By Greg Johnson
Australian sprinter Rochelle Gilmore is expected to announce her road racing plans for 2008 next week. The New South Wales rider has signed with a yet-to-be announced squad, after leaving Menikini-Selle Italia half way through 2008.
"I've been working really hard since August trying to put together something for 2009 and it has now all been signed off on and we should be able release the news next week," Gilmore told Cyclingnews.
Gilmore is currently competing at the Oceania Track Championships in Adelaide, South Australia where she is preparing for next weekend's Track World Cup round in Melbourne, Victoria. She has also just been nominated to the three finalists for the Australian women's cyclist of the year award.
The 26-year-old joined the Flexpoint team after the women's Giro d'Italia having left her former squad. A later parting of ways between Gilmore and the Dutch squad left Gilmore without a professional ride for the remainder of the season, which she described as "mentally stressful".
"This road season was the most interrupted and mentally stressful of my career," said Gilmore on her official website. "I won't go into details but the season didn't run smoothly. Looking back, perhaps I may have personally contributed to the turmoil by making some incorrect, spontaneous and trusting decisions."