Cervelo TestTeam Presents 2010 Team in Portugal
Both men's and women's Cervelo TestTeams are hungry for even more success in 2010. Roadcycling.com reports from the team presentation and training camp near Faro, Portugal.
the men in regards to attention from team management and sponsors.
For team sponsor Cervelo it's important for the team to focus on more than race wins. Cervelo co-founder Gerard Vroomen made the following statement at today's presentation. "Other teams that are focused solely on winning races are wondering how the season will play out. That's not the case at Cervélo TestTeam. We already know now that 2010 will be more successful than 2009. We have more R&D camps, fan access events and hospitality activities scheduled than last year. Our travel events are selling out quickly. Every race victory is further icing on the cake."
Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre jokingly stated that after a long holiday he wanted to have more holidays. Sastre appears very relaxed, non-stressed and with a clear focus on the 2010 season. He intends to start the season slowly and then has the 2010 Giro d'Italia as his first major goal of the season.
Thor Hushovd said he's very happy with his 2009 season and that his goals this year is to win the Paris-Roubaix, the World Championships and the green jersey in the 2010 Tour de France. "The green jersey isn't for the fastest rider, it's for the best rider," he smilingly told Roadcycling.com in an interview yesterday. Cavendish can bring all the helpers he wants to the 2010 Tour, the Norwegian God of Thunder is stronger than ever and ready to strike again.
For Heinrich Haussler the 2010 goals are the same as for 2009. He's got his eyes solidly fixed on the 2010 Milan-San Remo and strongly believes in a spring classics win for Thor, Andreas or himself this year. "If one of us wins, the whole team wins," Haussler told the audience at the presentation today. Later Haussler and Hushovd laughingly grabbed a game of kicker, or table football, in a relaxed environment.
The female riders appear almost unable to wait for their first race and radiate such a high level of self-confidence that our money will surely be on them to repeat last year's victories.
German Claudia Häusler plans to "Race aggressively," and for coach Egon van Kessel it is a clear objective for the women to repeat their first position in the UCI rankings. "We will be very, very visible in races," said van Kessel.
New signing Sharon Laws, who's represented Great Britain in the Olympic road race and in the World Championships road race and time trial is very happy with her new team mates and getting the chance to ride for Cervelo TestTeam was an opportunity she wouldn't miss out on. "Riding for the best team in the world is a great opportunity," se said at the team presentation, her eyes sparking with joy.
In general the mood is great among all Cervelo TestTeam riders and staff here in Portugal. Spirits are high and the team appears ready for a great new season. We even spotted a shooting star on the sky as the sun set over Portugal late this afternoon.
The training camp will continue until January