Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Eileen Roe took her third podium finish of the Australian summer as she sprinted to second place in the Shimano Supercrit, in St Kilda, the suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. Just as the previous races in Launceston, Tasmania, had been, the aggressive hour-long event saw a battle between Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling and the Roxsolt team, with Kimberley Wells just hitting the line first. Roxsolt’s Chloe Hosking, who will be joining the black and orange team in 2015, took third.
Despite several attacks involving Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s riders, with Australians Georgia Baker, Peta Mullens, Jess Mundy and Rebecca Wiasak, along with New Zealander Emily Collins, nobody was able to decisively break clear of the peloton. As the Roxsolt team guided Wells into the final straight, British Criterium Champion Roe came within less than a bike length of presenting Managing Director Rochelle Gilmore with the gift of a victory for the team on her birthday.
“I’m happy with the result, for sure,” said Roe afterwards. “I think it was always going to be a sprint finish, and Kimberley Wells is going so well at the moment that it would take something really special to beat her. Her team did ride for a sprint finish; they chased everything down, and didn’t work in any breaks that went, so it went down to a sprint finish and second was really the best we could have come away with today.”
Having signed for Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling in October, Roe is spending the Australian summer in the southern hemisphere for the first time; something that is very different to her usual winters in Scotland.
“It’s been a blast. I’m really, really enjoying myself,” she said. “I think everybody’s really looking forward to the big hitters coming down here for the Bay Crits [in January].
“I’m getting snapchats and being called to say that it’s snowing back home, so I think if there’s a little bit of rain here in Sydney I really shouldn’t complain!” Roe laughed. “I’d rather have rain than snow, that’s for sure!”
Since travelling to Australia, Roe has taken three podium finishes in three races and, while her first win has eluded her so far, she is both happy and surprised with her form after the long European season.
“I’m actually a bit surprised about how well I’m going,” Roe said. “Considering I’m just coming from the UK, and a miles base, to come out here and be thrown straight in at the deep end; to be on the podium of every race I’ve done.”
“I think Rochelle’s really happy, because it shows that, when you’re not on form, you can still have the drive and be tactically switched on. I think she’s pleased with how the results have gone, and I think the team’s going to be really, really good for the Bay Crits.”
1. Kimberley Wells (Roxsolt)
2. Eileen Roe (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling)
3. Chloe Hosking (Roxsolt)
Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s athletes were in action in both the northern and southern hemispheres this weekend, with Medals won and Podiums earned on both track and road. In the Track World Cup at the Lea Valley Velopark, London, Double Olympic Champion Laura Trott took Gold in the Omnium, to add to that taken in the Team Pursuit on Friday, while Elinor Barker added a Bronze Medal in the Points Race to add to her Team Pursuit Gold. Meanwhile, in Launceston, Tasmania, Eileen Roe crowned her first appearances with the black and orange team with second place in the Symmons Plains Raceway Kermesse and third in the Stan Seijka Launceston Cycling Classic.
“After you win quite a lot of events, people expect you to win. It’s hard,” Trott told British Cycling after her Omnium victory. “You go into training sessions, you feel rubbish and then you try to think about the next event. It does sometimes get on top of you. [But] to race in front of a home crowd again is just amazing and it is such a confidence boost to win again here in London.”
Trott had dominated the first day of the Omnium competition, winning both the Scratch Race and Individual Pursuit, although she was narrowly beaten to the line by the Netherlands’ Kirsten Wild in the Elimination. The second day was shaping up to be a battle between the two riders, but a poor 500 metre Time Trial from the Dutchwoman, along with victories there and in the Flying Lap for Belgium’s Jolien D’hoore – who will join Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling in 2015 – meant that the competition would be decided between Trott and the Belgian in the Points Race, with the two riders separated by just 14 points.
The Points Race was a tactical affair between the two riders – with Wild also defending her third overall – but D’hoore managed to reduce Trott’s lead to eight. An attack at the penultimate sprint from Trott took the gap back up to 12 points, however, and that was how it was to finish.
“Points Race has never been my strongest event,” Trott explained. “I’ve been doing a lot of work with Chris Newton, who was obviously a great points race rider himself. It’s really paid off. Winning the points race at the Commonwealth Games I never expected. In the Omnium it has given me a massive confidence boost.”
In Saturday’s Points Race – held at the World Cup, but not actually part of the World Cup competition – Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Italian Giorgia Bronzini took an early lead, but this was to be neutralised as riders began to take laps. Barker was among those to lap the field, meaning that the 20-year-old was fighting for the medals.
Consistent sprinting from Australian World Champion Amy Cure was keeping her in the lead, but Barker was edging herself clear of the others into third place outright. A massive attack from Bronzini in the closing stages almost managed to take a lap that would have given the 2009 Points Race World Champion the lead, but she was just unable to reach the back of the field.
Meanwhile, in the southern hemisphere, Roe led the Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling team for the first time in the Launceston Cycling Festival, in Tasmania, along with Georgia Baker, Jess Munday, Peta Mullens and Emily Collins.
Saturday’s Symmons Plains Kermesse saw the British Criterium champion escape the peloton with Roxsolt’s Chloe Hosking – who will also join Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling in 2015 – and Orica-AIS’ Loes Gunnewijk. With the three most powerful teams in the race represented, the trio was able to forge a race-winning break, but Roe was just beaten to the line by future teammate Hosking.
The Stan Seijka Launceston Cycling Classic on Sunday also saw Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling well represented in the front of the race, with the lead group of seven containing Roe, Baker and Mundy. Orica-AIS was also present in the group, in the form of Gracie Elvin and Amanda Spratt, but Roxsolt’s Kimberley Wells was able to take advantage of the two teams’ rivalry to win the final sprint.
“The break away constantly kept attacking each other to try get rid of Kimberley, who’s well known for her fast finish!” Roe explained. “Wiggle Honda put in loads of attacks, with Jess and I doing solo attacks off the break lasting for several laps. However it came down to a sprint finish amongst the breakaway, and Kimberley won with a very close lunge for the line.”
“The team obviously wanted a win under our belts but I am extremely proud of the girls and how we rode as a team,” Roe added. “Considering I’m new to the squad, and was nervous about meeting and racing with the ‘wigglettes,’ I’m really pleased with the results; especially considering I’ve just come from a road block back in Scotland.”
Result Points Race
1. Amy Cure (Australia)
2. Jasmin Glassier (Canada)
3. Elinor Barker (Great Britain)
1. Laura Trott (Great Britain)
2. Jolien D’hoore (Belgium)
3. Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)
Result Symmons Plains Raceway Kermesse
1. Chloe Hosking (Roxsolt)
2. Eileen Roe (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling)
3. Loes Gunnewijk (Orica-AIS)
Result Stan Seijka Launceston Cycling Classic
1. Kimberley Wells (Roxsolt)
2. Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS)
3. Eileen Roe (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling)
Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Elinor Barker, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell were on winning form once again in the Team Pursuit in the 2014/15 UCI Track World Cup at the Lea Valley VeloPark in London. Riding in the colours of World Cup leaders, along with Katie Archibald and Ciara Horne, as part of the Great Britain team, Barker and Trott posted a winning time of four minutes, 22.194 seconds, to defeat Australian in the final round.
“It was really nice,” Barker said”. It was a pretty massive reception when we got on the track. I’ve raced with a home crowd a couple of times before, but it’s been in Manchester and Glasgow, and not a velodrome as big as London, so it was huge.”
With Rowsell part of the qualification team, along with Barker, Trott and Archibald, and managed to overcome a faster start from Australia to qualify fastest in a time of four minutes, 23.406 seconds.
“We ride together so often that we’re so comfortable on each other’s wheels now,” said Barker. “We can throw each other in on anybody’s wheel and just get on with it! It’s nice to get to a race day and be that flexible.”
Having sat out the qualification ride, Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Rebecca Wiasak stepped into the Australian team for the “First Round” match with Canada – along with Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure and Melissa Hoskins. The Australians posted a time of 4:24.504 to win by more than two seconds and progress to the final.
Horne then stepped in for Trott, as the Great Britain team looked to save the double Olympic champion legs ahead of the weekend’s Omnium competition. A flying start saw them look set to catch the USA team after little more than two kilometres. The British quartet then slowed down, however, to save their legs for the final, and contented themselves with riding the rest of the race around two bike lengths behind. The time of four minutes, 24.715 seconds was more than a second outside their qualification time – and marginally slower than Australia – but was more than good enough to put them in the final.
“The rule is that you have to keep carrying on, so it’s actually quite dangerous to overtake, as well as being really tiring,” Barker explained. “So once we’d caught we just sat behind them, and there was nothing else we could do really.”
Rowsell then made way for Trott in the final, where Australia started slightly faster, but Great Britain soon edged in front and began to steadily open the lead. A massive turn from Trott in the closing laps threatened to split the British team, but Barker and Archibald were able to rejoin their teammate; the lead over Australia was almost two seconds by this point, and stayed that way all the way to the line.
“We’re into Olympic qualification now, so everyone’s bringing their best teams for every event, whereas previously a lot of teams have brought development riders,” Barker said. “Before Olympic qualification I guess it doesn’t matter so much, but now everybody’s bringing their best teams the margins are always going to get closer and closer.
“We’ve qualified for Worlds now, and we’re on track for Olympic qualification as far as this year goes, so that’s what matters at this point in time really.”
The Germany team, including Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Charlotte Becker, narrowly missed out on the chance to compete for the bronze medal, finishing in sixth place.
Result Team Pursuit
1. Great Britain
Photo Credit: SWPix.com
Eight riders from Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling will be riding the boards of the Lea Valley Velodrome, London, in the second round of the 2014/15 World Cup this weekend. Olympic Champions Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott will be joined in the Great Britain team, on the track that saw them take glory in 2012, by fellow World Champion Elinor Barker. Amy Roberts – who was part of Great Britain’s victorious team in the previous round of the World Cup, in Guadalajara, Mexico, in November, will be riding for the Welsh Cycling Federation’s Team USN this time.
Having sat out last month’s Guadalajara round to concentrate on her training, Rowsell, the World Individual Pursuit Champion retakes her place in the team as the journey to the next Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016, begins.
“I’m feeling a lot fitter than I was,” Rowsell said. “After the Euros I had a bit of time away from the team, just doing a bit of different training while they were in Guadalajara, which went really well. I went to Mallorca for a couple of weeks.
“I raced the Revolution, which was nearly two weeks ago now, and was going well there, so everything was good.
“There’s been a bit of illness in the camp, which so far I’ve managed to avoid,” Rowsell explained. “But generally, I’m feeling good, looking forward to racing on Friday. We’ve got five of us, so we’re not sure of line ups yet, but we’ve got options. We’ve got three rides in one day, and we can be a bit tactical if needs be, with swapping people around, so we’ve got fresher legs when we might need them. But that’s not all decided yet, so watch this space!”
“We’ll see who rides what,” Rowsell added. “But it’s going to be a big challenge to ride three 4-ks in one day – I don’t think anybody’s ever done three in one day before – so hopefully that’ll play into our hands because we’ve got five girls. It’ll be a challenge, but hopefully it’ll be alright.
“If we can have a good weekend here then hopefully it’ll be another tick in the box in terms of qualification for Rio,” she concluded.
Two-time road World Champion Giorgia Bronzini will compete for Italy in both the Scratch Race and Points Race, as she builds towards next year’s World Championships, where she will hope to take a second track rainbow jersey to add to her Points Race title from 2009. Bronzini will be joined in the Italian team by Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling teammate Beatrice Bartelloni, who will once again be part of a constantly improving Team Pursuit outfit.
Also representing their countries in the Team Pursuit will be Australia’s Rebecca Wiasak and Germany’s Charlotte Becker, who was prevented from contesting a possible bronze medal in Guadalajara as her entire national team was struck by food poisoning.
Sadly, his weekend’s World Cup marks a last race as Wiggle Honda riders for Barker, Rowsell, Trott, Bartelloni and Becker, but the event will also see appearances from two riders that will be joining the team in 2015.
Belgian Champion Jolien D’hoore will be competing in the Omnium, fresh from her victories in the Guadalajara round of the World Cup, the International Belgian Open and the Ghent Six-Days, while Audrey Cordon will be part of France’s Team Pursuit squad as it builds towards qualification for Rio 2016.
Photo Credit (1 & 2): BritishCycling.org.uk
Photo Credit (3): SWPix.com
Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling is happy to announce that Georgia Baker will make her debut for the black and orange team at the Symmons Plains Raceway Kermesse and Stan Seijka Launceston Criterium, in Launceston, Tasmania, on Saturday & Sunday, 6th and 7th of December.. The talented 20-year-old’s first appearance will be all the more special as she is a native of Launceston, and finished third in the 2012 edition of the race while still just 18 years of age.
“It’s great that I can finally announce I will be riding for the Wiggle Honda Cycling Team for the remainder of the 2014 season,” Baker said. “I am so excited to be part of such a professional team and to be riding along side some amazing riders. It is such a great opportunity for me to further my cycling career and to learn and work with some of the best riders in the world.
?“We have an incredibly strong team going into the Launceston and St Kilda races,” Baker added. “My first race for Wiggle Honda will be the Stan Seijka Launceston Criterium and Kermesse. This will be my 4th year racing the criterium, it is such a great event. It is such a thrill racing in front of my home crowd and this year will be even more fantastic racing with the Wiggle Honda girls, we are sure to make it an exciting race.”
Baker is a three-time Junior World Champion on the Track, as well as having taken numerous Australian titles, and is one of the outstanding talents to emerge in Australian cycling in recent years. In order to make room in the team, Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Managing Director Rochelle Gilmore removed herself from the team’s UCI roster to make room for Baker’s talent.
“I’ve not yet had the honour of personally meeting Georgia,” Gilmore said. “However, during 2014 I constantly heard Cycling Australia’s institute coaches speaking very highly of this Georgia Baker, as an athlete but more impressively, as a person! I’m looking forward to meeting Georgia and watching her live up to expectations in front of a home crowd in Launceston this weekend. It’s really exciting to bring another fresh young talent into the Wiggle Honda team.”
Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling took victory in Launceston 2013, through Australian Lauren Kitchen in her last ever appearance in the black and orange jersey, and the team will start the race with the aim of defending its title.
To this end, Baker will race alongside compatriots Peta Mullens and Jess Mundy, New Zealander Emily Collins and Great Britain Criterium Champion Eileen Roe, who has flown south for the Australian summer season, and will also be riding with her new Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling teammates for the first time.
This quintet will be joined by Rebecca Wiasak for the Shimano Super Criterium in St Kilda, Victoria, on Sunday, 14th of December.
Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s riders dominated proceedings in last night’s second round of the 2014/15 Revolution Series, at the National Cycling Centre, Manchester, with Laura Trott taking victory in three of the five women’s events. The two-time Olympic Champion began the day with a win in the UCI Points race, the took the Australian Pursuit, before bringing the house down on the capacity crowd with a virtuoso performance in her speciality event, the Elimination.
“It’s gone really well,” Trott smiled. “I’m really happy with how I’ve performed. After [the World Cup in] Mexico we didn’t know how we were going to react to the altitude, so we took a few days on the road, away from the track. Now we’re back on the track and I’ve been feeling really good.
“I’ve had a bit of a shaky start to the day, I didn’t feel that great in the Points Race, but I feel like I’m slowly coming round as the evening’s gone on.
“I really enjoyed the Elimination,” Trott added. “It’s an event that I really enjoy, and it happened to work at the end, so I was really pleased. This is where we train day in, day out, and normally it’s quiet and freezing cold, so it’s nice to come here with a massive crowd and it’s actually really warm!”
Racing alongside Trott in the black and orange colours of Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling were fellow World Champions Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell, and recent World Cup winner Amy Roberts, while teammate Giorgia Bronzini raced the event in the blue of the Italian National Team.
Barker and Bronzini took second and third places respectively in the UCI Points Race, to complete a Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling podium. This was again repeated in the Australian Pursuit, where eight riders set off from separate stations on the track at the same time, where World Individual Pursuit Champion Rowsell (pictured) finished second to Trott, with Bronzini third once more.
In between these two races was the “Longest Lap,” a race introduced to the Revolution Series in the previous event in London, which saw the women included for the first time largely thanks to a suggestion on Twitter from Barker. The race saw the riders roll around half a lap, unable to cross the start/finish line until a whistle blew, which required them to track stand for quite some time! It was won by Team USN’s Ellie Coster, ahead of Italy’s Annalisa Cucinotta and Pearl Izumi’s Katie Curtis – who managed to hold off the men’s field that started half a lap behind – which saw Trott beaten in a Revolution for the first time in 19 races.
“I can’t do a track stand!” Trott laughed. I did a track stand for as long as I ever have done so there’s a positive in all that!”
“I wasn’t campaigning for it or anything,” Barker explained. “I just said I thought it would be fun. Thankfully, a lot of other people thought it would be as well, so they decided to put it in, and I thought it was a lot of fun!
“I think it was good to have a completely different race, and have completely different riders up there,” Barker added. “It mixes things up a bit, and it shows that – while it’s not exactly an Olympic event – it’s still quite a hard event to do, and it made it quite interesting.”
The evening competition began as the afternoon had done with Trott dominating the Elimination race. The Olympic Champion was faced with the French duo of Laurie Berthon and Soline Lamboley in the final three, but – as a specialist at the event – took the victory in front of a roaring home crowd.
The final women’s event of the night was the UCI Scratch Race, which went largely to plan early on for Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling – although Roberts found herself taken out by a crash – as Trott and Barker were part of a five-rider group that managed to take a lap on the rest of the field. A series of powerful moves in the closing stages looked good enough for Barker to hold off the rest, but a powerful surge from Italy’s Annalisa Cucinotta saw her take it from Berthon, with Trott taking third.
“I had a good time. It was good racing,” Barker said. “Looking at the standard of the riders that got the lap I was never going to win the sprint, so with about four and a half laps to go I decided to make an attack. I had a few nice carrots up the road to try and chase, but as soon as I went they sat up and suddenly it seemed like such a long way to go!
“I got caught back back and then went again in the sprint,” she added. “But I didn’t really have the legs, and there’s nothing more to it really!”
Result UCI Points Race
1. Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling)
2. Elinor Barker (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling)
3. Giorgia Bronzini (Italy)
Result Australian Pursuit
1. Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling)
2. Joanna Rowsell (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling)
3. Giorgia Bronzini (Italy)
1. Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling)
2. Laurie Berthon (France)
3. Soline Lamboley (France)
Result UCI Scratch Race
1. Annalisa Cucinotta (Italy)
2. Laurie Berthon (France)
3. Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling)
Photo Credit: Luke Webber
Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Peta Mullens once again proved that she is one of the fastest sprinters in Australia, as she took a closely fought Melbourne Kermesse Championships, on the roads of the Victorian capital’s Caribbean Park on Sunday. Despite having won a mountainbike gravity race in the morning, the 26-year-old from nearby Bendigo managed to just edge out Kimberley Wells (Roxsolt) in a close photo-finish. Rebecca Wiasak (Jayco-AIS), who will soon be riding in the black and orange jersey of Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling, finished in third place, just behind the winning sprint.
“Lucky the race start was delayed due to a crash in an earlier grade because I was commuting from a morning MTB race and arrived after the advertised start time!” Mullens laughed after the race. “Bec was showing strong form early on taking out the first two primes despite suffering jetlag after returning from the track World Cup in Mexico last week.
Despite numerous attacks on the rolling course, including a late solo move from Taryn Heather (Roxsolt), nobody was able to make anything stick. With many of Australia’s fastest in the line up, a final sprint was almost inevitable, but a late move from Wiasak threatened to deny them at the last.
As they hit the line, Mullens just managed to throw her front wheel ahead of Wells’ to take the victory by little more than the width of her Campagnolo Bora rim.
“I tested the legs a few times and tried to initiate a breakaway but there was always a team out of the mix to bring it back,” explained Mullens, who was the only rider in the colours of Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling in the race. “We were quite outnumbered.
“I felt better as the race went on but still wanted to back Bec in the sprint,” Mullens explained. “The planned changed in the final kilometre though, when she saw an opportunity and went for it. The move was covered but I was wide awake and jumped on the chase to get a free ride into the finish. When Bec pulled off I took a deep breath then timed my sprint and throw to perfection it seems.”
“Bec will be a great asset for the summer team,” Mullens added. “The only asset more valuable than her talent is her personality!”
1. Peta Mullens (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling)
2. Kimberley Wells (Roxsolt)
3. Rebecca Wiasak (Jayco-AIS)
Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Giorgia Bronzini made a triumphant return to top level track racing last night, as she took victory in the Scratch Race at the International Belgian Open, at the Vlaams Wielercentrum Eddy Merckx, in Gent, Belgium. Racing in the all-blue colours of Italy, the 30-year-old – who took one of her three World titles on the track in 2009 – beat France’s Soline Lamboley and Belgium’s World Champion Kelly Druyts to the line at the end of the 10km race.
“I said to myself that I’ll wait, I’ll wait, I’ll wait,” Bronzini explained. “Then I waited until the last sprint and I managed to take it.
“I only did one attack, in the middle of the race, just to warm up my legs a little bit,” she added.
Earlier in the evening Bronzini had taken third place in the 20km Points Race. Victory in the opening sprint gave the former World Champion an early lead, but Druyts gradually edged ahead over the 80 lap contest. Heading into the finish, Druyts led with 17 points, with Bronzini tied for second, on 15, with France’s Elize Delzenne.
Having taken three of the previous seven sprints, Delzenne duly won the eighth and final one, with Druyts taking second; both finished with a total of 20 points, with the Frenchwoman’s final sprint giving her the victory. Bronzini missed out on the final points, but her 15 points was more than enough to hold off Lamboley and take the bronze medal.
“It was nice, but right now I’m in a hard section of training on the track,” Bronzini explained. “In the last two weeks I was in the track three times before this race, so it was really hard for me to manage the Points Race. There were a lot of couples from the same teams – some French, some Belgian – so I was alone, and it was a little bit hard to control the race.
“When you’re alone against some teams then it can be hard, so I tried to manage it.”
The Belgian Open was the first of a series of major track events for Bronzini, who will also be appearing at the Revolution, in Manchester, next Saturday, alongside Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling teammates Elinor Barker, Amy Roberts, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott.
“The big goal will be the Worlds in France, in February, so I will do my big block of training before then,” Bronzini said. “Also, next week will be hard, because the level will be high. I will have a lot of teammates there, so it will be good to show something of Wiggle Honda!”
Result Scratch Race
1. Giorgia Bronzini (Italy)
2. Soline Lamboley (France)
3. Kelly Druyts (Belgium)
Result Points Race
1. Elise Delzenne (France)
2. Kelly Druyts (Belgium)
3. Giorgia Bronzini (Italy)
Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Elinor Barker, Amy Roberts and Laura Trott took gold for Great Britain – along with Ciara Horne – in last night’s Team Pursuit competition at the first World Cup competition of the 2014/15 season, in Guadalajara, Mexico, this weekend. The British quartet competed the 4000 metre distance in a time of four minutes, 21.256 seconds, to beat the Canadian team of Allison Beveridge, Jasmin Glaesser, Kirsti Lay and Stephanie Roorda by almost five seconds.
“We’ve got a completely different team here to what we normally ride, but it went really well” Trott said afterwards, referring to the absence of Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling teammates and fellow Olympic Champions Dani King and Joanna Rowsell. “It’s good to see that, whatever line up we put in, we can perform well. We can come out onto a World stage and… and win, I guess!
“It’s been really great!”
Barker and Trott are Team Pursuit World Champions – with Barker also a World Record holder in the event – but this was a first-ever World Cup victory for 19-year-old Roberts.
“I’m over the moon to have won a World Cup Gold Medal,” Roberts said. “For me it was a privilege to ride with such a great team and I hugely enjoyed the experience.”
With Katie Archibald in – in place of Roberts – for qualification, the British team posted by far the fastest time of four minutes, 20.066 seconds. The changed World Cup format then meant that they would face fourth-best team China in a “First Round” match to decide who would go on to ride for the Gold Medal.
Roberts stepped up to replace Archibald, who was riding the Omnium competition, and the quartet finished in a time of four minutes 20.166 seconds; just a tenth of a second slower than the qualification performance but, more importantly, almost five seconds quicker than the improved Chinese team, which took almost three seconds out of its own time.
The Canadians too had improved on their qualification time, to beat faster qualifier New Zealand in their first round match, meaning that it would be a Great Britain vs Canada match for the Gold Medal. Where Barker, Roberts, Trott and Horne slowed by just a fraction over a second in the final race, however, the Canadians were apparently paying for their own First Round performance.
The young Australian team that included recent Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling recruit Rebecca Wiasak – as well as 2015 signing Nettie Edmondson – finished the competition in fifth place. The improving Italian team, with Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Beatrice Bartelloni helping to qualify fifth fastest, finished in seventh place. Unfortunately, the Germany team that included Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Charlotte Becker was unable to ride the final round, as the whole team was struck with food poisoning, and finished eighth.
1. Great Britain (Elinor Barker, Amy Roberts and Laura Trott and Ciara Horne)
2. Canada (Allison Beveridge, Jasmin Glaesser, Kirsti Lay and Stephanie Roorda)
3. China (Huang Dong Yan, Jing Yali, Wenwen Jiang and Zhao Baofang)
Photo Credit: Guy Swarbrick
Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling is delighted to confirm that Giorgia Bronzini has renewed her contract, and will continue to ride for the black and orange team in 2015. The 30-year-old Italian former World Champion has been the team’s number one road rider since its inception in 2013, and will continue to be so next year.
“Giorgia Bronzini, she’s simply amazing, loved by all,” said Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Managing Director Rochelle Gilmore. “An amazing athlete and an amazing person. Giorgia is a hard, smart worker with a perfect life balance and perspective. Giorgia will achieve more than ever before in 2015, I hear it in her voice, she is as motivated as ever.
“Everyone who works with Giorgia appreciates her personality, she’s always thinking of others and is an absolute dream to work with,” Gilmore added. “I’m blessed to have the honour to work with Giorgia Bronzini in the pre-Olympic year. I’m confident that our staff can prepare her well – to maximise her chances of the ultimate result in Rio, 2016.”
As a three time World Champion – having won twice on the road, and once in the Points Race on the track – Bronzini was once again the most successful Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling rider, taking thirteen victories in all, as well as several important podium places. Her 2014 season began with winning three of the four stages and the general classification of the Mitchelton Bay Classic in January, and ended with third place on the hilltop finish of the Giro dell’Emilia in October.
Victories in the year included her sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia, the GP Dottignies and the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix. While a second World Cup victory just eluded the 31-year-old Italian, she took third place in the Tour of Chongming Island, and second in the Sparkassen Giro.
Proving that there is far more to her game than simply one of the most devastating finishing sprints in the peloton, many of Bronzini’s biggest results in 2014 came as she outpaced small groups at the end of hilly courses. She also came agonisingly close to a third road rainbow jersey, finishing fourth in the World Championship race in Ponferrada, Spain.
Despite being the team’s biggest star on the road, however, Giorgia is more than happy to lend her considerable strength to her teammates where needed.
“I’m really happy and excited to ride another season with Wiggle Honda!” she exclaimed. “Next year will have a very strong team with some very powerful riders joining, and a lot of strong girls staying from this year.
“I know that my victories come only after hard work from my teammates, and so I would like to give to everyone a chance to win,” she added. “All for one …one for all!”
Giorgia Bronzini is the fourteenth athlete to be confirmed in the Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling line up for 2015. Also returning from the 2014 squad are Anna Sanchis, Amy Roberts, Dani King, Emilia Fahlin and Japanese Champion Mayuko Hagiwara.
So far the team has made eight new signings who include two-time Giro d’Italia winner Mara Abbott, Belgian Champion Jolien D’hoore, Great Britain Criterium Champion Eileen Roe, Manx talent Anna Christian, Breton Champion Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Italian Time Trial Champion Elisa Longo Borghini, and Australians Chloe Hosking and Commonwealth Games Champion Nettie Edmondson.