Felt News

APRIL 2012


Hachimantai, Japan -- Yukihiro Doi of the Felt-sponsored Argos-Shimano team is the new national road champion in Japan. The 28-year-old rode his Felt F1 team bike to victory at last weekend’s championship race in the northern part of Japan’s Honshu region. 

Yukihiro has been racing in the European peloton since 2005. Last year, while racing for the Skil-Shimano team, he became the first Japanese rider to finish the Vuelta a España, one of the season’s three grand tours. 


New Orleans -- Felt-sponsored triathlete Mirinda Carfrae finished a strong third at the April 23 weather-shortened Oschner Ironman 70.3 in New Orleans. High winds cancelled the swim portion of the race, so Carfrae and the rest of the elite women’s field started with a 2-mile run.

Coming into T1 at the end of the opening run, Carfrae was part of a large lead group. On the 52-mile bike ride, American Sarah Piampiano gained a 1:55 gap over Heather Wurtele in second, with a large group including Carfrae more than 5 minutes back.


Monterey, California — Morgan Schmitt and Matt Cooke of Team Exergy took two of three podium spots at the Sea Otter Stage Race in California. The two put their stamp on the four-day race in the Stage 2 road race, finishing first (Cooke) and second (Schmitt) on their Felt F1 team bikes. 

The following day’s TT saw three Exergy riders finish in the top-10: Schmitt was fifth, Logan Loader was sixth and Andres Diaz was seventh. That put Schmitt second in general classification, 15 seconds behind race leader Andy Jacques-Maynes. 




France — The early-season successes of the Argos-Shimano team did not go unnoticed by Tour de France organizers, who on Friday granted the Felt-sponsored team an invitation to the world’s most prestigious grand tour. Argos-Shimano was one of four teams granted a wildcard invitation to the three-week stage race in July. 

“It is a great reward for the hard work of all the cyclists and the entire staff, as well as for our partners’ faith in this ambitious cycling project,” said the team’s general manager Iwan Spekenbrink. 


Melbourne, Australia — Canadian Zach Bell scored a silver medal in the omnium event at the 2012 UCI Track World Championships. Bell rode his Felt TK1 to his second career silver medal at Worlds, following his second-place finish in the same event in 2009. 

Bell waged a tight battle with Australian Glenn O-Shea in the two-day, six-event omnium competition. Bell was sitting second at the end of the first day, and moved into a first-place tie with O’Shea after the fifth of six competitions. 


Belgium — German sprinter Marcel Kittel gave his team its first win under its new moniker, Argos-Shimano, with a huge victory at Wednesday’s 100th edition of the Scheldeprijs race in Belgium. Kittel blasted past some of the best sprinters in the world, including American Tyler Farrar and Dutchman Theo Bos, on his Felt F1 team bike to take the win. 

Kittel is having a breakout season. The 23-year-old joined an impressive list of former Sheldeprijs winners including current world champion Mark Cavendish, who won it last year, plus Farrar, Alessandro Petacchi and Tom Boonen. 


Belgium — Kristin Armstrong turned in another strong result for her USA National Team at the Women’s Tour of Flanders Sunday, riding her Felt F1 to a second-place finish. Armstrong conquered the steep cobblestone climbs of the 127.4km race through northern Belgium, repeating her second-place finish here in 2008. 

“It makes me feel good,” said Armstrong, who rides for the Exergy2012 team and has her sights set on the 2012 London Olympics. “I have to come in strong to show that I can race in Europe. This is just one more step towards selection.” 


The Netherlands — One day after unveiling a new title sponsor and announcing a new team name, Simon Geschke scored the first podium appearance for a rider wearing the Argos-Shimano kit. The German finished second at Saturday’s Volta Limburg Classic in The Netherlands. 

Geschke was part of a five-man breakaway group that entered the final kilometer of the 197km race together. One of the riders in the break, Pavel Brutt, took the group by surprise when he attacked with 600 meters to go. The Russian was able to hold off the group for the win, while Geschke won the sprint for second on his Felt F1 team bike.