The High Road's Women's Team will head to the Trofeo Alfredo Binda World Cup in northern Italy in search of its first European win of 2008. While the team scored wins in two stages of the Geelong Tour, three stages of the Tour of New Zealand, a double win in the Merco Classic and a stage of the Sequoia Classic so far, they haven't yet been able to shine in Europe.
"We had some bad luck in Het Volk last weekend, so we're very keen to take our first victory in Europe this time round," team sports director Ronny Lauke said. "Oenone Wood was in a good position in the final kilometer of Het Volk, but then a crash changed the shape of the race completely. If that incident hadn't happened, we're sure she would have got a great result. Coming so close makes us want to get a win even more."
The Trofeo Alfredo Binda is the second round of the World Cup series, but Lauke claims that the team is motivated regardless of the race's category. "We aren't making the World Cup series a particular objective," said Lauke. "If you get the victories, the right results overall come naturally as part of that success."
The line-up for the Alfredo Binda will consist of Germans Judith Arndt, Luise Keller, Madeleine Sandig, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, Dutch rider Chantal Beltman and Aussie Oenone Wood.