USA Cycling hires Management Cycling Prof to manage Womens Program

Colorado Springs, Colo. (January 29, 2009) –USA Cycling announced today the hiring of Management Cycling Prof, manage the organization’s Women’s Endurance Program.

Led by Director Sportif Manel Lacambra, the Spanish-based company will direct the national governing body’s women’s development efforts from the USA Cycling European Residence Center in Lucca, Italy. Lacambra will play an integral role in developing the next crop of world-class American female cyclists.

A professional women’s team manager for the past four years, Lacambra has managed the Univega Pro Cycling Team, and most recently, the German-based Cervelo Test Team (previously known as Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team). Throughout his tenure with Cervelo, the Spanish team manager has worked very closely with American standout, Olympic gold medalist, and two-time world champ in the time trial, Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho/Cervelo Test Team).

“After two great years of working with Kristin, I get the opportunity to work with the U.S. National Team and am very happy for that,” the 34-year-old Lacambra said. “Over the last few years, I have noticed that U.S. riders are talented but that they have a different style of racing than in Europe. I like the American people and their professionalism and will do my best to raise the U.S. Women’s National Team to the highest possible level.”

Lacambra is a former road racer and race mechanic. Under his team management, Cervelo Test Team grabbed 87 podium places in 2009 UCI events, including five World Cup victories.

“We need to continue to drive the development and education of American female cyclists, and Manel is one of the best directors in the world when it comes to professional women’s cycling,” explained USA Cycling’s Director of Athletics, Jim Miller, who ran the women’s development program for eight years before moving into his current role in 2009. “We’ve had one goal with our women’s development efforts and that has been to win world titles and Olympic medals. Under the direction of Manel and Management Cycling Prof, that goal is the same. We want to be nothing less than the best national team in the world.”

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