07 August 2014

Rider Rosters for the 2014 USA Pro Challenge

Teams and full startlist of riders announced today

Have you been wondering who will be racing in Colorado August 18-24th? Now we know. Of course Jens Voigt will be coming, he has announced that the USA Pro Challenge will celebrate his retirement from the sport after decades of racing. Tejay Van Garderen will be back, so too will Lachlan Morton, Matt Cooke, Tom Danielson, and Janier Acevedo - all names you will recognize as past stage or jersey winners at this race.

If you watched the 2014 Tour de France you will recognize Rafal Majka (polka-dot jersery winner), Michael Rogers, Leopold König, Alex Howes, and Franck Schleck. Michael Markov and Matthew Lloyd, who both won stages in the Giro d’Italia, will be in Colorado as well. Other crowd favorites include two-time Giro d’Italia winner Ivan Basso.

Maple Magnate and big personality Ted King will be back along with well-known American UCI ProTeam riders Peter Stetina, Brent Bookwalter, Phil Gaimon, and Gavin Mannion (a stagiaire with Garmin-Sharp). They will join American UCI Professional Continental riders Danny Summerhill, Jeff Louder, Lucas Euser and Kiel Reijnene.

Current American National Champion Eric Marcott will be racing, along with former American National Champions fast Freddy Rodriguez, Ben King and Matthew Busche. The current junior world champion, Slovakian Matej Mohorič, will be racing on team Cannondale Pro Cycling.

American UCI Continental riders I look forward to supporting and learning more about include Tom Zirbel, Ben Jacques-Maynes, Danny Eaton, Tanner Putt, Gregory Daniel, Joey Rosskopf, Oscar Clark, Robin Carpenter, Ty Magner, Carson Miller, Ian Crane, Rob Squire, Ian Burnett, Kirk Carlsen, Jacob Rathe, Steve Fisher, Alex Candelario, Bjorn Selander, Carter Jones, Jesse Anthony, Scott Zwizanski, Julian Kyer and Travis McCabe.

Drapac Professional Cycling is an entirely Australian team, Rapha Condor JLT an entirely British team, and Optum Presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies an entirely North American team. Hincapie Sportswear Development Team and Team SmartStop will be making a first appearance.

Team Garmin-Sharp in front of the crowd at the Team Presentation in Snowmass Village in 2013.
Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®

UCI ProTeams

BMC Racing Team (USA) @BMCProTeam
Ben Hermans (BEL)
Brent Bookwalter (USA)
Martin Kohler (SUI)
Michael Schar (SUI)
Peter Stetina (USA)
Rick Zabel (GER)
Tejay Van Garderen (USA)
Yannick Eijssen (BEL)

Cannondale Pro Cycling (ITA) @cannondalePro
Alan Marangoni (ITA)
Cristiano Salerno (ITA)
Davide Formolo (ITA)
Edward King (USA)
Elia Viviani (ITA)
Ivan Basso (ITA)
Matej Mohorič (SLO)
Michel Koch (GER)

Team Garmin-Sharp (USA) @Ride_Argyle
Alex Howes (USA)
Ben King (USA)
Gavin Mannion (stagiaire) (USA)
Janier Acevedo (COL)
Lachlan Morton (AUS)
Phil Gaimon (USA)
Thomas Dekker (NED)
Tom Danielson (USA)

Tinkoff-Saxo (RUS) @tinkoff_saxo
Bruno Pires (POR)
Edward Beltran (COL)
Jesper Hansen (DEN)
Michael Mørkøv (RUS)
Michael Rogers (AUS)
Pawel Poljanski (POL)
Rafał Majka (POL)
Rasmus Guldhammer (NOR) (stagiaire)

Trek Factory Racing (USA) @TrekFactory
Calvin Watson (AUS)
Fränk Schleck (LUX)
Hayden Roulston (NZL)
Jens Voigt (GER)
Markel Irizar (ESP)
Matthew Busche (USA)
Riccardo Zoidl (AUT)
Robert Kiserlovski (CRO)

UCI Professional Continental Teams

Drapac Professional Cycling (AUS) @DrapacCycling
Adam Phelan (AUS)
Bernard Sulzberger (AUS)
Darren Lapthorne (AUS)
Jai Crawford (AUS)
Jonathan Cantwell (AUS)
Lachlan Norris (AUS)
Robbie Hucker (AUS)
Wesley Sulzberger (AUS)

Team NetApp – Endura (GER) @NetAppEndura
Bartosz Huzarski (POL)
David De La Cruz (ESP)
Gregor Muhlberger (AUT)
Jose Mendes (POR)
Leopold König (CZE)
Michael Schwarzmann (GER)
Patrick Konrad (AUT)
Tiago Machado (POR)

Team Novo Nordisk (USA) @TeamNovoNordisk
Andrea Peron (ITA)
Charles Planet (FRA)
David Lozano (ESP)
Javier Megias (ESP)
Joonas Henttala (FIN)
Kevin De Mesmaeker (BEL)
Martijn Verschoor (NED)
Scott Ambrose (NZL)

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA) @UHCprocycling
Ben Day (AUS)
Danny Summerhill (USA)
Isaac Bolivar Hernandez (COL)
Jeff Louder (USA)
Jonny Clarke (AUS)
Kiel Reijnen (USA)
Lucas Euser (USA)
Marc De Maar (CAR)

UCI Continental Teams

Bissell Development Team (USA) @BissellDT
Chris Putt (USA)
Daniel Eaton (USA)
Gregory Daniel (USA)
James Oram (NZL)
Keegan Swirbul (USA)
Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL)
Nicholai Brøchner (DEN)
Tanner Putt (USA)

Hincapie Sportswear Development Team (USA) @HincapieDevo
Chris Butler (USA)
Dion Smith (NZL)
Joe Lewis (AUS)
Joey Rosskopf (USA)
Oscar Clark (USA)
Robin Carpenter (USA)
Toms Skujiņš (LAT)
Ty Magner (USA)

Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home (USA) @TeamJamisHB
Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA)
Carson Miller (USA)
Daniel Jaramillo (COL)
Gregory Brenes (CRC)
Ian Crane (USA)
Luis Amaran (CUB)
Matt Cooke (USA)
Rob Squire (USA)

Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis (USA) @JellyBellyTeam
Freddie Rodriguez (USA)
Ian Burnett (USA)
Jacob Rathe (USA)
Kirk Carlsen (USA)
Luis Davila (MEX)
Matthew Lloyd (AUS)
Serghei Tvetcov (ROM)
Steve Fisher (USA)

Optum Presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA) @OPTUMpbKBS
Alex Candelario (USA)
Bjorn Selander (USA)
Carter Jones (USA)
Jesse Anthony (USA)
Ryan Anderson (CAN)
Scott Zwizanski (USA)
Thomas Zirbel (USA)
William Routley (CAN)

Rapha Condor JLT (GBR) @raphacondorjlt
Daniel Whitehouse (GBR)
Elliott Porter (GBR)
Graham Briggs (GBR)
Hugh Carthy(GBR)
Kristian House (GBR)
Michael Cuming (GBR)
Richard Handley (GBR)
Tom Moses (GBR)

Team SmartStop (USA) @TeamSmartStop
Eric Marcotte (USA)
Flavio De Luna (MEX)
Julian Kyer (USA)
Jure Kocjan (SLO)
Michael Torckler (NZL)
Rob Britton (CAN)
Travis McCabe (USA)
Zach Bell (CAN)

Tejay van Garderen will defend his 2013 race win

“I’m really looking forward to defending my race title in Colorado this year,” said van Garderen, an Aspen, Colo., resident. “Because it starts in my hometown, it’s different and more relaxed. To race in front of my family and friends is always special. We are bringing a really motivated team and with a summit finish this year, it promises to be another hard race.”

Race Organizers invite fans to a free Team Presentation, Saturday, 6:15pm in lower Snowmass Village

On Saturday, Aug. 16, the teams will be introduced to fans at the opening ceremonies and official team presentation, taking place at Base Village Plaza in Snowmass. Celebrity hosts Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen will introduce the teams and riders, giving people a chance to check out the best of the best in cycling before the start of the race. The presentation is free and open to the public, with parking available in the lower lots and parking garage at Snowmass Village. You may also take the Gondola from the upper village (more parking and restaurants) to the lower village for free.

Related posts by Pedal Dancer: Word of the Day: Stagiaire and Words of the Day: Professional Cycling Teams (Definitions of World Tour, UCI ProTeam, UCI Professional Continental Team, UCI Continental Team).

More information about the race at the Pedal Dancer Guide Page: USA PRO CHALLENGE AT THE RACE