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Buitenpoort-Flexpoint for women's Giro

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
June 29, 2005, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 21, 2009, 0:00 BST
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Latest Cycling News for June 29, 2005

The 16th edition of the Giro d'Italia femminile (women's Giro) starts on July 1 in San Vendemiano...

The 16th edition of the Giro d'Italia femminile (women's Giro) starts on July 1 in San Vendemiano with a 1.7 km prologue, and finishes on July 10 in Milan. Dutch team Buitenpoort-Flexpoint is sending a strong line-up to compete in what is considered to be the most prestigious women's stage race in the world.

Led by Mirjam Melchers-van Poppel, the team also features Tour de l'Aude winner Amber Neben, who will be able to help Melchers on the climbs, Sandra Rombouts, past World Champion Lada Kozliková, guest rider Christina Becker, and German sprinter Tanja Hennes, who has eight stage wins to her credit already this season.

Melchers-van Poppel finished fourth in the Giro last year, and is aiming to perform well on GC and win a stage this time around.

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