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Luperini leads the women's Menikini-Gysko team for 2007

With 400 career wins including four Tours of Italy, three Tours de France, and three editions of the Vallona Arrow, the 33-year-old Italian Fabiana Luperini has earned the nickname "La Regina" [editor's note - "the queen"] among fans. She will lead the Menikini-Gysko UCI women's team for 2007. Luperini previously rode for Top Girls Fassa Bortolo Raxy Line.

Menikini-Gysko will be managed by Walter Zini. The team will hold a presentation of its riders and racing programme on Saturday, February 17 in Milan.

Besides Luperini, other members of the team include Sigrid Corneo (Italy), Marina Romoli (Italy), Silvia Valsecchi (Italy), Carmela Massaro (Italy), Karin Aune (Sweden), Eneritz Iturriaga (Spain), Dorte Rasmussen (Denmark), Elodie Touffet (France), Miho Oki (Japan), Rochelle Gilmore (Australia), and Olivia Gollan (Australia).

For more information of the team, please see Cyclingnews' team database, with its listing of UCI women's teams.