1.09.2013

Vacansoleil unveiled... more or less

Last year presentation in streaming worked perfectly, not so this year. Too many users maybe. But the point isn't just that: you can't show www a few people talking almost only Dutch with a presenter who barely speaks English and no translation for poor cyclists who indead are not supposed to know it. I must thank  who gave us the way to get something more. The best were not Dutch riders who don't speak English. OMG. 
In spite of that I like that team and am looking forward to see it on the road. De Gendt - De Stelvio after last Giro exploit - said he in 2013 he targets the Tour. The team management was interviewed too and it's good that Vierhouten insisted about the need to consider the human aspects of riders, giving them time to recover, planning together their race schedule... In Reno's words "Luycks laches out to other sports for not taking doping seriously but wants to take responsibility for cyclin". That's also very good. He sounded motivated in telling that.  
Good to see some new signing like Bole, Flecha and Rujano. The old fellow Marco Marcato - author of the first victory of the team - said Vacansoleil changed a lot, improved each year and can now compete with the big team in procycling. I think it's true.
Here there is an interview with Flecha: http://www.vacansoleildcm.co.uk/nieuws/juan-antonio-flecha-brings-quality-and-experience.html
Sadly I have nothing more to add because the streaming almost stopped and it was almost all in Dutch. You'll find more in serious media :)
The team for 2013 should be that - according to http://www.vacansoleildcm.co.uk/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vacansoleil-DCM

 Kris Boeckmans (BEL) 13 February 1987 (age 25)
 Grega Bole (SLO) 13 August 1985 (age 27)
 Thomas De Gendt (BEL) 6 November 1986 (age 26)
 Romain Feillu (FRA) 16 April 1984 (age 28)
 Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP) 17 September 1977 (age 35)
 Johnny Hoogerland (NED) 13 May 1983 (age 29)
 Martijn Keizer (NED) 25 March 1988 (age 24)
 Wesley Kreder (NED) 4 November 1990 (age 22)
 Sergey Lagutin (UZB) 14 January 1981 (age 31)
 Maurits Lammertink (NED) 31 August 1990 (age 22)
 Björn Leukemans (BEL) 1 July 1977 (age 35)
 Pim Ligthart (NED) 16 June 1988 (age 24)
 Bert-Jan Lindeman (NED) 16 June 1989 (age 23)
 Marco Marcato (ITA) 11 February 1984 (age 28)
 Tomasz Marczyński (POL) 6 March 1984 (age 28)

 Barry Markus (NED) 17 July 1991 (age 21)
 Wouter Mol (NED) 17 April 1982 (age 30)
 Nikita Novikov (RUS) 10 November 1989 (age 23)
 Wout Poels (NED) 1 October 1987 (age 25)
 Rob Ruijgh (NED) 12 November 1986 (age 26)
 José Rujano (VEN) 18 February 1982 (age 30)
 Mirko Selvaggi (ITA) 11 February 1985 (age 27)
 Rafael Valls (ESP) 25 June 1987 (age 25)
 Kenny van Hummel (NED) 30 September 1982 (age 30)
 Boy van Poppel (NED) 18 January 1988 (age 24)
 Danny van Poppel (NED) 26 July 1993 (age 19)
 Frederik Veuchelen (BEL) 4 September 1978 (age 34)
 Willem Wauters (BEL) 10 November 1989 (age 23)
 Lieuwe Westra (NED) 11 September 1982 (age 30)


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