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New look at Saturn for ’03

Following a disappointing 2002 campaign, management completed its off-season overhaul of the Saturn men's team on Wednesday when it announced its finalized roster, numbering 13 riders after the additions of Charles Dionne and Nathan O'Neill. Since the end of the season, the team has added six riders -- Dionne, O'Neill, Chris Horner, Tom Danielson, Phil Zajicek and Victor Repinski -- who will join returning riders Trent Klasna, Mark McCormack, Eric Wohlberg, Tim Johnson, Will Frischkorn, Rahsaan Bahati and Ivan Dominguez. The squad now bears little resemblance to the team roster

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By Bryan Jew, Assistant Managing Editor

Following a disappointing 2002 campaign, management completed its off-season overhaul of the Saturn men’s team on Wednesday when it announced its finalized roster, numbering 13 riders after the additions of Charles Dionne and Nathan O’Neill. Since the end of the season, the team has added six riders — Dionne, O’Neill, Chris Horner, Tom Danielson, Phil Zajicek and Victor Repinski — who will join returning riders Trent Klasna, Mark McCormack, Eric Wohlberg, Tim Johnson, Will Frischkorn, Rahsaan Bahati and Ivan Dominguez.

The squad now bears little resemblance to the team roster of just two years ago. On what was long perceived as an older, veteran team, only two holdovers, McCormack and Klasna, remain from the 2000 season. Meanwhile, Dionne, Danielson, Zajicek, Repinski, Johnson, Frischkorn, Dominguez and Bahati give the team a base of riders all currently under 27 years old.

In assembling its 2003 roster, Saturn has raided the cabinets of several of the other U.S. domestic teams, grabbing rising stars Danielson and Zajicek from the Mercury program; No. 1-ranked Horner from Prime Alliance; and San Francisco Grand Prix winner Dionne from 7UP-Nutra Fig. The Australian O’Neill has ridden for the Italian Ceramiche Panaria team for the past three years, while Belorussian Repinski graduates from the Saturn Development program.

While the team clearly has aims at reestablishing itself at the top, the Saturn women’s team has retrenched. The women’s squad finalized its roster as well on Wednesday, with the signings of Australian Katie Mactier (from the Italian Michela Fanini team) and Canadian Amy Moore (formerly Amy Jarvis of RONA). They join newcomers Manon Jutras, Laura Van Gilder and Sarah Uhl on the new-look squad that brings back only Ina Teutenberg, Jessica Phillips and Megan Elliot, and Lyne Bessette, who took leave of the team early in 2002.