After a successful first season, the Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team paves the way for the coming season with the signing of new world class female riders, Katie Compton (32) and Rosara Joseph (28).
These exciting new signings gives the team an immediate positive impact, and strengthens their standing in the new UCI Elite Mountain Bike Team rankings of 2011 which now combines male and female riders.
Jan ten Tusscher, team manager of the Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team explains: "As of this year, for the rankings the team’s top 3 men and top 2 women will count as a team. Katie is very motivated to succeed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and will be targeting this year’s Mountain Bike World Championships as a key stepping stone. The continued expansion and globalization of our team played a key role in attracting both Katie and Rosara to the Team. Rosara had her share of bad luck in the past years, but is back on track. We will give her all our support to develop herself." Compton signed a two-year deal, whilst Joseph has a one-year deal.
"Katie's at the top of her game, and we're proud that she has chosen the Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team and Giant bikes to help take her XC and 'cross racing to an even higher level," said An Le, Giant's Global Marketing Director.
Katie Compton has just finished an outstanding Cyclo Cross season, with 5 World Cup victories in succession at Aigle, Koksijde, Kalmthout, Heusden-Zolder and Hoogerheide and an excellent Silver medal at the World Championships. Compton: "I am very excited to join the Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team over the next several years, which I believe will be the best of my career. I have high goals and expectations for myself for both Cyclo Cross and Mountainbike. I am happy to be a part of such a respected and well run team as I continue to pursue these goals.”
Katherine Compton (USA): 1st UCI Cyclo Cross Ranking / 40th UCI MTB Ranking 2010
2nd World championship 2011
2nd Overall World Cup 2011
5th World Cup victories 2010
3rd USA Championships 2009
4th Val di Sole UCI World Cup 2010
5th USA MTB Championships 2010
14th Windham UCI World Cup 2010
14th UCI World Championships 2009
19e UCI World Cup Offenburg 2010
Rosara Joseph (NZ): 38th UCI MTB Ranking 2010
2nd Commonwealth Games in 2006
5th UCI World Championships 2007 Fort William
9th Olympic Games Beijing 2008
17th UCI World Championships Mont Sainte Anne 2010