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  1. Fröhlinger, who recently placed 14th at China’s Tour of Hainan where teammate Max Walscheid celebrated five stage wins, is in South Africa on vacation during the international off-season. On Thursday he visited the Velokhaya academy which combines cycling with education to help develop disadvantaged athletes. Fröhlinger donated cycling shirts, bibs, water bottles and caps and shared about his decade as a professional before cycling around the township with some of the academy’s athletes. Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy has produced professionals Songezo Jim and Luthando Kaka. Managing director Sipho Mona welcomed Fröhlinger’s support, explaining that the Academy’s work had helped provide direction and hope for scores of township youths.
  2. Team Giant-Alpecin and Team Liv-Plantur were presented to the media and guests today at the Italian Embassy in Berlin. Team Giant-Alpecin chose the capital of Germany, where the team’s WorldTour license is registered, as the location of the Team Launch for the second year in a row. Click here to view the article
  3. The Ambassador of Italy, H.E. Pietro Benassi, officially opened the presentation in a setting offering a strong association with the history of cycling. Italy has brought the world legendary riders and monumental races such as the Giro d’Italia and Milan–San Remo, as well as the passion of the tifosi and a commitment to extending that passion for cycling to new areas all over the world. The 2016 lineups of the men’s and women’s teams were presented to the audience, along with the full roster of partners. Title partners Giant and Alpecin and current partner Sunweb have been joined by Renson, the trendsetting Belgian manufacturer of ventilation systems, sun shading systems and terrace covers, as a new key partner for 2016 and beyond. Team Giant-Alpecin CEO Iwan Spekenbrink (NED) said: “This year we are continuing to work with a young group of riders who will further develop within our unique elite sports environment based on the ‘Keep Challenging’ approach and principles. Alongside this we will have an enhanced focus on promoting the regrowth of cycling in Germany through grassroots development aimed at both German youth and young talents in the sport. So today is also an important day for German cycling.” Giant Propel Giant TCR Giant TCX TGA Giant Trinity In addition, the team announced the preparation of its development program, which will begin in 2017 in line with the UCI WorldTour reforms and which has the clear objective of becoming the leading and most innovative program in talent development. The program will enable the team to provide a complete grassroots-to-WorldTour structure, offering opportunities for the world’s biggest talents and also ensuring that the best German talents can develop into WorldTour riders.Spekenbrink continued: “We must thank everyone present here today in Berlin for helping make this a special day in a perfect location, the Italian Embassy in Berlin. It is a great way to kick off our 2016 campaign, and we are once again hugely excited about the coming racing season.” Team Giant-Alpecin is also pleased to announce that it has re-signed the talented Floortje Mackaij (NED), a key rider on the women’s team, Team Liv-Plantur. The two parties agreed to a commitment of four years, through the end of 2019. Team Liv-Plantur coach Hans Timmermans (NED) said: “Floortje joined the team two years ago, and we initiated a development process based on the long term. For us it is a logical decision to extend our commitment to work with one of the biggest talents out there. We consider her a product of our ‘Keep Challenging’ approach, and we are looking forward to continuing to contribute to her development.” Giant Envie. Giant TCX TLP. Mackaij said: “I am very happy to renew my contract. I feel very good at the team, where I have the opportunity to grow. Signing for a longer period gives me a lot of confidence. I’ve become stronger. I am still young and so is the team, and I hope we can continue to grow further as a team, too. I hope to show strong results in races that are comparable to last season’s victory at Gent-Wevelgem, and I want to focus on that, as it feels great to compete for the victory in such races. We’ve made a plan with the team, which gives me the structure I need.”Each of the Team Liv-Plantur riders plays a role in the development of Liv bikes and gear, including the Envie Advanced Pro team bike, and the Rev Liv and Attaca helmets. View the complete rosters of the 2016 Team Giant-Alpecin WorldTour team and Team Liv-Plantur here on our new website.Here is the full roster for the 2016 Team Liv-Plantur squad: Leah Kirchmann (Canada) Floortje Mackaij (The Netherlands) Riejanne Markus (The Netherlands) Sara Mustonen-Lichan (Sweden) Rozanne Slik (The Netherlands) Julia Soek (The Netherlands) Kyara Stijns (The Netherlands) Sabrina Stultiens (The Netherlands) Carlee Taylor (Australia) Molly Weaver (Great Britain)
  4. Last week Team Giant-Alpecin announced its journey towards the Tour de France through a new documentary, “Keep Challenging”, which shows a group of dedicated riders, coaches and experts fine-tuning every detail of the team’s equipment, training, support and logistics in a continuous preparation process that started months ago. Click here to view the article
  5. The documentary follows the team behind the scenes from its launch at the French embassy in Berlin, Germany, in the search for new insights, new innovations, new technologies and successes, and concludes with the final step in this journey; the altitude training camp in Sierra Nevada, Spain. As of July 1, the documentary runs in three episodes and will be broadcast through Team Giant-Alpecin’s social media channels. The exclusive opportunity to watch the full documentary before the final episode is released is given by the team to the media.
  6. With an impressive haul of eight stage wins in the previous two editions of La Grand Boucle, Team Giant-Alpecin heads to this year’s Tour de France once again with the goal of winning a stage in the sprint stages with a difficult finale, the intermediate/transition stages and the mountain stages. Further to this, the team aims to develop the riders’ form and further enhancing the quality of the entire team. To achieve successful results, German sprinter John Degenkolb will lead the team with his focus on obtaining good results in reduced sprints. With Warren Barguil (FRA), Georg Preidler (AUT) and Ramon Sinkeldam (NED), the team brings three debutants to Utrecht. For Barguil it will his challenge to discover his capabilities in the Tour, which will be an important step in his development as a GC rider. With the young Frenchman, the team aims for stage success in the intermediate /transition- and mountain stages. Preidler is an all-rounder and his qualities will be employed as a support rider in the lead-out as well as the mountain stages. Sinkeldam will be a valuable member of the sprint preparation for Degenkolb. Other riders forming the line-up for Team Giant-Alpecin's fifth start at the Tour include road captain Roy Curvers (NED), starting his fourth Tour, and trusty lead-out men Koen de Kort (NED) and Albert Timmer (NED), who both participated in all Tour de France tours the team has competed in thus far. The line-up is completed by Tom Dumoulin (NED), who is aiming for a good result in the opening time trial, and Simon Geschke (GER), who together with Dumoulin returns for his third Tour. The team looks forward to the start in the Netherlands, and for five of the team's riders this will be an extra special experience: to start the Tour de France on their home turf. Specific preparations have been made by the team for the Tour de France, starting back in the winter of 2014. The riders, coaches and experts have been fine-tuning every detail of the team’s equipment, training, support and logistics in a continuous preparation process, using aero wind tunnel tests, course recon's and the altitude training camp in Sierra Nevada. A notable absentee this year will be German sprinter Marcel Kittel, who worked hard with team's coaches and experts to get in shape after recovering from a virus. Good progress has been made in this process, however the team decided that Kittel's basic fitness is still not sufficient to compete in the Tour de France. Therefore the team will be strengthened for stage success over a different type of parcours, the hard sprints. For now, an alternative racing program will be determined by the performance team and Kittel himself and new goals will be set for the autumn to structurally work towards them. "Of course I am disappointed about not participating in the Tour de France this year," said Kittel. "But I will have to look ahead and focus on new goals." Coach Marc Reef (NED) is looking forward to the Tour: “Our main goal will be for a stage win, and the team for this year’s Tour has a good chance to achieve this goal. Based on the team’s specific strengths, we already have some great opportunities for success in the first week and fully expect to achieve positive results throughout.” Line-upWarren Barguil (FRA) Roy Curvers (NED) John Degenkolb (GER) Tom Dumoulin (NED) Simon Geschke (GER) Koen de Kort (NED) Georg Preidler (AUT) Ramon Sinkeldam (NED) Albert Timmer (NED) CoachMarc Reef (NED) Christian Guiberteau (FRA) Rudi Kemna (NED)
  7. Team Giant-Alpecin is pleased to announce its final nine-rider line-up for the 102nd Tour de France, which starts in Utrecht (NL) on July 4. After starting in Rotterdam in 2010, the 2015 Tour de France returns to the Netherlands. Click here to view the article
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