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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (VN) — The week opened beautifully for Dutch squad Vacansoleil-DCM. It earned a win and the leader’s jersey in stage 1 at the Amgen Tour of California on the legs of Lieuwe Westra, but it’s been tough news from there.
Shortly after, second title sponsor DCM, a fertilizer producer in western Europe, announced it was leaving the sport. And then on Wednesday, Vacansoleil — the main sponsor of the ever-attacking team — announced it was leaving as well. This means the squad of Juan Antonio Flecha, Thomas De Gendt, and Westra, to name a few, will be without a sponsor at the end of the season. For riders at the races, there is little they can do but pedal and hope to fetch a result.
“We’re proud. We have to thank Vacansoleil for the sponsorship, and we’re proud they achieved their goals. We’re happy for the sponsorship, we’re happy for that,” Flecha said before the start of stage 4, which ran from Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara. “And about the future, the team has the aim of continuing, and our team managers are already looking for sponsorships, and so on. We focus on our rides and our races. Personally, I’m not much concerned about it. It’s a good team structure, and it will work out.”
Flecha departed juggernaut Sky in the offseason to heed his own riding style — always attacking, always opportunistic. He wasn’t regretting that on Wednesday.
“I was willing to have a little more freedom in certain races. Especially after the classics,” Flecha said. “It’s a different way of racing. [At] Sky, the strategy’s always more focused on GC, on going for one guy in grand tours, and smaller races. And here, it’s different. It’s more going on the attack, taking different opportunities of course. We don’t have as big of guys for winning the GC as Sky, and I’m enjoying it a lot.”
Asked if he would need to know if the team had a sponsor locked down soon or decide to leave, Flecha was calm.
“I would say later. I’m focused as I say now on the races and Tour de France coming, and it’s not my job to try to find a sponsor,” he said.
At his age and with his palmares, Flecha said he doesn’t feel pressured to notch results right now. “Not at my age — sorry,” he said.
Westra, currently in the green points jersey in California, said the situation gives the riders more conviction.
“Motivation? Yeah, for sure. I hope the team is going forward,” he said. “Yeah, yeah, yeah. The team is perfect for me. And I hope that next year I stay here also. Today is not good news. Both Vacansoleil and DCM have stopped.”
The Amgen Tour of California continues Thursday, from Santa Barbara to Avila Beach, and for now, the Vacansoleil flag flies on.
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- FrankenBike (n) - A free bike swap meet held once a month in many cities of the USA that is open to anyone who wants to buy, sell or trade bicycles and bicycle related gear or parts.
FrankenBike (n) - Any working bike that has been built up using parts from other bikes.
Finish building the FrankenBike you're working on or turn your spare parts, bikes or gear into cash.
Everyone is welcome to bring bikes, parts, gear, a cooler, chairs, a table etc... just remember to dress for the weather and bring plenty of water.
Expect to have lot's of fun, score some cool stuff for your bike or sell what you bring with you.
FrankenBike is a fun, safe event for kids of all ages.
This month FrankenBike will be held 10am-2pm on 5/26 behind Randy's Recycled Cycels at 4130 Manchester in the Grove.
TREVISO, Italy (AFP) — Britain’s Bradley Wiggins is suffering from a lung infection at the Giro d’Italia, his team Sky announced before Thursday’s Stage 12.
Wiggins, who is fourth overall, entered the three-week grand tour as one of the favorites.
“I do not feel very good right now,” Wiggins said. “I had a rather complicated 24 hours. I hope that in a few days I’ll be fine. Fortunately, in these stages, there are fewer struggles and you can hide a bit.”
One of his lieutenants in the mountains, Italian Dario Cataldo, was sick in the opening stages.
“Most of the riders on the team were sick,” Wiggins said. “These are problems that last three or four days, then it gets better.”
The winner of the Tour de France last summer, the Briton took up the challenge of this year’s Giro. But he’s struggled in the few mountains that have been featured in the race thus far, particularly on rain-slicked descents.
The next mountaintop finish is scheduled for Saturday in Bardonecchia, near the French border.