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by Neal Rogers
October 3, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Bassons chases down motor-doping amateur in France; British sprinter Dan McLay signs with EF Education First-Drapac for 2018; Trek-Segafredo finalizes 2018 lineup with Tsgabu Grmay, Nicola Conci signings; Gaudry sacked as CEO of Hawthorn after five months on job; Brennauer leaves Canyon-SRAM for Wiggle High 5; Lotto-Soudal Ladies team announces six new additions to 2018 roster; Sarah Roy continues with Orica-Scott through 2019; Movistar women’s team announces roster of eight for 2018; Pawlowska breaks Boels-Dolman contract to join Team Virtu Cycling.
Team Virtu Cycling has added more firepower to its roster with the signing of Katarzyna Pawlowska (Boels-Dolman). The 28-year-old Polish rider is looking forward to contributing to the Danish team with her strong TT skills and sprint speed.
“You can see lots of potential in the team,” Pawlowska said. “It’s new, but it’s already working well and I think it can get even better really fast. It’s rare you can become part of a new team and help develop it and see how good it can be.”
“I hope we can go well together and create a strong team where we can show ourselves as a unit – ride together and win together. If we have a goal as a team, it’s much easier to win races – and so I think we can do well in the team time trials.”
Pawlowska, who is leaving Boels-Dolman in the middle of a two-year contract, will target the spring classics and world championships in 2018.
“Kasia has had her troubles with injuries this year, but her results — and especially those she made this summer — speak for themselves,” said Virtu Cyclingteam director Carmen Small. “When she is feeling well, she is among the best, and she can make her mark both in the sprints and on the ITT. She has a lot of experience and can help teach the younger riders find their top level. Kasia will be a leader in the team and she is also able to set a precedence of being a professional rider.”