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Women's News Roundup #6, 1 March 2008
By Bart Hazen
Date: 3/1/2008
Women's News Roundup #6, 1 March 2008

Women's News Roundup #6, 1 March 2008
New sponsor Ladies Tour, Gollan retires, Vera Carrara, Rapha Women’s team, Team Gauss-RDZ, Edita Pucinskaite, Minna Hietamaeki, Omloop het Volk teams, Luisa Tamanini and more…

Profile new main sponsor for Holland Ladies Tour
In the previous roundup we mentioned that the future of Holland Ladies Tour was uncertain after Expert had decided to quit as sponsor of the event. But the Holland Ladies Tour can go on in 2008. The most important stage race for women in The Netherlands has found a new main sponsor with Profile. Profile is specialized in bikes. Profile has the intention to sponsor the event for a longer period but the first agreement will be for a period of one year. The ladies Tour will start on September 2 in Nijverdal and will end on September 7 in Valkenburg.

Giorgia Bronzini reconnoitered course of the World Cup in Cittiglio
Giorgia Bronzini and Alessandra Borchi (both Safi-Pasta Zara) have reconnoitered the course of the Coppa del Mondo femminile di Cittiglio in Varese. This race will take place on March 24. Last year Bronzini, who will make her season debut here, finished second behind winner Nicole Cooke. This year she wants to win the race which is very important to her and the team.

Note: Varese will organize three important events this year; the Women's World Cup, a stage in the Giro Donne and the World Road Championships.

Giorgia Bronzini (crouching)
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Olivia Gollan retires from professional cycling
Olivia Gollan (34 years, Menikini-Selle Italia-Gysko) rode her last race (on home soil) at the Geelong World Cup (24/2) as she decided to retire from professional cycling. Her final race is the Women’s Tour of New Zealand.

After the Geelong World Cup Gollan commented: "I'm about to cry. I'm not really sure what to say - I had (wanted) to make a very secret exit from the sport. I'm very pleased to have raced my last race in Australia, here in Geelong, it's really exciting to have so many of my good friends and family around. It's been an awesome time representing my country over the past six years and I'd like to thank everyone who's been involved."

Olivia's biggest victory was for sure, the 2003 national road and time trial title. In her career she also won  the Berner Rundfahrt and the Scandinavian Open GP among others. Next to that she was also a member of the famed 2004 Olympic road team, which produced one of the greatest performances in Australian cycling history. Olivia Gollan, Oenone Wood and Sara Carrigan worked really well together. Carrigan won the gold medal, but it was truly a team win. Gollan was also a member of the Australian team for the world championships from 2001-2007.

Vera Carrara shows new team kit of the Dila' Monticello team
Vera Carrara of the Dila' Monticello team has publicized the new team kit for the 2008 season. Carrara, who is coming from the Safi-Pasta Zara team, is a new signing and will focus herself (more) on the track in 2008 as it is an Olympic Season. Carrara had lots of success on the track already and especially in the points race. In this discipline she became World Champion in 2005 and 2006. Her biggest win on the road is the 5th stage in the Holland Ladies Tour in 2006.

Vera Carrara shows new team kit together with team manager Max Bonanomi
photo credit: Dila’Monticello -

The end of the Rapha women's UCI team
The Rapha women's UCI team has announced that the team has been officially ended just as it looked set to start an exciting year.

The British owned but Belgian based team grew out of last years UCI Rapha-Condor Ladies team, managed by Dutchman Rene Groot. 2008 Saw only two of the original riders staying on board and a whole host of exciting talent signed up to the team. These included former Dutch Junior national champion Monique Van de Ree as well as one of Australia's rising stars, Leonie Burford. On the English front, one of the UK's most experienced female pro's Leda Cox and the up and coming Charlotte Colclough.

The team was already secured for a place in the women's Tour de France as well as numerous top UCI races and two world cups.

The riders involved are:
Leonie Burford (Australia)
Charlotte Colclough (Great Britain)
Melissa Doherty (USA)
Nina Kessler (The Netherlands)
Monique van de Ree (The Netherlands)
Louise Kerr (Australia)
Linn Torp (Norway)
Leda Cox (Great Britain)
Felicia Greer (Canada)

Edita Pucinskaite looks forward to new season
Edita Pucinskaite has started her season with the Geelong Tour in Australia. Further she has participated already in the World Cup of Geelong and the Women's Tour of New Zealand. She used these races as a preparation for the more important races to come later on in the season.

Her goals are: “My main goal is for sure the Olympic Games in Beijing. The only "event" I lack in my "palmares" (She won the Giro D'Italia, World Championships and Tour de France in the past). Next to the Olympics I want to do well in the Giro D'Italia and the World Championships in Varese.”

Edita Pucinskaite
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2008 Roster Team Gauss - RDZ
Team Gauss-RDZ has announced it's full roster for the 2008 season.

Team Gauss - RDZ 2008 Roster
Tania Belvederesi (Italy)
Chiara Bortolus (Italy)
Maria Cazzola (Italy)
Martina Corazza (Italy)
Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)
Veronica Leal Balderas (Mexico)
Julia Martissova (Russia)
Silvia Parietti (Italy)
Martina Scoppa (Italy)
Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus)
Eleonora Suelotto (Italy)
Elodie Touffet (France)
Grete Treier (Estonia)
Sabrina Zogli (Italy)

Minna Hietamaki new rider for Michela Fanini Record Rox
Minna Hietamaki from Finland is a new rider for the Italian Michela Fanini Record Rox team. The 30 year old won lots of races already in the Scandinavian countries. She will make her debut for Michela Fanini on March 8 in the Gran Premio Brissago - Lago Maggiore in Switzerland.

Teams for third edition Women's Omloop het Volk
On Sunday March 16 the third edition of the Women's Omloop het Volk will take place. The start is in Deerlijk and the finish in Deinze. 44 teams had submitted there candidature for  participation in the race as only 25 teams are allowed to start (25 teams is the maximum according to the rules)

The teams are:
Topsport Vlaanderen Thompson Ladies Team
Vrienden van het Platteland
AA Drink Cycling Team
Team Flexpoint
Team DSB Bank
Equipe Nuernberger Versicherung
Swift Racing
Team Pro Féminin Les Carroz
Vienne Futuroscope
Team Cmax Dila
Menikini-Selle Italia
Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan
Team Specialized
Cervelo Lifeforce Cycling Team
Bigla Team
Giant Pro Cycling Team
Pol Aqua Professional Women Road Team

Also the National team of Belgium and the club teams De Sprinters Malderen, KSV Deerlijk, Squadra Ciclista Feminile Liedekerke and Royal Antwerp BC will participate in this race.

Luisa Tamanini – photo copyright

Official website for Luisa Tamanini
Since early February, Luisa Tamanini of the Safi-Pasta Zara-Manhattan team has an official website. You can visit the website here:

Five medals for DILA’ MONTICELLO at the Spanish Track Nationals
The Dila'Monticello (Team Cmax) team has gained five medals during the Spanish Track National Championships in the Palma-Arena on Mallorca.

Marta Vilajosana
photo credit: Dila’Monticello -

Azucena Sanchez Benito won silver at the sprint and bronze in the keirin and Marta Vilajosana won the silver medal in the Individual Pursuit and two bronze medals in the scratch and the points race. Both for Azucena Sanchez and Marta Vilajosana it's a good sign with an eye on the Summer Olympic Games.

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