More women’s cycling transfer news!
Lucy Garner, Kirsten Wild, Charlotte Becker & Marlen Jöhrend all join Argos-Shimano for 2013 - with Amy Pieters, Kelly Markus and Esra Tromp staying on with the team from 2012.
Garner has been SUCH a strong talent in her Junior riding - can’t wait to see what she does when she steps up!
The more I think about it, the more I’m glad I’m not an Olympic team selector, because it’s must be a nightmare, balancing different riders’ skills and abilities, taking into account their history, the course, the dynamics, etc etc etc. So it’ll be interesting to see how the Germans play it - especially because the German Cycling Federation have a bit of a history with odd team decisions. From the time they took Sarah Düster to the World Championships in Mendrisio, but didn’t bother to register her, and not telling her, to the decisions over the 2004 Olympic team that resulted in Judith Arndt sending them a very public message, they are one to watch… and it’ll be especially interesting this year, because they have to start as one of the top favourites.
Below the jump, I’ll tell you the three riders I think have to be given a ticket to London, and who I think will be fighting for the fourth spot - and in the comments you can say who YOU’D take! But we’ll start with Ina-Yoko Teutenberg - because if any rider is guaranteed a place on the team, if not on the Olympic podium, it’s Teute…"
My profiles of the riders I think will be representing the German Olympic team in the road races in London… Go on and read it!
These are the riders they’ll pick their 4 riders for the Olympic road race from
Evelyn Stevens was out training late last summer with her teammate Ally Stacher when her phone rang. It was a journalist calling to ask if she’d heard the news that her HTC-Highroad team couldn’t find a new title sponsor and would have to fold.
She hadn’t. “The team’s folding?” Stevens said, stunned. “I had no idea.” Later the news would be confirmed in an email.
“It was just sad,” said Stevens, who’d worked on Wall Street before turning pro. “It was kind of comparable to Lehman Brothers. When I heard that Lehman Brothers was going bankrupt, I was like ‘No way.’ It’s not even fathomable.”
The end of HTC-Highroad, the top-ranked women’s team, would leave some of the best female riders in the world without a squad for 2012, an Olympic year."