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]

Marco Polo Cycling-Donckers Koffie
Tour de Rijke 2011 Marco Polo Cycling Team.jpg
Team information
UCI codeMPC
RegisteredHong Kong: 2003–2004
China: 2005–2011
Ethiopia: 2012
Founded2001 (2001)
Discipline(s)Road
StatusContinental
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

HistoryEdit

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]

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

Major winsEdit

2003
Stage 1 & 5, Tour de Korea, Wong Kam-Po
  Mongolia, Road Race Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
  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
  Mongolia, Road Race Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
  Mongolia, Time Trial Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
  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
  Mongolia, Road Race Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
  Mongolia, Time Trial Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
Stage 2 & 8 Tour d'Indonesia, Serguei Kudentsov
Stage 6 Tour d'Indonesia, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
2007
  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
  South Africa, Time Trial Championship, Jaco Venter
Stage 5 Tour of Thailand, James Spragg
Stage 8 Tour de Korea, Leon van Bon
  China, Time Trial Championship, Li Fuyu

National championsEdit

2003
  Mongolia, Road Race Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
  Mongolia, Time Trial Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
2005
  Mongolia, Road Race Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
  Mongolia, Time Trial Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
  New Zealand, Time Trial Championship, Robin Reid
2006
  Mongolia, Road Race Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
  Mongolia, Time Trial Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
2007
  Mongolia, Road Race Championship, Jamsran Ulzii-Orshikh
2009
  South Africa, Time Trial Championship, Jaco Venter
  China, Time Trial Championship, Li Fuyu

2012 teamEdit

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

Rider Date of birth
  Alem Abebe (ETH) (1990-11-15) 15 November 1990 (age 31)
  Rubén Abello (ESP) (1976-04-19) 19 April 1976 (age 45)
  Daniel Abraham (ERI) (1985-02-11) 11 February 1985 (age 36)
  Shane Archbold (NZL) (1989-02-02) 2 February 1989 (age 32)
  Chris Bartlett (GBR) (1986-08-12) 12 August 1986 (age 35)
  Binyam Bekele (ETH) (1987-09-18) 18 September 1987 (age 34)
  Solomon Bitew (ETH) (1987-07-13) 13 July 1987 (age 34)
  Sven De Weerdt (BEL) (1978-03-29) 29 March 1978 (age 43)
  Estifanos Gebresilassie (ETH) (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 (age 33)
  Matt Green (GBR) (1988-10-02) 2 October 1988 (age 33)
Rider Date of birth
  Edward Greene (RSA) (1990-11-26) 26 November 1990 (age 30)
  Kbrom Hailay (ETH) (1989-02-19) 19 February 1989 (age 32)
  Jan Kuyckx (BEL) (1979-05-20) 20 May 1979 (age 42)
  Chris Macic (NZL) (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 33)
  Matthé Pronk (NED) (1974-07-01) 1 July 1974 (age 47)
  Marc Ryan (NZL) (1982-10-14) 14 October 1982 (age 39)
  Léon van Bon (NED) (1972-01-28) 28 January 1972 (age 49)
  Matthias Van Mechelen (BEL) (1988-02-23) 23 February 1988 (age 33)
  Yirga Woldemariam (ETH) (1988-02-19) 19 February 1988 (age 33)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "New sponsor, new direction for 2012 Marco Polo Cycling Team". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  2. ^ "The journey of Marco Polo: Part one – the early years". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
  3. ^ "Tales from the travellers — the diary of Team Marco Polo". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
  4. ^ "Marco Polo Cycling Donckers Koffie (MPC) - ETH". UCI Continental Circuits. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 23 February 2012.

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