Bruyneel Adds Three Stagiaires to Team RadioShack

Bruyneel Adds Three Stagiaires to Team RadioShack

July 29th 2010 - Three talented young riders are joining Team RadioShack as stagiaires starting next week. Two riders from Trek-Livestrong, Taylor Phinney (USA) and Jesse Sergent (New Zealand) and one rider from the PWS Eijssen Team, Clinton Avery (New Zealand), are set to join the Team for the rest of the season. The Tour of Denmark (August 4th-8th) will be their first race for the Team.

Taylor Phinney (Boulder, CO, June 27th, 1990) is the reigning elite world champion in pursuit. In Copenhagen he repeated his title of 2009. He is also the two-time winner of Paris-Roubaix U23 (2009, 2010). This season he was impressive in the Olympia’s Tour in Holland with the overall classification and four stage wins.

Jesse Sergent (Feilding, NZ, July 8th, 1988) is the silver medalist of the world pursuit championship, 2010.  In May he won the time trial stage in the Tour of Gila over specialists Levi Leipheimer and Dave Zabriskie. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Sergent won the bronze medal as part of the New Zealand team in team pursuit.

Clinton Avery (Rotorua, NZ, December 3rd, 1987) started his career in mountain bikes. After moving to road racing he became U23 national road and time trial champion. In 2010 he won the Vlaamse Pijl (Belgium) and a year earlier the GC of the Tour of Vlaams-Brabant (Belgium). Avery has finished the last three years in the top ten of Paris-Roubaix U23.

“All three riders are classy young riders. They have a lot of potential,” commented Sports Team manager Johan Bruyneel. “We believe in them and are hoping this works out and can lead to something permanent next year. So far none of the three riders has a guaranteed place in our 2011 team but this is already a step forward in their development as a pro-rider. In the mean time we work further on the future of Team RadioShack. We are currently negotiating with other potential future riders for our 2011 team.”

The three stagiaires will start in the Tour of Denmark (August 4th-8th). They will get other race opportunities in the Tour du Poitou-Charentes (August 24th-27th), the Classic de l’Indre (August 29th), the Grand Prix Jef Scherens/Leuven (September 5th), the Memorial Van Steenbergen/Aartselaar (September 8th), Paris-Brussels (September 11th), the Grand Prix Fourmies (September 12th), the Grand Prix de Wallonie (September 15th), Koolskamp (September 17th) and the Grand Prix Isbergues (September 19th).

“All of these one-day races are part of the replacement program we had to put in place after we were told we’re not welcome in this year’s  Tour of Spain,” continued Bruyneel.  “I hope that our victory in the Teams Classification in the Tour de France may be an answer to the organizers of the Vuelta. It feels bitter: the best Team in the World’s hardest race not being invited to participate at the Vuelta. ‘Other teams offered us better options on a sporting level,’ they said to us.  We disagree.”

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