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2006 Team rosters

Kristin Armstrong & Thomas Liese join TEAm Lipton

Women's cycling and triathlon squad TEAm Lipton has announced two major acquisitions for 2006 in new director sportif Thomas Liese and rider Kristin Armstrong.

The 2005 US national time trial champion and 2004 US road champion, Armstrong represented the US at the 2004 Olympics; her recent palmares also includes victories in stages of the Pomona Valley Stage Race, Sea Otter, San Dimas Stage Race and overall victory in the 2005 Cascade Classic.

Thomas Liese is a former world champion, Olympian and Tour de France finisher with over 20 years of road and track racing at the sport's highest level. The TEAm will compete in USA Cycling national road and track events and Ironman and international triathlon events, capping the season with the U.S. Track National Championships in October. "I'm looking forward to bringing my experience and knowledge to this group of exemplary athletes," said Liese. "I plan to create the perfect team environment and give direction that will motivate these women to perform at their very best."

TEAm Ambassadors of the LIPTON Live Well Challenge

Fuelled by tea and propelled by fitness, TEAm LIPTON aim to be role models for Americans taking on the LIPTON Live Well Challenge. Partnering with BikeTown USA, TEAm LIPTON and the Challenge will help Americans make positive changes in their lives by incorporating tea and exercise in their daily routines, giving away one bike a day and LIPTON tea for over 150 days. The TEAm will travel across 10 cities, bringing the Challenge to life and encouraging Americans to drink three servings of tea everyday and bike three times a week as a simple way to lead a healthier lifestyle.

TEAm roster

Kristin Armstrong, Boise, Idaho: Olympian, 2005 U.S. National time trial champion
Laura VanGilder, Cresco, Penn.: One of the winningest sprinters in women's cycling
Kori Kelly Seehafer, Louisville, Colo.: Ranked in the top-10 of American road cyclists
Grace Fleury, Winston-Salem, N.C.: 2005 Atlanta 10K Classic champion and third place, 2005 U.S. National time trials
Lara Kroepsch, Boulder, Colo.: 2005 Colorado State Cyclocross Champion; Two-time Collegiate National Criterium and 2005 International Women's Criterium champion
Kristen LaSasso, Aptos, Calif.: One of America's top climbing specialists
Meredith Miller, Auckland, New Zealand: European World Cup veteran
Katherine Lambden, Fort Lee, N.J.: An up-and-coming climbing and stage race specialist
Liza Rachetto, Boise, Idaho: An all-around rider competing in road and track
Sarah Caravella, Breiningsville, Penn.: 2005 G.S. Mengoni Grand Prix and Rochester Twilight Criterium champion
Rebeccah Wassner, New York, N.Y.: 2004 Pro Rookie Triathlete of the Year and World Cup triathlete
Kiki Rutkowski, MD, San Francisco, Calif.: Ironman World Championship top finisher in 2004 and 2005
Bodil Arlander, San Francisco, Calif.: Ironman specialist and multiple-time All-American

Other supporting sponsors of the team include Fuji Bicycles, Shimano, Biemme, Fi:z;ik Saddles, Oval Concepts, LAS helmets, Rider Sandals, CamelBak, DeFeet, Smith Optics, Cateye, SKS, SciCon, Arundel and Clif Bars. For more information about TEAm LIPTON, go to

2006 team rosters