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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion,
Thursday, December 22, 2016

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Former Lampre-Merida team granted WorldTour license as
UAE Abu Dhabi Team

Giuseppe Saronni's team sent me these two news releases:

Under the direction of Matar Suhail Al Yabhouni Al Dhaheri (President of Kopaonic company), the emirate of Abu Dhabi is forming ‘Team UAE Abu Dhabi’, a professional UCI WorldTour cycling team that will compete starting from the 2017 season.

Mauro Gianetti, a former professional rider and former manager, has provided strategic advice on the new cycling initiative for Abu Dhabi.

The Abu Dhabi-based entity, which will be managed by former Giuseppe Saronni, will aim to promote and inspire cycling, and reinforce the emirate’s position as a global sporting capital. Matar Suhail Al Yabhouni Al Dhaheri will act as the interim team representative before becoming the future President of the professional team at the beginning of the race season.

Matar Suhail Al Yabhouni Al Dhaheri said: “We are excited to announce Team UAE Abu Dhabi, the country’s first UCI WorldTour cycling team. The creation of the team marks a new milestone in Abu Dhabi’s journey as a world-class hub for sport, and will continue to galvanise, elevate and promote cycling in the UAE. We are proud to be entering a long-term partnership with one of the world’s longest-standing and most successful team. My gratitude goes to Mauro Gianetti - this project would not have been possible without his trusted counsel and support”

The new team jersey and all technical details will be announced at an official presentation scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of January 2017.

Then a few hours later this was in my inbox:

The registration as World Tour team has been validated, and the team which is managed by Giuseppe Saronni is ready to start with enthusiasm the 2017 season.

The trust and confidence from the United Arab Emirates led to the World Tour licence assignation to UAE Abu Dhabi team, which is ready for facing the challenge of the new cycling season and to exploit the value of the roster of cyclists and of the operative staff.

Diego Ulissi

Diego Ulissi will be wearing the colors of the transformed Lampre-Merida team in 2017

The team will work on a top quality operational way, which suites the skills of the riders, and it will be able to plan interesting project for future improvement.

The management of the team had added, to successful cyclists as Ulissi, Rui Costa and Modolo and to the pure talented riders Meintjes, Mohoric and Polanc, three top international riders such as Swift, Atapuma and Laengen, the best four young guns of the Italian cycling who are Consonni, Ganna, Ravasi and Troia, and experienced cyclists as Guardini and Marcato.

The team thanks Mr Matar Suhail Al Yabhouni Al Dhaheri, who has led the project concerning the new configuration of the team, Colnago company and all the other sponsors for having created the conditions for improving the value of the sports group.

More detailed info about the team will be soon disclosed.

Here's the story about the Lampre-Merida team license posted by Cycling Weekly.

Giant’s King Liu and Tony Lo to retire at year’s end

This important bike industry news came to me from Bike-Eu.com

TAIPEI, Taiwan – King Liu, the 82-year-old founder and chairman of Giant Manufacturing, has announced his retirement at the end of this year together with that of the company’s long-time chief executive Tony Lo, aged 67. The successors of the two senior executive managers were announced last Friday at a press conference.

Bonnie Tu, King Liu’s niece and currently the company’s veteran chief financial officer and executive vice president will take over as Giant Manufacturing’s chairman. King Liu’s only son, Young Liu, currently chief operating officer, will be the new chief executive. Both appointments are effective as of next January 1 as was reported by the Nikkei Asian Review.

The 67 year old Bonnie Tu has long served as the company’s CFO and successfully took the company public in 1994. In 2008, she launched Liv, a female bicycle brand with more colorful and designed models, and which has become one of Giant’s key growth drivers. Young Liu, 57, joined the company as a quality assurance specialist back in 1990. At the age of 34 it was Young Liu who helped to bring Giant to China, where the company has enjoyed explosive growth.

“The time has come for me to truly step down and let the younger generation really make their own decisions and run the company. All the employees are still doing things according to my instructions and directions, but this could eventually hinder their creativity and kill their entrepreneurship to try new things,” said King Liu at the press conference.

Together with 67-year-old chief executive, Tony Lo, King Liu has been working over the last four decades to transform a tiny contract manufacturer into the world’s leading cycling brand that currently sells its products through more than 12,000 retailers across 80 countries.

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