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by Shane Stokes
December 1, 2017
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Promising young rider Shannon Malseed will make an early debut with the Team TIBCO – Silicon Valley Bank squad, following confirmation that she will be part of its lineup in the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under.
The 22-year-old Australian won the Oceania Cycling Road Race Championship in 2016, and was second this year. Team manager Ed Beamon said that Malseed’s inclusion helped convey the importance of the event. “Having a rising Australian talent in Shannon Malseed on the team, we are acutely aware of how important this race is, especially to the Australian riders, and we will be prepared to expect a very strong and fit southern hemisphere contingent to animate the race.
“We also realize that many Classics-oriented riders will come well-tuned for the spring campaign so we need to be prepared for some very fast and aggressive racing.” Malseed will be joined by Americans Kathryn Buss and Kendall Ryan, the Britons Emma Grant and Alice Cobb plus Alison Jackson (Canada).
Beamon said that the riders were working towards being sufficiently adapted to the race. “It’s pretty tough for us northerners to fully prepare for the South Australian summer where the heat and the sun’s intensity can be critical elements,” he said.
“We have several of the riders training in warmer climates this month in an attempt to not only build the kilometers, but also gain some acclimation to the warmer weather.” The race begins in Adelaide on January 11 and runs for four days.