Dutch mountain bike team Heijdens-Ten Tusscher has received the UCI's trade team licence, making it an official UCI-MTB-team. On the occasion, Heijdens-Ten Tusscher had a team presentation in Enschede, Holland, where manager Ten Tusscher declared the team's goals for 2005. "We want to score at international races," he said, presenting the biggest talent on the team, 20 year-old Dane Jakob Fuglsang, who announced he wanted to be, "the best in Europe in two years."
Dutch riders Maarten Tjallingii and Erwin Bakker set their goals a little lower: both want to achieve a top 20 placing in the World Cup in 2005. The female riders on the team, Elsbeth Vink and Laurence Leboucher, will try to do well in the World Cup and the World championships in Livigno (Vink), Leboucher having the obvious goal of defending her Cyclo-Cross rainbow jersey at the end of January in Sankt Wendel, Germany. Other riders on the Heijdens-Ten Tusscher roster include Christian Poulsen of Denmark and the Dutch riders Maarten Krommendijk, Jordy Luisman and Marcel Groothuismink.