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by Mark Zalewski
December 1, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Tour of Flanders route unveiled; Women’s Tour of Flanders route length increased; Strade Bianche courses unveiled; Van Avermaet recovery on-track; Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank announces 2017 Roster; Dygert extends with Twenty16-Ridebiker; SkyDive Dubai riders, staff unpaid; National Lottery sales slump could affect British Cycling funding; Bail denied for driver who fled after allegedly killing cyclist; Taxi driver shoves pro cyclist with bumper; Cyclist assualts Brisbane bus driver; Cycling ‘on’ Clif Bars; Cycling safety with Tour de Celeb’s Louie Spence.
One of the longer-running professional women’s teams on the U.S. domestic scene is back for its 13th season with a strong line-up of riders, including Lauren Stephens and Brie Walle. Also returning are Kendall Ryan, Lindsay Myers and German Kathrin Hammes, while seven new riders have been added to the team.
Lauren Stephens (TIBCO) took a hard uphill finishing sprint for the win. Photo: Dejan Smaic.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that Lauren Stephens and Brie Walle are two of the best stage racers in North America and I am really excited to see the depth we’ve been able to add to the roster this year,” said port Director Ed Beamon. “These girls are super enthusiastic and great personalities. I think we’ve added some important skill sets to our squad. I am expecting the TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank team to remain at the top of the American peloton.”
Canadian Lex Albrecht comes from the Italian Bepink squad where she took a top-ten in La Route de France this year. Mexican Ingrid Drexel joins after two seasons with the Astana women’s team. Americans Heather Fischer and Jennifer Tetrick come from rival squads Rally Cycling and Twenty16 Ridebiker, respectively. The team also adds young talent in two 23-year-olds Nicolle Bruderer (ISCorp Cycling p/b SmartChoice MRI) and Kate Buss (Happy Tooth), as well New Zealand junior time trial champion Madeleine Park.
The team is losing its veteran road caption with the retirement of Kiwi Joanne Kiesanowski.
“I am going to miss having Jo Kiesanowski on the team,” said team owner Linda Jackson. “She has been an incredible asset for us, both on and off the bike. Her retirement after 16 years in the sport, with the last nine years spent with us, has definitely left a void. But I am very excited with the talent that we have added to the roster as we enter yet another four-year Olympic cycle.”