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by Anne-Marije Rook
September 24, 2016
Photography by Cor Vos
WOMEN'S CYCLING BROUGHT TO YOU BY ORBEA
Building on their successful inaugural year, the American-registered Cylance Pro Cycling Team is significantly bolstering their roster for the 2017 season with the signing of two of the best sprinters in the women’s peloton, Kirsten Wild and Dani King.
Cylance emerged on the Women’s WorldTour scene as a brand new team this year and had a decent amount of success with Top 10 finishes across Europe and the United States.
For 2017, Cylance is shooting for the podium by adding the talent and experience of two former world champions and Olympians.
Dutch powerhouse Kirsten Wild was the first to announce the switch to the American team, leaving Hitec Products in the process. Widely considered the best sprinter in the peloton, Wild, 33, is a two-time Olympian and former world champion.
Wild is active in both road and track cycling, and has amassed numerous titles and podium finishes in road, track and team time trial events at National, European, and World Championships. Highlights on her palmares include 20 national champion titles, the 2015 World Champion title in Scratch as well as three additional world championship medals.
On the road, Wild is especially dangerous in fast and flat races like the Ladies Tour of Qatar –which she has won four times –, Tour of Chongming Island and Energiewacht Tour. This season, she also took home the biggest women’s prize purse ever at the Prudential RideLondon criterium. With the UCI Road World Championships taking place in Doha, Qatar this October, she’s a big race favourite and could very well bring some added colourful stripes to the Cylance team next season.
In speaking to Ella CyclingTips on the phone, Wild said that the idea of transferring to an American team was sparked during the Amgen Women’s Tour of California this year.
“I very much liked the idea of racing in the US,” Wild said. “I can’t quite put my finger on it but I think it’s very cool. The Tour of California this year was such a cool experience.”
Wild will continue to race mostly in Europe, but she does hope to explore some of the American criterium scene.
“I didn’t choose this team because I’m nearing the end of my career or anything,” Wild continued, putting to rest some rumours. “I still very much enjoy racing. This team is a very new one but with big ambitions. These ambitions align with mine and I hope to be able to give back to this team and the girls.”
Wild is also excited to again work with Cylance Pro Cycling Director Sportif, Manel Lacambra.
“I worked with Manuel in the past [at Cervelo] and it clicked well between us. I liked the idea of working with him again,” Wild said.
Lacambra is equally excited, stating, “to have the best sprinter in the world will be a great advantage to bring success at the races next season. Her experience will help our young riders to continue their development in sport. We are very pleased to have her with us.”
Short-term, Wild has her eyes set on the UCI World Road Championships in Qatar this October, followed by the Ladies Tour of Qatar in February and the World Track Championships in the HongKong in April 2017.
“I was promised that there is room in my schedule for some track events although I will spent less time on the track than in the past few years when everything was focused on Rio,” said Wild.
Dani King topped the Queen of the Mountain classification
Adding to Wild’s sprint power, Cylance has also signed fellow track racer Dani King. The Brit is a three-time world champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the team pursuit, as well as a former British national champion in the individual pursuit.
But since signing for Wiggle-High5 in 2013, King, who’s still only 25 years old, has shifted her focus more to road racing where she’s known not only for her powerhouse sprint but also for being a valuable domestique.
Aside from her domestique role, King took third at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, took home the mountain classification at the Santos Tour Down Under, and won the London Red Hook Criterium.
“King rode at a high level the whole season and showed her talent. Her track curriculum is great and we believe she will continue to improve with more opportunities down the road. We will see her succeed even more,” commented Lacambra.