|Women's News Roundup, 29 December 2008
2009 Oceania Road Cycling Champs in Geelong, TIBCO heads Europe in 2010,
2009 Women's Tour of Qatar, Gilmore captain Lotto-Belisol, Banfi new DS Cervelo
women's team, Vos, Vilajosana and Pendrel honoured, ELK and Uniqa merger, ESGL
and Michela Fanini 2009 teams, Visser not in Rotterdam six..
2009 Oceania Road Cycling Championships in Geelong
The 2009 Oceania Road Cycling Championships will be held in Geelong, Australia
from February 12 to 15. The locations of the races will be Portarlington. This
is the first time this event has been staged in the Geelong region. The event
includes riders from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Thursday 12th February: Time Trials
Friday 13th February: Rest Day
Saturday 14th February: Under 23 and Women's Road Race
Sunday 15th February: Men's Road Race
International Standards minimum of 14km laps.
Men's Total 180km
Women's Total 110km
U23 Total 150km
Tibco's team captain Brooke Miller
Photo © 2008 Action Images
Team TIBCO to Europe in 2010
The TIBCO Women's Professional Cycling Team has set its sights on becoming a
UCI team in 2010. With that status the team can compete overseas in the World
Cup Circuit and the other important (stage) races in Europe.
Team owner Linda Jackson said "In 2010 our finances will be spent on becoming
a UCI team and going to Europe. As the riders progress, the team has to progress
For the 2009 season the team has added Jeff Corbett (former Director Sportif
of Health Net) to its staff. The focus will be on expanding their racing calendar
The 2009 team roster includes 14 riders of which four new signings; Emma Rickards,
Katharine Carroll, Julie Beveridge and Meredith Miller.
Brooke Miller (USA National Road and Criterium Champion)
Emma Rickards (coming from Cervelo)
Katharine Carroll (coming from Aaron's)
Julie Beveridge (coming from Aaron's)
Meredith Miller (coming from Aaron's)
Tibco's talented Julie Beveridge
© 2008 Action Images
The team will focus for the 2009 season on the NRC events starting
with the Tour of California women's criterium (February). Other important races
for the team are next to the National Championships the Redlands Classic, Mt.
Hood, Montreal World Cup, Tour of Montreal, Cascade Classic, Nature Valley and
the Liberty Classic.
It's likely that some of the girls will compete for their National teams in some of the biggest races in Europe like amongst others the Tour de L'Aude and the Thüringen Rundfahrt.
First Women's Tour of Qatar in 2009
The Organizers have announced the details of the first Women's Tour of Qatar
on February 8-10, 2009. The women's race will start two days after the men's
Tour of Qatar which will take place from February 1 to 6. In this edition they
will compete for 18,700 euro in prize money including 1,100 euro for the overall
Stage 1: Museum of Islamic Art - Doha Shafallah, 94km
Stage 2: Qatar Foundation - Oryx Farm, 110km
Stage 3: Camel Race Track - Al Khor Corniche, 109km
Australia, France, Italy, South Africa, United States of America, Bigla Cycling
Team, Cervelo Test Team, Columbia Women's Team, Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung,
Giant Pro Cycling, Lotto-Belisol Ladies Team, Selle Italia, Team DSB Bank, Team
Flexpoint and Team Vision 1 Racing.
Rochelle Gilmore new team captain of Lotto-Belisol
Australian Rochelle Gilmore will become the new team captain of the Belgian
Lotto-Belisol team. The Australian rode the first part of the 2008 season for
Menikini-Selle Italia before switching to Team Flexpoint in the final part of
Rochelle Gilmore after winning the Criterium of Maastricht in early August.
© 2008 Bart Hazen
On her website Gilmore said "This road season was the most interrupted
and mentally stressful of my career. I won't go into details but the season
didn't run smoothly. Looking back, perhaps I may have personally contributed
to the turmoil by making some incorrect, spontaneous and trusting decisions.
To spite being without a UCI professional team for the second half of the European
season I was able to cap off the year with the Australian National Team, totaling
19 podiums, including 5 wins! "
The full Lotto-Belisol team for 2009 roster is:
1 Armitstead Elizabeth 18.12.1988 Great Britain
2 Arys Evelien 21.07.1990 Belgium
3 Carrigan Sara 07.09.1980 Australia
4 Delfosse Catherine 11.06.1981 Belgium
5 Depoorter Elize 09.02.1988 Belgium
6 De Vuyst Sofie 02.04.1987 Belgium
7 Eeckhout Joke 31.03.1979 Belgium
8 Gilmore Rochelle 14.12.1981 Australia
© 2008 Bart Hazen
9 Koedooder Vera 31.10.1983 The Netherlands
10 Lanssens Lien 01.02.1989 Belgium
11 Mackie Emma 09.09.1984 Australia
12 Schoonbaert Kim 02.03.1986 Belgium
13 Silversides Emma 02.10.1978 Great Britain
14 Torp Linn 22.04.1977 Norway
15 Van Doorslaer Annelies 15.01.1989 Belgium
16 Verbeke Grace 12.11.1984 Belgium
Patrick Banfi gets Sports Director of the Cervélo
Pro Cycling Test Team
The Women's Cycling Team Cervélo Pro Cycling Test Team is pleased to
announce the signing of Patrick Banfi from Switzerland as an additional Sports
Director of the team.
Patrick Banfi is a well know persons in the women's cycling business. The former
cyclist with a license was working as a Sports Director in the past two years
for the Swiss Team Specialized Designs for Women. Before that, Banfi, who is
also the owner of Pb Sport Consulting, made several experiences with different
Swiss cycling teams as a Sports Director.
"I'm extremely happy to get this chance from Thomas Campana to work with
such a great team, have the possibility to develop my skills and are able to
continue my work together with Emma Pooley," explained Patrick Banfi. "I
can see the great potential in the team and team concept. To create something
new together with the "young savages" is very interesting for me and
makes a lot of fun for me."
Patrick Banfi will support the current Sport Director Manel Lacambra from the
upcoming season on. "I'm confident, that both, Patrick and Manel fitting
well together and complement optimal each other," said Thomas Campana.
"We have a top team together and we are looking forward to the upcoming
Marianne Vos named Dutch Sports woman of the year
On December 16 Marianne Vos has been voted as 2008 Dutch Sports woman of the
year. The 21 year old won the gold medal at the Olympic Points race, the gold
medal at the Worlds Points race, became Dutch National Road Champion, won the
Fleche Wallonne and finished second in both the Worlds Road Championships and
the Cyclocross World Championships. In the election Vos defeated equestrienne
Anky van Grunsven and Ice speed-skater Paulien van Deutekom.
© 2008 Bart Hazen
Marta Vilajosana named Spanish cyclist of the year
Marta Vilajosana (Dila Kuota) has been named as Spanish Cyclist of the year.
Vilajosana won the election ahead of Silvia Tirado and Arantzazu Azpiroz. Vilajosana
had a great season with her 7th place at the World Championships, her second
place in the Trofeo Ciudad de Sevilla, 4th place in the GP de Santa Ana, 4th
in the final ranking of the Vuelta Ciclista Femenina El Salvador and several
medals at the Spanish Track Championships.
by Team Dila
Catharine Pendrel named Canadian Cyclist of the year
Catharine Pendrel has been named as Canadian Cyclist of the year. Pendrel finished
as second in the MTB World Cup overall standings and was fourth in the Olympic
cross country race. Pendrel finished with a slight advantage on defending award
winner Marie-Helene Premont. Premont won the Overall World Cup MTB in 2008 and
had more first places during the season but Pendrel's higher percentage of second
and third places brought the decision for the title. Canadian National Road
Champion Alex Wrubleski finished as third.
Merger between Austrian teams Elk Haus and Uniqa Graz
The two Austrian teams ELK Haus and UNIQA Graz will merge into one team for
the 2009 season. The team Managers are Heribert Springnagel (former ELK HAUS)
and Klaus Kabasser (former UNIQA). The new name of the team will be: UNIQA-ELK
Pelin Cizgin (Austria)
Steffi Degle (Germany)
Manuela Grünzweil (Austria)
Corinna Kreidl (Austria)
Nathalie Lamborelle (Luxemburg) - Champion of Luxemburg
Karin Pauer (Austria)
Daniela Pintarelli (Austria)
Martina Ruzickova (Czech Republic) - Champion of Czech Republic
Monika Schachl (Austria) - Champion of Austria
Bernadette Schober (Austria)
Team ESGL 93 GSD Gestion announces 2009 roster
The French ESGL team has announced its 2009 roster. Team captains will be Leda
Cox from Great Britain and France's Sophie Creux. The full team:
Belz Elodie (Fra)
Bideau Sandrine (Fra)
Cadol Nathalie (Fra)
Cox Leda (Gbr)
Creux Sophie (Fra),
Cussy Laurena (Fra),
Gautier Fabienne (Fra)
Lemieux Audry (Can)
Letué Jennifer (Fra)
Majerus Christine (Lux)
Nivet Celine (Fra)
Numainville Joelle (Can)
Patou Estelle (Fra)
Thomas Béatrice (Fra)
Three Italians to complete 2009 roster of Michela Fanini
With the arrival of the Italians Eleonora Soldo, Alessio Quarta and Sara Griffi
the team of Michela Fanini Record Rox for the 2009 season is finalized. The
2009 roster of the Italian team, which will start its season with Brasilian
team captain Rosane Kirch in the Copa America de Ciclismo in early January,
Rosane Kirch (Bra)
Giulia Lazzerini (Ita)
Samantha Galassi (Ita)
Sara Griffi (Ita)
Carly Hibberd (Aus)
Carmen McNellis (USA)
Serena Mensa (Ita)
Flavia Oliveira (USA)
Alessia Quarta (Ita)
Eleonora Soldo (Ita)
Erika Vilunaite (Ltu)
© 2008 Bart Hazen
Adrie Visser not in six-days of Rotterdam
Adrie Visser will not take part in the coming six-days of Rotterdam. A lack
of fitness is the reason of her decision. Normally Visser would compete in the
Rotterdam six together with Marianne Vos. It's likely that Angela Hennig-Brodtka
will now compete alongside Vos from January 2 - 7.
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