One Pro Cycling Debut in the Big League of Le Tour De Langkawi
14th Jan 2016 | NEWS
Shah Alam- There will be 22 teams that will be hosted by Le Tour De Langkawi on February 24 to March 02, this includes the first appearance of One Pro Cycling, the first ever British UCI-Registered Pro Continental Squad. They’ll line with Kangar with no less than the 2011 Milan-Sanremo winner Matt Goss from Australia.
“When we first talked to their sports director Matthew Winston, we felt this team was special and had a bright future”, the CEO of Le Tour de Langkawi Emir Abdul Jalal underlined. “We were the first H.C. race to invite Tinkoff and Slipstream [later renamed Garmin and now Cannondale] back in 2007. We wish One Pro Cycling to follow their path and be just as successful in years to come.”
It is known that Le Tour De Langkawi has a rich history of inviting newly formed or newly promoted Pro Continental teams such as Cervelo and ISD in 2009, MTN in 2011 even before their upgrade to the big league, Rus Velo in 2012. “We’re grateful to team managers like Stefano Feltrin (Tinkoff), Douglas Ryder (Dimension Data) or Shayne Bannan from Orica-GreenEdge who remember our help on their debuts and keep sending their team to Malaysia every time it fits into their race schedule”, Emir added.
“We have worked hard to build a race calendar for One Pro Cycling in 2016 to both develop and challenge our squad whilst always looking to be competitive”, Winston commented. “To be accepted into Le Tour de Langkawi is testament to the squad that we’ve built and I’m confident we can travel to Malaysia not only to ride the race but to be challenging for good results.”
New recruit John Ebsen is familiar with Le Tour De Langkawi as he was a member of three different teams (Synergy Baku, CCN and Androni) in the past three editions. He bags notable results including 8th and 13th overall in 2013 and 2014. The Danish climber is a strong supporter of the Asia Tour.
One Pro Cycling’s star rider on Malaysian roads will be Goss, who is looking for his recovery after his quiet 2015 season with MTN-Qhubeka. The 29 year old Australian, Goss, who won the 2011 Milan-Sanremo and opened Orica-GreenEdge’s record book in the Grand Tours with a memorable stage victory over Mark Cavendish at the 2012 Giro d’Italia will have a few occasions to show that he remains a top sprinter.
It is also expected that One Pro Cycling will attracts attention for using the new Factor bikes who was was developed by former Tour De France Stars Baden Cooke and David Millar.