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Racing Recap: The 19 Pro Conti Teams; Pro-XCT Loses Promoter; BMC’s Power Roster; More!

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Just a quick update with recent road and mountain bike racing news:

  • The UCI has registered 19 Pro Continental teams for 2010:  Acqua & Sapone (ITA), Andalucia Cajasur (ESP), Bbox Bouygues Telecom (FRA), BMC Racing Team (USA), Carmiooro – NGC (GBR), CCC Polsat Polkowice (POL), Ceramica Flaminia (IRL), Cervélo Test Team (SUI), Cofidis (FRA), Colnago – CSF Inox (IRL), De Rosa – Stac Plastic (IRL), ISD – Neri (ITA), Landbouwkrediet (BEL), Saur – Sojasun (FRA), Scott – Marcondes César Sao José dos Campos (BRA), Skil – Shimano (NED), Topsport Vlaanderen – Mercator (BEL), Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team (NED) and Voralberg – Corratec (AUT).  Notably absent is Rock Racing.
  • US MTB Cup CEO Scott Tedro has pulled out of the Pro-XCT series for 2010.  Citing the frustration and high costs of UCI compliance, with little benefit to U.S. riders, he will no longer organize the events and instead is putting the resources into a new 20+ race series called the US Cup MBRL (Mountain Bike Racing League) with the goal of getting more funds back to the riders.  USA Cycling will continue with the Pro-XCT calendar for those looking to gain UCI points.  Oh, and along with pulling his organizational efforts, Tedro’s company, Sho-Air, is apparently moving their sponsorship dollars, too.  Full details on the new series should be available later this week. Read more
  • BMC Racing Team has finalized its 2010 roster and they will be bringing the heat: Alessandro Ballan (IT), Chris Barton (USA), Chad Beyer (USA), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Cadel Evans (AUS), Mathias Frank (SUI), Thomas Frei (SUI), George Hincapie (USA), Martin Kohler (SUI), Alexander Kristoff (NOR), Karsten Kroon (NED), Jeff Louder (USA), Steve Morabito (SUI), Alex Moos (SUI), John Murphy (USA), Scott Nydam (USA), Mauro Santambrogio (IT), Michael Schär (SUI),  Florian Stalder (SUI),  Jackson Stewart (USA), Danilo Wyss (SUI) and Simon Zahner (SUI).  U23 Team Riders include: Chris Butler (USA), Cole House (USA) and Larry Warbasse (USA). Sports Director is John Lelangue (BEL).
  • Track cycling’s signature event could be out of the Olympics.  Based on a proposal by the UCI, the Individual Pursuit could be eliminated from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London in an effort to have the same number of track events for men and women.  Oddly, the IP was an event that was already raced by both men and women.  So, why eliminate it?  VeloNews has an exhaustive story on it here.  A decision by the IOC is expected this week.
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