Start lists for Le Samyn des Dames, Cadel Evans/Deakin University race and Asian Cycling Championship road race, Greta Neimanas retires, Melissa Lowther signs for Team Breeze

Sources: Lotto Cycling Cup, Cadel Road Race, Astana Women, Twenty 16, British Cycling

After the line was announced yesterday, the provisional start list for Le Samyn des Dames can be found here (PDF). The start list for the Deakin University Womens race (Cadel Evans Race) can be found here, and the confirmed line up is Orica AIS, Wiggle High5, High5 Dream Team, Holden Women’s Cycling Team, Specialised Women’s Team, Rush Women’s Team, Boss Racing Team,Subaru NSWIS NKC Team, Roxsolt, CBR Women’s Racing Team, Building Champions Women’s Squad, Team Bikebug-NextGen, Team Mercedes-Benz Adelaide Blackchrome and Hogs Breath Café Tineli Women’s Race Team (don’t envy the commentators). The start list for the road race at the Asian Cycling Championship in Japan on Saturday 23rd Jan can be found here.

Greta Neimanas is retiring from competition and leaving Twenty 16. In a statement released by the team she says:

“2015 was a year of high highs and low lows; a year that brought a victory at the World Championships and a season-ending crash paired with my sixth diagnosed concussion.

The sport of cycling has brought me so much joy and pain, blood, sweat, and tears, over the past eleven years and is a sport that I hope to participate in for my entire life. My best friends have been made through the sport and it has afforded me the opportunity to travel the world. However, it is a sport with very high risks and the rewards no longer outweigh those risks for me- the chance of further brain injuries is too great. After careful consideration and a lot of reflection, I have decided to retire from the US Paracycling and TWENTY16 professional cycling teams. While my career may have been shorter than I would have liked, it is one I am completely satisfied with and, at 27, I still have a lifetime ahead of me.

This is not the end of my involvement in sport, but simply the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. I look forward to finishing college, potential coaching opportunities, and pursuing other aspects of the sports world that I could not while actively competing.”

And former Matrix rider Melissa Lowther has joined Team Breeze, a new UK track and road team that will race for the first time on Saturday at the Revolution Series in Manchester.