Greenedge Joint venture to advance Australian women’s cycling
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GreenEDGE, Cycling Australia (CA) and the Australian
Institute of Sport (AIS) have launched a joint venture initiative
to deliver Australia's first top-level UCI professional women's
The team will race as GreenEDGE-AIS and aims to develop and
enhance Australian women's road cycling. GreenEDGE and CA/AIS High
Performance Program staff will jointly manage the team and a key
objective is to provide a high performance pathway for Australia's
female cyclists to forge a professional career.
The partnership ensures GreenEDGE-AIS will have access to the
best skills, services and experience available within the CA/AIS
High Performance Program structure. Minister for Sport, Mark Arbib
says the Australian Government was pleased to see the partnership
between the Australian Institute of Sport, Cycling Australia and
GreenEDGE supporting Australia's best female riders on the world
"'Having an Australian backed team competing against the world's
best riders will not only provide the best competition for our
elite athletes but also a pathway for our talented young riders"
Senator Arbib said.
Cycling Australia CEO, Graham Fredericks, says he's excited the
project has come to fruition.
"Cycling Australia is proud to be involved in this joint venture
that is part of our overall strategy to develop women's cycling,"
said Mr Fredericks.
"The team will have access to the very best resources and
support within a professional structure thanks to the cooperation
of the three key partners," he said. "We want this team to set the
standard for international women's cycling while we continue to
develop the National Road Series as the
breeding ground for talented female cyclists."
Tiffany Cromwell, Shara Gillow, Melissa Hoskins, Jessie Maclean
and Amanda Spratt are the five Australians on the on the nine-rider
squad. Spratt, Hoskins and Gillow enjoyed breakthrough performances
in Europe this year.
Spratt won the Tour de Feminin - Krásná Lipa in the Czech
Republic in July ahead of Hoskins. Gillow claimed the 2011
Australian and Oceania time trial titles and was the Oceania road
race champion. She also won stage two of the Giro Donne (Women's
Tour of Italy) to take the leader's
pink jersey before finishing ninth overall. Cromwell brings
climbing prowess to the squad while Maclean adds options in sprint
The Australians will be joined by an international contingent
headlined by reigning time trial world champion Judith Arndt. The
German joins GreenEDGE-AIS from HTC-Highroad. Along with her
rainbow jersey, Arndt brings a wealth of experience to the young
squad. World championship time
trial silver medalist Linda Villumsen (NZL), former Giro Donne
winner Claudia Häusler (GER) and Dutch national team regular Loes
Gunnewijk round out the squad.
On the basis of the rider's current rankings the GreenEDGE-AIS
team will sit third in the UCI teams classification.
GreenEDGE Cycling General Manager, Shayne Bannan, will co-manage
the women's team alongside Cycling Australia's National Performance
Director Kevin Tabotta.
"We consider this team an authentic Australian venture," said
Bannan. "We have contracted some of the top international riders to
ensure the team has sufficient points to guarantee starts in the
world's major events. They will also act as mentors for the
younger, developing riders. We will look to our international
riders to provide the leadership and experience necessarily to
create a culture of success. It's our hope this culture will flow
down through the domestic women's development programs."
Bannan says he expects the make-up of the team to evolve over
the next three years to include a stronger representation of top
level Australian riders.
"While we will register only nine athletes with the UCI for the
January 1 season start, there exists the potential to add neo-pros
and other non-contracted Australians during the year," added
Cycling Australia National Women's Road Coach, Martin Barras,
has been heavily involved in the set up of the team and will
maintain an oversight role as Technical Director. CA/AIS HPP
graduate coach, David McPartland, will travel with the team as Team
Both the GreenEDGE-AIS women's team and the GreenEDGE men's team
will be officially launched during the Santos Tour Down Under in
January in Adelaide.
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