Norway now boasts a new women's UCI trade team on the road for 2009. Team Hitec Products will feature 13 women, with half from Norway and half from other nations.
Margriet Kloppenburg is one of the women on the roster. "I'm glad I can race for this team," she said to wielerland.nl. "After a somewhat disappointing season in 2008, I hope the upcoming season will come with good results."
The 20 year-old Dutch woman will be naturalized as a Danish citizen early in 2009. "This development is very good for the Scandinavian women's cycling. I hope that this level of racing will increase throughout Scandinavia."
The squad has already signed six racers, including 48-year-old Bjørg Eva Jensen, a former world and Olympic Games speedskating champion.