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by Shane Stokes
December 21, 2017
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The lineup for the third year in competition of the Hagens Berman-Supermint team has been announced, along with a new sports director and an ambassador program to foster outreach across women’s cycling. Tad Hamilton is coming on board to guide the riders, sharing experience gained at squads such as the Exergy Pro Cycling men’s continental team and the Velo Classic p/b Stan’s NoTubes women’s team.
Australian rider Peta Mullens will return after her first year with the team in 2017, and is looking forward to things. “I’m excited by our line-up this year, not just the riders but the sponsors and the staff,” she said. “I’m most excited about working with Tad to achieve our personal and team goals for the season.”
Heading to the team is the climber Whitney Allison, who was with Colavita-Bianchi Pro Cycling for five years, as well as the time-trialist Jennifer Luebke and powerhouse Mandy Heintz (both Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling).
Also coming on board is Joe Martin Stage Race stage winner Lily Williams, while Liza Rachetto, Julie Kuliecza, Jess Cerra, Starla Teddergreen, Tarah Cole, and Lindsay Goldman will remain part of the squad. The team will have training camps in Scottsdale, AZ in December and March. It will begin its season at the Tucson Bicycle Classic and follow the USA Cycling Pro Tour calendar to major stage races, one-day events, and top criteriums. Peta Mullens takes on the 2018 Australian Road National Championships in Ballarat from January 3-7.
The team was founded in 2016 by Jono Coulter and Lindsay Goldman (née Bayer). The latter is taking the first part of the season away from racing to lead the team and also have her first child. Coulter will remain part of the management group as the UCI Team Representative but will be stepping back to focus on coaching.