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Giant-Shimano
Argos-Shimano logo.png
Team information
UCI code GIA
Based Netherlands
Founded 2005 (2005)
Discipline Road
Status UCI Professional Continental (2005–2012)
UCI ProTeam (2013–)
Bicycles Giant
Website Team home page
Key personnel
General manager Iwan Spekenbrink
Team name history
2005
2006–2011
Jan–Mar 2012
April 2012 – January 2014
January 2014–
Shimano-Memory Corp
Skil Shimano
Project 1t4i
Argos-Shimano
Giant-Shimano
Giant-Shimano jersey
Jersey
Current season

Giant-Shimano[1] (UCI Team Code: GIA) is a professional Dutch cycling team that participates in UCI ProTour events and, when selected, in UCI Continental Circuits races. The team is managed by Iwan Spekenbrink and uses Giant bicycles.

History[edit]

The team has existed since 2005 but Skil previously sponsored a French cycling team, Skil-Sem, from 1984 to 1985, with a similar jersey. Thanks to aggressive strategies during Paris–Nice in 2008 and 2009, the team was awarded a wildcard for the 2009 Tour de France, making it their first appearance in a Grand Tour.

After losing its sponsors at the end of 2011, the team adopted the name "Project 1T4i", standing for "team spirit, inspiration, integrity, improvement and innovation",[2] until a new sponsor was secured. Ahead of the Tour of Flanders on 1 April 2012, the team became Argos-Shimano following the announcement of a three-year naming rights contract with the Argos North Sea Group, an independent oil company based in the Netherlands.[3][4]

In 2012, the team received their second wildcard invitation to the 2012 Tour de France, along with three other French-registered teams Cofidis, Team Europcar and Saur-Sojasun.[5]

In December 2012 it was announced that the team would compete at the World Tour level for the 2013 season.[6]

Team roster[edit]

As of 1 January 2014.[7] view · edit · talk
Rider Date of birth
 Jonas Ahlstrand (SWE) (1990-02-16)16 February 1990 (aged 23)
 Nikias Arndt (GER) (1991-11-18)18 November 1991 (aged 22)
 Brian Bulgaç[9] (NED) (1988-04-07)7 April 1988 (aged 25)
 Warren Barguil (FRA) (1991-10-28)28 October 1991 (aged 22)
 Lawson Craddock (USA) (1992-02-20)20 February 1992 (aged 21)
 Roy Curvers (NED) (1979-12-27)27 December 1979 (aged 34)
 Thomas Damuseau (FRA) (1989-03-18)18 March 1989 (aged 24)
 Bert De Backer (BEL) (1984-04-02)2 April 1984 (aged 29)
 Koen de Kort (NED) (1982-09-08)8 September 1982 (aged 31)
 John Degenkolb (GER) (1989-01-07)7 January 1989 (aged 24)
 Dries Devenyns (BEL) (1983-07-22)22 July 1983 (aged 30)
 Tom Dumoulin (NED) (1990-11-11)11 November 1990 (aged 23)
 Johannes Fröhlinger (GER) (1985-06-09)9 June 1985 (aged 28)
 Simon Geschke (GER) (1986-03-13)13 March 1986 (aged 27)
 Chad Haga (USA) (1988-08-26)26 August 1988 (aged 25)
 Thierry Hupond (FRA) (1984-11-10)10 November 1984 (aged 29)
Rider Date of birth
 Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA) (1989-02-03)3 February 1989 (aged 24)
 Ji Cheng (CHN) (1987-07-15)15 July 1987 (aged 26)
 Marcel Kittel (GER) (1988-05-11)11 May 1988 (aged 25)
 Loh Sea Keong (MYS) (1986-11-02)2 November 1986 (aged 27)
 Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE) (1991-02-22)22 February 1991 (aged 22)
 Luka Mezgec (SLO) (1988-06-27)27 June 1988 (aged 25)
 Daan Olivier (NED) (1992-11-24)24 November 1992 (aged 21)
 Tom Peterson (USA) (1986-12-24)24 December 1986 (aged 27)
 Georg Preidler (AUT) (1990-06-17)17 June 1990 (aged 23)
 Ramon Sinkeldam (NED) (1989-02-09)9 February 1989 (aged 24)
 Matthieu Sprick (FRA) (1981-09-29)29 September 1981 (aged 32)
 Tom Stamsnijder (NED) (1985-05-15)15 May 1985 (aged 28)
 Albert Timmer (NED) (1985-06-13)13 June 1985 (aged 28)
 Tom Veelers (NED) (1984-09-14)14 September 1984 (aged 29)


Major results[edit]

2013
1st Stage 1 Tour of Oman, Marcel Kittel
1st Stage 2 Paris–Nice, Marcel Kittel
1st Stage 5 Volta a Catalunya, François Parisien
1st Scheldeprijs, Marcel Kittel
1st Stages 1, 7 & 8 Tour of Turkey, Marcel Kittel
1st Stage 5 Giro d'Italia, John Degenkolb
1st Overall Tour de Picardie, Marcel Kittel
1st Stages 1 & 3, Marcel Kittel
1st ProRace Berlin, Marcel Kittel
1st Stage 3 Ster ZLM Toer, Marcel Kittel
1st Stages 1, 10, 12 & 21 Tour de France, Marcel Kittel
1st Stage 3 Arctic Race of Norway, Nikias Arndt
1st Vattenfall Cyclassics, John Degenkolb
1st Stages 13 & 16 Vuelta a España, Warren Barguil
1st Grote Prijs Jef Scherens, Bert De Backer
1st Omloop van het Houtland, Marcel Kittel
1st Stages 2 & 4 Tour de l'Eurometropole, John Degenkolb
1st Binche–Chimay–Binche, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
1st Paris–Bourges, John Degenkolb
1st Paris–Tours, John Degenkolb
1st Stage 5 Tour of Beijing, Luka Mezgec
2014
1st Stages 2, 3 & 4 Dubai Tour, Marcel Kittel
1st Overall Étoile de Bessèges, Tobias Ludvigsson
1st Stage 5 (ITT), Tobias Ludvigsson
1st Stages 1, 2 & 3 Tour Méditerranéen, John Degenkolb
1st Stage 3 Paris–Nice, John Degenkolb
1st Handzame Classic, Luka Mezgec
1st Stages 1, 2 & 5 Volta a Catalunya, Luka Mezgec
1st Stage 2 (ITT) Critérium International, Tom Dumoulin
1st Gent–Wevelgem, John Degenkolb
1st Stage 2 Circuit de la Sarthe, Jonas Ahlstrand
1st Scheldeprijs, Marcel Kittel
1st Stages 2 & 3 Giro d'Italia, Marcel Kittel
1st Stage 4 Four Days of Dunkirk, Thierry Hupond
1st Stage 2 World Ports Classic, Ramon Sinkeldam
1st Stage 21 Giro d'Italia, Luka Mezgec
1st Stage 3 Critérium du Dauphiné, Nikias Arndt
1st Stage 1 Ster ZLM Toer, Marcel Kittel
1st  Netherlands National Time Trial Championships, Tom Dumoulin
1st Stage 1, 3, 4 and 21 Tour de France, Marcel Kittel
1st Stage 3 (ITT) Eneco Tour, Tom Dumoulin
1st Stages 4, 5, 12 & 17 Vuelta a Espana, John Degenkolb
1st Prologue Tour of Alberta, Tom Dumoulin
1st Stage 2 Tour of Alberta, Jonas Ahlstrand
1st Stages 1 & 8b Tour of Britain, Marcel Kittel

National Champions[edit]

2005
1st MaillotJapón.PNG Japan Road Race Championships, Hidenori Nodera
2008
1st MaillotJapón.PNG Japan Road Race Championships, Hidenori Nodera
2012
1st MaillotJapón.PNG Japan Road Race Championships, Yukihiro Doi
2014
1st MaillotHolanda.svg Dutch Time Trial Championships, Tom Dumoulin

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www1.skysports.com/cycling/news/15264/9114510/giant-shimano-confirmed-as-new-name-for-team-formerly-known-as-argos-shimano
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "1t4i-ploeg heet vanaf zondag Argos-Shimano" [1T4i-team is called Argos-Shimano from next Sunday on]. Sporza (in Dutch) (Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie). 30 March 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Benson, Daniel (30 March 2012). "Argos-Shimano cycling team presented in Rotterdam". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Argos-Shimano receives Tour de France wildcard invitation". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 6 April 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Argos-Shimano Team celebrates its new WorldTour license". CyclingNews (Future Publishing Limited). 10 December 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Team Giant-Shimano (GIA) – NED". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Giant-Shimano sign Brian Bulgaç". cyclingnews.com. April 29, 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ Bulgaç joined the team on April 28.[8]

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