Bennett wins yet again, emergency surgery for Bakelants: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 13, 2017

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Kroger inks deal with Team Virtu

by Aliya Traficante, Ella Intern

The rising time trial star Mieke Kroger is set to join Team Virtu in 2018, adding even more power to the Danish-registered team. At 24, Kroger has already acquired a list of accolades in the race of truth, including two U23 European Championship wins and a German National Championship. However, there is still some developing to do, and Kroger believes Team Virtu is just the team to evolve with.

“I want to improve in the road races, so I don’t rely so much on my ITT skills,” said Kroger. “I still want to do well and take part in the ITT and the TTT, for sure. I’m looking forward to next year’s worlds too, but I have to wait for the courses – that is a big goal for me.”

“Personally, I have always been a bit more silent. I’m not the person that says: Today is my day – I want to win it. That is something I need to improve even though it’s going be hard for me. I do have it in me, but I just don’t say it out loud enough.”

The German rider had a few options on the table, but ultimately went with Team Virtu after talking to DS Carmen Small about the team’s goals in the team and individual time trials.

“Mieke has all the physical abilities to become one of the absolute best time trial riders in the world,” Small said. “She is still young and can improve herself in many ways, and if we can help her with it, she can also become a power factor in the road races. Her potential is huge.”