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by Shane Stokes
October 20, 2017
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The Swedish champion Sara Penton will return in 2018 with the Danish Team Virtu. Although she says she had a hard season, the 28-year-old is excited to re-sign with Team Virtu and continue developing next year.
“It’s been long and tough year but also fun and exciting,” said Penton. “This year has been on the highest level with the best riders in the world and of course it takes a toll on both body and mind, but is has been so amazing to travel around the world being a part of the World Tour. I am tired now, but it has been a good year, and I really enjoyed it.”
Penton said she found her place on the Danish team. “It is just a really good place to be in. I feel happy, safe and relaxed around the team. We have a really good atmosphere, and I feel it’s a place where I can grow. I feel I have had the help I needed this year to develop step by step and in this environment, I can take another step in the future.”
”I’ve been in the leadout-role for a lot of races. I like it and I want to do it even better. I want to be able to put someone on that podium, it’s an amazing feeling,” she continued. “I like the role as domestique but if I could find a race that suits me and plan it in the calendar, so I could be at my best and get the help from the team that would be great. To have an international podium would be amazing.”
“Sara has had a breakout year, with winning her Nationals Championships as being the pinnacle of the season for her,” said DS Carmen Small. “She is a great athlete and will become even a better cyclist as she progresses through the year. I hope to help her reach another level next season, she still has a lot to learn. The good thing with Sara is that she is hungry to learn and improve herself. She is great to have on the team. She adds to a great team environment and will always turn herself inside out for her teammates. That’s not something you can teach, we are lucky to have her.”