Kemps joins Davis in Fly V team
CYCLING: Aaron Kemps will join fellow Bundaberg product Scott Davis on the international cycling tour next year after signing with the Fly V team yesterday.
After weeks of searching for a new contract for next season Kemp this week announced he would be joining the fledgling Australian team.
“It’s exciting news and it’s a great team to join,” said Davis, who joined Fly V in January.
The Fly V team, funded by Richard Branson’s Virgin company, had 91 wins in its debut season on the international racing circuit.
The team, which mainly comprises Australian riders, raced in Australia and the United States of America last year.
But Davis said Fly V would be seeking a larger presence in Asia next year then move into the European team in 2011.
“Each year the team is growing, we are getting new cyclists every off-season,” Davis said.
“And Aaron is adding to that, he’s a high quality cyclist and it’s a good move for him to get back on the international circuit.”
Kemps had a frustrating year in 2010 racing with Rock Racing.
After racing only 21 races in 2009, he is excited about his return to regular racing in 2010.
“I’ll be racing a lot of the races in the United States and in Australia,” Kemps said.
“I wasn’t really happy with Rock Racing, they promised a lot, but I think the financial crisis really hit them and they cut the budget in their racing team.”
But he has signed with a team that is very much on the rise.
Fly V Racing, director sportif, Henk Vogels said 2010 would be a big year for the team.
“We will do a lot more racing in the United States and some (more) racing in Europe next year,” Vogels said.
“Hopefully we will race the Tour of England and the Tour of Ireland.”
The team planned to have a full continental licences in 2011, meaning the riders could race in Europe full-time.
Vogels said the acquisition of Kemps was a big step in the future success of the team.
“He’s had a lot of experience on the pro tour and he’s a very versatile rider,” he said.
“He can lead because he is a good sprinter, but he can also help with the general class.”