Team S.A.T.S presented its new squad on March 3 in Denmark, with team spirit reportedly high among riders and staff. The arrival of Catherine Marsal as the new sports director has added another dimension to the team, and management are very hopeful she can bring a boost to the energy of the squad - "for the team, Catherine is the ideal person. She is totally committed to the job, and she knows the world of female cycling better then anyone," said a statement from the team. The team will ride Colnago C-50 bikes, hung with Record groupsets - additional componentry will be provided by Mavic and Look.
Currently the team is training for the Primavera Rosa on the roads in France, with the team for this race of Dorte Lohse, Meredith Miller, Trine Hansen, Lise Christensen, Sandrine Marcuz and Rachel Heal working hard for the tough Italian race.
The team for 2005 strikes a balance between talented Danish riders and strong international riders, including British rider Rachel Heal, said to be the team's natural leader due to her strong climbing and time trialling and Danish rider Trine Hansen, who shares similar strengths to Heal. A new face in the squad is Frenchwoman Sandrine Marcuz, third at the 2004 French National Championships and winner of several stages in Tour de L'Aude.
Melissa Holt of New Zealand will be road captain of the Team. "Meshy" rode as road captain for two years in the Rona team, and S.A.T.S will look to this experience for 2005; already performing well in the recent World Cup events. Danish former Cross specialist and mountain biker Mette Andersen has made the shift to the road, looking to prove her ability there after winning the Danish national TT championship.