10/8/2013 - NEWS!
2014 Road Racing Season Begins in Asia for 5 Hour Energy presented by Kenda
DAHLONEGA, GEORGIA (October 9, 2013) – The 2014 professional cycling season will begin early for the 5-hour ENERGY® presented by Kenda Racing Team. In November, the 5-hour ENERGY Team will travel to China and compete in two UCI Asia Tour road races. The Tour of Taihu Lake (UCI 2.1) will be November 2-10, followed by Tour of Nanjing (UCI 1.2) on November 12.
“5-hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing Team is honored to accept an invitation to the Tour of Taihu Lake and the Tour of Nanjing. This is our first UCI Asia Tour race and we look forward to expanding our international schedule for the Team,” said Jason Kriel, managing partner of On The Rivet Management, which owns and operates the 5-hour ENERGY Team.
The 5-hour ENERGY Team competed in six UCI stage races in 2013, three in the United States, two in Canada and one in Spain. At the Tour of Alberta, in September, and the Amgen Tour of California, in May, the 5-hour ENERGY Team was the top Continental squad in a UCI-sanctioned stage race. A Top 10 position was secured in all six stage races by the team captain Francisco “Paco” Mancebo. His best finish was second overall at both the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon (Spain) in April and the Tour of the Gila Powered by SRAM (New Mexico, U.S.) in May.
The Tour of Taihu Lake is now in its third year as a UCI stage race. The event is named for the second largest freshwater lake in China, which is located west of Shanghai. The Tour of Taihu Lake will cover more than 1,100 kilometers (683 miles) of racing in nine days. Organizers have invited 22 teams to compete for a $250,000 (U.S.) prize purse. The Tour of Nanjing is a new one-day race located in the capital of Jiangsu Province. The 180-kilometer (111.8-mile) event offers a $50,000 (U.S.) prize purse. UCI points earned at both of these races will be part of 2014 calendar season totals.
The Tour of Taihu Lake roster:
· Nathan English (Berkeley, Calif.)
· Francisco “Paco” Mancebo (El Tiemblo, Avila, Spain)
· Christian Parrett (Macon, Ga.)
· Taylor Shelden (Louisville, Colo.)
· Bobby Sweeting (Asheville, N.C.)
· David Williams (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
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