Australia’s Tiffany Cromwell will contest a full European campaign with the Skyter Shipping women’s squad in 2010. The South Australian rider spent much of this season riding with Colavita-Sutter Home in the United States of America, with a limited appearance in Europe with the Australian National Team.
"I've actually signed with Nürnberger, so they will be Skyter Shipping next year," Cromwell told Cyclingnews. "It's exciting stuff, a full season in Europe. I’ll probably head over in February for the training camp in Majorca and then do some of the classics, it's going to be a full European season next year.
"I'm extremely happy with it," she added. "That was my goal this year, to step up and try to get a European contract."
Cromwell claimed some solid results in North America this season, including third on stage two of the San Dimas Stage Race and ninth overall at the Tour of the Gila. Those results were complimented by her victory at La Route de France Feminine’s time trial and her seventh place at the Montreal International Cycling Union (UCI) Women’s World Cup round.
"It was a really good year back with Colavita, they’re a really good team," said Cromwell. "I had an ideal race schedule as I focused more on tours instead of criteriums. I had quite a few top 10 finishes, I’d say it was probably my strongest year over there.
"Road races and tours suit me more than criteriums," added Cromwell. "That was the biggest thing this year. I wanted to step it up to try and head over to Europe [in 2010]."
While she’s yet to discuss her 2010 race program with her new squad's management, Cromwell already has some ideas of what she'd like to achieve next year. "I'd maybe like to give Tour de l'Aude a crack and line-up for the women's Giro again," said Cromwell. "I'd also like to do some of the classics, but like I said, I need to sit down with the director and work out what's best for me."
Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung announced in August that Luxembourg-based yacht timeshare company Skyter would replace the insurance company as title sponsor next season. Nürnberger Versicherung has supported the team for 10 years.
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