P.M.B. Fenix professional women's team

The Italian based professional women's team P.M.B Fenix will enter its second year of existence in 2005. The squad is led by experienced Russian Svetlana Boubnenkova and features 14 riders on its roster. Boubnenkova has her sights set on the Giro Donne, which she won in 2002 and wants to do so again in 2005. "I'm very attached to the Giro, because by now I consider Italy y second home," she said. "Therefore in 2005 I will focus on being in good condition for the race around the Italian boot."

The women's Tour de France (Grand Boucle Féminin) is also due to restart in 2005 after a year's hiatus, and Boubnenkova has this as one of her goals as well. She will be ably assisted by 1994 Tour Féminin winner Valentina Polkhanova, as well as a strong team of domestiques.

The team's first training camp will be between January 31 and February 6 in Riva Ligure. Then between February 13-20 in Arma di Taggia it will complete its preparation for 2005.

Team roster

Svetlana Boubnenkova (Rus)
Valentina Polkhanova (Rus)
Tatiana Shiskova (Mda)
Julia Martisova (Rus)
Elena Eifler (Ger)
Elena Shalaeva (Rus)
Sonia Rocca (Ita)
Vanessa Saccomani (Ita)
Alexandra Nohles (Ger)
Marta Evangelisti (Ita)
Annamaria Bresci (Ita)
Lisa Ardissone (Ita)
Marzia Lavorini (Ita)
Giovanna Silvestro (Ita)

Directeur sportif: Daniele Gadenz
Assistant directeur sportif: Michail Drozdov
Team manager: Andrea Carlesi

Sponsors

Daccordi (bikes), Sidi, Elite, Ozone, ITM, Campagnolo, LAS, Gemig, Ellegi, Ursus

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