has joined HTC-HighRoad for 2011 and tells the regional site she’s enjoying the ability to focus full-time on the sport. “When I was racing collegiately, I had to split a lot of time with school and work with racing. With Webcor, I also had to work on the side and I was finishing school during the winter months. So to say the least I wasn’t able to train perfectly. This year I have been preparing since November 1st and taking everything very seriously.”
Lifeboat Events: Scott Montgomery aboard Lifeboat
Former Scott Bicycles and Cannondale executive Scott Montgomery is the new chairman of Lifeboat Events. The company organizes the industry events PressCamp, DealerCamp and Urban PressCamp. “In addition to his full-time commitment, Montgomery has made a substantial financial investment in Lifeboat Events,” reads a press release from the company.
OregonCyclingAction: Butler supporters raise funds to send her to ‘cross worlds
Fans of Oregon cyclocross racer Sue Butler are helping raise money to send her to the world championships. On Tuesday, January 18, from 6 to 11 p.m., Hopworks Urban Brewery (2944 SE Powell Blvd., in SE Portland) will donate $1 for every pint of beer sold. In addition, Butler is raffling products donated by her sponsors. More information on the raffle on Butler’s blog.