Mancebo Signs with Canyon Bicycles for Tour of Utah
Salt Lake City, August 11, 2010 — The evolution of the Canyon Bicycles Racing Team continues with the addition of Spanish cycling star Francisco Mancebo for the upcoming Tour of Utah. Mancebo, the defending champion, gives the Canyon squad strong general classification hopes and bolsters the team's goal of a solid team classification finish. The grueling stage race runs August 17-22.
Mancebo, who reached the podium of the Vuelta a España twice and placed in the top 10 of the Tour de France five times, will lead Canyon's GC hopes along with current and multi-time U.S. Elite National Champion Mike Olheiser. The two newcomers will be supported by Utah State Champion Dave Harward, David Brockbank, Bradley Gehrig, Tyler Riedesel, Mike Sohm and Zachary Tittensor.
“The team has taken on a new dimension with the addition of Mancebo,” says Mike Pratt, team director and owner of Canyon Bicycles. “Mancebo is excited to have the opportunity to defend his Tour of Utah title as well as ride for the Canyon Bicycles team. We are super-motivated to help him out with that, and our elite riders — as well as the on-form Olheiser, who won four national championships in 2010 — will support him to the fullest in his quest to win a second straight Tour of Utah title.”
The Canyon Bicycles team continues to climb the cycling ranks with additions like Mancebo and Olheiser for the Tour of Utah along with the ongoing commitment to its successful elite squad.
“The Canyon Bicycles team is in its third Tour of Utah and has grown every year, in the amount of support we provide, as well as the ability to be competitive at a high level in NRC races,” Pratt says. “We are confident our team can deliver the support necessary to compete at this level.”
Canyon Bicycles is a Utah-based, full-service bike shop with locations in Draper and South Jordan. The team rides Specialized SL3 bicycles equipped with SRAM group sets, Easton wheels and components, Vittoria tires and uses First Endurance nutrition products.