A European adventure for Coryn Rivera with Liv-Plantur

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She spent several months in Europe this year, under the guidance of team captain Iris Slappendel, and now it’s time for Coryn Rivera to take the next step in her career. After three years representing the American United Healthcare team, she has signed for Team Liv-Plantur in 2017.

Rivera is one of five new riders at Liv-Plantur, together with Ellen van Dijk (Boels-Dolmans) and Lucinda Brand (Rabo-Liv), as well as youngsters Liane Lippert from Germany and France’s Juliette Labous.

The 24-year-old sprinter has had a succesful season in 2016, winning stages in the Tour Femenino de San Luis and the Thüringen Rundfahrt, sprinting to silver at the national road race championships and winning two stages plus the general and points classifications in the Joe Martin Stage Race p/b Nature Valley.

On signing with the team, Rivera said: “I am very happy with my transfer and in making the full European WorldTour step with Team Liv-Plantur. Not only is it the right time for me to do it after graduating college, but I also believe that the team, with its structure, beliefs, and professionalism is the perfect place for me. We both want to continue to keep challenging ourselves as individuals and together as a team in a supportive and sustainable environment.”

Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) took a hotly contested sprint for Stage 3 sprint win, with Samantha Schneider (ISCorp) in second, and race leader Linda Villumsen (UnitedHealthcare) in third. Photo: Dejan Smaic.
Coryn Rivera (UnitedHealthcare) took a hotly contested sprint for Stage 3 sprint win, with Samantha Schneider (ISCorp) in second, and race leader Linda Villumsen (UnitedHealthcare) in third. Photo: Dejan Smaic.

“The roster for next season is unbelievable and I will be humbled to ride alongside them as teammates. Ever since I was a junior, I had always dreamed of racing full-time in Europe. I am now able to have this opportunity thanks to the support of all the people who have gotten me to this point and the confidence that Team Liv-Plantur have placed in me. This will be a huge step forward in my career and I am looking forward to the new challenges.”

DS Hans Timmermans commented on signing the California sprinter: “Coryn is an extremely talented rider and has performed very well over the past couple of seasons. We have been following her career for a while and we are pleased to have her join our team. She is a very fast sprinter, but has also shown she can be a good hill climber and her punch is already one of the strongest in the world, and we are very excited with the opportunity of bringing all these qualities together.”

“She has the potential to become one of the best riders in one-day racing and we’ll help her progress and develop. For Coryn it will be her first full year on the European circuit and we need to give her the necessary time to adjust.”

With the arrival of five new riders, the team also says goodbye to some others. Riejanne Markus transfers to Marianne Vos’ team Fortitude Pro Cycling, while Kyara Stijns will ride for Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil next year.

Carlee Taylor and Sara Mustonen also had their contracts not renewed, but have yet to announce whether they have signed with a new team.

Liv-Plantur’s full 2017 roster looks like this:

Lucinda Brand
Ellen van Dijk
Leah Kirchmann
Juliette Labous
Liane Lippert
Floortje Mackaij
Coryn Rivera
Rozanne Slik
Julia Soek
Sabrina Stultiens
Molly Weaver

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