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Bicycle Racing News and Opinion,
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

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Dario Cataldo joins Trek-Segafredo

Here’s the team’s announcement:

Trek-Segafredo adds an important dose of experience to its 2022 roster with the signing of Dario Cataldo. The Team and the 36-year-old Italian rider have agreed on a one-year contract. He is the last piece of the transfer campaign for the coming season, making him the 31st rider of the men’s roster and the 11th new arrival.

Dario Cataldo

Dario Cataldo winning stage fifteen of the 2019 Giro d'Italia

On the other hand, for Cataldo Trek-Segafredo will be the sixth team in his long career after Liquigas, QuickStep, Sky, Astana and, for the last two seasons, Movistar. A wealth of global and solid experience, built over fifteen years dedicated to professional cycling, in which he has distinguished himself as a valuable teammate with 23 grand tours to his credit. Cataldo has also personally achieved 11 successes in his career, including the Italian time trial championship and a stage of the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España above all.

Luca Guercilena, General Manager:
“The recruitment of Cataldo responds to a need that we felt, that was to add an experienced, prepared and reliable rider to consolidate a team with several promising young riders. We deeply believe in his qualities as a team player and global rider, as well as in his ability to support the leaders, especially in the Grand Tours, and the neo-pros in their growth. He can give a valuable contribution to our sporting project.”

Dario Cataldo:
“I join Trek-Segafredo after several years in which I have consolidated my position as road captain and reliable domestique. It is a role in which I see myself fitting well, thanks to the experience gained in great teams and alongside strong leaders. I believe that my many years as a pro-rider are an added value in a group. The management of the race, peloton dynamics and the group harmony between different personalities are key factors in a race. We’ll have time and chance to discuss specific goals and programs at the team camp, but I already can’t wait to start.

“I definitely approach this new experience with great enthusiasm. I know I’m joining a solid and well equipped group, that has always shown competence and vision. I have known Luca since a long time, we worked together for two years in Quick Step. I have great respect for him, both as a man and as a manager. When we spoke, he gave me great confidence in the Trek-Segafredo project. The idea of paying it back will be one of my biggest incentives.

“In Trek-Segafredo I will also find a friend and training partner, a fellow countryman from Abruzzo, Giulio Ciccone. I saw him become a cyclist in the same team where I started riding, my father was one of his first coaches. We know each other well and it will be a pleasure to ride in the same team now, a key moment of his career”.

Trek-Segafredo Men 2022 Roster

UAE Team Emirates announce backroom team for 2022

Here’s the team’s update:

With 2022 already on the horizon, UAE Team Emirates are pleased to announce the people who will work behind the scenes for the forthcoming campaign.

The base of the team remains very similar to 2021 with a few re-shuffles and new recruits:

After 17 seasons as a professional, Marco Marcato will retire and make the transition from rider to Sports Director for 2022.

Marco Marcato

Marco Marcato checking out the 2018 Paris-Roubaix course. Sirotti photo

Despite stepping back from his post as Head Sports Director due to health issues, Allan Peiper will continue to lend his experienced hand in his new role of Sporting and Technical Advisor.

Jeroen Swart will assume the new position of Performance Coordinator as Adriano Rotunno steps into his shoes as the new Head of Medical.

New faces in the coaching staff will include trainers Didac Navarro and Kevin Poulton while David Herrero Llorente will come onboard to specialise in the area of biomechanics.

The whole staff will continue to work under the management of Mauro Gianetti (CEO & Team Principal), Andrea Agostini (Chief Operating Officer) and Joxean Matxin Fernandez (Team Manager).

Speaking on the announcement Mauro Gianetti said “Good results from the riders on the road are built on a strong pillar of support staff and a lot of tireless work behind the scenes. We have assembled a good group of people with great specialty in their field and we trust and hope that we can bring it all together for another strong year in 2022.”

Sports Directors/Technical Staff 2022:
Fabio Baldato, Fabrizio Guidi, Andrej Hauptman, Marco Marcato, Marco Marzano, Manuele Mori, Simone Pedrazzini, Allan Peiper.

Medical Staff 2022:
Michele De Grandi, David De Klerk, Raaghib Fredericks, Adriano Rotunno, Jason Suter, Pietr Volcke.

Training & Performance Staff 2022:
Rubens Bertogliati, Didac Navarro, Kevin Poulton, Iñigo San Millan, Jeroen Swart, John Wakefield, David Herrero Llorente, Gorka Prieto Bellver.

"A Bicycle Odyssey" bicycle shop owner Tony Tom dies

It is with great sadness that I post this news from Bicycle Retailer & Industry News. Tony Tom was a customer of mine when I was a wholesaler. I always looked forward to calling on him, and not just for the business. He was an intelligent, kind, capable man in love with bikes. He will be missed.

SAUSALITO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Anthony "Tony" Tom, founder and owner of Sausalito's A Bicycle Odyssey, died last week. He was about 65. Tom and his store are legendary among bike lovers in Marin County and the Bay Area. Tom was known for his mechanical skills, his love for bikes new and old, and his support of the cycling community.

"He was the consummate bicycle aficionado, and had quite a following of similar like-minded people," mountain bike pioneer Joe Breeze told BRAIN on Monday. "He was the kind of guy that, anybody who stopped by the shop, no matter how into cycling they were, or if they showed up on a beat up old 3-speed, he would be happy to help in any way he possibly could," Breeze added.

Tom opened A Bicycle Odyssey in 1975 in Sausalito; it moved around town several times before landing on its current location on Bridgeway, just down the hill from the Golden Gate Bridge and across the street from Richardson Bay.

A lifelong bicycle enthusiast, Tony owned his first bike at the age of 10 — he rode it once and then promptly proceeded to take it apart. At 16, Tony read Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life around bicycles”.

The store is packed with vintage bikes, equipment and memorabilia, as well as the latest high-tech products. Tom supported many events, teams and athletes in the area, including a transcontinental tandem record attempt by Breeze and Otis Guy in 1979. Many shop employees have gone on to positions across the industry. Tom also was close friends with actor Robin Williams, a cycling aficionado himself and a frequent shop visitor.

You can read the entire story here.

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