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Olds is new face in American sprinting

Shelley Olds has quickly become a new face in American sprinting after blasting her way onto the podium at the Liberty Classic held in Philadelphia yesterday. The US Women's National Team has rewarded Olds for her performances by offering her a hard-earned spot on the Giro d' Italia Femminile squad next month.

"I'm so excited to do that [The Giro], it has changed my whole perspective for road racing," said Olds captured third place in Philadelphia. "I'm so honored to receive the invite to go to Italy. I respect every rider I'm going to be racing with over there. I hope to help them and do what I can to get us results."

The Giro Donne is a ten-day stage race set to begin on July 3 to 12. Olds is one of eight strong American riders that include Katharine Carroll, Amber Rais, Janel Holcomb, Brooke Miller, Lauren Tamayo, Meredith Miller along with alternate riders Rebecca Much, Alison Powers and Amanda Miller.

Olds' road cycling career stems from long winter months on the track. Her main focus is on a full schedule set of track World Cups this winter but she has captured numerous podium places at top-notch road events in North America. She recently won her first two National Racing Calendar (NRC) races back-to-back at the Tulsa Tough and went on to capture the event's overall omnium title.

"Basically I finish my track season in the winter and then take a break," Olds said. "Then I use my road season as preparation for the following winter on the track. My road season is all one big preparation."

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Kirsten Frattini

Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.