Jamis-Sutter Home has reloaded the team’s sprinting and climbing corps for 2012, signing American Kyle Wamsley and Dutchman Peter Van Dijk. The squad also announced the return of a number of riders, including Luis Amaran and Tyler Wren.
Wamsley, 31, will return to the squad after riding with Bissell in 2010 and 2011. He was the top-placed domestic rider in the road race at the USA Cycling professional national championship in May, winning the field sprint for fifth, and took a stage of the Wilmington Grand Prix. Wamsley rode with the squad in 2008 and 2009 when Colavita and Sutter Home wines shared the title sponsorship.
“Kyle is a great addition to our sprinting formula,” said team director Sebastian Alexandre. “Back in 2008 and 2009, the combination of Kyle and the Borrajo brothers gave us lots of wins.”
Van Dijk, 25, will add strength in the mountains. The Dutchman, who spent 2011 with Spanish squad Azysa-Conor WRC, won a handful of national level races in western Europe, including the Volta Ciclista ao Ribeiro and the Clásica Ciudad de Torredonjimeno in Spain and the Tour du Piémont Pyréneén in France.
“Peter is a very talented climber and a great addition to our squad,” said Alexandre. “With hilly races like the SRAM Tour of the Gila, the Amgen Tour of California, and the Tour of Utah on our calendar, we expect he will deliver outstanding results.”
In addition to the new signings, the team announced that Amaran, Wren, Fernando Antogna, Alejandro and Anibal Borrajo, Jamey Driscoll, Eric Schildge and John Simes would return in 2012. Amaran, the 2010 National Racing Calendar individual overall winner, finished third in the final NRC standings this season. Wren broke through with a queen stage win in the Vuelta Ciclista de Chile in February.
Nick Frey told VeloNews he was departing the team to pursue a solo multi-sport project with his fledgling bamboo bicycle company, Boo Bicycles.