It will be the first opportunity of the season for the team to get together on European soil after the traditional pre-season meet in Boulder, Colorado in November.
Riders present at Gerona training camp: Magnus Backstedt, Hans Dekkers, Huub Duyn, Will Frischkorn, Martijn Maaskant, David Millar, Kilian Patour and Bradley Wiggins
SIGMA SPORT ANNOUNCES RIDERS FOR 2009
The Sigmasport/Specialized/Sportful team has announced its roster for the 2009 season. The team is largely the same, with the exception of two new signings in the shape of Kit Gilham and Tom Last, both from Kinesis.
The team will hold a three-day training camp in North Wales at the end of January (before the official launch in February), in preparation for its assault on the Premier Calendar, the National Circuit Race Series, potentially the Tour Series, the Nocturne events and for the first time, the Irish Ras.
2009 rider line-up:
Kit Gilham (from Kinesis)
Tom Last (from Kinesis)
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CAMBRIDGE CYCLISTS ARE THE BRIGHTEST
Research from cycleguard.co.uk has shown that 80% of Cambridge?s cyclists own bike lights, according to Cambridge News.
Cambridge cyclists are also the most likely to wear reflective clothing whilst cycling. However, the study also revealed that they were among the least likely to wear a helmet, with just over 50% using one on the ride to work, in comparison with the national average of 60%.
Cyclists in Oxford were apparently the least likely to own lights, with almost 45% admitting to not owning any.
FROM THE MAGAZINE THIS WEEK
Giro d?Italia race director Angelo Zomegnan revealed to Cycling Weekly last week that a British professional team would be welcome at the 2010 edition of the race.
?I think a British team at the Giro would be a great way to help show the Giro in Britain, especially if it turns out that the Sky logo is on the jersey,? said Zomegnan.
In other news, Ben Swift donned the colours of his new Katyusha team at a recent training camp in Tuscany.
Swift will make his full professional debut in 2009, after riding as a stagiaire for Barloworld in 2007.
?I?m still working with Rod Ellingworth for my training and I?m going to be based in Tuscany close to the Academy lads,? said Swift. ?I?m going to take some emphasis off the track and focus on having two good years on the road?.
Swift will be in Moscow on Tuesday for the team?s official launch.
According to figures from Sport England, cycling is now the second largest growing sport in the UK, with an increase of 132,000 adults taking up cycling as a sport in the last two years (the combined figure, including recreation, is 334,700).
Alongside these figures, British Cycling?s membership now stands in the region of 25,000, a 66% increase in three years.
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