Team WNT is delighted to have signed its first rider from what is in effect its home country, Luxembourg, the location of WNT’s parent company Ceratizit Group, The Luxembourg connection was the perfect opportunity to enlist the skills of Elise Maes, who signed for the team on her return from competing for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the the Road Race World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Her signing also adds an additional international element to the team.
With Ceratizit being based just a short ride from where Elise lives, Team WNT is proud to be able to make this signing and sporting connection between such a talented rider and its core business as a world leading developer and manufacturer of sophisticated hard materials for wear resistant and cutting tool applications. This latest signing is also further proof of the determination of Team WNT to make 2017 (and beyond) a success as it graduates to the highest levels of ladies cycling, with the target of becoming a leading UCI team.
Claude Sun, WNT’s Global Managing Director says: “It’s very nice to have a Luxembourgish rider in our team. Ceratizit in Luxembourg is the WNT mother company and Team WNT will participate at the Luxembourg race ‘Festival Elsy Jacobs‘ organised by Mr Zangerlé. The signing of Elise confirms that as in business WNT is serious in creating a succesful environment that draws on the best talent from across Europe.”
Following the announcement we asked Elise for her thoughts... here’s what she had to say:
You’ve just arrived back home from the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, how was it?
It was my first World Championships, it was a great honour to represent Luxembourg, my job was to help our leader Christine Majerus, she placed 15th. It was very hot but I really enjoyed the experience.
What races do you excel in the most?
I am a good all rounder, but I found this year I was best at the races which had a lot of climbing. I love the hills because thats where I am able to perform the best. I placed 16th on stage 1 of Giro del Trentino Alto Adige- Sudtirol and 25th on General Classification in Euskal Emakumeen XXIX Bira.
What made you want to join Team WNT?
I saw the team at Thuringen Rundfahrt der Frauen, the presentation of the team was impressive, also how professional and organised they looked whilst still being a club team. I am inspired by the motivation and long term project they have planned, it will be an exciting opportunity. I hope after being on a UCI team this year I can bring my experience to Team WNT. It will be nice to ride for Team WNT, because WNT is a member of the Lux Ceratizit Group, its close to my home town.
Do you study as well as being a professional cyclist?
Yes, I am currently studying at the University of Luxembourg. I graduated in July 2015 with a B.Sc. in Psychology, now I am doing my Masters (M.Sc.) in Psychological Intervention and elective courses in clinical psychology and health psychology.