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Women's News Roundup #14, 6 December 2008
By Bart Hazen
Date: 12/6/2008
Women's News Roundup #14, 6 December 2008

Women's News Roundup #14, 6 December 2008

Merger between DSB/Vrienden, Van Hage to Redsun, 2009 rosters of Menikini, Equipe Nürnberger, Dila, Pratomagno, Team Hitec Produtcs, and Fenixs, Women's Cycle Tour of New Zealand, Lizzie Armitstead and

Merger between Team DSB Bank and Vrienden van het Platteland completed
The merger between the two Dutch teams DSB and Vrienden van het Platteland has been completed. The sport-director of the team will be Arthur van Dongen who is coming from the men's team De Jonge Renner. The ambition of the new team is to fund a strong and international team around Marianne Vos which is able to support her in the foreign races. The focus of the team are the Olympic Games of London in 2012. Thus far the team consists of:

The team
Josephine Groenveld (DSB)
Angela Hennig (DSB)
Tina Liebig (DSB)
Noortje Tabak (DSB)
Daisy van der AA (DSB)
Marieke van Wanroij (DSB)
Adrie Visser (DSB)
Marianne Vos (DSB)
Liesbeth Bakker (VVHP)
Liesbet de Vocht (VVHP)
Yvonne Hijgenaar (VVHP)
Annemiek van Vleuten (VVHP)
Agnieta Francke (Junior)
Elke Gebhardt (Team Rothaus)
Janneke Kanis (WV Noordwesthoek)
Bertine Spijkerman (Restore Cycling Ladies)

Elise van Hage new signing for Red Sun Ladies Cycling Team

Elise van Hage (Team Flexpoint) is going to ride for the Red Sun Ladies Cycling Team in 2009. Van Hage turned pro in 2008 and won in her first year as a pro the Student World Championships and the best young rider classification in the Dutch Topcompetition series. Next to the road she is also active on the track. She will represent the Dutch team as only women at the Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia next week (December 11-13)

The team of Red Sun for 2009
Emma Johansson (Swe)
Laure Werner (Bel)
Anne Arnouts (Bel)
Ludivine Henrion (Bel)
Latoya Brulee (Bel)
Paulina Brzezna (Pol)
Inge Klep (Ned)
Petra Dijkman (Ned)
Daniëlla Moonen (Ned)
Maxime Groenewegen (Ned)
Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned)
Moniek Rotmensen (Ned)
Elise van Hage (Ned)

Menikini-Selle Italia announces 2009 roster - Bastianelli new signing

The Italian Menikini-Selle Italia team has announced its roster for the 2009 season. One of the new signings is 2007 World Champion Bastianelli. Bastianelli is coming from Team Dila and is currently suspended for doping use until August 2009. Next to Bastianelli the team has multiple Giro Donne winner Fabiana Luperini as team captain. The full team consist of:

The team
Bagdanoviciute Agne (Lithuania)
Bastianelli Marta (Italy)
Borgato Giada (Italy)
Boyd Katee (New Zealand)
Bozzolo Laura (Italy)
Bras Martine (The Netherlands)
Corneo Sigrid (Italy)
Foresi Lorena (Italy)
Kozonchuk Oxana (Russia)
Luperini Fabiana (Italy)
Presti Gloria (Italy)
Romoli Marina (Italy)
Tamanini Luisa (Italy)
Valsecchi Silvia (Italy)
Zogli Sabrina (Italy)

Note: Bastianelli recently crashed on training and fractured her jaw.

Equipe Nürnberger announces 2009 roster

The German Equipe Nürnberger team has announced its roster for the 2009 season. The team has five new riders and amongst them Multiple Tour de L'Aude winner and 2008 ITT World Champion Amber Neben. Neben will be one of the team captains of the team next to Trixi Worrack and sprinter Regina Schleicher. The full line-up of the team is as follows:

The team
Becker, Charlotte
Becker, Christina
Brennauer, Lisa (New)
De Goede, Suzanne
Jöhrend, Marlen
Kasper, Romy
Knöpfle, Bianca (New - Team Flexpoint)
Köckerling, Lena
Lindberg, Marie
Lutz, Eva
Neben, Amber (New - Team Flexpoint)
Pohl, Stefanie (New)
Schleicher, Regina
Sandig, Madeleine (New - Team Columbia)
Worrack, Trixi

Team Dila announces 2009 roster
Team Dila of manager Max Bonanomi has announced its roster for the 2009 season. After the departure of 2007 World Champion Marta Bastianelli (now Menikini) Lithuanian Edita Pucinskaite will be the new team captain. The full line-up of the team is as follows:

The team
Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu)
Marta Vilajosana (Esp)
Laura Gazzi (Ita)
Veronica Alessio (Ita)
Odette Bertolin (Ita)
Alessia Massaccesi (Ita)
Kettj Manfrin (Ita)
Alice Donadoni (Ita)
Francesca Faustini (Ita)
Sabrina Conca (Ita)
Barbara Guarischi (Ita)
Silvia Tirado (Esp)
Saneila Biagi (Ita)
Arien Torsius (Rsa)
Mara Ruggeri (Ita)

Fenixs-Edilsavino announces 2009 roster
The Italian Fenixs-Edilsavino has completed its team for the 2009 season. Team leader will be Russian Svetlana Bubnenkova. Other riders to keep an eye on are Natalia Boyarskaya and Tatiana Stiajkina. The full 2009 team is:

The team
Boyarskaya Natalia (Russia)
Bubnenkova Svetlana (Russia)
Dervan Siobhan (Ireland)
Fabbri Erika (Italy)
Juodvalkite Urte (Lithuania)
Garcia Evelyn (El Salvador)
Godart Suzie (Luxembourg)
Hare Catherine (GBR)
Hierckens Corine (Belgium)
Marmorini Alice (Italy)
Morfin Laura Lorenza (Mexico)
Pepe Pamela (Italy)
Stiajkina Tatiana (Ukraine)
Vlasova Nadezda (Russia)
Karin Aune (Sweden)

World Status for Women's Cycle Tour of New Zealand

Another world class event for women's cycling comes to New Zealand. Stokes Valley promoter Jorge Sandoval has been granted a new top-rating international women's cycle race for early next year by the sport's world governing body, the UCI.

Though Sandoval has missed out on bringing the women's World Cup back to Wellington he has managed to secure the next best thing, a 1.1 rating one-day classic to be staged in Masterton on Sunday, March 1, 2009. It will follow Sandoval's UCI-sanctioned annual international three-day women's tour in the Wairarapa from February 25 to 27. The New Zealand Community Trust is the naming right's sponsor for both events.

The Wairarapa is recognized as a world-class cycling destination with its ideal terrain, including the demanding Admiral and Te Wharau hill climbs, and an absence of big-city traffic. The climbs will feature on the second day of the women's tour.

"My team and I had been working to bring the World Cup back to Wellington," Sandoval said. "It didn't work out this time but the UCI have offered us encouragement with the 1.1 rating one-day race. It's ranked just below a World Cup race. There's plenty of world ranking points on offer.

"This is great news for our sport and the region. One day races graded 1.1 usually only take place in European cities. I'll be running the event as though it was a World Cup race on the platform already established in the Wellington region by sponsors, officials, organisers and supporters.

"We must reproduce the momentum created in the World Cup rounds of 2005 and 2006. To have the NZCT on board for a second time is very special. It gives us the confidence to put on two first-class women's events on our own soil in 2009, and beyond."

The good news about the 120 km one-day classic follows on the successful launch in October of Sandoval's book, Jorge Sandoval, Surviving Pinochet.

NZCT chief executive Mike Knell said his organization was happy to help.

"We are the largest founder of amateur sport in New Zealand, and we're pleased to contribute to the success of these outstanding events. The one-day classic is a great challenge for participants, and an added boost to cycling's already high profile in the region."

Lizzie Armitstead on the move
British Cyclist Elizabeth Armitstead is going to race on the road for the Belgian Pro Team Lotto-Belisol in 2009. Armitstead is a very successful track cyclist as she recently won two gold medals at the Melbourne World Cup. She won also the six-days of Amsterdam together with Alex Greenfield. The 19 year old won also three gold medals at the World Cup Track in Manchester.

Armitstead played also an important role for the British team at the Worlds in Varese where team mate Nicole Cooke took the Gold medal.

Leontien van Moorsel introduces
Former Dutch cyclist Leontien van Moorsel and her husband Michael Zijlaard have introduced the new name of the former AA Drink Women's Cycling team. In 2009 the team will continue with the name

The team
Marlijn Binnendijk (AA Drink)
Chantal Blaak (AA Drink)
Irene van den Broek (AA Drink)
Andrea Bosman (Team DSB Bank)
Lucinda Brand (Dura Vermeer)
Marit Huisman (Vrienden van het Platteland)
Monique van de Ree (Dura Vermeer)
Suzanne van Veen (Team Flexpoint)

Team Hitec Products - UCK announces 2009 roster
The new Norwegian Pro Team Team Hitec Products-UCK has announced its roster for the 2009 season. The team has a good mix of young and experienced riders, and national and international riders.

The team
Danielle Bekkering from Team DSB Bank Holland
Eyeline Bekkering from Team DSB Bank Holland
Margriet Kloppenburg from Denmark
Isabelle Søderberg from Sweden
Line Foss from Norway
Bjørg Eva Jensen from Norway
Tone Hatteland from Norway
Mari Klev Øpstad from Norway
Helen Osland from Norway
Janne Olsen from Norway
Karoline Haverstad from Norway
Sissel Østvold from Norway
Janneke Ensing from VW Meteoor-Assen-Roden, Holland

Pratomagno announces 2009 roster
The Italian Pratomagno team led by the family Donnini has announced its roster for the 2009 season. The full line-up of the team is as follows:

The team
Cristiana Cuccetti
Simona Gandini
Elena Rossi
Paola Rossi
Lyaysan Khazieva
Viktorya Strukova
Yegenya Khaystyky
Sandra Gomez

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