Steve Bauer, cofounder of Canada’s first pro-continental team, Olympic silver medalist and one of only two Canadians ever to wear the coveted yellow jersey at the Tour de France, believes the team will be extremely competitive in 2012, both in Europe and North America. The 16-rider squad features 13 returning cyclists from 2011 and three new recruits with strong international riding experience.
“The experience gained racing in Europe and across North America against the best pro teams in 2011 is invaluable to our riders as we prepare for 2012. The success we had as a team in 2011 proved to ourselves and to any skeptics that a Canadian team can race and compete with the best teams and individual riders in the world,” said Bauer during a press conference in Toronto.
Among the returning riders expected to lead the team in 2012 are,Will Routley (Whistler, B.C.), the 2010 Canadian Road Champion and silver medalist at the 2011 Canadian Championships; Guillaume Boivin (Longueuil, QC), the bronze medalist at the 2010 UCI Road World Championship road race (U23); David Boily (Québec, QC), best climber at the Giro di Sardegna and five stages in the yellow jersey and second overall at the Tour de l’Avenir, as well as Hugo Houle (Ste-Perpétue, QC), two-time U23 Canadian Champion in 2011.
“Pro cycling is a business and strong riders have options to sign with various teams, all teams must market themselves to riders to attract top talent. I am thrilled that we were able to recruit Caleb Fairly of Amarillo, Texas (formerly of Team HTC Highroad) and Bjorn Selander of Hudson, Wis. (formely of Team RadioShack) . These riders bring a wealth of international experience and impressive racing resumes.”
Last season, Caleb Fairly took part in 28 World Tour events with Team HTC-Highroad, including the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal. The previous season, he rode for World Tour Team Garmin-Transitions as a trainee, with whom he won the 2010 Tour of the Battenkill and finished third in the Giro della Toscana.
In 2011, Team SpiderTech powered by C10 raced about 130 days and scored eight UCI wins, 30 podiums and more than 60 top-10 finishes.
Team SpiderTech powered by C10 demonstrated its dominance on Canadian soil this summer at the 2011 IMMUNITY-FX Canadian Championships, sweeping the podium in the elite men’s race in addition to Hugo Houle capturing both U23 titles in the road race and time trials.
The team will depart for Europe in early January for pre-season training with the race season starting in late January. The team will release a full 2012 race schedule in January.