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Orica-AIS, the women’s arm of the Orica-GreenEdge WorldTour team, has finalized its 2013 line-up, spearheaded by Swede Emma Johansson, silver medalist in the Beijing Olympic road race, the team announced Thursday.
With the departure of four riders, including world time trial champion and Ronde van Vlaanderen winner Judith Arndt, who retired following the elite world championships, and 2009 Giro Donne winner Claudia Häusler, comes the arrival of Gracie Elvin, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Sport.
“Gracie is an exciting signing,” said sport director David McPartland. “Gracie is the first rider we can point to and say she was 100-percent developed in the AIS program and has now come to us to become a professional.”
In addition to the former mountain biker, who paid her own way to Europe before joining AIS in 2011, London Olympic omnium bronze medalist Annette Edmondson also joins for next year as a sprinter.
“I want to see this team perform in all areas,” McPartland said. “We can win stages and overalls and one-day events.”
Additionally, South Korean national champion and Asian track champion Sungeun Gu is the first woman from her country to join the professional road circuit.
Orica-AIS 2013 roster
Tiffany Cromwell (Aus)
Gracie Elvin (Aus)
Annette Edmondson (Aus)
Shara Gillow (Aus)
Sungeun Gu (Kor)
Loes Gunnewijk (Nld)
Melissa Hoskins (Aus)
Emma Johansson (Swe)
Jessie MacLean (Aus)
Amanda Spratt (Aus)