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Boels-Dolmans signs Anna Plichta, Nikki Brammeier to focus on Cyclocross

by Aliya Traficante, Ella Intern

Giro Rosa stage 10

Anna Plichta (WM3 Pro Cycling) leading the eight-rider lead group in the final stage of the 2017 Giro Rosa.

Boels-Dolmans announced an unexpected new signing in Anna Plichta after their roster was thought to be complete. Plichta will replace Nikki Brammeier, who announced on Instagram that it was time for a change and will now focus on Cyclocross.

For Plichta, this last minute change of plan is both a dream come true and a sigh of relief. The 25-year-old from Poland raced for WM3 this season, and after that contract expired, was set to join Lensworld-Koata. However, the Belgian team folded. Luckily for Plichta, DS Danny Stam had reached out to her earlier in November when the spot opened. When she was no longer tied to a contract, Plichta accepted Stam’s offer, getting herself a spot on her “dream team”.

“When I was younger, I followed women’s cycling and I always looked up to Boels-Dolmans,” Plichta said. “Later I would also ride against them in races, but next year we will work together. It will be such a pleasure to race with these girls and to be their teammate.”

“I was very surprised to get this offer, because it was very late in the year and almost all teams were already full,” she added. “I was very excited, but also a little apprehensive. I had just experienced that you cannot really be sure to have a team before you signed a contract. But everything was quickly and easily arranged. It was truly a last call, also for team managers to finalise their rosters for 2018.”

Known for her fearless and aggressive racing style, Stam believed she was a great fit. “I think that Anna Plichta is a great person to have in our team, but more importantly, I believe she is a strong rider,” he said. “I hope she will be able to show her potential and that she’ll be an important contribution to our team.”