My name is Elin - A pro cycling lover's reflections

To win some or learn some

Category: Cycling

I am back, but it's pretty annoying as there seems to be some kind of problem with Internet Explorer, which I usually use because I have all my links there and so on. But anyway, I will try to make this work. This morning I told you about Team Milram's line-up to the season 2009.

Luca Barla, Gerald Ciolek, Markus Eichler, Robert Förster, Markus Fothen, Thomas Fothen, Johannes Fröhlinger, Artur Gajek, Linus Gerdemann, Christian Knees, Christian Kux, Martin Müller, Dominik Roels, Matthias Russ, Ronny Scholz, Björn Schröder, Paul Voss, Fabian Wegmann, Servais Knaven, Wim Stroetinga, Niki Terpstra, Martin and Peter Velits, Thomas Rohregger and Peter Wrolich are all part of the team next year. Most of the riders come from Germany this year and only one rider, Luca Barla, is Italian. Last year the team had an Italian license and 15 Italian riders, but next year only Luca Barla will stay. It will surely be a fun experience for him.

Linus Gerdemann and Gerald Ciolek will be their big leaders. But it wasn't that easy to sign Gerdemann as he still had one year left at his contract with Team Columbia, finally they succeeded though and now he is part of their squad.

Don't forget the most important

Category: Cycling

Hi, I will have a late day in school today so I just wished to write something before I go to Stockholm and try to find a place to eat food.

Anyway, yesterday some media announced that the UCI planned to ban race radios but it was all false. Thankfully. Race radio can be important if somebody crashes or so on. But it must be said, sometimes the race radio isn't that good. It makes competition a little bit too easy and some riders just care about the radio communication and nothing else matter. I would personally think it was more exciting if the race radio was turned off before km 3, so that the cyclists really had to fight on their own. So if something happens then it does happen. Or what do you think?

Ps. This is the list of Team Milram next year:
Luca Barla, Gerald Ciolek, Markus Eichler, Robert Förster, Markus Fothen, Thomas Fothen, Johannes Fröhlinger, Artur Gajek, Linus Gerdemann, Christian Knees, Christian Kux, Martin Müller, Dominik Roels, Matthias Russ, Ronny Scholz, Björn Schröder, Paul Voss, Fabian Wegmann, Servais Knaven, Wim Stroetinga, Niki Terpstra, Martin and Peter Velits, Thomas Rohregger and Peter Wrolich. I will tell you later what is so funny with this list.

And you still could melt me with your smile

Category: Cycling

I know this is the most boring time of the year. Nothing happens. The weather is boring and so on. But now it is time to learn what kind of relationship the different cyclists have with their teams. This time it is Skil-Shimano cycling team and Clément Lhotellerie who has terminated their agreement, which is cancelled one year in advance. Of course many of you already knows this and I have already talked about it, because he will be team mate with Sergey Lagutin in Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team next year. But anyway, Clément Lhotellerie, his personal management and the Skil-Shimano team, has due to differing opinions about their cooperation, decided that it's over between them. So that's the reason why the French rider will continue in Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team.

But Skil-Shimano has added an extra year to Japanese rider Yukihiro Doi's contract, so we will see him a little bit longer in that ugly clothes that the riders of Skil-Shimano wears. Please, please, please, change the whole jersey until next year and then maybe I can actually look at them. Hopefully Vacansoleil will have a pretty nice jersey anyway, the company's logo looks pretty good anyway so I guess it will look cool.