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Garner Sisters continue with Wiggle High5 for another year

by Aliya Traficante, Ella Intern

The British-born sisters, Lucy and Grace Garner, are set to return to Wiggle High5 in 2018. A two-time junior road race World Champion, Lucy (23) has grown into a strong domestique on the team and DS Rochelle Gilmore believes it’s to give Lucy some leadership roles. “Until now, Lucy has been doing her time in Wiggle High5 as a domestique and, learning from her more experienced teammates,” said Gilmore. “It’s now time for us to create some opportunities for Lucy to race for sprint wins.”

“The past two years I have learnt a lot and I’m really trying to make a big step next year and Wiggle High5 have the confidence in me and want to help me achieve my best,” said Lucy. “I have a new coach and I’m really motivated for what’s to come in 2018. We have a few new riders joining the team next year so it will be exciting to see how we will all come together and help each other reach the top.

At 20, Grace completed her first season as a professional, and is already showing the potential to compete against the best. “Grace has followed the development path of her older sister Lucy and has really impressed our management and DS staff at Wiggle High5,” Gilmore explained. “Whilst Grace has not yet had opportunities as a lead rider, we have already identified that Grace has a very level-headed winning attitude.”

“I’m really happy to have signed with Wiggle High5 for another season,” she said. “It’s been a huge learning curve for me this year and I’m really excited to go into next year in a familiar setting and knowing that the team have confidence in me. Last year I was extremely grateful of the opportunities that were given to me.”