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Team Specialized Designs folds due to lack of funding

Seven year run comes to an end

Poor economic climate and tarnished image of cycling complicate search for sponsors

Team Media Release

Under various team names, the Swiss Elite Women’s Team had a very successful program. In different team colors, there were many victories and podium places. In the beginning years, the team started out as a National Team and developed into a UCI-Team the last two years. The team’s most prominent results were the Italian World Cup victory in March and the silver medal in the Olympic Time Trial. Team Specialized Designs for Women finished the 2008 season ranked 11th in the UCI World Rankings with its best rider, Britain, Emma Pooley, ranked 8th in the individual standings.

This season, the team took another step forward its goal of becoming one of the top teams in the world. Unfortunately, the team management was not able to secure the necessary funds to continue the pursuit of this goal in the near future. The current economic situation and the tarnished image of cycling complicated the search for additional financial backers. Without the necessary funds, the team was forced to an end.

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Team Roster 2008

Monika Furrer                     SUI

Sarah Grab                         SUI

Mirjam Hauser-Senn            SUI

Karina Hegeluend Nielsen    DEN

Tanja Hennes                     GER

Andrea Knecht                   SUI

Kristen LaSasso                 USA

Hye Lee Min                       KOR

Emma Pooley                   GBR

Larssyn Rüegg                   USA

Birgit Söllner                     GER

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