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by Shane Stokes
September 27, 2017
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In more transfer news, Gracie Elvin has re-signed with Orica-Scott for another two years and Moniek Tenniglo (WM3) will start 2018 with FDJ – Nouvelle Aquitaine – Futuroscope.
Elvin, a two-time Australian National Road Champion, has found her place with her home-based team, saying they have challenged and developed her while building a strong sense of trust. “I have thought a lot about what is important to me both professionally and personally, and my instincts have always told me to stay,” said the 28-year-old.
“Whilst I’m at home here, I never feel complacent in my role and love that the riders and staff are always pushing me to be my best self. I have full trust in everyone involved and know that I can always dedicate myself to just riding my bike and not worry about peripheral problems.”
“Gracie has continued her steady progression throughout the season and this year in particular she has really demonstrated her talent in some of the hardest Classics on the calendar,” said DS Gene Bates. “Gracie’s commitment and leadership within the team are important qualities and certainly something that we are looking forward to having for the next two seasons.”
Tenniglo, a strong domestique, is thankful about her years with Rabo Liv and WM3 but is excited about a change of scene. “I am looking forward to continue my journey with FDJ – Nouvelle Aquitaine – Futuroscope. Giving the best of me, being a valuable rider for the team and developing myself are my goals for the coming season.”