Three riders have extended their contracts with Team NetApp - Endura until 31 December 2014.
4 Wild Cards assigned: Team CCC Polsat Polkowice, the Polish National Team, Team Colombia and Team Netapp-Endura. The organizing committee for the Tour de Pologne UCI World Tour has officially announced the 4 Wild Cards for the 2013 edition.
The highest-ranked German cycling team continues to put together a top-notch racing schedule for the upcoming season. The French racing organizer ASO has invited Team NetApp – Endura to race in Paris – Roubaix and Liège – Bastogne – Liège.
NetApp – Endura, the highest ranked German cycling team, has been invited to the Tour de France by the race organizer ASO. That means a German team will again be at the start of the World’s largest cycling race for the first time since 2010. This year's edition rides from Leeds in the UK over 21 stages and 3,656 kilometers to Paris.
The highest ranked German pro cycling team is heading into the new season with its sights set high. With a squad that comprises the guarantors of success from last year as well as renowned reinforcements, in its fifth year Team NetApp – Endura is aiming to take part in the Tour de France.
Germany’s only professional cycling team, which is built around its new German name sponsor BORA, has signed Steffen Radochla as its Sport Director. During his thirteen-year career in professional cycling Radochla competed in all race classes, most recently with Team Euskatel – Euskadi on the WorldTour.
The first stage of the Tour of Qatar covered 135 kilometers from Al Wakra to Dukhan Beach, where the wind turned out to be the greatest challenge. Sam Bennett though managed to sprint into 14th place. This secured the jersey in the youth classification for the 23 year-old Irishman through a tactical coup in his first race for Team NetApp-Endura. Bennett sprinted into third place in the first intermediate sprint and secured a bonus second. This currently puts him in sixth place in the general classification as the best up-and-coming rider.
In today’s Garmin Velothon Berlin, Sam Bennett clinched his fourth podium finish for Team NetApp-Endura. After 175.2 kilometers, the 23-year-old Irish pro finished second only to Raymond Kreder (Garmin Sharp) of the Netherlands, who is just one year older. Alexander Porsev of Team Katusha came in third.
NetApp-Endura’s Scott Thwaites sprinted out of the lead group today into second place, beaten only by Benjamin Giraud from Team La Pomme Marseille. The tenth stage covered a distance of 191 kilometers from Wuwei to Jingtai, and its outcome was decided by a five-man breakaway group. Mirsamad Poorseyedi Golakhour (Tabriz Petrochemical) continues to lead in the general classification.
Not all the glory in the Tour of California belonged to Tejay van Garderen and Peter Sagan; winner of the Queen Stage in the United States’ biggest race was 25 year-old Leopold Konig (Team NetApp – Endura). He took time to talk to PEZ shortly after the biggest win of his career . . .
The two name sponsors of Team NetApp – Endura, the California-based IT company NetApp and the Scottish cycling clothing brand Endura, will not extend their contracts due to expire at the end of this year. After serving as a main sponsor for five years, NetApp has decided to withdraw from the sport of cycling. Endura will focus on other partnerships in the sport.
Team NetApp-Endura has been granted a wildcard by the organizers of the Vattenfall Cyclassics. As a result, the highest-ranked German cycling team will be competing for the third time in a row in Hamburg at the only top-division cycling race in Germany. The team’s classics riders, in particular, will benefit from the latest WorldTour wildcard this season.
Thanks to a wildcard, NetApp-Endura will be competing for the first time at the Critérium du Dauphiné, which starts next Sunday. The tour is considered one of the most important races on the international racing calendar. The 65th edition of the Dauphiné kicks off in Switzerland. All together, the tour will include eight stages, covering 1,117 km through southeastern France. This is the seventh wildcard for a WorldTour race, which Team NetApp - Endura received so far this season.
With just six weeks to go before its debut at the Tour de France, NetApp – Endura announces its expanded squad for the season highlight. Over the next four weeks, the management of the highest ranked German cycling team will choose nine riders from that group who will be at the starting line in Leeds on July 5. All the riders preselected, with the exception of neo-pro Sam Bennett and local hero Scott Thwaites, have already gained experience in a Grand Tour.
On September 15, Team NetApp – Endura starts at the Tour of Britain for the third consecutive time. The eight-stages-tour will be decided in London on September 22. The route includes a mix of stages with a flat to hillier profile as well as a rather short individual time trial. In the last two years, Team NetApp convinced with a stage win and several podium ranks.
Team NetApp – Endura will enter the second half of the season from August 1 with three stagiaires.
Team NetApp – Endura have achieved very satisfying results in the first two weeks of the Spanish tour: a stage win, a third-place finish in a stage and eighth place overall thus far. The top-ranked German team has scored four other top 10 finishes in addition to that.
The highest ranked German cycling team scores triple success with the first WorldTour invitations of the season. Team NetApp - Endura tour riders will line up at the start again in mid-March at Tirreno – Adriatico, the Race of the Two Seas. For the first time the Italian organizer RCS has invited the team to the Milan – San Remo Monument. In the fall, Il Lombardia will end the season as is traditional.
Team NetApp-Endura has signed André Schulze (GER, 38) and Christian Pömer (AUT, 36) as Sports Directors for the upcoming season. They will complete the team’s leadership with Enrico Poitschke and Alex Sans Vega as well as Team Manager Ralph Denk.
For the second time in his career, Leopold Koenig has won the Czech Cycling Tour this year after winning it for the first time in 2010. The 25-year-old Czech rider from Team NetApp-Endura laid the foundation for his overall victory in yesterday’s Queen Stage, which he confidently decided for himself with a soloist finish. His third place sprint finish in today’s final stage secured his overall victory.