Team TIBCO bolsters 2010 Roster with UCI registration
With its new status as a UCI-registered women’s cycling team,
Team TIBCO/To the Top has added several top-performing international riders
as well as a number of younger, up-and-coming riders, to an experienced returning
core that includes 2009 U.S. National Road Champion Meredith Miller and 2008
Road and Criterium National Champion Brooke Miller. The team will look to build
on its 2009 NRC Championship season, making its first foray into Europe in the
“We set out in 2009 to become the top team in North America and we achieved
that goal,” said the team’s founder and Managing Director, Linda Jackson.
“For this year, our goals are even higher. We’ll be making our first
trip to Europe, always with an eye toward the 2012 London Olympics. We want
to build this team into a consistently strong international player this year
and next, and develop as many Olympians as possible for 2012.
“We have a lot of proven talent on the roster, and I’m very excited
about our younger, developing riders,” she continued. “Team TIBCO/To
the Top will be going to all our races – in the U.S. and Europe –
to win. Ruth Corset’s win at Australian Road Nationals was made possible
by the selfless work of her teammate Emma Mackie. It’s this kind of teamwork
that we plan on using to propel us to the top again in 2010.”
The addition of Corset and Mackie bring significant international experience
to the team. Though she’s only been racing for four years, Corset has excelled
in the sport, receiving the honor of being named Australian Female Cyclist of
the Year in 2009. She earned that honor with a stage win at the Route de France,
two top five finishes at UCI World Cup races – Montreal and Plouay –
and 2nd Overall at the Tour International Feminin en Limousin. She was also
12th at the World Championships, despite suffering several mechanicals. And
now she’s started off the 2010 season by winning the Australian national
“She showed her grit by continually clawing her way back to the front
group at Worlds last year and fighting through the heat, cramping and nausea
at the national championships last weekend,” said Team TIBCO directeur
sportif Jeff Corbett. “She’s a fantastic climber and she’s been
working on her time trialing as well. We really want her going well for our
Corset’s compatriot Emma Mackie has spent the past four seasons racing
the top European races. Despite only being 25, Corbett notes that “she
has great race sense from her years racing in Europe. She’s an opportunistic
type of rider who can sprint well out of breaks. She’ll also provide another
strong engine for our sprint lead-outs.”
New U.S riders are led by veteran Kristen LaSasso, a strong climber and a rider
who will take on a lead role for many of the North American stage races. “Kristen
is a smart rider who knows how to position herself well in races,” Corbett
said. “She had a really good 2009 despite riding with little support.”
LaSasso often rode in support of sprinter Laura Van Gilder last year. However,
she showed her strength in hard races by taking third in the U.S. National Road
Race Championship. “She was always there in the crits,” Corbett said.
“This year we want her focused on stage races.”
Though just shy of her 24th birthday, Rebecca Much has been racing in the pro
ranks since 2005. She showed her potential in 2004 when she finished 2nd in
the World Junior Time Trial Championship. She’s won a pair of U23 national
time trial championships, as well as a U23 cyclocross national championship.
“Rebecca is a strong all-around rider with good potential as a GC rider,”
Corbett said. “She’s been more of a domestique on the teams she’s
ridden for recently, but she has the potential to deliver good results.”
She’ll be joined by another rising all-around talent, 23-year-old Amanda
Miller. Miller is another strong climber, but also very good at criteriums.
“She’s continually gaining a tactical sense for racing,” Corbett
said. “She understands the game of chess on bikes and is showing the characteristics
of a well-rounded rider.”
Team TIBCO also adds two young, up-and-coming sprinters for 2010, Megan Guarnier,
24, and Samantha Schneider, the youngest team member at just 19.
“Megan got some good experience racing with the national team in Europe
in 2009,” Corbett said. “She’s hard-nosed and fights for good
position for the sprints. Sam is also a really smart rider despite being so
young. She also has a way of finding good position in the bunch. Both riders
will be looking to develop under Brooke this year, and when Brooke is in Europe,
Sam will be getting her chances in the sprints.”
Devon Haskell rounds out the list of new riders for 2010, which will be her
first pro season. Though she’s only been racing a few years, Haskell found
early success in the college ranks, winning the national championship in 2008.
“She brings another big engine to the team,” Corbett said. “She
gained a lot of experience with the national team in 2009, and every year she
gets stronger physically and technically. She’s another rider in the mold
of Meredith Miller.”
Returning Team TIBCO riders include both Millers, as well as Kiwi standout
Joanne Kiesanowski, who finished 3rd overall in the NRC individual points classification,
Jerika Hutchinson, Alison Starnes and Ali Rosenthal. Emma Rickards returns in
a rider/director role.
U.S. National Road Champion Meredith Miller will captain the team for 2010.
Her experience, tactical knowledge and strong, opportunistic riding style will
be a critical component to the team this season.
Brooke Miller returned to full health during the summer of 2009 after being
slowed by a respiratory illness in the first part of the season. Once she was
back, she was nearly unbeatable, closing last season with five straight wins,
including a four-race sweep of the Tour of Missouri Women’s Series. She’ll
be looking to establish her place as one of the world’s top sprinters in
Kiesanowski, perhaps the team’s most well-rounded rider, will not only
bring her leadership skills, but also give the team a reliable weapon in nearly
every race she enters.
Rising star Alison Starnes returns to Team TIBCO/To the Top for 2010. The 24-year-old
Starnes continued her rapid development in 2009, her second year of bike racing.
Along with taking several impressive solo wins in NorCal races, she began to
shine on the national and international stages, finding the podium in several
French Cup races with the national team, and finishing 2nd in the Cascade Classic
Time Trial stage in July.
“Ali is flat out strong,” Corbett said. “She has a lot of potential
and she’s really still learning how to race her bike. She’s shown
good instincts already. This year, we want to get her more elite-level race
days and teach her how to use her strength wisely.”
Jerika Hutchinson, rounds out the 2010 roster. The three-time U.S. junior national
champion and bronze medalist in the 2007 world junior time trial championships,
continued her development in 2009. Along with a number of podium appearances
in local races, the 19-year-old earned a silver medal in the U23 time trial
Ryan Bontrager joins the staff as Head Mechanic, and veteran directeur sportif
Chris Georgas will manage the team in Europe for the spring campaign that will
include top-level UCI races and World Cups in Belgium and Holland, culminating
with Tour de L'Aude in France. Georgas raced for several years in Canada, the
U.S. and France before turning to coaching and directing. Over the past decade,
Georgas has directed Canadian and New Zealand women’s national teams, and
several UCI pro Women’s teams in over 20 World Cups and five Tours de L'Aude.
He is also currently active in coaching and teaching road and track for the
French Federation and USA Cycling.
“When Linda asked me to direct the team in Europe in 2010, I couldn't
resist the opportunity to work with her and the impressive team she and her
colleagues have put together,” Georgas said. “I’ve already directed
seven of the team’s 14 riders at different times over the past few years
and I know the others by reputation. There are no weak links.”
2010 Team TIBCO/To the Top Roster
Ruth Corset, AUS
Megan Guarnier, USA
Devon Haskell, USA
Jerika Hutchinson, USA
Joanne Kiesanowski, NZL
Kristen LaSasso, USA
Emma Mackie, AUS
Amanda Miller, USA
Brooke Miller, USA
Meredith Miller, USA
Emma Rickards, AUS
Alison Rosenthal, USA
Samantha Schneider, USA
Alison Starnes, USA
About Team TIBCO
Team TIBCO is a Silicon Valley-based professional women’s cycling team.
In 2009, Team TIBCO won the USA Cycling NRC team title, the Women’s Professional
Cycling Series team title and was named VeloNews 2009 Women’s Team of the
Year. The team is focused on finding and developing athletes for major international
competitions, including the World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games.
The team also emphasizes joy in sport, fair play and dedication to living healthy.
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