The Dutch team Ton van Bemmelen-AA Drink has extended the contract with Suzanne de Goede until the end of the 2008 Olympics, the team confirmed. De Goede will therefore have a solid team behind her in the build up to the Games in China, with Dutch cycling legend Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel looking after her. De Goede, still only 21, won the Dutch Time Trial Championship last week to bring her season tally of wins to 16. She also has a Junior World Title (2002), the Dutch Road Championship (2003), and the Wellington World Cup (2005) on her palmares.
Team van Bemmelen-AA Drink has also signed its first new rider for 2006. Team manager Michael Zijlaard has contracted Kirsten Wild, an all-rounder with sprinting capabilities. She has ridden for the @Work cycling team since 2003.