Team TIBCO kicks off the 2013 season today in Qatar


will jump into the new season at full speed when it opens proceedings with the UCI Tour of today. The Team sends a fast six-rider squad to what is usually a sprinter’s race.

“If you look at the previous editions of this race it is always for the strong sprinters who know how to race in hard, windy conditions,” said new Directeur Sportif Manel Lacambra. “In our team we have some faster riders and we will have different cards to play.”

Those cards include U.S. Olympian Shelley Olds and New Zealand Olympian , along with young Dutch speedster Chantal Blaak. The squad also will have the benefit of experienced German Claudia Hausler. They’ll have the support of Canadian Olympian Jasmin Glaesser as well as second-year pro Anna Barensfeld.

Kiesanowski comes into the race after earning a hard-fought 3rd place in a hot New Zealand ship Road Race, while Glaesser starts fresh off earning a gold medal in the team pursuit at the recent track world cup in Mexico. Despite the fact that five of the six riders on the squad are new to , they aren’t new to Lacambra.

“I’ve worked with four of the six in past years,” he said. “We go to with experienced riders who will know how to race and what to do to get the best result for the team. will always race to win and we are ready for it. If the girls race well and give 100 percent, I am sure the good results will come along.”

For 2013, the – which is organized by the same race organization that stages the Tour de France – will expand from three to four stages. The race starts with a 97 km stage beginning in Doha. That’s followed by stages of 96 and 112 km, before finishing back in Doha with an 86.5 km stage on Friday.

Along with the debut of Lacambra and several riders, the Team will also debut their new -equipped Supreme 1.1 s.
Tour of roster:
Anna Barensfeld
Chantal Blaak
Jasmin Glaesser
Claudia Hausler

Shelley Olds

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