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Ryan Anderson Joins Direct Energie for 2016

by John Symon

December 5, 2015 – Ryan Anderson will join French-based Pro-continental Team Direct Energie (formerly Europcar) for 2016. The announcement followed on the heels of the confirmation of Direct Energie’s UCI Pro-continental licence via the team’s web FB page. The only other Canadian on the 22-man squad is Antoine Duchesne, but David Veilleux was also there until 2013. Although not a WorldTour team, Jean-René Bernaudeau’s squad, in its previous incarnations has often competed at top races such as the Tour de France.

Ryan Anderson  ©  courtesy of Tour of Alberta

Anderson, 28, most notably distinguished himself in 2015 by finishing second at the Canadian road race championships along with winning a stage and the Points jersey at the Troféu Alpendre Internacional do Guadiana in Portugal. He finished second overall at the White Spot / Delta Road Race and was the top Canadian at the Tour of Alberta in 2013 and 2014 winning the North Star Grand Prix last year as well.

Anderson leading Woods  ©  Ethan Glading

Since 2008, Anderson has ridden for: Symmetrics, KBS, SpiderTech, Champion, and Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies.

The new title sponsor, Direct Energie, is a provider of electricity and natural gas in France. As previously reported, Canadian-based sportswear manufacturer, Louis Garneau Sports, previously with Europcar, is no longer a team sponsor.

Direct Energie 2016 Roster:

– Ryan Anderson
– Thomas Boudat
– Lilian Calmejane
– Romain Cardis
– Sylvain Chavanel
– Bryan Coquard
– Jeremy Cornu
– Antoine Duchesne
– Yohann Gene
– Fabien Grellier
– Romais Guillemois
– Tony Hurel
– Fabrice Jeandesboz
– Julien Morice
– Bryan Nauleau
– Adrien Petit
– Alexandre Pichon
– Perriq Quemeneur
– Romain Sicard
– Guillaume Thévenot
– Angelo Tulik
– Thomas Voeckler

Pedal posting on Direct Energie’s status here.
UCI release here.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Ben Aroundo, ON, Canada says:

    Nice guy off the bike, a smart, strong, lightning fast super racer on the bike. Can potentially win any race, anywhere, any time. Canadian prospect for Rio gold.

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