Professional Team News
European Teams Update - 2006
Riders on the move - Arndt, Kate Bates, Bronzini, Cooke, Gollan
Now that the road season has ended, teams and riders are starting to reveal their 2006 colours.
Perhaps the biggest news is that ex-World Champion (2004) and silver Olympic medallist on the road, Judith Arndt will be leaving the squad she has been with for the past three years - Team Nürnberger for a newly-formed team to be sponsored by T-Mobile. The new international elite women's team, the T-Mobile Team will be sponsored by the mobile telecoms giant until the end of 2008 and will compliment the existing men's team.
In a team press release, Arndt said of her move: "It was the right time for me to make a change. T-Mobile have offered me a great opportunity and I am looking forward to the challenge."
Arndt will join Ina Teutenberg at T-Mobile. Teutenberg has won 6 stages of the Tour Feminine throughout her career and in 2005 won the Rotterdam World Cup event. Another newcomer to the T-Mobile team will be Nicole Cooke, who took silver in the Road World Championships in September and who has won several World Cups in the past, as well as the Giro Donne and junior World Championships.
Nürnberger, Arndt's team will be further depleted, according to a team media release, Olivia Gollan is also leaving (no details yet of her 2006 team) and Madeleine Lindberg is retiring. The same release announces that Kate Bates will be joining Nürnberger in 2006. Bates is a strong performer on the road and track and is currently with the Van Bemmelen AA Drinks team - a Dutch team backed by Leontien Zijlaard van Moorsel.
Meanwhile, in changes to Italian teams, Giorgia Bronzini, who rode for Chirio-Forno D'Asolo in 2005 will be moving to FRW for 2006. Bronzini will take on the Team Captain's role in FRW after a successful 2005, where she won 13 races, including 3 stages of the Giro Donne and the Nürnberger round of the road World Cup. Bronzini, from Romagna is a young sprinter and will be assisted in her race winning ambitions by another team newcomer, Modesta Vzesniauskaite, a Lithuanian, who is very experienced in the elite arena. The team is yet to be finally confirmed, but the current roster is : Giorgia Bronzini (ITA), Martina Corazza (ITA), Kettj Manfrin (ITA), Nina Ovcharenko (UKR), Laura Pisaneschi (ITA), Ombretta Ugolini (ITA) and Modesta Vzesnaiuskaite (LTU).
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