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Monday, November 08, 2010

Team Type 1 signs former Spanish junior champion Ivan Melero

by Shane Stokes at 6:28 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
 
Continuing to add riders prior to step up to Professional Continental level

Ivan MeleroBuilding towards a 2011 spent racing as a Professional Continental squad, Team Type 1 has added another European to its roster for next season.

Former Spanish road race champion Ivan Melero will compete with the American team, moving from the Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon squad. This season he placed third in the Vuelta Ciclista a la Communidad de Madrid and previously won stage eight of the Circuito Montanes.

Directeur sportif Vassili Davidenko believes that the 27 year old is going to make a difference to the team. “Ivan is a good all-rounder for stage races and understands the pace of European races,” he explained. “He's going to help us in the multi-day events and we hope will find himself with a free hand to bring in some podiums for the team next year.”

Melero’s name is one which will be known to historians of the sport as his father Carlos took a stage in the 1977 Vuelta a España. Ivan became national junior champion in 2011, the same year his brother Oscar began a two-year pro career. He himself graduated to the pro ranks in 2005, placed second on a stage of the Tour de l’Avenir in 2006, and has raced with the Andalucia – Paul Versan, Orbea and Burgos 2016 teams.

The team is expanding its race programme next season and will be based in both Italy and Atlanta. It has made a number of good signings in recent months, including former world time trial championship runner-up and ten-time Hungarian national TT champion Laszlo Bodrogi, Swiss time trial champion Rubens Bertogliati and the Russian climber Alexander Efimkin.

The goal of the team is to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes, and five of the 2011 lineup have the disease

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The roster for 2011 is as follows:

Laszlo Bodrogi - FRA
Daniele Callegarin - ITA
Alessandro Bazzana - ITA
Alexander Efimkin - RUS
Jure Kocjan - SLO
Andrea Grendene- ITA
Rubens Bertogliati - SUI
Olaf Kerkhof - NED-T1*
Aldo Ino Ilesic - SLO
Alexey Schmidt - RUS
Martijn Verschoor - NED-T1*
Scott Stewart - USA
Valeriy Kobzarenko - UKR
Javier Megias Leal - ESP-T1*
Will Dugan - USA
Fabio Calabria - AUS
Joe Eldridge - USA-T1*
Kiel Reijnen - USA
Ben King - AUS
Alex Bowden - USA-T1*

* = Type 1 diabetic
 

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