Tour of New Zealand 2008 (UCI 2.2)
Team High Road confirm riders for Kiwi Tour
Wellington area, North Island, New Zealand, February 27 - March 2
Judith Arndt back to defend 2007 title
2007 tour winner Judith Arndt from Germany has confirmed she will be returning to defend her title with leading European professional team, High Road.
The High Road team is aiming high in 2008 with a world-class roster of eleven riders from six nations. For the 2008 team roster, leading German riders Ina-Yoko Teutenberg and former World Champion Judith Arndt stay with the team. They are joined once again by Australian Oenone Wood and Linda Villumsen from Denmark. Chantal Beltman completes the squad in this, her second year with the team.
are an International team and proud of it,” says team owner Bob
Stapleton. “We are open to committed athletes from wherever they
come from. One of the simple pleasures of this team is the international
diversity and personal character each athlete brings to the team.
We have an outstanding international roster of exciting young talent
backed by proven veteran leadership for 2008," added Stapleton.
the defending champion, is known in the women's peloton as one of the best
and most consistent female riders in the world. She is 18 time German
Champion at events ranging from the pursuit on the track to the road race.
She is also a former World Champion in both the pursuit and the road race
and Olympic medallist on both track and road. She has won World Cups in
Montreal, Wales and Rotterdam and placed at many more. Arndt has won some of
the toughest women's stage races in the world including Tour de l'Aude,
Hewlett Packard and Thüringen, as well as winning stages in the women's
Tour de France, the Giro, Montreal and many others.
Australian national road champion Oenone
Wood is a big name on the roster and though she is still relatively new
to cycling she has already achieved so much. In
her few years in the peloton she has won the World Cup Series twice, claimed
a couple of National Titles, a Commonwealth Title and represented Australia
at the Olympics. She is a power rider and excels at tough one day races and
short steep climbs.
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg is a rider
with a huge amount of experience and a fiery personality. She started racing
when she was 6 years old because she didn't want to miss out on anything her
older brothers did and from a young age she was beating the older and bigger
boys. Her strength is in the sprints, but her preference is to make the race
as hard as possible and win out of a break. In the last few years she has
won multiple World Cup races and over the years she has won 11 stages of
Tour de l'Aude, 6 stages of the women's Tour de France and stage wins in all
other major tours around the world including three in the 2007 Women’s
Tour of New Zealand.
from the Netherlands is one of the most experienced riders on the team and
also a very calming influence on everyone. Her professional attitude has
taken her far in cycling where she has won stages in almost all the major
stage races on the circuit and taken wins in both Sweden and Rotterdam World
Cup races. Coming from the land of hard classics, these are her specialty
and her goal throughout the year. She is also the perfect teammate and is
instrumental in every win with her tactical prowess and selfless attitude.
She has also been a key teammate in the Olympic gold and World Championship
gold medals of her National teammates over the years. Her goal for '08 is to
have another successful season with the team and to make the Olympic Team.
Dane Linda Villumsen is a European and Danish Champion; Linda
is bound to be one of the remarkable riders of the future. As a 22 year old
she has already achieved a lot including two Danish Titles, two European
Titles and the overall win at Route de France. She is an all round rider who
is good on the climbs and excels in time trials. She rode strongly in
support of race winner, Arndt, in 2007
have strengthened the squad considerably and I’m convinced that we’ll be
up there with the world’s best teams and we will win many races”,
team manager Kristy Scrymgeour
team was strong in 2007 and we intend to follow up and expand on that.
We want to make our mark on the stage-races like the Tour of New
Zealand again and our goal is simple - to win as often as possible,”
Director Jorge Sandoval is thrilled with the news.
the team currently considered to be one of the best in the world racing here
in New Zealand again is great for the sport and for our event,"
New Zealand Community Trust Women’s Tour of NZ is already looking like
being bigger and better than last year, and that's fantastic for everyone
involved. The better we can make it, the more international
exposure both the race, and New Zealand, will receive. It's going to be big."
Judith Arndt - winner of the 2007 Tour of New Zealand
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