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ASI says Calgary bike shop can use Roubaix name — Bicycle Retailer
The CEO for Advanced Sports International, the firm that owns Fuji Bikes and holds the trademark for the term “Roubaix” in the United States, told Bicycle Retailer’s Steve Frothingham on Monday that Specialized lacked the authority to pursue a trademark case against the owner of a small bike shop and wheel-building operation in Alberta, Canada.
News broke last weekend that Specialized had served Daniel Richter a cease and desist order over his use of “Roubaix” in the branding of custom wheels that he builds for his shop, Café Roubaix. Specialized holds the trademark for “Roubaix” in Canada and licenses the mark from ASI in the U.S.
“We have reached out to Mr. Richter to inform him that he can continue to use the name, and we will need to license his use, which we imagine can be done easily,” ASI’s Pat Cunnane told Bicycle Retailer in an e-mail.
“We are in the process of notifying Specialized that they did not have the authority, as part of our license agreement, to stop Daniel Richter … from using the Roubaix name,” Cunnane wrote. “While ASI does have the authority to object to Mr. Richter’s use of the name and while we at ASI understand the importance of protecting our bicycle model names, we believe that Mr. Richter did not intend for consumers to confuse his brick-and-mortar establishment or his wheel line with our Roubaix road bike. And we believe consumers are capable of distinguishing his bike shop and wheel line from our established bikes.”
Late Monday, Café Roubaix posted a message of gratitude for the outcry over the Specialized move, and claimed to be in discussions over the issue: “We can announce that your voices have been heard. We are now back in discussions with the other party (Specialized). We are aware of recent announcements by third parties within the industry.”
Specialized has not responded to VeloNews’ request for comment.
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It’s not yet even the New Year, but the wheels are already in motion for the debut of the spring classics season in 2014.
Race officials in Belgium have confirmed routes for both the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (March 1) and Gent-Wevelgem (March 30).
There are no major reworkings of the respective routes for 2014, with Gent-Wevelgem featuring nine climbs, and Omloop, the traditional opener of the Belgian calendar, seeing 10 climbs, highlighted by the return of the feared and popular Muur-Kapelmuur.
At 233 kilometers, Gent-Wevelgem will pay homage to the victims of World War I in the centenary of its beginning. The route starts in Deinze and ends in Vanackerestraat, taking in several WWI cemeteries along the way, including a monument to the “fallen soldier” at Diksmuide. Belgium suffered nearly 60,000 killed in action during the conflict.
The 76th edition of Wevelgem will see its trademark cobbled climb, the Kemmelberg, back as its main protagonist. In total, there are nine climbs, with two passages of the Kemmelberg (the first at 154km and the second and final climb of the race at 193km).
Last year’s winner, Peter Sagan (Cannondale), will be likely return in what will be a decisive classics campaign for the Slovakian still looking for his first monument.
The big news for the 69th edition of the Omloop (formerly called Het Volk) will be the return of the Kapelmuur following a three-year absence.
The famous cobbled climb, also known as the Mur de Grammont, was once the centerpiece of the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), but officials removed it for road works and have not reinserted it following controversial changes to the Flanders route.
Race organizers said that fans would be able to line the climb, sure to draw huge crowds for the Belgian season opener. A women’s edition, introduced in 2008, will also be back.
Cold weather is sure to be another protagonist in the tradition kick start to the Belgian racing calendar.
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Sergio Henao, the “other” Colombian sensation behind his more famous compatriots, hopes to make his Tour de France debut in 2014 to help defending champion Chris Froome.
The Sky climber told MARCA that he expects to step up in 2014 and hopes to make the Tour team. First, he will have chances to race for his own results in such races as the Ardennes classics and the Vuelta al País Vasco (Tour of the Basque Country).
“The aim is to be at the Tour. First, I will debut at (Trofeo) Mallorca, (Tour of) Oman, followed by a similar calendar as last year, with [Tirreno-Adriatico], Basque Country, and the Ardennes,” Henao told MARCA. “After, I will rest, then meet with a group of riders on Tenerife before the (Critérium du) Dauphiné and the Tour.”
Henao has already raced four grand tours — two Giros and two Vueltas — and now believes it’s time to race the Tour.
“I hope to be at a high level for Froome,” he said. “On this team, there is always pressure, even more after winning the past two Tours. The objective is to go back and win it again, because at the same time, all the other teams want to be us.”
Henao said it’s obvious what his role will be: “to be close to Froome.”
With the departure of former teammate and compatriot Rigoberto Urán to Omega Pharma-Quick Step for 2014, Henao will see even more opportunities with Sky this season.
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Eighteen teams will comprise cycling’s top division in 2014 after the sport’s world governing body, the UCI, confirmed its registered ProTeams on Tuesday. French team Europcar will make the move up from the Pro Continental ranks and the UCI approved Trek Factory Racing’s purchase of the RadioShack-Leopard license, which runs through next year.
The UCI extended the license for Belgian squad Lotto-Belisol following a meeting in late November. The License Commission also offered two-year approval to Lampre-Merida and Europcar, and three-year approval to four teams whose registration expired following the 2013 season: Astana, Movistar, Orica-GreenEdge, and Sky.
UCI ProTeams for 2014:
Ag2r La Mondiale (FRA)
BMC Racing (USA)
Omega Pharma-Quick Step (BEL)
Trek Factory Racing (USA)
UCI Pro Continental teams for 2014:
Adroni Giocattoli (ITA)
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA (ESP)
CCC Polsat Polkowice (POL)
IAM Cycling (SUI)
Novo Nordisk (USA)
Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise (BEL)
Wanty-Groupe Gobert (BEL)
Yellow Fluo (ITA)
Bretagne-Seche Environnement (FRA)
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