BRITS IN SOUTH AFRICA

After an impressive showing at the recent Tour of the Mediterranean, where Britons Chris Froome and Steve Cummings finished a more than respectable 13th and 14th overall, they will now line up in South Africa for the Giro del Capo.

It will be an opportunity for the two British riders to enjoy some more agreeable climes before heading back to Europe before the season proper starts.

What was previously a five-day stage race has now been reduced to four one-day races, due to financial difficulties with a series of one-day races used to waive the UCI regulations governing stage races.

African-born Briton Froome, who finished second overall last year, has made the race one of his key targets for the early season. ?It?s very important for Barloworld and it?s important for me because I?ve spent most of my cycling career in South Africa,? explained Froome.

?It?s a race where I?ve done well in the past and where I was inspired to do well each year before I turned professional. Now it?s a goal for all the team and so I?d be happy if any of us win it?.

Travelling long distances to race abroad is also a trend that has filtered through to domestic teams and one which can often generate a fair amount of press for teams.

The Candi-TV Pinarello team recently flew to Singapore for a criterium, but team manager Phil Griffiths explained to cyclingweekly.co.uk that there was business logic behind the decision. ?As in business, cycling?s all about relationships. It was a fully paid for trip, but a business trip, we are a sponsor after all. There was a lot of prize money on offer, but we go to these races with the intention to win?.


PETITION FOR ROAD RACING

The wheels are (slowly) in motion towards a uniform standard of the policing of cycle racing on the highway.

You can show your support for this campaign by signing the petition to Number 10 below:

http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/cycleracing/

The deadline is March 1.


BRITS IN SWITZERLAND

Three Britons will head to Switzerland this weekend for the 1.1 ranked GP Insubria and GP di Lugano races.

Ben Swift will ride for his Katusha team, whilst Dan Fleeman will appear for the Cervélo Test Team and Geraint Thomas will ride for Barloworld.


TEAM HERBAL LIFE LAUNCH

Above: team launch party in Lancaster

Team Herbal Life held its official launch party at The Borough, Dalton Square Lancaster last Sunday. The brain-child of Neil Taylor and Geoff Newcombe, they have built a team around a burgeoning group of talented youngsters from the north-west of England.

In addition to the initial group, Neil and Geoff have coaxed Stuart Reid (team captain) and Lewis Craven, both formerly of Wheelbase Ron Hill RT to add some experience and guidance to the youngsters as well as Andrew Haden and Damian Smith.

The full line up includes Dylon Byrne, Ashley Finn, James Dunlop, Jonathan Knox, Callum Nicholson with Josh Varty joining the team in the summer.

Neil and Geoff will be assisted in managing the team by Tony Sweeney and Julian Rudd, both come with a wealth of cycling knowledge and experience.

Herbal Life, the sponsor of the sprinters? jersey in the recent Tour of California, won by Mark Cavendish, is the Team?s main sponsor and will be providing them with nutritional products.

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