December 13/06 9:13 am - Team Slipstream p/b Chipotle Announces Pro Continental Status and Roster for 2007
Posted by Editoress on 12/13/06
Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle Announces Pro Continental Status and Roster for 2007
Courtesy Slipstream Sports
In a bold move upward for 2007, Team TIAA-CREF not onlyÂ becomes Team Slipstream p/b Chipotle, but moves up a big notchÂ into the UCI's Professional Continental category. The team'sÂ unique cross-AtlanticÂ schedule consists of racing the USACycling Professional Tour, the European Continental Tour and hopefully a fewÂ ProTour wildcard starts. This schedule will prove challenging but rewarding for both riders and sponsors.
"We are happy to be growing -Â and growing at a rate that will put us on our objective of riding the Tour de France by 2009," announced Team Slipstream/Chipotle's director Jonathan Vaughters.
"Team TIAA-CREF hasn't disappeared, their sponsorship has moved to our junior development team," addedÂ Vaughters, "However, the Professional team, Slipstream presented by Chipotle, is no longer in any way, shape or form a development team. We are still a young team, but now we will race to win, not learn."
Adding a few young but talented riders from across the world, Slipstream p/b Chipotle has bolstered its growing strength, but without losing itsÂ deep roots as anÂ American team. ProTour signees such as Patrick McCarty (Phonak) and Kilian Patour (Credit Agricole)Â bring experience, and young talents such as u23 Paris-Tours winner, Huub Duyn (Rabobank) and Aussie Ben Johnson (Agritubel)Â bring enthusiasm. Returning stars include current USPRO CriteriumÂ Champion, Brad Huff,Â u23 Road Race and Criterium Champion, Craig Lewis, and 2001 World u23Â TT Champion, Danny Pate.
"Pate will be one of the biggest surprises of 2007." states Vaughters, "He was right on the cusp of truly breaking through in 2006, I have no doubt he will have a few rides that leave people awestruck in 2007."
All the riders on Slipstream presented by Chipotle will be riding Felt carbon frames with a unique and yet to be revealed paint scheme.
Huub Duyn (Rabobank): 1st U23 Paris - Tours, 2006
Kilian Patour (Credit Agricole)
Pat McCarty (Phonak)
Benny Johnson (Agritubel)
Tyler Butterfield (Vendee U)
Alex Howes (5280/eSoles Junior Development Team)
Francois Parisien 2005 Canadian National RR Champion
Doug Ellis- Chairman, Slipstream Sports
Jonathan Vaughters- Directeur Sportif/General Manager
Johnny Weltz- Directeur Sportif
Elizabeth Seliga, CPA, MBA- Chief Financial Officer
Prentice Steffen, MD- Team Physician/Medical Director
Allen Lim, PhD- Team Physiologist
Slipstream Sports-Founded in 2005, Slipstream Sports LLC is a highly progressive sports management company dedicated solely to promoting the ethical growth of American cycling.
Chipotle- www.chipotle.com "The restaurant known for serving food with integrity"
FELT Ë† www.feltracing.com Bicycles - "To design, develop, and deliver the best bicycles in the world. Period."
F1C and Z1 frames on the road and DA and BA frames during time trials.
Paul Lange & Co.