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Women's News Roundup, 22 February 2009
By Bart Hazen
Date: 2/22/2009
Women's News Roundup, 22 February 2009

Women's News Roundup, 22 February 2009

International top field for Omloop het Nieuwsblad, O'Donnell and Rhodes 2009 Oceania Champions, South African MTN Team, Webcor Builders 2009, Lip Smacker 2009, ValueAct Capital Training Camp, NZCT Women's Tour..

International top riders for Women's Omloop het Nieuwsblad
The fourth edition of the Omloop het Nieuwsblad for women will be held for the first time on the same day as the men's race, namely on Saturday February 28. 25 teams, of which 16 nationalities, will take the start in Gent. The past years the race was won by Suzanne de Goede (2006), Mie Lacota (2007) and Kirsten Wild (2008).

Lots of international top riders will take the start and among them Eva Lutz (recent stage winner in the Tour of Qatar), Regina Schleicher (2005 World Champion), Trixi Worrack (European Champion 2002, Vice World Champion 2006), Jennifer Hohl (Swiss Champion 2008), Karin Thürig (bronze medal at the Olympic ITT in Athens and Beijing), Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Lithuanian Champion 2008), Mirjam Melchers-van Poppel (twice winner of the Tour of Flanders), Emma Johansson (Vice Olympic Champion Athens), Marina Romoli and Siobhan Dervan (Irish Champion 2008).

The Cervelo TestTeam will not take part and by that the winner of 2008 Kirsten Wild isn't able to defend her title. The following teams will participate in the Omloop het Nieuwsblad:

Topsport Vlaanderen-Thompson Ladies Team
Team Flexpoint
Red Sun Ladies Cycling Team
Nutrixxion Lady
Fassa Bortolo
Team Fenix
Selle Italia
Equipe Nuernberger Versiecherung
Bigla Cycling Team
Vienne Futuroscope
People Trust Cycling Team
Moving Ladies
Swabo Ladies Team
Rabo Lady Force/Snelle Wiel
Benelux Wielerteam
De Sprinters Malderen
Hand in Hand Baal
MD-CT Team Wetteren
Royal Antwerp Bicycle Club

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Bridie O'Donnell and Alexis Rhodes 2009 Oceania Champions
Australians Bridie O'Donnell (ITT) and Alexis Rhodes (Road) are the 2009 Oceania Road Cycling Champions. On February 10 O'Donnell was the best in the time-trial over Alexis Rhodes and Vicki Whitelaw. In the Road Race two days later Webcor rider Alex Rhodes was the best and won with a lead of 1.53 on the bunch led home by Ruth Corset. Lotto-Belisol captain Rochelle Gilmore took the bronze medal.

Oceania Road Championships - RR:
1 92 Alexis RHODES AUS AUS19840112 2:30:05
2 103 Ruth CORSET AUS AUS19770509 + 1:53
3 91 Rochelle GILMORE AUS AUS19811214
4 131 Peta MULLENS AUS AUS19880308
5 124 Jenny MACPHERSON AUS AUS1977042
6 108 Kirsty BROUN AUS AUS19790716
7 144 Nikki BUTTERFIELD AUS AUS19820419 + 1:54
8 119 Chloe HOSKING AUS AUS19901001
9 95 Vicki WHITELAW AUS AUS19770102
10 122 Lauren KITCHEN AUS AUS19901121
11 99 Davina SUMMERS AUS AUS19790603
12 133 Katherine O'SHEA AUS AUS19790322
13 115 Sue FORSYTH AUS AUS19841120
14 100 Bronwyn RYAN AUS AUS19800822
15 126 Angela MCCLURE AUS AUS19901211

Oceania Road Cycling Championships - ITT:
1 142 Bridie O'DONNELL AUS AUS19740429 43.12 34:47.07
2 92 Alexis RHODES AUS AUS19840112 42.22 35:31.66
3 95 Vicki WHITELAW AUS AUS19770102 41.95 35:45.18
4 94 Amber HALLIDAY AUS AUS19791113 41.44 36:11.84
5 93 Kathryn WATT AUS AUS19640120 41.29 36:19.59
6 96 Rachel NEYLAN AUS AUS19820309 40.83 36:44.01
7 100 Bronwyn RYAN AUS AUS19800822 40.02 37:29.06
8 97 Gabrielle VERMUNT NZL NZL19830411 39.87 37:37.50
9 99 Davina SUMMERS AUS AUS19790603 39.27 38:12.08
10 103 Ruth CORSET AUS AUS19770509 39.13 38:20.14
11 98 Shara GILLOW AUS AUS19871223 39.13 38:20.25
12 105 Sophie OOTES AUS AUS19900321 38.97 38:29.29
13 101 Lisa JACOBS AUS AUS19810917 38.80 38:39.69
14 109 Jessy BYRNES AUS AUS19901023 38.59 38:52.10}
15 102 Zoe APPEL AUS AUS19900520 38.38 39:05.16

South African MTN team announced
The South African MTN team has announced its roster for the 2009 season.

The team for 2009 is:
Dianne Emery (Rsa)
Larissa Kleinmann (Ger)
Magdalene Nicholsen (Rsa)
Cashandra Slingerland (Rsa)
Carla Swart (Rsa)
Cherise Taylor (Rsa)
Marissa van der Merwe (Rsa)
Chrissie Viljoen (Rsa)

Webcor Builders announces 2009 team
The Webcor Builders team has announced its roster for the 2009 season. Katheryn Curi Mattis and Alexis Rhodes are the team captains.

The team roster is:
Katheryn Curi Mattis (USA)
Erinne Willock (CAN)
Gina Grain (CAN)
Nikki Butterfield - Egyed (AUS)
Alexis Rhodes (AUS)
Rebecca Much (USA)
Janel Holcomb (USA)
Amy Dombroski (USA)

Lip Smacker announces 2009 team
The Lip Smacker team has announced its roster for the 2009 season. Anne Samplonius is the team captain. The squad is an evolution of the America's Dairyland team from 2008, and will again be directed by Melissa Thompson.

The team roster is:
Anne Samplonius
Carla Swart
Toni Bradshaw
Amanda Miller
Kate Ross
Anna Young
Hillary Billington
Kacey Manderfield

VAC Women Wrap Up Successful Training Camp in Sonoma County
The ValueAct Capital Women's Professional Cycling Team spent the past eight days at their annual training camp in Healdsburg. Despite Mother Nature delivering a strong dose of wet, windy and chilly conditions, the VAC women persevered, logging many miles on the beautiful roads of Sonoma County. A break in the weather on Thursday allowed the team to enjoy a scenic ride through Occidental, Sebastopol and Santa Rosa.

Thursday evening, the team headed down to Larkspur, in Marin County, for a "Meet the Team" event at the Village Peddler Bike Shop. It provided a chance for local cycling enthusiasts to meet the riders and ask questions about racing and training. The riders also engaged in dialogue with prospective customers.

On Friday, the team spent the day at Specialized Bicycle Components' headquarters in Morgan Hill, learning about the Specialized Designs 4 Women's products. After a fast paced group ride during lunch, the women spent the afternoon with the BG FIT team (Body Geometry Fit Integration Technology). Many of the riders had in depth fittings done, including fine tuning bike positions, saddle sizes and cleat adjustments. "I learned a lot about my position on the bike, and they suggested making some pretty significant changes," commented Martina Patella. "They were incredibly helpful!"

After wrapping up a photo shoot in the morning, the riders headed out again in the rain for a ride. Saturday evening, Monica Davis and Ralph Cronin from Michelin joined the team to enlighten the team on the history of Michelin (and the infamous Michelin Man), as well as to provide tips on the proper way to mount tires and tubes and the proper tire pressure.

Sunday saw the team travel to Santa Rosa for the Amgen Women's Tour of California Criterium. Over 80 women lined up for the hour long criterium that was held on a portion of the men's finishing circuit. With driving rain fueling the fire, the team raced aggressively, with Kristin McGrath getting into the winning break. Shortly after the break was formed, Robin Farina successfully bridged up and the gap steadily grew to over 45 seconds. With all of the major teams represented (TIBCO, Webcor, Colavita and Columbia-High Road), McGrath and Farina had their work cut out for them. "We were really working hard in the break," said McGrath, "We wanted it to stick, and were planning to start attacking with a few laps to go." The plan succeeded and the break stayed away. "It was going to come down to a sprint at the end; and I was in pretty good position, but it's a long sprint!" Columbia-High Road's Emilia Fahlin took the sprint ahead of TIBCO's Lauren Tamayo. McGrath ended up 7th; Farina in 10th. "I'm really pleased with how the team rode," commented team director, Lisa Hunt. "It's good to get the first race under their belts, and now we're ready for more."

After a few more soggy days of riding, camp came to an end on Wednesday morning. "The rain couldn't dampen our spirits this week," said Kristin Sanders. "We had a great time getting to know each other, riding together and having lots of fun. The chemistry is fantastic!"

After a few weeks back at home, the team will re-group for the San Dimas Stage Race, in preparation for the Redlands Bicycle Classic on March 26-29.

More overseas teams announced for NZCT Women's Tour
The list of world class riders entered in next week's NZCT Women's Tour of New Zealand and the International Cup of Cycling continues to grow.

Hard on the heels of the 41 classy Australians riders already announced, Race Director Jorge Sandoval has today confirmed another four top national and international teams for the tour.

National teams from China and Japan have confirmed their start in the races, as well as the New Zealand national team, the powerful international Champion Systems Cycling team and the NZ base Cyclosport team.

The NZCT (New Zealand Community Trust) national team is lead by Beijing Olympic cyclist Joanne Kiesanowski who rides professionally for the USA base Tibco pro team. Supporting Kiesanowski, are Emma Peterson, Serena Sheridan, Toni Bradshaw and Karen Fulton. This strong line-up includes some of the best women road riders in the country.

The Champion Systems Pro team is lead by Top Australian hill climber Ruth Corser who finished second on the stage up Admiral Hill in the 2008 tour, beaten by eventual tour winner Kristin Armstrong. Ruth will be one of the riders to beat during the three day tour. Supporting her, are top Canadian rider Steph Roorda, American pro Dotsie Baush and kiwi riders Malindi MacLean and Lauren Ellis.

Rachel Mercer from the Cyclosport team is also a rider likely to be in contention for top honours.

With the Beijing Olympic Games out of the way, Asian riders are now preparing for the Asian Games and World Championships. Known for their power and determination, the Chinese team is sure to prove a handful for opposition riders. Included in the Chinese national team are:

MENG Lang - 2007 Asia Championships Road Race champion; 2007 La Route de France Feminine stage 4 - third.
LIU Yong Li - 2007 Tour of CHONGMING Island ITT - champion; 2006 Asia Championships ITT- second.
HUANG Xiao Mei - 2007 UCI World B Championship Road Race - champion.
GAO Min - 2007 UCI World B Championship Road Race - second.
CHEN Li - 2007 China Championships Road Race - second.
WANG Fei - 2007 International Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen (Germany) -U23 champion.

Sandoval is thrilled that more and more international teams are making their way to Wellington every year for the event.

"It's great overseas teams are coming to New Zealand to participate," says Jorge.

"The Chinese and Japanese have been here before, so they obviously rate the tour," he says.

"The Champion Systems team is made up of international riders from Canada, Australia, USA and a couple of kiwis. The only women's teams' base in New Zealand, the Cyclosport team, is lead by up-and-coming Wellington road rider Rachel Mercer.

"We've got a fantastic field with lots of different experience and style.

"Riders who come here go home speaking highly about our tour and organisation - and this encourages even more overseas teams to come.

"The Japanese team has been in a training camp for the past two weeks in Japan preparing for our event. The NZCT Tour is already looking like being bigger and better than last year, and that's fantastic for everyone involved."

A total of 70 riders in 14 teams will start the only international women's cycling event in Oceania next Wednesday 25 February.

The NZCT Tour finishes on Friday 27 February, and on Sunday, riders take part in the NZCT Women's International Cup of Cycling in a 9km circuit in the city of Masterton.

Teams 2009 - The line-ups
For all the lastest team lineups for 2009, please visit CQRanking

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