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by Shane Stokes
August 17, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Vuillermoz wins stage 2 of the Tour du Limousin; Kittel signs two-year contract with Katusha-Alpecin; Viviani to race for QuickStep Floors until end of 2019; Dimension Data confirms Vuelta lineup, Morton to make his debut; Warbasse, Denifl and Blythe lead Aqua Blue Sport in team’s first Vuelta; Molly Weaver moves to Drops Cycling; Olympic champion Rissveds to miss MTB worlds due to sponsorship clash with national federation; Team Sky unveils new ‘Race Hub’ for Vuelta a España; Video: Don’t try this at home part I; Video: Don’t try this at home part II
Drops Cycling announced today that British rider Molly Weaver will join their roster starting January 2018, after three years with the Dutch-registered Team Sunweb. “We are all delighted to have signed Molly Weaver to our squad. Molly brings with her a wealth of experience gained at the highest level of our sport, and will provide invaluable help and guidance to the young development riders within our squad,” said Drops team director, Bob Varney.
“Molly will take on the mantle of Road Captain for 2018 and will be our Leader for selected Spring Classics. In addition to her new leadership responsibilities, Molly will also slip back into her role of Domestique effortlessly when required.”
This race season has been especially trying for the 23-year-old British rider who got hit by a car in training before the season’s opener. Weaver sustained five broken vertebrae, four ribs, a crushed chest as well as injuries to her back and shoulder; and was not expected to race again. Yet, she made a complete recovery and appeared at the Giro Rosa and La Course.
“2017 has been a difficult year, but it’s allowed me the time to consider the next steps in my career and look for the opportunity to take on more of a team leader role. Every time Bob and I talk it reinforces to me how our ambitions and principles are aligned,” said Weaver.
“From the first conversation we had I could tell that this was going to be the perfect fit. The environment they have built, and the aspirations and continued progression of the team are all things I can’t wait to be a part of.”