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Team News - 7 November 2012


Round up of team news

Rumours of transfers, changes in sponsorship and details of riders forming the teams of the professional peloton for 2013 have been circulating since before the season-ending World Championships in Valkenburg at the end of September. (For coverage click here). In the past couple of weeks, teams have begun confirming their 2013 squads. Some of this detail is below, WomensCycling.net will continue to provide updates during the off season, when teams confirm the information.   

Hitec Products have been recruiting experienced international and domestic Norwegian riders and finalised their team this week. Marianne Vos had a volatile week in October; learning first that naming sponsor, Rabobank, had decided to pull out of professional cycling sponsorship, then after standing firm with her team-mates, hearing that they would continue to support her aim  to compete in Rio 2016. Bigla, after a quiet couple of years as a smaller Swiss domestic team, are growing again and have signed experienced professionals including Emile Aubrey and Emma Pooley to assist the development of the younger riders on the team. Finally, a handful of British riders have joined forces with previous World Champion, Giorgia Bronzini, on a project run by Rochelle Gilmore in conjunction with the foundation established by Tour de France and Olympic Champion, Bradley Wiggins.  


Hitec Products Squad Finalised

Hitec Products is a team which has quietly and systematically developed since its inception as a UCI team in 2009. Gradually, inclusion of riders from farther afield than its traditional Scandinavian has complemented its development of domestic Norwegian riders. 

The 2013 squad includes more foreign riders than ever before. Italian, Elisa Longo Borghini, who had her best season ever with Hitec in 2012, culminating with a bronze medal in the World road race Championships, is joined by developing star and compatriot, Rosella Ratto. Two Australians also join the squad, World silver medallist, Rachel Neylan and sprinter, Chloe Hosking. Hosking's 2012 team-mate and Swede, Emilia Fahlin has also signed for the team. Tone Hatteland has been with the team since it began, although several members of the team have multiple years of service with Hitec on their palmeres.

Team list 2013

Tone Hatteland     (Nor)

Miriam Bjørnsrud     (Nor)

Chloe Hosking     (Aus)

Emilia Fahlin     (Swe)

Cecilie G.Johnsen     (Nor)

Elisa Longo Borghini     (Ita)

Siri Minge     (Nor)

Emilie Moberg     (Nor)

Rachel Neylan     (Aus)

Lise Nøstvold     (Nor)

Rossella Ratto     (Ita)

Thea Thorsen     (Nor)


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Marianne Vos' team to continue, supported by Rabobank despite its pullout from pro cycling

Rabobank publicised its decision to discontinue its sponsorship of professional cycling teams after the publication of the USADA report in late October 2012. Marianne Vos and her team-mates in the women's team were obviously affected by the announcement. There were a couple of tumultuous days, where Rabobank withdrew its sponsorship, then confirmed it would honour payments to any rider contracts which ran beyond the end of the year and finally that it would continue to support Vos' ambition to defend her gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janerio. 

Apparently, Rabobank is working with the newly crowned Dutch road World Champion and Directeur Sportif, Koos Moerenhout to ensure that the team, which she recognises as integral to her success, will be able to fulfil its planned 2013 programme. The team will ride without a naming sponsor until one is found; it will be a 'blank jersey', or 'white jersey' team.

The team had already signed a handful of riders for 2013, after planned changes at the end of the 2012 season. New recruits include American Champion Megan Guarnier, whose 2012 was her most successful ever - perhaps kick-started by overall victory in the 2011 late season Giro di Toscana. Lucinda Brand is a talented and strong team worker who joined after the announcement of the cessation of the AA Drink team at the end of the year. The team will also have Swiss mountainbiker Jolanda Neff riding some road races during the year, alongside Dutch cyclocrossers Sanne van Paassen and Sabrina Stultiëns.

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Pooley commits experience to Swiss development team - Bigla 

After initially conceding that she might take time away from the sport, 2010 time trial World Champion, Emma Pooley has joined the domestic Swiss team, Bigla, for 2013. The Briton is based near Zurich, Switzerland and had previously expressed the need to skip her traditional Northern hemisphere winter trip to Australia for warmer weather training due to her need to concentrate upon completion of her engineering doctorate. Another victim of the AA Drink team's demise at the end of the year, Pooley will doubtless have seen the advantages of the opportunity to join a team based in the county where she is working. 

Bigla stood from sponsorship of a UCI team at the end of 2009, but the name has appeared on Swiss domestic jerseys in the interim. Ambitious to expand and improve again in 2013, Bigla's sponsorship has attracted other experienced names to work alongside and mentor younger Swiss talent. Austrian, Andrea Graus, rode for the Bigla UCI team for three seasons therefore makes a return. Established professionals, Swiss Emilie Aubry and Luxembourgian, Nathalie Lamborelle will also join the pair.

Team list 2013

Emilie Aubry     (Sui)

Caroline Baur     (Sui)

Isabelle Beckers     (Bel)

Stefanie Bochsler     (Sui)

Larissa Brühwiler     (Sui)

Verena Eberhardt    (Aut)

Désirée Ehrler     (Sui)

Andrea Graus     (Aut)  

Nicole Hanselmann     (Sui)

Katarina Hranaiova (Cze)

Rita Imstepf     (Sui)

Nathalie Lamborelle (Lux),

Emma Pooley (Gbr)

Martina Weiss     (Sui)

Sandra Weiss     (Sui)


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DTPC boasts World and Olympic Champions, still in talks for naming sponsor 

Dream Team Professional Cycling has announced its presence for 2013 as a UCI registered team. Twice road World Champion, Giorgia Bronzini, will be joined by a plethora of Britons. The Italian will doubtless be able to assist the transition of Olympic track champions, Danni King, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott to the professional road peloton; her own palmares also includes a World track championship points title. 

It has been revealed that the team will concentrate on the classic and sprint style races on the calendar. Such a focus will suit team owner, Rochelle Gilmore. The Australian will be joined by compatriot, Lauren Kitchen. Other riders will make a step up from national level racing to elite in 2013; Japanese Champion, Mayuko Hagiwara, German, Anna Bianca Schnitzmeier and younger riders, Kiwi Emily Collins and Italian, Beatrice Bartelloni.

Two further Britons complete the squad - newly crowned junior road World Champion, Eli nor Barker and Amy Roberts.

Although still in negotiation for a naming sponsor, Honda Europe are already on board. So too, Bradley Wiggins' Wiggo Foundation, which confirms the comments made by the 2012 Tour de France winner after he had won the 2012 Olympic time trial in London, that women's racing deserves support due to the effort and talent exhibited by the elite women's peloton.

Team list 2013

Elinor Barker     (Gbr) 

Beatrice Bartelloni     (Ita)

Giorgia Bronzini     (Ita)

Rochelle Gilmore     (Aus)

Mayuko Hagiwara      (Jpn)

Danielle King      (Gbr) 

Lauren Kitchen      (Aus)

Amy Roberts     (Gbr) 

Joanna Rowsell     (Gbr)

Laura Trott     (Gbr)


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