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Women's News Roundup, 29 December 2008
By Bart Hazen
Date: 12/29/2008
Women's News Roundup, 29 December 2008
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.

Event Details
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

Course Distances

Time Trial
Men's 40km
Women's 25km
U23 30km
U19's ?

Road Race
International Standards minimum of 14km laps.

Men's Total 180km
Women's Total 110km
U23 Total 150km
U19's ?

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 too. "

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 internationally.

The 2009 team roster includes 14 riders of which four new signings; Emma Rickards, Katharine Carroll, Julie Beveridge and Meredith Miller.

The team
Brooke Miller (USA National Road and Criterium Champion)
Alison Rosenthal
Lauren Franges
Rushlee Buchanan
Amber Rais
Alison Starnes
Jerika Hutchenson
Joanne Kiesanowski
Victoria Bastide
Stacey Simms
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
Photo © 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 winner.

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

The teams

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 the season.

Rochelle Gilmore after winning the Criterium of Maastricht in early August.
Photo © 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

Rochelle Gilmore
Photo © 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 season."

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.

Marianne Vos
Photo © 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.

Marta Vilajosana
Photo 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 Record Rox
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, consists of:

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)

Adrie Visser
Photo © 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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