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by Shane Stokes
October 24, 2017
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Kirsten Wild will leave Cylance Pro Cycling to join Wiggle High5 for the 2018 season, adding her formidable sprint to an increasingly-strong roster for the British team. Wild recently took gold at the elimination race at the European track championships last week, and has a silver medal from the Doha World Championships last year, amongst other successes.
After losing their sprinting strength in Jolien D’hoore, DS Rochelle Gilmore says the team happily welcomes Wild and what she has to offer. “Our core of athletes thrive on having a confident sprinter to work for. They’ve always had a standout sprinter who challenges them to get the most out of themselves and it works both ways,” Gilmore said. “Having such a dominant sprinter in the team also opens doors for our other diverse winners.”
Gilmore adds that the team will support both Wild’s ambitions at key World Tour events as well as her track aspirations.
“I am really looking forward to be part of one of the biggest and successful teams in women’s cycling,” Wild said. “I hope to play for the wins, especially in the WorldTour races, together with the team. To work with riders who already achieved a lot of results in the past is awesome. I hope to learn a lot from the other girls. I think also with this team we can play for victories in a lot of different races with different riders and that’s the game I like the most.”
“As I said before the girls in this team achieved already so much,” Wild added. “I think it’s nice to share their experiences. We all have different ways to deal with pressure, for example. That might be very interesting.”