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Team Slipstream/Chipotle - 2007
Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle announces Pro Continental status and 2007 Roster
In a bold move upward for 2007, Team TIAA-CREF not only becomes Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle, but moves up a big notch into the UCI's Professional Continental category. The team's unique cross-Atlantic schedule consists of racing the USA Cycling Professional Tour, the European Continental Tour and hopefully a few ProTour wildcard starts. This schedule will prove challenging but rewarding for both riders and sponsors.
"We are happy to be growing - and growing at a rate that will put us on our objective of riding the Tour de France by 2009," announced Team Slipstream/Chipotle's director Jonathan Vaughters.
"Team TIAA-CREF hasn't disappeared, their sponsorship has moved to our junior development team," added Vaughters, "However, the Professional team, Slipstream presented by Chipotle, is no longer in any way, shape or form a development team. We are still a young team, but now we will race to win, not learn."
Adding a few young but talented riders from across the world, Slipstream p/b Chipotle has bolstered its growing strength, but without losing its deep roots as an American team. ProTour signees such as Patrick McCarty (Phonak) and Kilian Patour (Credit Agricole) bring experience, and young talents such as u23 Paris-Tours winner, Huub Duyn (Rabobank) and Aussie Ben Johnson (Agritubel) bring enthusiasm. Returning stars include current USPRO Criterium Champion, Brad Huff, u23 Road Race and Criterium Champion, Craig Lewis, and 2001 World u23 TT Champion, Danny Pate.
"Pate will be one of the biggest surprises of 2007." states Vaughters, "He was right on the cusp of truly breaking through in 2006, I have no doubt he will have a few rides that leave people awestruck in 2007."
All the riders on Slipstream presented by Chipotle will be riding Felt carbon frames with a unique and yet to be revealed paint scheme.
* Huub Duyn (Rabobank): 1st U23 Paris - Tours, 2006
* Doug Ellis- Chairman, Slipstream Sports