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by Shane Stokes
November 15, 2017
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At 22-years old, Jennifer Valente has quite the list of accolades. This list includes winning the first ever world championship gold medal in the Women’s Team Pursuit in 2016 followed up by a silver medal in the Rio Olympic Games. Most recently, Valente won the omnium at the Tissot UCI Track World Cup in Manchester and now leads the overall omnium UCI World Cup standings.
Valente first signed with Shoair Twenty20 (previously Exergy Twenty12) in 2012 and, after coming off of her gold medal winning performance this weekend, announced that she will continue with the American-based team for another year.
“It’s a program I am familiar with and they support a balanced season with track and road,” said Valente. “Racing on the road after track world championships will be instrumental in building my engine to be the best I can be in the omnium and team pursuit.”
“Nothing surprises me when it comes to Jennifer’s ability,” said general manager Nicola Cranmer, who has witnessed Valente’s growth as young junior on up to the professional ranks. “I always tell her she can do anything – we’ve not come close to her potential. In her mind she went to the first two World Cups for experience in the omnium – a spot on the USA team that has been coveted by Sarah Hammer for many years. Being on the podium in the first World Cup built her confidence. Jennifer is a strategic thinker and you have to be smart to win an omnium as well as strong.”
“It’s exciting to watch Jennifer’s progression,” DS Mari Holden added. “I truly enjoyed working with her on the road this past season and it is great to see her dedication and work ethic pay off on the track.”