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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

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UAE Team Emirates announce backroom team for 2023

Hee's the team's announcement:

With the 2023 season already fast approaching, UAE Team Emirates are pleased to announce the people who will work behind the scenes for the forthcoming campaign.

UAE Team Emirates is presented at the beginning of the 2022 Giro d'Italia. Sirotti photo

The base of the team remains very similar to 2022 with a couple of new recruits:

Tomas Gil will join the team of sports directors, Javier Sola the training staff, while Maurizio Piombo will form part of the medical team.

The whole staff will continue to work under the management of Mauro Gianetti (CEO & Team Principal), Andrea Agostini (Chief Operating Officer) and Joxean Fernández Matxin (Sporting Manager).

Speaking on the announcement Mauro Gianetti said “The human group working behind the riders is something very important and to have good, friendly people who are the best in their field at what they do is something we focus on a lot as a team. With this group of staff and riders we are confident to continue to do great things in the coming years.”

Technical Staff / Sports Directors 2023:
Fabio Baldato, Fabrizio Guidi, Andrej Hauptman,Tomas Gil, Marco Marcato, Marco Marzano, Manuele Mori, Simone Pedrazzini.

Training & Performance Staff 2023:
Iñigo San Millan, Jeroen Swart, David Herrero Llorente, Gorka Prieto Bellver, Didac Navarro, Kevin Poulton, Javier Sola.

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Team DSM promotes Tobias Lund Andresen, Lorenzo Milesi and Oscar Onley to their Men’s program

The team sent me this:

Continuing to build their roster, Team DSM are delighted to announce that Tobias Lund Andresen, Lorenzo Milesi and Oscar Onley will be promoted to their Men’s program in 2023; marking the 16th, 17th and 18th riders to make the step-up from the Development program. Lund Andresen and Milesi will wear the distinctive two-striped jersey until at least the end of 2025, while Onley is contracted for five years through 2027.

DSM (also shown before the start of the 2022 Giro d'Italia) gets some young help for 2023. Sirotti photo

Tobias Lund Andresen (DEN):
Joining Development Team DSM in 2021 after an incredible final year as a junior in 2020, last season saw Lund Andresen settle in well as he made the step up to the U23 ranks. Helping the team to good results in the early part of the season, Lund Andresen’s campaign ended on a high where after two second place finishes, he powered to the win on the final day of action at Tour de Bretagne after riding an attacking and smart finale. This year has saw Lund Andresen ride more races alongside the Men’s program, gaining vital experience while also showing his level too; with a particularly impressive teammate’s ride at Scheldeprijs, and getting in the mix at the Tour of Denmark.

Lund Andresen expressed: “I’m happy and proud to be making the move up to the WorldTour with Team DSM. I’ve already done races with the Men’s program and know everyone in the group which is already nice and it’s also the same way of working so I think that will make the transition even easier too. I’m really looking forward to getting started and continuing to grow as a rider, and I just want to learn and do as much as possible in the next years with the team.”

Team DSM head coach Rudi Kemna continued: “Tobias had a really strong junior career and upon joining us he has taken steps each year. He’s a team player who is more than happy to dig in for the rest of the team and support them as best as possible; something we have seen highlighted in his strong rides when he has already joined our Men’s program at races. Tobias is also of course a strong bike rider and he can handle some hills and packs a nice punchy finish. Like all of our Development program riders making the step up, we want to continue the trajectory we’re at just now and keep making those steps together.”

Lorenzo Milesi (ITA)
A strong and powerful rider, Milesi was a new addition to the team in 2022. Before that his time as a junior saw him take strong results including the Italian time trial championship title alongside several other wins and good results overall. His first year at U23 level in 2021 saw him find his feet before making his move to Development Team DSM in 2022. Immediately settling into the team, Milesi initially impressed with a day of pulling the peloton on his own at Milano-Torino when he joined the Men’s program, before he put those legs on show at Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux; claiming a brilliant two stage wins. Since then, he’s been an integral part of several good team results; including a second place that he picked up at the Giro della Valle d’Aosta from a strong breakaway before he claimed a superb final stage win at the Tour de l’Avenir.

Milesi said: “It has been a really nice first year with Team DSM and I’m super happy to be turning pro with them in 2023. I’ve learned a lot this season and sometimes it has been tough with illness and injury, but I have had good support from the team and I’m thankful for that. On the bike I think I have improved a lot and took some really good results which I can be proud of. I’m already excited for next season and I want to show myself as best as I can in some of the biggest races with the team.”

Team DSM head coach Rudi Kemna added: “Joining the team this year, Lorenzo has made a big impression and is someone that is really motivated and eager to learn and listen to advice from our coaching staff and experts. We’ve already seen him make some big steps and take good results this season, but also off the bike he has really come out of his shell and grown as a person. We want to help continue his progress as he makes his way through the ranks of the professional peloton – helping him improve overall as a rider in the years to come with the team.”

Oscar Onley (GBR):
After a promising first season with Development Team DSM in 2021 which culminated in a third place at the U23 British time trial championships, Onley headed into the 2022 campaign filled with confidence. Starting the season out in good shape, Onley took his first UCI level top five on GC at the Circuit des Ardennes. Working hard for teammates in the next part of the season, Onley’s 2022 would ignite after taking an impressive ninth place on debut at the Giro d’Italia U23. July would see him take a mountain-raid breakaway stage win to Cervinia at the Giro Valle d’Aosta before an impressive seventh on GC at Sazka Tour against professional opposition. Racing on home roads at the Tour of Britain he played a part in the team’s stage win before he was catapulted into the general public’s consciousness at the CRO Race. On the two most hilly stages, Onley would fight it out with Tour de France winner Vingegaard, taking two second places and ultimately ending the race with a brilliant third place on GC.

Onley said: “I’m really excited to be stepping up to the WorldTour with Team DSM next year. I’ve learnt so much on and off the bike in the past two years with the Development program and I’m looking forward to building on this in the coming years. We have a clear plan for the future where we will continue to focus on my development to experience and learn in different situations. The team have a lot of confidence and trust in me and I’m confident we can get the most out of my ability in this environment.”

Team DSM head coach Rudi Kemna continued: “Oscar joined us in 2021 and immediately fitted into the team well. He’s a determined and hard-working youngster who is always curious and asks questions about how to improve in every aspect of his racing life. We’ve seen this come to fruition this year with some good support riding and very impressive performances when he has been the team’s finisher, especially in the latter part of the year. It’s also important to remember that Oscar is still young, so we want to take the time for him to grow as an athlete and person in a natural way as he makes the step up to WorldTour level with our Men’s program.”

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Alpecin-Deceuninck sign Ramon Sinkeldam for 2023 & 2024

Dutch rider Sinkeldam was going to move from Team Groupama-FDJ and ride for B&B Hotels in 2022. But with B&B Hotels’ failure to secure funding for the coming year, Sinkeldam has signed with Alpecin-Deceuninck.

Ramon Sinkeldam racing in the 2021 Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. Sirotti photo

“It might sound a little cliché, but it’s just the truth: I am insanely happy about this opportunity! All the pieces are falling into place. I am super-motivated to be part of the Alpecin-Deceuninck sprint train and to share my experience with the other guys” - Ramon Sinkeldam.

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E-commerce retailer Glory Cycles closing after numerous BBB complaints

Bicycle Retailer & Industry News posted this:

E-commerce retailer Glory Cycles is in the process of closing but many customers are still waiting for products or refunds, including a New York retailer who says he never received a fork he ordered to complete a custom bike build.

"We are in the process of closing the business and liquidating the assets," Glory Cycles Customer Service emailed to BRAIN on Thursday. "COVID delays drove these complaints and impacted our decision to close the business. At this time, we are working to ship or refund remaining orders. Our site has been closed and not taking orders since September, but there is a fake site (we) have been getting complaints and calls about as well."

Through November, 39 customer complaints were registered with the Better Business Bureau against Glory Cycles. Complaints included not receiving a $1,762 build kit, a $2,670.35 frame, and a $3,696 12-speed Di2 groupset.

While he didn’t file a BBB complaint, Andrew Crooks, NYC Velo owner with two locations in New York, said he never received a $585 Enve road disc fork he paid for in advance in March. Crooks told BRAIN he was doing a custom build for an extra-tall customer and needed an Enve fork with a 400mm steerer tube.

Crooks first ordered through QBP but didn’t know if it could get him the fork promptly. Because the customer wanted the bike for an upcoming event, Crooks searched the internet despite knowing his margin on the purchase would be considerably lower.

“If I have to buy this at retail and just eat our margin on the fork, I will do that to keep the client happy,” he said. “My goal was to take care of my client.”

That’s when he saw Glory Cycles had one in stock. When contacted, Glory Cycles said it didn’t actually have one but would the following week.

“So I’m basically putting eggs in multiple baskets,” Crooks said. “Who could fulfill it first? I have no idea what the revenue of Glory Cycles is, but my guess is they dwarf my bike shop, meaning they’re probably selling more Enve forks, and the chances of them being ahead of me in that queue at QBP were great.”

It wasn’t until June when the fork arrived — from QBP. Crooks called Glory Cycles to cancel the order. After repeated attempts, Crooks finally received an email saying the order would be canceled and a refund processed within 8-10 business days. He's still waiting.

You can read the entire story here.

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