July 3, 2006 – Pedal has learned that Saskatchewan’s Alexandra Wrubleski will be joining Team Biovail later this month. “I’ll be a guest rider at first,” Wrubleski said. She’ll be making her debut with her new team on July 22, at the Tour de Toona, held in Altoona, Pennsylvania which is near Pittsburgh.
Wrubleski, 22, is having a great season, with excellent results at the Montreal World Cup (12th), Tour du Grand Montreal (7th overall) and at the National Road Championships where she won the TT, the road race and finished 2nd in the criterium.
Wrubleski moved to Calgary this year “where competition is stiffer and where I can race more often,” she added. “I also have a great coach (Paul Kelly), and one thing that’s really helped me improve along the way is having better eating habits. It made the world of difference for me.”
The Saskatchewan rider will soon join her rival this weekend, Anne Samplonius on Team Biovail. The 38-year-old Samplonius is very happy with Wrubleski’s decision to join Biovail. “Now, I’ll be racing with her, not against her, the veteran said. “Alex is an extremely talented girl, but she still has a lot to learn. Hopefully, she can do that in our team, and take advantage of our experience.”
Wrubleski agrees. “With my present team (H&R Block), I’m the only female elite rider. Being on a women’s team will help a lot.”
“Now that Lyne (Bessette) has retired, the spotlight will be in another direction,” Samplonius added. “Lyne earned every second of attention she got, because of her results and accomplishments. Now, hopefully Alex will have a chance to shine.”
Wrubleski is still pondering her future. “I’m joining Biovail for the rest of this season, but I’ll have to see what happens next year,” she said. “Right now, Biovail is a great way for me to gain experience.”