Marco Polo Cycling–Donckers Koffie

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Marco Polo Cycling-Donckers Koffie
Tour de Rijke 2011 Marco Polo Cycling Team.jpg
Team information
UCI code MPC
Registered Hong Kong: 2003–2004
China: 2005–2011
Ethiopia: 2012
Founded 2001 (2001)
Discipline Road
Status Continental
Key personnel
Team manager(s) Remko Kramer
Team name history
2003–2006
2007
2008–2009
2010–2011
2012
Marco Polo Cycling Team
Discovery Channel-Marco Polo Team
Trek-Marco Polo Cycling Team
Marco Polo Cycling Team
Marco Polo Cycling-Donckers Koffie

Marco Polo Cycling–Donckers Koffie (UCI Code: MPC) was a UCI Continental cycling team, registered in Ethiopia. The team is named after traveller Marco Polo, and has title sponsorship from Belgian coffee company Donckers Koffie. [1]

Cycling team organizational unit consisting of cyclists and carers

A cycling team is a group of cyclists who join a team or are acquired and train together to compete in bicycle races whether amateur or professional – and the supporting personnel. Cycling teams are most important in road bicycle racing, which is a team sport, but collaboration between team members is also important in track cycling and cyclo-cross.

Ethiopia country in East Africa

Ethiopia, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is a country in the northeastern part of Africa, popularly known as the Horn of Africa. It shares borders with Eritrea to the north, Djibouti to the northeast, and Somalia to the east, Sudan to the northwest, South Sudan to the west, and Kenya to the south. With over 102 million inhabitants, Ethiopia is the most populous landlocked country in the world and the second-most populous nation on the African continent that covers a total area of 1,100,000 square kilometres (420,000 sq mi). Its capital and largest city is Addis Ababa, which lies a few miles west of the East African Rift that splits the country into the Nubian Plate and the Somali Plate.

Marco Polo Venetian explorer and merchant noted for travel to central and eastern Asia

Marco Polo was an Venetian merchant, explorer, and writer, born in the Republic of Venice. His travels are recorded in Livre des merveilles du monde, a book that described to Europeans the wealth and great size of China, its capital Peking, and other Asian cities and countries.

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History

The idea of the team came in 1998 and in 2001 the team was registered in Hong Kong. In 2003 it became a UCI Continental team [2] and from 2005 the team was registered in China becoming the first professional cycling team from China. [3]

Li Fuyu rode with the team for two years from 2005 before joining the Discovery Channel team. This led to a partnership between the teams, resulting in the 2007 Discovery Channel Marco Polo team. In 2008, Trek became the sponsor and the name became Trek-Marco Polo. The team has a house in the Netherlands for riders.[ citation needed ]

Li Fuyu road bicycle racer

Li Fuyu is a retired Chinese professional road bicycle racer. Li rode with Marco Polo from 2005 to 2006, before switching to the Pro Tour Discovery Channel under coach Johan Bruyneel for the 2007 season. The Discovery Channel team was disbanded at the end of the highly successful 2007 season, and Li moved on to the newly re-established China-based Trek–Marco Polo for the 2008 season. In 2010, Li rode the newly formed Team RadioShack, reuniting with Bruyneel.

Netherlands Constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe

The Netherlands is a country located mainly in Northwestern Europe. The European portion of the Netherlands consists of twelve separate provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. Together with three island territories in the Caribbean Sea—Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba— it forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The official language is Dutch, but a secondary official language in the province of Friesland is West Frisian.

After a ten-year run the team did not have a sponsor for 2013 season.[ citation needed ]

Major wins

2003
Stage 1 & 5, Tour de Korea, Wong Kam-Po
Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia, Road Race Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia, Time Trial Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
Stage 1 Tour of Qinghai Lake, Wong Kam-Po
Overall Tour du Faso, Maarten Tjallingii
Stage 1, Maarten Tjallingii
Stage 2 & 10, Kay Kermer
Stage 6a Tour of Southland, Robin Reid
2004
Stage 5 UAE Emirates Post Tour, Robin Reid
Overall Tour de Korea, Cory Lange
Stage 7 Tour of Southland, Robin Reid
2005
Stage 5 Tour of Siam, Edmunds Hollands
Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia, Road Race Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia, Time Trial Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand, Time Trial Championship, Robin Reid
2006
Overall Tour of Siam, Thomas Rabou
Stage 5, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
Overall Tour of Thailand, Li Fuyu
Stage 3, Li Fuyu
Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia, Road Race Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia, Time Trial Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
Stage 2 & 8 Tour d'Indonesia, Serguei Kudentsov
Stage 6 Tour d'Indonesia, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
2007
Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia, Road Race Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
Stage 6 Tour de Korea, Serguei Kudentsov
Stage 1 & 4 Tour of Hainan, Serguei Kudentsov
2008
Stage 1 Jelajah Malaysia, Li Fuyu
Stage 3 Tour de Kumano, Leon van Bon
Stage 3 Tour of Thailand, Loh Sea Keong
Stage 6 Tour of Thailand, Leon van Bon
Stage 5 & 6 Tour of South China Sea, Serguei Kudentsov
2009
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa, Time Trial Championship, Jaco Venter
Stage 5 Tour of Thailand, James Spragg
Stage 8 Tour de Korea, Leon van Bon
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China, Time Trial Championship, Li Fuyu

National champions

2003
Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia, Road Race Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia, Time Trial Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
2005
Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia, Road Race Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia, Time Trial Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand, Time Trial Championship, Robin Reid
2006
Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia, Road Race Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia, Time Trial Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
2007
Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia, Road Race Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
2009
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa, Time Trial Championship, Jaco Venter
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China, Time Trial Championship, Li Fuyu

2012 team

As of 23 February 2012. [1] [4]

RiderDate of birth
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Alem Abebe  (ETH) (1990-11-15) 15 November 1990 (age 27)
Flag of Spain.svg  Rubén Abello  (ESP) (1976-04-19) 19 April 1976 (age 42)
Flag of Eritrea.svg  Daniel Abraham  (ERI) (1985-02-11) 11 February 1985 (age 33)
Flag of New Zealand.svg  Shane Archbold  (NZL) (1989-02-02) 2 February 1989 (age 29)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Chris Bartlett  (GBR) (1986-08-12) 12 August 1986 (age 31)
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Binyam Bekele  (ETH) (1987-09-18) 18 September 1987 (age 30)
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Solomon Bitew  (ETH) (1987-07-13) 13 July 1987 (age 30)
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Sven De Weerdt  (BEL) (1978-03-29) 29 March 1978 (age 40)
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Estifanos Gebresilassie  (ETH) (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 (age 30)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Matt Green  (GBR) (1988-10-02) 2 October 1988 (age 29)
RiderDate of birth
Flag of South Africa.svg  Edward Greene  (RSA) (1990-11-26) 26 November 1990 (age 27)
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Kbrom Hailay  (ETH) (1989-02-19) 19 February 1989 (age 29)
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Jan Kuyckx  (BEL) (1979-05-20) 20 May 1979 (age 38)
Flag of New Zealand.svg  Chris Macic  (NZL) (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 29)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Matthé Pronk  (NED) (1974-07-01) 1 July 1974 (age 43)
Flag of New Zealand.svg  Marc Ryan  (NZL) (1982-10-14) 14 October 1982 (age 35)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Léon van Bon  (NED) (1972-01-28) 28 January 1972 (age 46)
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Matthias Van Mechelen  (BEL) (1988-02-23) 23 February 1988 (age 30)
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Yirga Woldemariam  (ETH) (1988-02-19) 19 February 1988 (age 30)

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