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Velocio - continuing the HTC-HighRoad women's team

A new management company takes over with majority of riders confirmed to continue 

The team will be known as Team Specialized lululemon

The director of a new sports management company, Kristy Scrymgeour, has announced that the HTC-HighRoad team will continue into 2012. Most of the 2011 riders are contracted to the squad, with the addition of an exciting prospect for the 2012 London Olympics, Canadian, Clara Hughes. Joining the team from elsewhere are Trixi Worrack (AA Drink) and Lisa Brennauer (Hitec Products). Not listed as continuing from the 2011 HTC-HighRoad team in the squad which has been announced are 2011 World time trial Champion Judith Arndt, Amanda Miller and Adrie Visser. 

It was announced in August that both the men's and women's HTC-HighRoad team would cease to exist at the end of the season, due to a lack of sponsors. Initially, it had been hoped that the women's team would continue, but this hope gradually disappeared. Instead, former Marketing and Communications Director with High Road Sports, Kristy Scrymgeour, has established a new management company and taken over the women's team.

 High Road Sports maintains a sponsorship interest in the team, thanks to long-time supporter of women's cycling, Bob Stapleton, who was the initial owner and set up the outgoing team, which can be traced back to 2006 with respect to its European activities and much earlier in the USA.

The team, which will be known as Team Specialized lululemon, has major sponsors, Specialized bikes and athletic clothing company, lululemon, which is based in Vancouver. 

"Bob [Stapleton] has been an avid supporter of women's cycling for many years and we would like to carry on his hard work by continuing the team with much of the same structure in place," said Director of Velocio Sports, Kristy Scrymgeour. "He has been very supportive of the project and will provide us with valuable equipment to get us going."

Further comments are offered by the main sponsors, This is such an awesome opportunity for us," said Specialized's President and Founder, Mike Sinyard. "We're really excited to put our name behind these incredible athletes with an inspiring company like lululemon that makes the best women's athletic apparel in the world. Our pro riders give us invaluable feedback to continue innovating the best bikes in the world."

"We can't wait to elevate women's cycling with Specialized," said Christine Day, CEO, lululemon athletica. "Their technical expertise, longstanding pedigree and dedication to women in cycling inspire our entire organization. Feedback from the athletes is what drives us and these amazing athletes further enhance our focus on technical product."

The team will race on the all-new 2012 Specialized Amira, upon which they took many great victories in 2011 and showcased it as a podium-worthy women's race bike. The women will also ride the World (time trial) Championship-winning S-Works Shiv, the S-Works Prevail. They will use TT2 helmets, as well as Specialized Body Geometry Oura saddles and S-Works shoes.

Management and staff returning to the setup are Team Manager / Sports Director, Ronny Lauke with Oliver Grabowski (Head Mechanic) and Beth Duryea (Head Soigneur) 

The riders confirmed for 2012 are : 

Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (GER) 

Evelyn Stevens (USA)

Amber Neben (USA)  

Clara Hughes (CAN)
Ellen Van Dijk (NED)  

Emilia Fahlin (SWE)  

Chloe Hosking (AUS)

Ally Stacher (USA)

Charlotte Becker (GER)

Katie Colclough (GBR) 

Trixi Worrack (GER) 

Lisa Brennauer (GER)

 

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