Touffet and Häusler sign with Cervélo TestTeam

The Cervelo TestTeam announced this week three more names for its women's squad. Elodie Touffet of France and Claudia Häusler of Germany will join new directeur sportif Patrick Banfi on the team for 2009.

Touffet has been a member of Gauss RDZ Ormu (2008), Menikini-Selle Italia-Gysko (2007), Nobili-Rubinetterie-Menikini-Cogeas (2006) and Pruneaux d'Agen (2005).

Häusler had a successful 2008 with a stage win and an overall podium spot in the Giro d'Italia, as well as overall wins in the Under-24 categories of both the Giro and the Tour de l'Aude while racing for Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung. Only twenty-three years old, she already has a national road championship (2006) and a national climbing championship (2007) to her name.

"Claudia Häusler is a young cyclist with a long and promising career ahead of her," said Thomas Campana, Managing Director of Cervélo TestTeam. "We look forward to working with her as she develops into a very successful professional cyclist."

Banfi comes to the Cervélo TestTeam after two years of working as a Sports Director for the Swiss Team, Specialized Designs for Women. He is a licensed Sports Director and also the owner of Pb Sport Consulting.

"Patrick Banfi will support the current Sport Director Manel Lacambra from the upcoming season on," said Campana. "I'm confident both, Patrick and Manel will fit well together and complement each other. We have a top team and we are looking forward to the upcoming season."

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