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Team News - 02 December 2012


Round up of team news

Team Hitec Products - UCK have announced that they have updated and made more stringent their antidoping policy. The policy will be applicable to all team members, including rider's personal coaches. Orica-AIS announced their first Korean signing - Sung Eun Gu, the reigning Korean Nationl road race Champion.  Good news for the Dutch Dolmans Boels team, the sponsor has announced it will support the team trhough until 2016.


Hitec Products - UCK announce stringent anti-doping policy

Hitec Products have released news that their anti-doping policy will exceed the requirements of the newly-formed MPCC (Mouvement pour un Cyclisme Crédible). The team has a written statement that it will not recruit riders, nor staff with a previous doping history. This is, it notes, a policy already in place for many women's teams. Hitec says it will take matters further with a requirement for rider's personal coaches to also sign a statement that they are in accordance with the policy.

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Korean National Champion will ride for Orica-AIS in 2013

After announcing the signing of Emma Johansson, one of the World's best known and a regular high-ranking rider in the UCI's ranking system, Orica-AIS has announced a more low-key addition to the team.

Korean road race National Champion, Sung Eun Gu. She began her career on the track and had success at National level, taking several titles. She also won silver in endurance events at Junior World level. After a spell at the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, she made the transition to road events. Her most significant achievement to date was a bronze medal on the road and silver medal in the time trial at the UCI B World Championships in Cape Town, 2007. 

The 28 year old is an Olympian, she competed in Beijing. In 2012, she was ranked 127th in the world. In perhaps her only ride against the European professionals in 2012, she finished 14th on Stage 1 of the Tour of Chongming Island. She then crashed out during the Stage 2 finale and did not start either Stage 3 or the World Cup. 

In a press release published by the team, Directeur Sportif, Dave McPartland observed that “She will be part of a very experienced and successful team and we think she will thrive in this environment. We’re only entering our second season, but our structure is clearly working well and that will be a big part of her possibility to grow as a rider. We’re really looking forward to getting her onboard and to help her fully develop her road skills at the highest level.”

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Dolmans Boels announces sponsorship through until 2016

The Dolmans Boels team was established in 2010 and developed well. Notable athletes in the team list have included Emma Trott and Martine Bras. Big changes occurred just before the 2012 Holland Ladies Tour in September, when it was announced that Directeur Sportif, Thijs Rondhuis would be replaced by Dutch ex-professional rider Steven Rooks. Overnight, some riders were left without future contracts and there was some uncertainty for others in the team about to join it for their 2013-and-beyond contracts.

However, after what was declared a successful 'technical sponsorship' of the 2012 UCI World Road Championships in Valkenburg, rental company Boels has announced its commitment to the team for four further seasons. The team, to be known from 2013 onwards as Boels Dolmans Cycling Team will be supported through until the end of 2016.

Olympic silver medallist, Lizzie Armitstead, Dutch all-rounder, Adrie Visser, Belgian Jessie Daams will be on the 2013 squad. In addition, Directeur Sportif from the now defunct AA Drinks team, Danny Stam, will join Rooks on the staff.   

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