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Wiggle Honda looking for fun, sun and results in Noosa Open Criterium

Ben Atkins : October 29, 2014 7:02 am : News

Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling will be lining up for its first race of the Australian summer this Saturday, 1st of November, at the Subaru Noosa Open Criterium, in Noosa, Queensland. Last year’s event saw Peta Mullens take second place, in her very first appearance in the black and orange jersey, after escaping mid race with Katrin Garfoot (QAS).

Mullens, the 2010 race winner, will be lining up for Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling once more, along with New Zealand Criterium Champion Emily Collins. Just as Mullens made her team debut in the Noosa Crit last year, this year sees 20-year-old Jess Mundy make her return to the orange and black squad, having raced as a guest rider in the 2013 Mitchelton Bay Classics series.

Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling Managing Director Rochelle Gilmore won the Noosa Crit in 2007, but this time will be part of the Channel 7 commentary team, alongside Matt Keenen, as it covers the event.

“The Noosa cycling event is massive, in terms of spectators and professionalism, “Gilmore said. “It’s difficult to describe, everyone in Noosa this weekend will be buzzing on the sports festival atmosphere. You’ll never have seen so many fit people in one small coastal town!

“Wiggle Honda will be there with a small team to support the women’s event at the end of a long European season.”

Despite starting with just three riders, Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling will be one of the strongest line ups in the race. Nevertheless, the black and orange riders are expecting fierce competition from many of the domestic teams, and Specialized-Securitor in particular.

To add some spice to the expected in-race rivalry, the two teams will meet on the tennis court on Friday, 31st of October, at the Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort, Noosa Heads, where Mullens, Collins, Mundy and Gilmore will take on Specialized-Securitor’s Kimberley Wells, Verita Stewart, Elizabeth Doueal and Claire Trembath.

Fans, followers, spectators and media are all welcome to attend the match, which will start at 2:30pm, to see which team will gain the upper hand before the following day’s race.

Along with the Criterium and tennis match, Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s athletes will also be attending the Noosa Sport and Lifestyle Expo and Noosa Tri Official Event Launch on Thursday, as well as Friday’s Tour de Noosa Cycle and Breakfast with the Stars, which leaves the Noosa Surf Club at 6am.

“In general, Wiggle Honda are enjoying their end of season break and will attend the Noosa event with low expectations before ramping things up for their Summer Down Under Campaign which includes Tazzie, Bay Crits, Nationals and TDU!” Gilmore explained.

“Our team will enjoy the sun and fun in Noosa, hoping for a great race and result on Saturday!”

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Wiggle Honda Signs Chloe Hosking. Emilia Fahlin Extends Contract.

Ben Atkins : October 27, 2014 7:57 am : News

Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling is delighted to announce that Chloe Hosking is the latest new athlete signing ahead of 2015, while Emilia Fahlin has renewed her contract for another year. Despite just being 25-years of age, Australian Hosking has been racing at the head of the women’s peloton for the past six years, and will be reunited with close friend and former teammate, former Swedish Champion Fahlin, in her new black and orange colours.

“I spoke with [Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling Managing Director] Rochelle Gilmore in 2012 when Wiggle Honda was just about to launch its first season and I was already impressed by what she had put together,” Hosking said. “Over the last two seasons I’ve watched Wiggle Honda become one of the biggest, most professional and strongest teams in the women’s peloton and to join an outfit like that is both exciting and motivating.

“I’ve raced with, against and for Rochelle since I entered the senior ranks in 2009 and to now race on her team is actually something really special,” Chloe added. “I’m very committed to helping grow women’s cycling, and to work alongside Rochelle to do this is really exciting because she really has done a lot to professionalise the sport which is something really important to me.

“For me, at this point in my career, the most important thing was being in a team environment that was professional and organised, and had some of the best equipment and support in the peloton. I know that Wiggle Honda can offer me all this and more.

“To have the opportunity to continue racing alongside Elisa Longo Borghini and Audrey Cordon is fantastic, and to be reunited with Emilia Fahlin who I had raced with for four years with Specialized Lululemon and Hitec Products is also awesome,” Hosking smiled. “They’re all good friends and to have the opportunity to race alongside them all for another year is something I’m really looking forward to.

“The opportunity to work with Egon who has so much experience at the elite level of our sport is pretty special,” Hosking concluded. “I have no doubt that I will be able to learn a lot from him and the other experienced riders in the team. With his experience and the team Rochelle has put together for 2015 I have no doubt that I’m joining a team capable of winning races on all sorts of terrain. I can’t wait to pull on the orange and black colours of Wiggle Honda at the Bay Crits in Australia in January.”

As one of the fastest, and most consistent finishers in the peloton, Chloe’s palmares is peppered with high quality victories in races including the Tour of Chongming Island – where she took the overall victory in 2009, aged just 18 – the Tour of Qatar and the Drentse 8 van Dwingeloo. 2010 also saw her take the Bronze Medal in the Commonwealth Games road race in Delhi, India, behind compatriot and new team manager Rochelle Gilmore.

Chloe’s 2014 season began with a stage victory at the Mitchelton Bay Crits, where she beat Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Giorgia Bronzini and new teammate Nettie Edmondson. Prestigious results in Europe included the EPZ Omloop van Borsele and a stage of the Lotto-Belisol Belgium Tour.

“It’s difficult to recognise that Chloe is still so young,” Gilmore said. “Chloe did her trade as a domestique under the guidance of Ina Teutenberg four years ago at the age of 20 – not many athletes could dream of such an experience.

“Chloe is an athlete whose presence in a race, as part of a strong team can increase opportunities for our team in many different scenarios,” Gilmore added. “Chloe is one of three world class sprinters announced on Wiggle Honda for 2015 sofar, indicating that she may find herself back in, or on a dominant ‘High Road’ type sprint train. The signing of Chloe Hosking is like the icing on the cake for Wiggle Honda.”

26-year-old Emilia Fahlin is a former four-time Swedish National Champion, having won both the road race and time trial twice. More important than the results she takes for herself, however, is the support that she gives to her teammates, both on and off the bike, which has made Emilia such an important member of Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling.

“I’m really excited to be back in the black and orange kit next year!” she exclaimed. “I’ve really enjoyed this past season, we’ve shared some great success, and at the same time had plenty of fun – and the people around me have given me a great boost of motivation!

“I look forward to building on this for next year,” she added, “and I also think the team, with the new additions, will have an even bigger depth and will be up to challenge in all types of races.

“I’m extra happy having a couple of old teammates, and friends to be back racing together with!”

So much of Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s success in 2014 can be attributed to Emilia’s hard work. She was able to get herself into the break in the Open de Suède Vårgåda World Cup, her home World Cup race in Sweden, in August, much to the delight of her family and friends on the course, but even this was a selfless move that allowed her teammates to save themselves in the peloton behind.

“Emilia has been one of the most reliable domestiques in the women’s peloton and after years of working for others, she’s still famous for exactly that,” said Gilmore. “Our leaders depend on Emilia’s strength and fortunately, Emilia thrives on that type of pressure from the start of the season through until the end. It’s not easy to find an athlete who is so strong, so cycling savvy and so committed to others. Wiggle Honda are blessed to have such an easy-going talented athlete like Emilia fulfil this role on the team.”

With Chloe and Emilia, as well as yesterday’s announcement of Eileen Roe, there are now ten riders confirmed at Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling for 2015. They join Olympic Champion Dani King, Commonwealth Champion and Olympic medallist Nettie Edmondson, two-time Giro d’Italia winner Mara Abbott, Belgian Champion Jolien D’hoore, Italian time trial Champion Elisa Longo Borghini, Breton Champion Audrey Cordon-Ragot and our exciting young Manx talent, Anna Christian.

 

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Trott beats Vos to take another perfect Omnium at London’s Revolution

Ben Atkins : October 26, 2014 7:46 pm : News

Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Laura Trott made yet another triumphant return to the boards of the Lea Valley Velodrome, the scene of her London 2012 glory, as she completed her second perfect Omnium of the year at the Revolution track meeting. The event had been billed as a head to head battle between the British two-time Olympic Track Champion, and Olympic Road Race Champion Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv), as the two went up against one another on the track for the first time, and so it turned out to be.

“I’m really happy how things went after returning from Euros in Guadeloupe last week,” Trott said afterwards. “That was a pretty hard race with such many girls. My form is good right now, and I hope I can continue like this in next weeks and months.

“This was a long weekend of racing with not much sleep,” Trott continued. “But it took a lot of stress away to win straight away in the Omnium. I did not expect to win all omnium events though!

“It was great to race against Marianne,” Trott concluded. “She doesn’t do much on the track, so it was very special for me. It was fun!”

A tactical Scratch Race opened Friday night’s competition, and saw Trott and Vos take a lap on the field, along with Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi). Further attacks from Vos, and Rabo-Liv teammate Roxane Knetemann, were policed by the Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling trio of Trott, Barker and Amy Roberts and -with just over a lap to go – Trott made her victorious dash for the line that Vos was just unable to overcome.

The Individual Pursuit was to be another event dominated by the trio from Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling, as early starter Roberts managed to catch Knetemann in setting a marker time of three minutes 48.9 seconds for the 3000 metre event. Barker – up against newly-crowned European champion Archibald – then set a time of three minutes 39.822 seconds for Trott to aim at in the final heat.

Up against Vos, for whom pursuiting is one of the few weapons missing from her armoury, Trott managed to go more than three seconds quicker than Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling teammate Barker with three minutes, 36.519. While the local rider did not quite manage to catch Vos, she managed to take a full nine seconds out of the Dutch legend, and had her in sight by the finish.

Trott’s speciality event, the Elimination, saw the Olympic champion ride uncharacteristically close to the front as riders were pulled out one by one behind her. Unsurprisingly, the final pairing came down to a one-on-one battle between her and Vos and, despite the Rabo-Liv rider trying to outwit Trott, she was just too strong at the finish to complete a perfect first night.

The afternoon session of Saturday’s competition saw Trott maintain her perfect record in the event with victory on the 500m Time Trial. Her time of 36.093 seconds  was almost three quarters of a second faster than that of Ellie Coster (Team USN). Trott’s Flying Lap time then was similarly dominant, with 14.685 seconds half a second faster than Archibald in second place.

With the new scoring system awarding 40 points for a win, Trott went into the final Points Race with an almost unassailable total of 200, with only a disaster between herself and victory. Despite having no need to do more than keep an eye on her rivals, however, Trott dominated the race, taking a total of 31 points to complete her perfect Omnium.

With the Omnium completed, Trott made it eight victories from eight events in the London Madison as she took the Australian Pursuit and Devil/Scratch Races that completed the Revolution Programme.

While not actually taking part in the racing herself, Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s World Individual Pursuit Champion Joanna Rowsell was present as part of the TV production team; the event is set to be shown in the UK on Channel 4 on Saturday the 1st of November at 7am.

Result Scratch Race
1. Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling)
2. Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv)
3. Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi)

Result Individual Pursuit
1. Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling)
2. Elinor Barker (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling)
3. Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi)

Result Elimination
1. Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling)
2. Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv)
3. Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi)

Result 500m Time Trial
1. Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling)
2. Ellie Coster (Team USN)
3. Gosia Wojtyra (Poland)

Result Flying Lap
1. Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling)
2. Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi)
3. Gosia Wojtyra (Poland)

Result Points Race and Omnium Final
1. Laura Trott (Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling)
2. Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi)
3. Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv)

 

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Eileen Roe joins Wiggle Honda in time for the Australian Criterium Season

Ben Atkins : October 26, 2014 6:07 am : News

Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling is pleased to announce that Eileen Roe has signed for the black and orange squad for 2015, and was presented to the media at tonight’s Braveheart Fund Fundraising Dinner. The Great Britain Criterium Champion joins the team with immediate effect and will ride in the upcoming races of the Australian summer.

“I am super excited to race in the famous colours of black and orange that is Wiggle Honda,” Roe said. “I am so proud and thankful to have this amazing opportunity to race along side such talented women already to have been announced in the teams very strong 2015 line up.

“I cant wait to work along side Egon Van Kessel and Rochelle Gilmore, who have massive wealth of experience to pass on and learn from, to help me develop into a better bike rider to achieve the very best from myself.”

Supported by the Braveheart Fund, Eileen was the dominant rider throughout much of the British domestic calendar, winning the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series, with victories in the Peterborough and Woking rounds. Having taken her Criterium title, the 25-year-old from Fife, Scotland, proved that she is ready to take on the elite peloton as she finished fourth in the RideLondon Grand Prix; beaten only by Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Giorgia Bronzini, then World Champion Marianne Vos, and World Cup winner Lizzie Armitstead.

“I’m extremely excited about this signing!” exclaimed Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling Managing Director Rochelle Gilmore. “The Braveheart fund have developed some amazing athletes and I’m very proud to be given the opportunity to work with Eileen. It will be a great experience to introduce Eileen to professional cycling and offer her the opportunity to develop alongside World & Olympic Champions. Eileen has won the British National GrassTrack and Circuit championships demonstrating she has the skills required to jump into a world class peloton at the highest level.

“Eileen will commence racing for Wiggle Honda immediately and we look forward to seeing her wear the British National Champion stripes Down Under in Australia next month,” Gilmore added. “Eileen will race the fierce Australian summer criterium season between the end of November, and the end of January which will be a shock to the system for any European Athlete who exchanges their extreme winter for an extreme summer.”

Eileen Roe is the eighth member of Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling to be confirmed for 2015. She will join Olympic Champion Dani King, Commonwealth champion and Olympic medallist Nettie Edmondson, two-time Giro d’Italia winner Mara Abbott, Belgian champion Jolien D’hoore, Italian time trial Champion Elisa Longo Borghini, Breton Champion Audrey Cordon-Ragot and exciting young Manx talent Anna Christian.

 

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Nettie Edmondson signs for Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling in 2015

Ben Atkins : October 22, 2014 6:55 am : News

Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling is extremely proud to announce that Annette Edmondson will be part of the black and orange team in 2015. Winner of a Commonwealth Gold Medal in the Scratch Race at Glasgow 2014, as well as a Silver in the Individual Pursuit, 22-year-old “Nettie” from Adelaide, South Australia, is one of the most exciting talents to come out of Australia in recent years.

“I’m really excited to race for and be a part of Wiggle Honda in 2015,” said Edmondson. “After two years of racing in the professional road circuit with Orica-AIS I’m looking forward to changing things up and getting to know new riders and staff.

“I’m excited to be racing alongside the team of talented and experienced riders and hope to learn as much from them as possible. I hope to play a key part in sprint lead-outs, and look forward to ‘having a crack’ myself when opportunities arise.”

As a Bronze Medallist in the Omnium at London 2012, Nettie will be another of Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s riders to be combining her road racing with targets on the track as she builds towards the next Olympic Games. First identified by the South Australian Sports Institute at the age of 13, she comes from an extremely talented family; younger brother Alex, who was also part of Australia’s Olympic squad in 2012, is the current Individual Pursuit World Champion.

“Due to my priorities aligning with the track as I work towards Rio in 2016, my road program will be significantly reduced,” Nettie said. “However I will be targeting races in the middle of the season such as Tour of Chongming Island in China and The Women’s Tour of Britain. My main objectives are to continue to develop as a road sprinter, effectively combine my track and road seasons and make a positive difference to the Wiggle Honda team in 2015!”

Much of Nettie’s 2014 season saw her focus on the track in Glasgow, but this did not prevent her from taking a World Championship Silver Medal as an integral part of the Orica-AIS Team Time Trial squad. As well as numerous Australian and Oceania Championships on the track, 2013 saw her achieve considerable success on the road, including a stage and final overall victory in the Tour of Chongming Island, and the prestigious Geraardsbergen stage of the Lotto-Belisol Belgium Tour on the town’s iconic Muur.

“This is one of our biggest signings of 2015,” said Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling Managing Director Rochelle Gilmore. “At the young age of 22 Nettie has already won the Commonwealth Games and taken medals at the World Championship and at the Olympic Games on the track… Not to mention her Bronze & Silver medals in the 2013 and 2014 Road World Championships in the TTT!

“It has been a real pleasure providing a stable road program for our track and MTB specialists to date and it’s an honour that Nettie, with the support of Gary Sutton and Matthew Gilmore, has chosen Wiggle Honda as Nettie’s road team for 2015.

“Nettie has established herself as a respected role model in the world of Women’s Sport and represents a healthy balanced lifestyle and, she has a very bubbly and charismatic personality,” Rochelle Gilmore added. “I’m absolutely delighted that Annette Edmondson will represent Wiggle Honda and our partners during 2015.”

With the addition of Edmondson, Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling has now confirmed seven of its line up for 2015. Olympic Champion Dani King, who has been part of the squad since its birth in 2013, will be joined by two-time Giro d’Italia winner Mara Abbott, Belgian Champion Jolien D’hoore, Italian Time Trial Champion Elisa Longo Borghini, Breton Champion Audrey Cordon-Ragot and exciting young British talent Anna Christian.

 

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Jessica Mundy joins Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling with immediate effect

Ben Atkins : October 15, 2014 7:25 am : News

Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling is delighted to announce that Jess Mundy has joined the team with immediate effect as the focus moves towards the Australian summer season. The 20-year-old from Adelaide, South Australia, has pulled on the black and orange jersey before, as she rode as a guest rider during the 2013 Mitchelton Bay Crit Series (below, centre) and has spent most of the last two racing seasons as part of the Australian National Team in Europe.

A former Oceania Junior Road Race Champion, Mundy was awarded the Amy Gillett Foundation scholarship in 2013. Also an accomplished track rider, she took the Australian Madison Championship that year, along with fellow South Australian Annette Edmondson. This year saw her take her first win in the National Road Series, with a solo victory in the final stage of the Adelaide Tour, before travelling Europe with the National Team.

“I am super excited to join the Wiggle Honda team for the reminder of 2014,” Mundy said. “For me it’s an honour to be able to race as a part of such a professionally run team.”

Mundy will race alongside new teammates Peta Mullens, Emily Collins, and Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling’s Managing Director Rochelle Gilmore in the coming months, where the team’s targets will include the Noosa Australian Open in November, and the New South Wales International GP and Launceston Criterium in December.

“Jess is an absolute delight to have on the team, she has guest ridden with our teams in the past and always gives 110%,” said Gilmore. “It’s such a pleasure to be apart of Jess’s development and every member of our team loves racing with her. We select our athletes on the complete package and Jess represents everything we’re about, she’s a team player, she smiles a lot, she’s extremely appreciative and she is a true professional.”

The decision to offer Mundy a contract is part of Gilmore’s and Wiggle’s continued focus and commitment to developing talent globally, and giving opportunities wherever and whenever possible.

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Jolien D’hoore And Audrey Cordon-Ragot Sign For Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling

Ben Atkins : October 13, 2014 5:13 pm : News

Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling is delighted to announce that Jolien D’hoore and Audrey Cordon-Ragot will be joining the team in 2015.  The two riders will be the first ever members of the black and orange squad from Belgium and France respectively, as it challenges for results over all kinds of terrain next year.

Jolien D’hoore is the current Belgian Road Race Champion, having also won the title in 2012, and, as a multiple National Champion on the track, she holds the Belgium National Omnium Title. As it has done in the past, Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling will support the 24-year-old from Gent, East Flanders, with her ambitions at the velodrome as well as on the road.

“I’m really happy to join Wiggle Honda in 2015,” Jolien said. “It was the right time to take the next step in my career to develop myself further next year.

“Also the fact that Wiggle Honda supports my track ambitions is very important to me as my goal is the omnium in the 2016 Rio Olympics,” she added. “I hope to learn from the other very talented riders in the team and I’m convinced that we can go for the victory in every kind of race with this strong team. I’m extremely motivated for 2015 to defend the Wiggle Honda colours.”

Along with her Belgian title, Jolien’s road victories in 2014 included the Diamond Tour, two stages of the BeNe Ladies Tour and a stage of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour, along with numerous important podium places.

“Jolien was one of the very first athletes I approached for 2015, she was someone I really wanted to sign at the end of 2013 and had to wait another season,” said Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling Managing Director Rochelle Gilmore. “Jolien had a very successful year with Lotto Belisol so I can imagine it was a very difficult decision to let go of her strong bond there.

“We have a lot prove to Jolien, and we’re motivated to ensure she’s in the right place to continue consolidating her reputation as one of the fastest sprinters in the world.”

Audrey Cordon-Ragot is part of the new generation of French riders that is rising to the top of women’s sport, and played a crucial role in the World Championship victory of compatriot Pauline Ferrand-Prevot in Ponferrada, Spain, last month. It is this kind of selfless devotion to her teammates that will make Audrey an indispensable member of Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling in 2015.

“I can’t wait to ride my first training with my new kit,” she said. “It’s an honour to fight for Wiggle Honda next season, the team looks professional and with a good atmosphere, which is for me the most important criterion to choose a team.

“I also wanted to stay next to Elisa Longo Borghini, we had a really good feeling together this season and I will continue my role of friend and domestique with her!” Cordon-Ragot added. “I’m looking forward to working with everybody, with my new stuff and staff, and I thank Rochelle for giving me my chance.”

As well as working hard for others, the 25-year-old from Pontivy, in the Breton department of Morbihan, took several important victories in 2014, including a stage of the Route de France, a stage of the Tour de Bretagne, and the Coupe de France races GP Plumelec-Morbihan and Classic Poitou-Charentes.

“France is a very important country for our major partners and we’d been watching Audrey closely for a couple of years,” Gilmore said “She’s certainly done enough this year to prove she’s an amazing talent and if nurtured correctly – we believe she’s capable of winning the big races. Audrey will play a key role in 2015 as a super domestique for our leaders, being very reliable on all types of terrains; flat, classic and mountainous races.

“We’re excited about Audrey’s capabilities.”

Jolien and Audrey are the fifth and sixth members of the 2015 Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling line up to be confirmed, along with Olympic Champion Dani King, Italian Time Trial Champion Elisa Longo Borghini, two-time Giro d’Italia winner Mara Abbott and up-and-coming British rider Anna Christian.

The black and orange team will be directed by Dutchman Egon van Kessel, one of the most experienced and respected Directeur Sportifs in the women’s peloton.

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Egon Van Kessel Joins Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling As Directeur Sportif

Ben Atkins : October 10, 2014 5:23 pm : News

Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling is pleased and proud to announce that Egon van Kessel has joined the team as Directeur Sportif. The Dutchman, who was a professional rider in the late 1970s, is one of the most experienced coaches in cycling, having worked with many of the biggest names, and biggest teams, in the women’s sport.

“I’m very pleased to announce our head Directeur Sportif and his core lead staff,” said Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling Managing Director Rochelle Gilmore. “Egon has had a very impressive history, working with Women in Cycling.

“He has a reputation as a master tactician and bringing a group of talented individuals together, to create an extremely competitive team atmosphere,” Gilmore continued. “Wiggle Honda is looking very strong on paper for 2015 and we’re hoping that Egon and his staff can prepare our athletes, utilising their individual strengths to unite as a team and hopefully reach all of our performance targets in 2015.”

Egon van Kessel is best known in women’s cycling for his leadership of the all-powerful Cervélo TestTeam in 2010, which finished the season as the World Number One. The Dutchman feels confident that he can be as successful again with his new team.

 “Wiggle Honda is a team on the same level as Cervélo four years ago and it is very attractive for me to work with this Team and try to be the most successful women’s team for 2015,” said van Kessel. Wiggle Honda has the riders and structure to reach this goal.

“In the past I worked mostly for men’s teams but also 14 years as a national coach for the Netherlands and three successful years with the women; elite and junior,” van Kessel explained. “In that period I had Marianne Vos as a junior women rider in my national team and Leontien van Moorsel as an elite rider. Both different people; both with big results and very special to work with.

“I could use the experience with two of the best riders in recent years in women’s cycling when I worked for Cervélo, and I am sure I will again next season for Wiggle Honda,” he added. “Also my experience, working with Cervélo four years ago, can be very useful for our team I am sure.”

Confirmed in the Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling team for 2015 so far are Olympic Champion Dani King, Italian Time Trial Champion Elisa Longo Borghini, two-time Giro d’Italia winner Mara Abbott and rising British star Anna Christian. Stay tuned for further announcements as the team builds towards its third season at the top of women’s cycling.

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Mara Abbott and Anna Christian sign for Wiggle Honda in 2015

Ben Atkins : October 6, 2014 6:28 pm : News

Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling is delighted to announce that Mara Abbott and Anna Christian have both signed a contract to join the team in 2015. Both riders were selected to ride for their countries in last month’s World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, and will add to the strength of the black and orange team, as well as maintaining its commitment to develop young talent.

28-year-old Mara Abbott, from Boulder, Colorado, is a two-time US National Champion, and the winner of the Giro d’Italia – the toughest and most prestigious stage race in women’s cycling – in 2010 and 2013. Other notable results include four overall victories of the Tour of the Gila, in the US, with 2014 seeing her take that fourth Gila and the Vuelta a El Salvador.

“I am so excited to ride a full season in Europe next year, and Wiggle Honda is offering me the perfect set up to do that,” Abbott said. “I am absolutely thrilled by the line-up of teammates, and the chance to work with a rider as strong and proven as Elisa Longo Borghini is going to be really amazing.

“I have been so impressed by the organisation and attention to personal desires and strengths of riders already,” Abbott added. “I know this is going to be a team I will be very proud to represent and I can’t wait for the season to begin!”

Mara’s World Championship road race unfortunately ended with the big crash that hit the peloton midway through the second of seven laps. Thankfully, however, despite leaving the course by ambulance, she suffered no serious injuries and will be ready to start 2015 in the black and orange jersey.

“I was really excited when Mara expressed that she wanted to join Wiggle Honda,” said the team’s Managing Director Rochelle Gilmore. “A pure climber is something Wiggle Honda has missed until now and the addition of Mara, in combination with Elisa Longo Borghini means that we can now target winning races like the Giro d’Italia Femminile. Wiggle Honda has some very important Italian partners like: Colnago, Campagnolo, Fizik, Deda & Vittoria so winning a race like the Giro would be a lovely way to thank our committed partners.

“Mara has won the Giro d’Italia twice and has a degree in economics – along with her friendly smile she will bring a world of knowledge to the team,” Gilmore added. “Wiggle Honda are proud to bring her Grand Tour legs into the team!”

Anna Christian is one of the most exciting young British talents, having been selected to ride for her native Isle of Man in the Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow, Scotland, this year. The 19-year-old rode the time trial and road race, and finished in the top-20 in both.

“I’m really proud and excited to have the opportunity to ride for such a high profile team as Wiggle Honda. It will be great to work alongside Rochelle as well, who has experienced and achieved so much at the top end of the sport and in the women’s peloton. I know the team’s set up and environment is going to help me achieve my ambitions and dreams. I’m already excited to get stuck into racing for the team in 2015!”

Performances like those in Glasgow 2014 earned Anna a place in Great Britain’s World Championship team in Ponferrada, in her very first year in the Elite category. Anna’s attacks and accelerations in the last 30km of the race, in support of team captain Lizzie Armitstead, marked the beginning of what was to become an aggressive finale.

“Anna caught my eye when I was commentating the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July,” Gilmore said. “She kept coming into vision, even on the toughest parts of the circuit which meant she was always well positioned and extremely strong.

“Next, I was commentating the World Championships and witnessed Anna Christian being the rider that really got the race started, again on the toughest parts of the World Championship circuit…” Gilmore added. “I just had to have her, she’ll be a huge success and I’m honoured be a part of her journey in the early stages of her career.”

With the inclusion of Mara and Anna, alongside Dani King and Elisa Longo Borghini, Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling has confirmed four of its riders for 2014. Stay tuned for further announcements in the coming weeks.

 

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Elisa Longo Borghini joins Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling in 2015

Ben Atkins : September 29, 2014 6:18 pm : News

Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling is excited to announce that Elisa Longo Borghini will be joining the black and orange team in 2015. The 22-year-old from the Piemonte region of Northern Italy is the reigning Italian time trial champion, and currently one of the most exciting riders in the women’s peloton. Elisa represented Italy in both the time trial and road race at last week’s World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, where she was part of a four-rider final lap attack with Vos, Johansson and Armitstead, that was unfortunately caught in the closing half kilometre.

“I’m really excited to join Wiggle Honda,” said Longo Borghini. “I had three great years at Hitec Products, I learnt and improved a lot but now it was time for a change.

“Wiggle Honda will be a really strong team which can compete for the victory in every type of race,” she added. “I will ride next to top-class athletes and have the chance to keep learning about cycling.

“I am already looking forward to the upcoming season, and I can’t wait to race!”

From a sporting family Longo Borghini’s mother Guidina Dal Sasso was a multiple champion cross country skier, while Elisa’s brother Paolo is also a professional cyclist, currently with WorldTour team Cannondale Pro Cycling.

Elisa burst onto the international scene in February 2011 when, aged just 19, she finished fifth in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, with the Belgian Classic raced in conditions of freezing rain. 2012 saw her finish as the best young rider in the Giro d’Italia, and end the year with a World Championship bronze medal.

Her ability to overcome the worst conditions showed again when she took a solo victory in the 2013 Trofeo Alfredo Binda World Cup. She suffered horrific injuries in a crash in that year’s Italian Championships, but recovered quickly enough to play an influential part in the World Championship road race in Florence.

In 2014 Elisa won both the Tour de Bretagne and Trophée d’Or stage races, and finished the Giro d’Italia as the best Italian rider. She has finished on the podium of the last two editions of la Flèche Wallonne, and finished fourth in the last two Tours of Flanders.

“Elisa is an athlete I have wanted to work with from the moment I started Wiggle Honda,” said the team’s Managing Director Rochelle Gilmore. “Before her horrific accident last year I recognised her capabilities and, after an impressive rehab, she is well on her way to what I believe she can achieve in the next few years: a World Number One ranking.”

After Olympic Champion Dani King, Elisa is the second rider to be confirmed as part of Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling in 2015. The team will be making further announcements in the coming weeks.

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