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Women's News Roundup #3 - 23 December 2007
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Date: 12/23/2007
Women's News Roundup #3 - 23 December 2007

Women's News Roundup #3, 22 December 2007
Torsius joins Team Cmax, Van Paassen joins ZZPR, Soeder rider of the year in Austria, Team Getränke Hoffmann quits, Vanderkitten ’08, Bigla Cycling Team ’08, quits, Cyclocross update!

By Bart Hazen

Arien Torsius. Photo c. Team Cmax Dila Guerciotti

Arien Torsius completes Team Cmax Dila Guerciotti
Arien Torsius (Rapha/Condor) of South Africa has signed to ride for Team Cmax Dila Guerciotti next season. With the arrival of Torsius the team is complete for the new season. Torsius, who finished as 7th at the South African National Championships in 2007, rode earlier for Team FBUK, Lotto-Belisol and Rapha/Condor.

 Some of the team pose with the sponsor logo.  Photo c. Team Cmax Dila Guerciotti

Team Cmax Dila Guerciotti 2008:
Maya Watt Adamsen (Den)
Lidia Arcangeli (Ita)
Maria Helena Bornak (Den)
Daniela Capitanio (Ita)
Vera Carrara (Ita)
Silvia Castoldi (Ita)
Sabrina Conca (Ita)
Alice Donadoni (Ita)
Silvia Eusebi (Ita)
Marina Khodtchenkova (Rus)
Oxana Kostenko (Rus)
Alessia Massaccesi (Ita)
Sara Mustonen (Fin)
Dorte Lohse Rasmussen (Den)
Benito Azucena Sanchez (Spa)
Marta Vilajosana (Spa)
Arien Torsius (Rsa)

Sanne van Paassen (DSB Bank) joins ZZPR team
Sanne van Paassen (DSB Bank) will ride from today (December 22) for the team. The reason she left the DSB team is because she is of the opinion that the team is not focused enough on cylocross for her objectives. With the arrival of Van Paassen the ZZPR team now has three women in their cross team. The others are: cross queen Daphny van den Brand and Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn. Van Paassen started well for her new team as she finished third behind teammate Daphny van den Brand and Mirjam Melchers (Team Flexpoint) in the cross of Huijbergen (The Netherlands) today (December 22).

Sanne van Paassen in DSB Bank colors. Photo © Bart Hazen

Christiane Soeder Austrian Cyclist of the Year
For the first time in the history of Austrian cycling, a woman has been chosen as Cyclist of the year. Christiane Soeder won the election ahead of Elizabeth Osl and Christian Pfannberger. Soeder had a very good season with the highlight, her bronze medal in the time trial at the World Championships in Stuttgart. Further she is the National Time Trial Champion and she finished as second in the Souvenir Magali Pache behind Kristin Armstrong.

1. Christiane Soeder 512 points
2. Elisabeth Osl 345
3. Christian Pfannberger 342

4. Bernhard Eisel 310
5. Wolfgang Eibeck 224
6. Thomas Rohregger 213
7. Bernhard Kohl 183
8. Gerrit Glomser 130
9. Stefan Denifl 111
10. Sarah Kohl 92

Team Getränke Hoffmann quits sponsorship
The German company Getränke Hoffmann has decided to quit it's sponsorship from the team. The following riders have left the team already: Natalie Bates (Menikini), Christina Becker (Equipe Nürnberger), Angela Brodtka (Team DSB Bank), Tina Liebig (Team DSB Bank), Theresa Senff (AA Drink), Sabine Spitz and Elke Gebhardt.

Getränke Hoffmann Team presented at Women's Expert Tour
Photo © Bart Hazen

The following riders are still without a team: Claudia Hecht, Virginia Henning, Birgit Hollmann, Jane Knietzsch, Sandra Missbach and Stephanie Pohl. 

The final victory of the team was one week ago as Stefanie Pohl won the women’s cyclocross race in Overijsse.

Vanderkitten Names Roster for 2008
In the latest of a series of steps associated with preparation for the upcoming season, Vanderkitten Racing has disclosed their talented team of Elite Women cyclists for 2008.

"It is an honor to be the Director and a part of a first year team of this caliber. Our 2008 race season will show that the work being done by the management, coaches and team riders was with one purpose in mind and that is to be one of the best teams for the year ", said Scott Gross, Director Sportif.

The information builds upon the return of its sole-rider from 2007, Liz Hatch. This coming season, she will be accompanied by a talented squad of Vanderkitten’s:

Vanderkitten Squad
Jane Despas (Palo Alto, CA)
Leah Guloien (Vancouver, BC)
Liz Hatch (Delray Beach, FL)
Moriah MacGregor (Vancouver, BC)
Melissa Sanborn (Portland, OR)
Jenny Trew (Vancouver, BC)
Leigh Ann Valletti (Decatur, GA)
Flavia Oliveira (Lafayette, CA)
Heather Sborz (Tucson, AZ)

Additional riders to be announced, team to be supported by Regional riders.

“Vanderkitten Racing could not be more thrilled with the roster we have compiled,” said Mark Zefeldt, Managing Director. “The roster has a good mix of youth and experience on this team – specifically in Despas and Valletti, two riders with proven returns. We’re confident that this team will perform well, and
it will only help further our preparation for many years to come."

Equipment and Supporting Sponsors to be announced shortly.
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Bigla Cycling Team roster of 2008
The Swiss Bigla team has announced it’s roster for 2008. Leaders of the team are still Noemi Cantele and Nicole Brändli.

Noemi Cantele on the attack with Amber Neben at the Worlds
Photo © Bart Hazen

Cantele had a very good season with victories in among others Grand Prix de Plouay, GP Brissago, Tour de Toscane, Final ranking and stage in the Trophee D’Or and Two stages in the Tour de Toscane. Further she was 3rd in the Open Suede Vargarda, third in the final ranking of the Thüringen Rundfahrt and last but not least 5th at the World Championships in Stuttgart.

On the other hand Nicole Brändli didn’t have a bad season at all, with a stage win in the Giro Donne and the Trophee D’Or. Further she stood on the podium for the final ranking of the Emakumeen Bira, 3rd at the Swiss National Championships, 2nd in the final ranking of the Giro Donne, 2nd in the final ranking of the Trophee D’Or and 3rd in the final ranking of the Albstadt Frauen rennen.

Andrea Graus Photo © Bart Hazen

The 2008 Bigla team is very strong and has a mix of experienced and young talented riders. New arrival Andrea Graus is back in a familiar team as she turned pro with Bigla in 2006 before joining Equipe Nürnberger in 2007 where she rode a very good season. Andrea won a stage in the Krasna Lipa, was 2nd in the final ranking of the Krasna Lipa, 2nd at the Austrian Championships, 2nd in the Albstadt Frauen rennen, 3rd in the Holland Hills Classic and finished in the top 10 in important races like Tour de Berne, Tour du Grand Montreal, Thüringen Rundfahrt and the Fleche Wallonne.

The team is in hands of former pro rider Sven Montgomery and sport directors Felice Puttini (former pro with among others Carrera, Refin, ZG Mobili, Amica Chips, Brescialat and Alessio) and Emil Zimmerman.

Bigla Team 2008
Noemi Cantele (Ita)
Nicole Brändli (Swi)
Zulfia Zabirova (Kaz)
Jennifer Hohl (Swi)
Monica Holler (Swi)
Andrea Wolfer (Swi)
Sereina Trachsel (Swi)
Andrea Graus (Aut)
Veronica Andreasson (Swe)
Bettina Kuhn (Swi)
Andrea Thürig (Swi)

Riders Leaving: Lidia Arcangeli (Team Cmax), Monika Furrer, Tanja Hennes, Andrea Knecht (all three to Team Specialized) and Catherine Lohri (?)
New: Andrea Graus (Equipe Nürnberger) and Sereina Trachsel (Elite-2)

Team quits sponsorship
The Canadian company has decided to quit it’s sponsorship. The following riders have to search for a new team:

Stephanie Bourbeau (Can)
Gina Grain (Can)
Melissa Holt (Nzl)
Audrey Lemieux (Can)
Jennifer Magur (USA)
Joelle Numainville (Can)
Jessica Phillips (USA)
Anne Samplonius (Can)
Amanda Shaw (Can)
Alison Testroete (Can)
Erinne Willock (Can)

In the meantime it seems that Gina Grain (Webcor), Alison Testroete (perhaps Aaron’s Cycling Team), Anne Samplonius (Cheerwine) and Erinne Willock (Webcor) have found a new teams already for the 2008 Olympic Season.

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Women’s Cyclocross – Roundup
In this part we will give a roundup on the women’s cyclocross scene in Europe from the race in Veghel-Eerde (December 9) to the race in Huijbergen (December 22). Most of the important race where won by Cross queen Daphny van den Brand except of Overijsse where the victory went to German Stefanie Pohl.

Huijbergen (December 22)
1 Daphny van den Brand (Ned)
2 Mirjam Melchers-van Poppel (Ned)
3 Sanne van Paassen (Ned)

4 Saskia Elemans (Ned)
5 Wendy Simms (Can)
6 Pavla Havlikova (Cze)
7 Elke Riedl (Ned)
8 Abke Francissen (Ned)
9 Wendy Williams (USA)
10 Susan Butler (USA)

Fae di Oderzo – Cyclocross del Ponte (December 17)
1 Vania Rossi (Ita) Selle Italia-Guerciotti 39.15
2 Francesca cucciniello (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti 0.44
3 Daniela Bresciani (Ita) Team Colnago-Arrighini 0.45

4 Veronica Alessio (Ita) Team Desenzanese Asd 1.09
5 Barbara Oberdorfer (Ita) L'Arcobaleno Carraro Team - A.S.D. 1.45
6 Milena Cavani (Ita) Marchiol Ima Famila Liquigas Site 1.49
7 Doris Arman (Ita) Miche 2.03
8 Nicoletta Bresciani (Ita) Colnago Arreghini Filago 2.32
9 Stefania Vecchio (Ita) GS Cicli Fiorin-Despar Asd 2.45
10 Valeria Tagliabue (Ita) GS Cicli Fiorin-Despar Asd 1 lap

Overijsse – Druivenveldrit (December 16)
1 Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Team Getränke-Hoffmann 41.23
2 Saskia Elemans (Ned) WV de Meteoor
3 Sanne Cant (Bel) ASD Selle Italia Guerciotti 0.24

4 Helen Wyman (GBr) 0.30
5 Daphny van den Brand (Ned) 0.47
6 Katrien Pauwels (Bel) Empella Czech Team 1.29
7 Loes Sels (Bel) 2.14
8 Veerle Ingels (Bel) AVB/USspa Cycling Team 3.10
9 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) 3.43
10 Anne Arnouts (Bel) 3.57

Challenge de la France #3 – Cap D’Agde (December 16)
1 Christel Ferrier Bruneau (Fra) Béziers-Méditerranée Cycl 38.19
2 Maryline Salvetat (Fra) VSLL Castres 0.03
3 Laurence Leboucher (Fra) Sarthe-Gasseau 0.29

4 Nadia Triquet Claude (Fra) UC Bassin Houiller 0.41
5 Caroline Mani (Fra) CR Franche Comté
6 Hélène Marcouyre (Fra) Ile de France 2.12
7 Maureen Guichardot (Fra) Franche Comté 2.43
8 Cynthia Huygens (Fra) UV Fourmisienne
9 Aline Parsy (Fra) Pédale Madeleinoise 3.25
10 Perrine Philippe (Fra) US Domont Cyclisme 3.35

Valtellina Iperal Cross – Morbegno (December 9)
1 Francesca Cucciniello (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti
2 Veronica Alessio (Ita) Team Desenzanese Asd
3 Elisabetta Borgia (Ita) Selle Italia Guerciotti Elite

4 Claudia Marsilio (Ita) GP Racer Team
5 Daniela Bresciani (Ita) Team Colnago-Arrighini
6 Valeria Tagliabue (Ita) GS Cicli Fiorin-Despar Asd
7 Martina Giovanniello (Ita) Team CBE Tecnoimpianti
8 Sabrina Conca (Ita) Team Desenzanese
9 Alessia Ferrari (Ita) GS Cicli Fiorin-Despar Asd

Superprestige Cross – Eerde Veghel (December 9)
1 Daphny van den Brand (Ned) 42.08
2 Saskia Elemans (Ned) WV de Meteoor 0.16
3 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Team Flexpoint 0.38

4 Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) 1.15
5 Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Team Getränke-Hoffmann 1.19
6 Linda Van Rijen (Ned) Team DSB Bank 1.39
7 Loes Sels (Bel) Vlaanderen - Capri Sonne - T Interim 1.56
8 Sanne Van Paassen (Ned) Team DSB Bank 2.16
9 Suzanne de Goede (Ned) Team T-Mobile 2.39
10 Elke Riedl (Ned) Restore Cycling 3.03

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