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2009 Team Flexpoint roster complete

By:
Greg Johnson
Published:
November 14, 2008, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 19:42 BST
Edition:
Latest Cycling News, November 14, 2008
Mirjam Melchers-van Poppel and Susanne Ljungskog will be leaders at Flexpoint

Mirjam Melchers-van Poppel and Susanne Ljungskog will be leaders at Flexpoint

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The women's team of Team Flexpoint has recently completed its roster for the upcoming season. Except...

The women's team of Team Flexpoint has recently completed its roster for the upcoming season. Except for Anna van der Breggen, all riders rode for the team this year.

Mirjam Melchers-van Poppel, Susanne Ljungskog, Loes Gunnewijk and Loes Markerink will be the squad's leaders. Melchers is the present Dutch cyclo-cross and time trial champion and won a stage in the Giro d'Italia Femminile. Swedish Susanne Ljungskog won the Tour de l'Aude and the World Cup of Bern the past season. Loes Gunnewijk finished second in the Chrono Champenois and third in the Dutch time trial championships. Loes Markerink won seven races in 2008 and amongst them a stage in the Holland Ladies Tour and the Grand Boucles.

These four riders will be joined by Elisabeth Braam, Saskia Elemans, Iris Slappendel, Jacobien Kanis and Trine Schmidt, as well as new recruit Anna van der Breggen.

New sports director Klas Johansson and team coordinator Geert Broekhuizen are responsible for the management of the team, which is going to focus on the World Cup races next year and the important international stage races like the Tour de l'Aude, the Giro d'Italia, the Route de France and the Holland Ladies Tour. Flexpoint will kick off the 2009 season in Qatar from February 8-10.

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