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Mareczko wins again in Hainan; reprisal for Bahrain critic: Daily News Digest
The Austrian road and time trial national champion Martina Ritter is set to join Wiggle High 5 for the 2018 season. Making her move from Drops Cycling and signing with Wiggle High 5 is a big step forward.
“I am really excited to join this professional women’s team,” Ritter said. “WiggleHigh 5 is known as a well organised team with a fantastic team spirit and the best equipment. I have always been looking up to the team and now I will be part of this incredible team, riding together with some of the best road racers and Olympic Champions. It is a big step forward in my cycling career after racing for small teams in the past. I can’t wait to open this new chapter.”
Ritter, an Olympian herself, has proven her strength in the hills and time trials with a ninth place overall in Amgen TOC, fourth overall in Tour de l’Ardèche, and victory on a stage in Gracia-Orlova this year.
“I’m a good climber and time trialist and love stage races,” Ritter said. “My favourite races are the Ardennes Classics and hilly stage races as the Giro d’Italia or Tour of California. I want to help our leaders to achieve big results because there is nothing better than winning as a team. One big goal will also be the World Championship in my home country.”
“I have high hopes to lift Martina to a new, even higher level in 2018, just as her mind and body – as an athlete – are maturing during her strongest years of her career,” said DS Rochelle Gilmore. “The team is counting on Martina’s support in some of the hardest races on the 2018 calendar.”