This article talks about the first Cycling team to be registered out of Ethiopia. With their rich heritage in long distance running it can only be a matter of time before Ethiopia starts to produce top cyclists. Marco Polo Cycling who for many years have had a team based in China have now changed their focus to this country as they hope to spread the cycling world and find new talent.
Donckers Koffie will be the new title sponsor of the Marco Polo Cycling Team in 2012, meaning the team will be able to race a full season of a pro-level program in Europe, with additional races in Asia and Africa.
The Marco Polo Cycling Team in Europe with sports director Gilbert de Weerdt and the Ethiopian (and Eritrean) cyclists.
Marco Polo Squad:
The Cycling World Cup is being held this weekend at the Olympic velodrome. The event, doubling up as the test event ahead of the Olympics, sees many of the top track cyclists go head to head in the build up to the greatest show on earth. cycling has long been a sport that the Great British team can expect to see many medals with many of the team hoping to strike Gold.
In this first event in the London velodrome the track is already proving to be one of the fastest ever. Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish set a new world best of 32.754 seconds as they beat Kaarle McCulloch and Anna Meares of Australia in the team sprint. Courtesy of BBC :Women’s Sprint Team claim WR
Following the fantastic performance by the sprint Queens, Dani King, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell then beat Canada in a record 3:18.148 in the team pursuit final.
There was however some disappointment for the British team as the mens sprint team of Ross Edgar, Jason Kenny and Sir Chris Hoy missed out on a final place in the qualifying session, Germany went on to beat France for gold in the evening, as Gret Britain defeated Australia to claim the Bronze Medal. Sir Chris commented on the event by saying “The wall of noise when you’re on the track is unbelievable.
“We all had lumps in our throat when Vicky and Jess were on the podium and it’s hard not to get caught up in that emotion.
“I believe the crowd have been a decisive factor in our performances today. Goodness knows what it will be like in a few months’ time.”
The competition continue over the weekend as many more of Great Britain’s hopefuls continue on their path towards the Olympics.
The Tour of Oman is part of the ongoing attempt to globalise cycling and will cover Muscat, Al Batinah region, Al Dhakaliya region and Al Dhahirah region. Hundreds and thousands of spectators are likely to witness the Tour which will complete 5 stages, 1 time trial over a distance of 850 kms.
The 20 teams competing in this event include the UK based Team Sky. After the success of the Tour in Qatar, big signing Mark Cavendish will once again lead the team in the desert of Oman. The full squad will be:
1 – CAVENDISH Mark GBR
2 – APPOLLONIO Davide ITA
3 – ROWE Luke GBR
4 – EISEL Bernhard AUT
5 – HAYMAN Mathew AUS
6 – HUNT Jeremy GBR
7 – STANNARD Ian GBR
8 – SUTTON Christopher AUS
Mark Cavendish comes into the event with two great stage victories in Qatar and the outlook is bright for his future in at Team Sky. The one disappointment that may come from Qatar however is the lack of cohesion in the lead out train. Often leaving Cavendish to follow the wheel of other sprinters. We will have to wait and see if Team Sky can get the train working well and bring the Manx man safely to the line.