Team Konica Minolta–Bizhub

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Team Konica Minolta–Bizhub

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The support car in the 2007 season
Team information
UCI code KON
Registered South Africa
Founded 2005 (2005)
Disbanded 2009 (2009)
Discipline Road
Status UCI Continental
Key personnel
General manager Conrad Venter [1]
Team manager(s) John Robertson [1]
Team name history
2005–2007
2008–2009
Team Konica Minolta
Team Konica Minolta–Bizhub
Chris Froome at the 2007 Tour of Britain Chris Froome - Tour of Britain (12539524973) (cropped).jpg
Chris Froome at the 2007 Tour of Britain

Team Konica Minolta–Bizhub ( UCI team code:KON) was a South African cycling team that participated in the UCI Continental Circuits, primarily in the UCI Africa Tour, from 2005 until the end of the 2009 season. The team's main sponsor was Japanese technology company Konica Minolta. [2] Notable former riders include four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, who rode for the team in 2007. [3]

The Union Cycliste Internationale is the world governing body for sports cycling and oversees international competitive cycling events. The UCI is based in Aigle, Switzerland.

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.

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Contents

2009 squad

As of 1 January 2009. [1]
RiderDate of birth
Flag of South Africa.svg  Mauritz Faber  (RSA) (1989-04-14)14 April 1989 (aged 19)
Flag of South Africa.svg  Kosie Loubser  (RSA) (1977-01-03)3 January 1977 (aged 31)
Flag of Australia.svg  Casey Munro  (AUS) (1985-01-24)24 January 1985 (aged 23)
Flag of Germany.svg  Tim Oliver Schlichting  (GER) (1990-06-24)24 June 1990 (aged 18)
Flag of South Africa.svg  Pieter Seyffert  (RSA) (1986-12-27)27 December 1986 (aged 22)
RiderDate of birth
Flag of South Africa.svg  Tiaan Swart  (RSA) (1990-03-14)14 March 1990 (aged 18)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Ab Van Der Walt  (NED) (1989-07-04)4 July 1989 (aged 19)
Flag of South Africa.svg  Dennis Van Niekerk  (RSA) (1984-10-19)19 October 1984 (aged 24)
Flag of South Africa.svg  Paul Van Zweel  (RSA) (1990-04-05)5 April 1990 (aged 18)
Flag of South Africa.svg  Shaun Ward  (RSA) (1985-07-25)25 July 1985 (aged 23)

Major wins

2008
Tour de Hong Kong Shanghai
Overall, Christoff van Heerden
Stages 1, 2 & 5, Christoff van Heerden
Stage 3b, Adam Blythe

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "Cycling - Konica Minolta - BizHub - 2009". The-Sports.org. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  2. "Konica Minolta meets the newer Cycling Team cyclists". Konica Minolta . 24 March 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  3. Westby, Matt (27 July 2015). "Chris Froome's journey from student to two-time Tour de France winner". Sky Sports . Sky plc . Retrieved 29 November 2015.

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