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Univega Pro Team becomes
Raleigh Lifeforce Creation Pro Cycling Team
Raleigh returns to team sponsorship
Name change for Swiss team, Nicole Cooke remains, British riders added to squad
Univega Pro Cycling Team will undergo a name change in 2007. Whilst the management structure and riders remain pretty much the same, the name of the team will change to include the iconic British manufacturer which sponsored the Dutch-based men's team of the 1970's and 1980's, Ti Raleigh. The team's co-sponsors are Lifeforce Immune System Bank, Creation and carmaker Skoda.
The Raleigh Lifeforce Creation Team will be riding the iconic red, black and yellow bikes made famous by names such as Hennie Kuiper, Gerrie Knetemann and Jan Raas. The bike's groupsets will be Campagnolo, as was the case in 2006 (continuing another tradition set during the Ti Raleigh era).
The team calendar for 2007 includes all major races and includes a two month training camp which will be based in Melbourne, Australia. Riders and staff will arrive in Melbourne on January 15th and will remain Down Under for the first professional races of 2007, including the Geelong World Cup on 3rd March 2007.
The squad will be headed once more by Swiss rider, Priska Doppmann and 2006 World Cup Champion, Nicole Cooke remains with the team. Sara Düster, Jo Kiesanowski, Emma Rickards, Pascale Schnider, Christiane Soeder, Karin Thürig, Sereina Trachsel also return. Whilst new signings include the Swiss pair Patrica Schwager and Caroline Steffen, German Larissa Kleinmann and two Britons, Tanya Slater and Annelies Heard.
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