Team News - 14 November 2012
Round up of team news
Two of the most prominent teams in the women's peloton have released news about their 2013 riders in the past week. Firstly, team time trial world champions, Specialized-lululemon, announced their squad for next season. The core of the squad remains the same and three new, not unknown and experienced, North American riders join the team. Orica-AIS have finally confirmed that Emma Johansson will be joining the team for 2013. Perhaps the worst-kept secret since August, the official announcement was made on Monday 12th November via a team media release.
After an extremely successful inaugural year, culminating in taking the first ever World Championship team time trial for trade teams, Specialized-lululemon has announced their 2013 squad. The core of the team will be the same as 2012, eight riders have been retained. Three new riders will be added to the list of names, each of whom have already experienced considerable success at international level, including representing their nation. Gillian Carleton rode for Canada throughout 2012 on the track, including at the World Championships and Olympics. Carmen Small has represented the USA in Europe over several seasons and has also ridden the road World Championships. Taylor Wiles has also ridden for the USA in Europe and particularly impressed during the 2012 season. The balance of nationality as a result of the changes now shifts to the USA, in 2012 the majority of riders were German.
Specialized-lululemon accumulated 60 victories in 2012 and are focussed upon continuing in the forthcoming season. One goal already identified will be to successfully defend their team time trial World Championship title in Firenze, Italy in September 2013.
In addition, the team intends to further its activities which are aimed at encouraging women's participation at all levels of the sport. "We're extremely happy with our first season," announced team owner, Kristy Scrymgeour, via a team media release. "The enthusiasm within the team and from our partners really helped make the first year successful and a lot of fun. The response to the team also lends a lot of hope to the huge growth potential of women's cycling, something we are very passionate about."
"As well as competing at the highest level, it is a big priority for us to put every effort into growing the sport as a whole. I'm excited about the addition of new teams this year and a deep talent pool across the sport for 2013. I believe it will be an exciting year."
Specialized-lululemon is supported by the following partners : Specialized Bicycle Components, lululemon athletica, HED Wheels, Oakley, First Endurance, HTC, SRM, Ceramic Speed, Continental, Lezyne, PowerBar, Skoda, Elite, SciCon, Defeet, Action Wipes, BG Sportpartner, SVL Sport Insurance and DZ Nuts.
Team list 2013
Lisa Brennuauer (Ger)
Gillian Carleton (Can)
Katie Colclough (Gbr)
Ellen van Dijk (Ned)
Loren Rowney (Aus)
Ally Stacher (USA)
Carmen Small (USA)
Evelyn Stevens (USA)
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Ger)
Tayler Wiles (USA)
Trixi Worrack (Ger)
Specialized-lululemon on the podium after winning the 2012 team time trial World Championship
After the planned loss, through retirement, of multiple World Champion, Judith Arndt, Orica-AIS faced a challenge to replace the experience and success of the German star. The team, which took the silver medal in Valkenburg in the team time trial World Championship, also lost the experience of multiple national champion, Australian, Alexis Rhodes.
Emma Johansson, several times Swedish national champion, is a regular on World Cup podia and won the competition overall in 2009. Like Arndt, she has also won the stage race, Thueringen Rundfahrt. In addition, she took the silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympic road race and finished third in the 2012 UCI rankings.
“Emma has been a rider that we have watched for a while, and we have been impressed by her aggressive style of racing,” said Sports Director David McPartland via team media release. “We consider her important to our younger riders as she is one of the best in all types of terrain during the season.”
As an Aussie team, we have many younger riders who typically haven't been exposed to the rigours of tough, gritty, stressful European races from an early age," he continued. "The luxury of having riders of Emma's calibre proves useful in narrowing the gap by teaching and speeding up the acclimation process for our talented Aussies. We are very excited to have Emma for her experience."
"I have always dreamt about racing for a big team," explained Johansson about her decision. "In the past, I've chosen to ride for smaller teams where I took on a bigger role in the inner-workings instead of focusing only on the sporting aspect. Now seemed like the right time to get onto a big team."
"As I considered the bigger teams, ORICA-AIS stood out," Johansson continued. "The girls on the team clearly work well together, and they have demonstrated that they're not scared to take risks in order to win big. Their way of racing fits my personal style, so my heart felt this was right. The team stands on stable ground, and it's a bonus to be backed by the men's team and Cycling Australia too."
Emma Johansson throws her bouquet of flowers from the podium. Judith Arndt is the rider in the background
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