Montreal, Quebec, November 5, 2002

The RONA Cycling Team is proud to announce that the French cyclist Catherine Marsal signed to join the team in 2003. 

Catherine « Cathy » Marsal, who raced with Saturn-Timex in 2002, needs no introduction in the world of cycling.  Junior world road race champions at 16, junior world pursuit champion at 17, Elite world road race champion at 19, team time trial world champion in 1991, the 31 year-old athlete made the world championship podium ten times in her career.  Four times a member of the French Olympic team, she also won several of the most prestigious stage races in the world -- two Tours de l’Aude, one Giro d’Italia, one Grand Prix de la Mutualité, one Étoile Vosgienne, two Tours of Texas, one Tour of Norway, one Tour of the European Community.  Cathy Marsal also held the world hour record in 1995.  With a bicycle complying with the old UCI rules, she rode 47.112 kilometres in 60 minutes. 

“Leaving Saturn was not an easy decision for me”, said Marsal, who in 2002 wore the leader’s jersey for four days and won a stage at the Vuelta Castilla y León in Spain, and also won stages in the Tour de l’Aude and Wendy’s International.  “Saturn is a great team.  But RONA gives me an environment to fulfil myself as a competitive cyclist.  André (Aubut, Team RONA’s manager) and I agreed that I can contribute to the team and still pursue personal goals.  I’m very excited to have the opportunity to race with Geneviève (Jeanson), she’s an outstanding competitor, I think we’ll have a ball in the peloton!”

 “Cathy is a fantastic addition to our team, said André Aubut.  She’s not only a strong rider and a versatile racer, but she brings racing experience that our young team still lacks.  She’s been at the forefront for a dozen years, she knows both the European and the North American environments.  It’s barely an overstatement to say that she’s more experienced than all the other RONA women added together!  She’ll be a solid and reliable road captain, and her presence will benefit all the girls on the team.”

 The RONA cycling team is one of only two Canadian women’s elite cycling teams acknowledged by the International Cycling Union. Beside Cathy Marsal, up to now the following racers have signed with Team RONA for 2003:  Karen Bockel (GER), Andrea Hannos (CAN), Melissa Holt (NZL), Geneviève Jeanson (CAN), Kristen LaSasso (USA) and Carrie Tuck (CAN). 

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