New name in the world of cycling: Klaipėda Cycling Team
Professional Lithuanian cycling team Staki-Baltik vairas debuted in 2016. However, in 2017 we will introduce a new name in the cycling world – Klaipėda Cycling Team. This team will include U-23 riders and juniors in the following season, but from 2018 it will include only U-23 athletes.
In the new season Klaipėda CT will be represented by Justas Beniušis and Osvaldas Šakinis (both 19 years old), Rojus Adomaitis, Arvydas Birenis, Svajūnas Strakšys and Kazimieras Ramonas (all 18 years old), Zigmas Derkintis, Denas Masiulis, Romas Zubrickas (all 17 years old). Also, Team Klaipėda has one girl – Gabrielė Jucevičiūtė, who is 17 years old.
“All the members of the team are from Klaipėda. They all have a high motivation and desire to train as well as impatiently waiting for a new season, – coach of Klaipėda CT Artūras Šiugždinis said. – At the moment, we are working in the two-weeks training camp in Klaipėda. All riders are training two times every day. Weather conditions were favourable all those days so cyclists were able to train outdoors. Moreover, we had a guest from the elite France team Ag2r La Mondiale – Gediminas Bagdonas.
In the beginning of February we are planning to go on a three weeks training camp in Spain and the first official starts are being planned to take place in March in Belgium.
“I am happy to contribute in this project. I truly believe in the potential of this team. We want that young and talented youth will have appropriate conditions to improve themselves and achieve the great results which might lead them to professional teams. I am glad there are people, who support our idea. I believe that our riders will make known their city Klaipėda and all Lithuania! ” – Olympic champion Artūras Kasputis said. He is sports director of Ag2r La Mondiale team.