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"After a pretty quiet November, things have pepped up again, and as with all things related to Women’s cycling, for every bit of good news there’s some bad. Well maybe not matching one-for-one, because that would be silly. Let’s just say there’s a bit of both."

Women’s News on 13th December - Podium Cafe

SO much news!  Monty. pulls it together for us - with more in the comments

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Anonymous asked: I guess I should know, but it's so easy to ask here . . . why do they call it the Brain Wash tour ?

It’s because Brainwash is the name of a chain of Dutch hairdressers!  They’re a great company, they also used to sponsor a cyclocross team, and have come on board as a co-sponsor of Rabobank - so you’ll see Marianne Vos with “Brainwash” written on her shoulder or arm.

It makes me grin, every time I see the tour name - and I love the company even more, because the Holland Ladies Tour nearly folded this year, when their big sponsor pulled out - then Brainwash stepped in and saved the day!  If they were in the UK, I’d get my hair cut there always!

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With her hanging up her mountainbike, Compton has also confirmed that she will not be part of the United States team for the Olympic Games in London this summer. With the combination of cyclocross and mountainbike making her performances suffer, she explained that she was unlikely to make the team anyway.

“Our team hasn’t been named yet but they were looking at the WC rankings after first 4 races to select the team,” she said. “I was was too far down in those rankings to qualify and not riding well enough so Olympics wasn’t an issue for me. I think the team is named in June.”

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Katie Compton leaves Rabobank as Brainwash joins the team

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UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships 2012: Sanne van Paasen (NED) Brought Some Special Glasses To Psych Out The opposition, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
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Sanne Van Paassen and Sophie De Boer attacked early in the women’s race. | GVA Baal - GP Sven Nys 2012 | cyclephotos | mud, sweat and gears
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Amazing shot of the neck-and-neck sprint for the win at last week’s SuperPrestige Asper-Gavere
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1.   Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Brainwash, 0:40:172.   Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea, s.t.3.   Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea, + 00:044.   Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Brainwash, + 00:175.   Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea, + 00:286.   Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona, + 00:347.   Sanne Cant (Bel) Boxx VeldritAcademie, + 00:488.   Amy Dombroski (USA) Crankbrothers, + 01:179.   Joyce Vanderbecken (Bel) Cycling Team Vermeeren, + 01:4410. Nikoline Hansen (Den) Bov CC-Denmark, + 02:13
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Amazing shot of the neck-and-neck sprint for the win at last week’s SuperPrestige Asper-Gavere

More incredible photos of the race from cyclephotos.co.uk

1.   Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Brainwash, 0:40:17
2.   Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet-Fidea, s.t.
3.   Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea, + 00:04
4.   Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Brainwash, + 00:17
5.   Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea, + 00:28
6.   Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona, + 00:34
7.   Sanne Cant (Bel) Boxx VeldritAcademie, + 00:48
8.   Amy Dombroski (USA) Crankbrothers, + 01:17
9.   Joyce Vanderbecken (Bel) Cycling Team Vermeeren, + 01:44
10. Nikoline Hansen (Den) Bov CC-Denmark, + 02:13

Full results from CyclingNews

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Superprestige Zonhoven 2011: Sanne Van Paassen (Brainwash) Celebrates Her Victory In Superprestige Zonhoven, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
1.   Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Brainwash, 0:43:022.   Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea, + 00:123.   Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Brainwash, + 00:154.   Sanne Cant (Bel) BOXX Veldritacademie, s.t.5.   Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea, + 00:386.   Linda van Rijen (Ned) Skil-Koga, + 01:127.   Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team, + 01:178.   Gabby Day (GBr) Renner Custom Cyclocross Team, + 01:359.   Amy Dombroski (USA) Crankbrothers Race Team, + 02:0610. Hilde Quintens (Bel) Van Goethem-Prorace Cycling Team, s.t.
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Superprestige Zonhoven 2011: Sanne Van Paassen (Brainwash) Celebrates Her Victory In Superprestige Zonhoven, Photos | Cyclingnews.com

1.   Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Brainwash, 0:43:02
2.   Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet-Fidea, + 00:12
3.   Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Brainwash, + 00:15
4.   Sanne Cant (Bel) BOXX Veldritacademie, s.t.
5.   Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet-Fidea, + 00:38
6.   Linda van Rijen (Ned) Skil-Koga, + 01:12
7.   Reza Hormes-Ravenstijn (Ned) Orange Babies Cycling Team, + 01:17
8.   Gabby Day (GBr) Renner Custom Cyclocross Team, + 01:35
9.   Amy Dombroski (USA) Crankbrothers Race Team, + 02:06
10. Hilde Quintens (Bel) Van Goethem-Prorace Cycling Team, s.t.

Full results and race report

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Superprestige Zonhoven 2011: Sanne Van Paassen (Brainwash) Appears To Be Enjoying The Sand in Zonhoven, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
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Superprestige Zonhoven 2011: women’s race highlights | VT4

I LOVE Zonhoven - it’s a crazy course with a huge sandpit and some scary sandy climbs & descents!  If you’ve never watched cyclocross before, watch this!

1.  Sanne van Paassen (Brainwash), 2. Nikki Harris (Young Telenet-Fidea), 3. Sabrina Stultiens (Brainwash)

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Sanne van Paassen
From CyclePhotos.co.uk’s amazing set from the 2nd round of the Cyclocross 2011-12 World Cup - Tabor 2011!
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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup 2011-12 #2 - Tabor 2011: Sanne Van Paassen (Brainwash), Photos | Cyclingnews.com
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