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Riders added to 2009 line-up
1 Racing has announced the first 5 riders joining World and Olympic Champion
Nicole Cooke for 2009.
to join the team will be Katie Curtis. Katie,
from Wales, fits perfectly with the teams’ aim of bringing through
talented young British riders. Katie
had a very successful 2007, where she finished 4th in the U23
national road race Championships, and represented Great Britain at the World
Track Championships finishing 8th in the scratch race.
Katie has been recovering from Illness during the 2008 season but
with this behind her, Katie is highly motivated to race in 2009 and support
fellow Welsh rider Nicole Cooke on the road.
Stefan Wyman said of this signing, ‘Katie is young, motivated
and very talented. I’m really
happy to be working with Katie in 2009 as all of my experiences of Katie
have been positive. We worked
together in 2007 and she can be exception for the team.’
joining the team will be Australian rider Vicki Whitelaw.
Vicki has made a great impact in Europe in 2008 in her first season
in Europe while racing with the National Team.
Vicki started the season very well by taking a stage in the Tour de
L’aude in May, and backed this up with a win in the individual time trial
in the Giro Italia.
really pleased to have Vicki on our team in 2009.
She’s a very naturally gifted cyclist who has performed so well in
2008. I think a lot of people
in cycling sat up and took notice of her performances this year.
She’s going to a add a great dimension to our team in stage races
with her excellent TT ability, but when you add this to her all round
ability, we’re confident she’ll have a major impact for us.’
Commented team manager Stefan Wyman
arrival will be Aurore Verhoeven from France.
A first year Elite in 2009, Aurore has the potential to be one of
Europe’s best riders in a few years time. Aurore
has been a consistent winner throughout the junior ranks, but showed her
full potential in July 2008 when she finished 4th in the European
Junior Road Race Championships and 6th in the World Junior Road
Race Championships. ‘Both
Nicole and myself are committed to developing young riders.
These riders will received all of the support, time and facilities
necessary to allow them to reach their full potential.
I’m really excited about the prospect of seeing Aurore progress
with us over the years ahead. She has
everything it takes to reach the top of the sport’ said Wyman.
the first group of signings for the team are British duo Gabby Day and Helen
Wyman. These two riders are well
known for their cyclo-cross ability, with Helen having won the National
Cyclo-Cross championships for the last 3 seasons.
Both riders are at the top level of the sport on the world scene,
Helen is a regular podium finisher in the World Cup series.
Helen has also shown her road racing ability and has won climbers jerseys in international stage races. She has also finished in the medals in the UK National Road Race Championships. Gabby has shown her ability over the last 3 seasons as a professional road rider and 2009 will see her take a much more structure approach to road racing. ‘Both of these riders have what it takes to support the team leaders in major races. Gabby competed in both the Tour of Flanders and Tour de L’aude in 2008 and is experienced and talented enough to deal with any raced on the UCI calendar. Helen has ridden with Nicole in the World Championships on several occasions and also at the Tour de France in 2008. They’ll always give 100% and are hugely motivated to be riding alongside the World and Olympic Champion in 2009’
Nicole Cooke (GBR)
Katie Curtis (GBR)
Aurore Verhoeven (FRA)
Vikki Whitelaw (AUS)
Helen Wyman (GBR)
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