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Saturn Finalizes 2003 Team

– Reported by Team Saturn –

DETROIT-Saturn finalized the roster for the 2003 cycling team by adding two men and two women to bring the total number of athletes to 22.

On the men’s side, Canadian Charles Dionne will bolster the finishing speed of the Saturn Team. The 23-year-old from St. Redempteur, Quebec, gained fame as one of the top young riders in North America when he stunned the peloton by winning the San Francisco Grand Prix in September. Completing the men’s roster of 13 is Australian Nathan O’Neill. O’Neill has raced the past three years for the Italian Ceramiche Panaria Team and is looking forward to bringing his strength as a time trialist and all-around rider to the Saturn squad. Twenty-eight-year-old O’Neill represented Australia at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney in the time-trial event, and went on to finish eighth in the 2001 World Championships in the same event.

Saturn Cycling Team men’s director, Andrzej Bek, is very happy with how the team has come together. “With Chris Horner, Nathan O’Neill, Trent Klasna and Tom Danielson, we have a very competitive General Classification roster. Also, we have Charles Dionne, Tim Johnson, Will Frischkorn, Phil Zajicek, Rahsaan Bahati, Ivan Dominguez and Victor Repinski as young guys growing into the sport who will be eager to both work hard for their leaders and learn to win. Our veterans Mark McCormack and Eric Wohlberg will be great teachers and carry on the strong Saturn tradition of professionalism.”

On the women’s side Australian Katie Mactier and Canadian Amy Moore round out the nine-woman roster and add experience and horsepower to the mix. Twenty-seven-year-old Mactier comes off the Italian Michela Fanini Record Rox Team where she rode in support of Regina Schleicher’s pursuit of the Women’s World Cup Series. Mactier was the 2001 Australian Road Champion and has been a member of the Australian National Team for several years.

Canadian Amy Moore, formerly Jarvis, comes to the Saturn Cycling Team from the Rona Team with a depth of experience as a top domestique or support rider. Alongside her former Rona teammate Manon Jutras, Moore will ride in support of her Saturn teammates Lyne Bessette, Ina Teutenberg and Laura Van Gilder.

American phenoms Junior World Champion Sarah Uhl, U.S. Espoir National Road Champion Megan Elliot and 2002 U.S. National Road Champion Jessica Phillips round out the squad and with the guidance of the likes of Teutenberg and Van Gilder will likely be Olympic hopefuls for 2004 and beyond.

Saturn Cycling Team women’s director, Giana Roberge, is looking forward to the 2003 racing season, “I foresee a fresh new approach to our racing style. I am excited to work with both veterans and youngsters (with a closet full of impressive jerseys) and bring a competitive team to the women’s peloton.”

The entire Saturn Cycling Team will gather in Detroit on January 14 for Saturn training and photo shoots before heading to California for seven days of training in Buellton, which is located near Santa Barbara. The men’s team kicks off its season at the Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia, with the women’s season beginning in Australia with the Tour de Snowy and the first race of the Women’s World Cup Series.

Continuing its second decade of cycling support, the Saturn Cycling program has grown and evolved. It continues to provide an excellent means of reaching Saturn customers and potential customers who truly care about issues related to a productive and healthy lifestyle. Saturn has created a program that is beneficial to the Saturn retailer network as well as communities at large.

Through sponsorship of national and local events as well as the pro cycling team and the development team, Saturn Cycling also provides an excellent way to showcase Saturn vehicles. The fleet of decaled Saturns is a visible link between the car company and Saturn Cycling. For more information about Saturn Cycling, visit saturncycling.com.

Men’s Roster
Rahsaan Bahati (USA)
Tom Danielson (USA)
Charles Dionne (CAN)
Ivan Dominguez (USA)
Will Frischkorn (USA)
Chris Horner (USA)
Tim Johnson (USA)
Trent Klasna (USA)
Mark McCormack (USA)
Nathan O’Neill (AUS)
Viktor Repinski (BEL)
Eric Wohlberg (CAN)
Phil Zajicek (USA)

Women’s Roster
Lyne Bessette (CAN)
Megan Elliot (USA)
Manon Jutras (CAN)
Katie Mactier (AUS)
Amy Moore (CAN)
Jessica Phillips (USA)
Ina Teutenberg (GER)
Sarah Uhl (USA)
Laura Van Gilder (USA)

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2003 Saturn Cycling Team Sponsors

Title Sponsor
Saturn Corporation – (Vehicles) www.saturn.com

Associate Level Sponsors
Timex – (Timepieces, Heart Rate Monitors) www.timex.com
Lands’ End – (Casual Clothing, Luggage) www.landsend.com
Louis Garneau Sports – (Cycling Apparel, Helmets) www.louisgarneau.com
LeMond Bicycles – (Bicycles) www.lemondbikes.com

Contributing Sponsors
Shimano – (Components, Cycling Shoes, Wheels, Computers) www.shimanocycling.com
Oakley – (Eyewear, Podium Caps) www.oakley.com
Michelin – (Tires, Tubes, Rim Strips) https://cycleus.webmichelin.com/
Reynolds Cycle Technology – (Tubing) www.Reynoldsusa.com
Reynolds Composites – (Forks) www.reynoldscomposites.com
Profile – (Handlebars, Stems, Aero Bars, Bar-tape) www.profile-design.com
GeniSoy – (Energy, Protein and Snack Bars) www.genisoy.com
Saris – (Car Racks) www.saris.com
Selle San Marco – (Saddles) www.sellesanmarco.com

Supporting Sponsors
Craft – (Base Layers) www.craft-usa.com
Sportsbalm- (Pre and Post-Race Muscle Gels) www.sportsbalmusa.com
Champion Nutrition – (Energy Drink) www.champion-nutrition.com
Cane Creek – (Integrated Headsets) www.canecreek.com
GU – (Energy Gel) www.gusports.com
Northeast Stitches and Ink – (Embroidery and Screening) www.nestitchesink.com
PEDRO’S – (Bicycle Care Products) www.pedros.com
Park Tool – (Tools) www.parktool.com
Golden Ratio – (Massage Tables) www.goldenratio.com
CycleOps – (Fluid Trainers) www.cycle-ops.com
Power Tap – (Official Power Measuring Device) www.power-tap.com
Rudy Rack – (Bicycle Parking Systems) – www.rudyrack.com
Foot Fitness – (Shoe Beds) www.wedofeet.com
Elite – (Water Bottle Cages) WWW.ELITE-IT.COM
Headsweats – (Headsweat Products) www.headsweats.com
Biotone – (Massage Products) www.biotone.com
Sharkies – (Sports Snack) www.sharkies.com
Wheels Manufacturing – (Steel Hardware) www.wheelsmfg.com
SKS USA – (Frame Pumps) www.sks-germany.com
Team Sports Inc. – Team Management Company www.teamsportsinc.com

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