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Webcor Builders extends sponsorship

Webcor Builders announced to return in 2008 as sponsor of UCI Elite women’s team. The American outfit will complete at least one block of international racing overseas in 2008. Andy Ball, President and CEO of Webcor, stated that "becoming a UCI Team and racing internationally was the logical next step for our women’s team. This year, more than any other, we have clearly demonstrated the depth of our squad and that the collective team is truly capable of competing as well as winning at the highest level. It was time [to move up a level]."

Webcor Builders is the longest running title sponsor of a North American women’s professional cycling team in existence today. Its goal is to help riders achieve their true potential. It started out in 1999 with supporting Alto Velo in the Bay Area, an amateur racing club that has more than 400 members.

Webcor Builders helped sending 1994 World Champion Karen Brems to the 2000 Olympics. Karen went on to become directeur sportif, and was instrumental in molding Christine Thorburn into an Olympian when the professional women’s team started in 2004.

Webcor also supported a professional men's squad, which capped off a great 2004 year by winning the San Francisco Grand Prix, beating top teams like US Postal Service on its home turf. The Webcor Builders women’s team is currently ranked number one in the U.S. National Racing Calendar Team rankings, and holds three of the top five spots in the individual rankings.

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