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Star studded field heads to Geelong

A massive field that includes the world's top three cyclists will line up in Geelong to contest the opening round of the 2006 UCI Women's Road Cycling World Cup (February 26) and the preceding Geelong Tour (February 21-23).

Two-time world cup overall winner Oenone Wood heads the list, along with former teammate Judith Arndt (T-Mobile) and new teammate Kate Bates, who is the current Australian road race champion. Univega's Welsh gun Nicole Cooke will be making a comeback from injury and will be in a field boasting names such as Germany's Ina Teutenberg, American Kimberly Bruckner and Susanne Ljungskog, plus last year's Geelong winner Rochelle Gilmore and teammate Joanne Kiesanowski from New Zealand.

Japan's Miho Oki, who placed third in the 2004 Geelong World Cup will join Australian Olivia Gollan in the Italian Nobili Rubinetterie team, and Athens Olympic road race champion, Sara Carrigan, will line up in the QAS colours this year. Experienced Russian Olga Slyusareva heads the Russian team which makes its Geelong debut in 2006, and New Zealander Sarah Ulmer will also line up in Victoria.

For more information please visit the official website www.geelongworldcup.com

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