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09 December 2019

  • Nathan Haas signs for Cofidis

    Nathan Haas will leave a Katusha-Alpecin team mired in uncertainty and ride for Cofidis next year, signing a two-year contract with the WorldTour-hopeful French team.

    Haas joined Katusha in 2018 after spending two seasons with Dimension Data and three with what’s now EF Education First, but has struggled for results. His only victory came on stage 2 of the 2018 Tour of Oman, and he has been unable to build on his fourth place finish at the 2017 Amstel Gold Race.

    The team are yet to assure the funds to continue in 2020 but Haas was already looking to move on, and liked the sound of the project developing at Cofidis under Cedric Vasseur, who took over as manager in 2018.

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    The French team, created in 1997, are aiming to return to the top tier of the sport and have already stated their intent in the transfer market with the acquisitions of Elia Viviani and Guillaume Martin.

    "I’ve always liked being in teams that have a strong drive to progress, to get better and take a next step. That’s exactly the spirit with Cofidis and Cedric Vasseur and that’s what attracted me," Haas said.

    "What I like about this team is the opportunity to take chances in each race, to give everything so as not to have any regrets. At the Tour de France, they were pretty much in every breakaway. Naturally, I really want to ride Amstel Gold Race and the Ardennes Classics, but I also and above all want to put myself at the service of the team, notably Elia, to help them achieve new successes."

    You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

We are almost there. The Teesside open events start on 10th March with the Cleveland Wheelers CC 21mile SPOCO circuit event in the Stokesley, North Yorkshire, area. With the closing date fast approaching, be reminded that Teesside time trials this year nearly all have a specific road bike category, so you can now compete on a level playing field with others using this type of machine. To bring attention to the specification you must adhere to if entering the road bike event, please see details below:

To enter a 2019 road bike specific event in the Teesside District, the following specification is appropriate to the conditions of entry:

The Rider:

  • · No time trial style pointy helmets (including Kask Bambino), or helmets with built in visors should be worn.
  • · No riding with elbows or forearms on the handlebars. If witnessed, competitor will be disqualified.

The Cycle:

  • · The frame should be constructed in the traditional pattern, i.e. built around a main triangle.
  • · No time trial style or triathlon forward extension bars with or without elbow pads should be present.
  • · Wheels should be of a spoked construction, with a minimum of 12 spokes and a maximum depth of 60mm.

Please apply the spirit of the road bike competition in your equipment choice.

Have a good season & hope to see you at some of the Teesside events