GreenEDGE women dominate early in 2012

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GreenEDGE General Manager Shayne Bannan could not have scripted a more dominant start for the GreenEDGE women in their 2012 debut season.

The women’s team, known as GreenEDGE-AIS, is a three-tiered performance package endorsed by GreenEDGE, the Australian Institute of Sport, and co-managed (along with Bannan) by Cycling Australia’s National Performance Director, Kevin Tabotta.

GreenEDGE-AIS women have won three outings in as many continents to kick-start their European season.

“We have contracted some of the top international women riders to ensure the team has sufficient points to guarantee starts in the world’s major events,” says Bannan.

And the international signings have not disappointed.

Current world time-trial champion Judith Arndt (Germany) has shown impressive form in taking two general classification wins in the recent Tour of Qatar and Tour of New Zealand.

Dutch international Loes Gunnewijk displayed some tactical genius to win last month’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

Australia’s young stars have also contributed to the team’s success in the domestic season.

Former world junior track champion Amanda Spratt claimed the 2012 National Road Cycling Championship title, while team-mate Alexis Rhodes won gold in the 2012 Criterium of the Cycling Australia National Road Championships.

As the first event of the UCI Women’s World Cup gets underway this weekend in the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands, all bodes well for GreenEDGE-AIS.

The full squad is: Judith Arndt (Ger), Loes Gunnewijk (Ned), Claudia Hausler (Ger), Linda Villumsen (NZL), Tiffany Cromwell (Aus), Rowena Fry (Aus), Shara Gillow (Aus), Melissa Hoskins (Aus), Jesse Maclean (Aus), Alexis Rhodes (Aus) and Amanda Spratt (Aus).

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