Team WNT Pro Cycling has finalised its roster ahead of what will be an exciting 2017 season competing across Europe as it makes the step up to be a UCI Women’s Team. In readiness, it has made changes both to its backroom staff and to the rider line-up that now contains National, Olympic and World Championship winners.
The new line-up features many familiar faces with a number of riders re-signing for another season and they are joined by new team members that have attained the highest accolades in cycling between them. The 2017 rider line-up is supported by a new backroom team that combines cycling experience with strong team management and coaching expertise. The full rider line-up for 2017 is: Katie Archibald, Anna Badegruber, Lydia Boylan, Becca Carter, Natalie Grinczer, Hayley Jones, Emily Kay, Josie Knight, Elise Maes, Keira McVitty, Bex Rimmington, Eileen Roe, Gabriella Shaw, Hayley Simmonds and Hannah Walker. This impressive group of riders will be cared for during races by newly appointed Soigneur and former professional rider, Jessie Walker, with Graeme Herd taking up the position of Director Sportif after his successful guest appearance at the Rás na mBan race in Ireland.
This mix of current and past National, Olympic and World Champions has created a squad with terrific strength in depth that has experience at the highest level of racing. The team has also been built to provide a mix of sprinters, climbers and overall road racers that will give Team WNT Pro Cycling the best opportunity to achieve its targets for the coming season, it’s first as a UCI Women’s team.
Claude Sun, Global Managing Director WNT “The quality of this team, both on the bike and in support of the riders’ efforts, is evidence of the commitment that WNT is making to Women’s cycling. Team WNT Pro Cycling is a long-term project for our company and is a reflection of the ethics of our business, where hard work is rewarded by success. This coming season is going to be both exciting and challenging as we step up to a UCI level team, but the roster that we have pulled together will ensure that it is also successful and enjoyable.”
In addition to WNT as title sponsor, Team WNT Pro Cycling is pleased to announce the continued, and extended, support of its three principle equipment partners, Specialized, Hope Technology and Rotor. Specialized has increased its participation with Team WNT Pro Cycling as, in addition to providing each rider with a Specialized S-Works Tarmac framesets, it will also be supplying the team with Specialized S-Works Shiv Time Trial Module’s; Specialized S-Works Women’s Evade, S-Works Women’s Prevail II and S-Works TT helmets; and Specialized Women’s S-Works 6 Road Shoes. Hope Technology is again partnering the team with its high-tech Carbon 45 wheels with custom team finish and graphics, along with customised Hope hubs. Rotor will also continue to provide Team WNT Pro Cycling with its innovative Q rings and 2INpower crank sets. Both Hope Technology and Rotor make use of WNT cutting tools in the manufacture of their products, giving a perfect synergy to the partnerships. The official launch of Team WNT Pro Cycling for the 2017 season will be held at Rotor’s headquarters in Madrid during February.
More details of these partnerships and those with the team’s other suppliers, including Continental Tyres, OTE Sports Nutrition, Craft Sportswear, and Saddleback will be released on the team website in the near future.
The team will have two training camps before the season gets underway, along with team building events to develop a greater bond between individuals and to ensure they are all fully prepared for the coming season. More details of the individual signings can be found on the Team WNT Pro Cycling’s website under ‘News’ or here www.team-wnt.com/uk/pro-cycling/news.html. Also, to receive regular news with exclusive content please register your interest by contacting Hannah Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org You can follow the team on social media, on Twitter via @WNTTeam, Instagram via @TeamWNT and Facebook via Team WNT Cycling
Career highlights of the new team members are:
Katie Archibald: Olympic Champion (Team Pursuit 2016), World Champion, 8 x European Champion, Commonwealth medallist and multiple National Champion
Anna Badegruber: Austrian National Hill Climb Champion
Hayley Jones: Former member of the British Cycling Olympic Academy Programme, 4th in the U23 National Time Trial Championships
Emily Kay: Senior World Cup Omnium winner, U23 European Team Pursuit Champion, Junior World Team Pursuit Champion, and recently won silver and bronze medals in the Elite European Track Championships.
Josie Knight: Junior European Individual Pursuit Silver medallist, 2016 Senior Irish National Omnium Champion
Elise Maes: Competed for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the Road Race World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Eileen Roe: 2014 and 2016 British National Criterium Champion, 2014 Matrix Fitness GP Tour Series champion
Gabriella Shaw: Member of the winning team at the Matrix Fitness GP Tour Series for the last three years
Hayley Simmonds: 2016 British National Time Trial champion, holder of three British time trial records at 10-mile (18mins 36secs), 25-mile (49mins 28secs) and 50-mile (1hr 42mins 20secs), all achieved in 2016.