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by Shane Stokes
September 13, 2017
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Following on from last month’s announcement that Kasia Niewiadoma will be joining the team, the Canyon/SRAM Racing squad has confirmed the signings of British rider Alice Barnes, German road race champion Lisa Klein and current stagiaire Christa Riffel.
Barnes will join her elder sister Hannah, who has competed with the team for the past two seasons. She attracted the attention of the team in part due to her stage win plus second overall in this year’s BeNe Ladies Tour. “I am really excited to join the Canyon/SRAM line up,” she said. “This year I have had some great opportunities to ride for myself but I believe for me to move forward I have a lot more to learn. The staff and riders are very experienced and they can teach me a lot.”
Speaking about her goals for next season, she said that she felt learning is a key target and she wanted to experiement with her racing. Team manager Ronny Lauke said that her fighting spirit and ‘never give up attitude’ attracted the team to her.
“Her strength in classic races is very promising and her hunger for more is brilliant to see. Beating one of the icons in the sport, Marianne Vos, in a one-on-one sprint in Belgium recently was a very strong signal. We are pleased she has joined our setup for the coming year.”
Klein said that she was looking forward to competing alongside Trixi Worrack, who she recognised as one of the most successful German riders. “The team is a big opportunity for me as a rider to develop. I am really excited and motivated for a new adventure, to race with experienced riders and to learn from them. My first goal of the season is to have good spring classic races. Races like Ronde van Vlaanderen are a target.”
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