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By press release
DENVER, CO — Beginning today with Laurent Fignon’s stage race, Paris-Correze (2.1), Team TIAA-CREF begins preparation for Tour de L’Avenir (Sept. 2-11) with a run at a series of European events. The riders representing the team overseas include Timmy Dugan, Craig Lewis, David Robinson, Stu Gillespie (2nd overall at Tour de la Martinique), current U23 National Champion Ian Macgregor, and climbing phenomenon Michael Lange.
According to Team TIAA-CREF director, Jonathan Vaughters, “These races are going to be a stretch for a team that is so young, like ours. But, we have to learn to compete with the ProTour teams if Team TIAA-CREF is truly to fulfill its mission of producing the next American champions.”
Next up for the team will be the strenuous Tour de L’Ain (2.1) which traverses the French Alps, August 7-10, followed by two prestigious Spanish one-day races, Subida Urkiola (1.1) on August 14 and Clasica de los Puertos (1.1) on August 21.
“No matter how the guys do, as long as they finish, these races will be absolutely ideal preparation for Tour de L’Avenir,” said Vaughters.
About Team TIAA-CREF
Team TIAA-CREF is the nation’s premier development cycling team featuring some of the best competitive young cyclists in the country. With strong performances in many national races, Team TIAA-CREF has repeatedly demonstrated that it is the top development cycling program in the country and the one to watch in 2005.