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By Bryan Jew, VeloNews Senior Writer
After highly successful seasons on both the men’s and women’s fronts, the team Saturn line-ups won’t look much different for the 2002 season. The men’s team will welcome three new riders — Damon Kluck, Will Frischkorn and Jay Sweet — while the women will add only one new face, 23-year-old Jessica Phillips.
The men will see two departures this off-season, with Canadian Michael Barry heading to the U.S. Postal Service and Matt DeCanio joining Prime Alliance.
In Kluck, 24, Frischkorn, 20, and Sweet, 26, Saturn will get an infusion of young talent on the men’s side. Kluck spent the past season with the Jelly Belly squad, while Frischkorn had been with the Mercury program for three seasons, including the past season-and-a-half as a professional. The Australian Sweet comes over from the French Big Mat team, and will be a serious sprinting threat for the team.
The women ended the season as the UCI world No. 1-ranked team, as well as the top-ranked team in the U.S., and one of the main goals will be for the team to maintain that world No. 1 ranking in 2002. The team will retain all of its riders from the 2001 season, including the world No. 1-ranked individual Anna Millward, Petra Rossner, Lyne Bessette, Kimberly Bruckner and Ina Teutenberg.
The up-and-coming Phillips got her first taste of a major trade team in 2001 with the Intersports team, and she’ll continue her development with the experienced Saturn cast.