January 19, 2014 (Kentfield, California) – While there has been no official announcement yet Canadian rider, Lex Albrecht, will apparently be riding for California-based, TWENTY16 Women’s Professional Cycling in 2014. Her name appears on the team website at the top of this year’s roster as the lone Canadian, The team website lists 13 senior women and 10 more on the junior development team.
Albrecht, 26, rode for U.S.-based (NOW and Novartis for MS) in 2013, and is the current Quebec road and ITT champion. In 2013, she also won the GP de Granby and the Tour de White Rock. Albrecht went on to compete at the UCI Road Worlds in Florence, Italy, in September, but DNF’d. Originally from Barrie ON, Albrecht moved to Quebec in 2005. She lists her career highlights as “World Championships (2012, 2013), three National Championship podiums, 5-time Champion of Québec (road, ITT, TTT, criterium), Member of Canadian National Team” and describes herself as a “climber, all around, sprinter etc: puncher, climber.”
According to the TWENTY16 team website, “When we named the team TWENTY12 in 2009, we had a definite goal of taking athletes to the 2012 London Olympics. London resulted in two Olympic medals; gold and silver, the only U.S based road program to achieve this. We are now looking ahead to the Rio 2016 Olympics. Our team consists of 14 professional athletes ages 19-35 including, numerous national champions and two Olympic medalists; Kristin Armstrong 2008 and 2012 gold emdalist who will continue as our High Performance Director and 2000 Olympic silver medalist and 2000 World Champion, Mari Holden, as Sports Director. The team was the only U.S women’s road team to earn medals in London Olympics. The team is now TWENTY16 with an eye on Rio.”
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