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by Shane Stokes
October 13, 2017
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British track star, Dani Rowe (Nee King), will join the team of Marianne Vos, WaowDeals Pro Cycling, which this week announced that it was taking over title sponsorship WM3 Pro Cycling.
An Olympic Champion on the track, Rowe is looking to develop her skills on the road. “The transfer to this team is an amazing opportunity for me”, said the 26-year old. “Watching from outside, I have always had a lot of appreciation for the professionalism of the riders and the organisation of this team.
“The way in which they race is very appealing: the team management communicates a clear plan of action and everyone contributes to that success and is valued for their contribution. That is crucial in times when women’s cycling becomes increasingly professional.”
Rowe recently got married in Wales and is currently on her honeymoon. However she is motivated to knuckle down again. “As soon as I’m back, I will start to train in order to be ready for the season. My career as a road cyclist is still young. This year, I have ridden many races for the first time and I hope to prove next year that I have improved as a road cyclist and that I am more experienced. I also want to be strong for the Commonwealth Games.”
Team manager Eric van den Boom said that Rowe could have a big future ahead. “She is determined to advance to the top and we believe she is capable,” he said. “In addition, it is nice that we can add someone with her track record to our selection. Her achievements are not just anybody’s. The similarities with Marianne Vos are striking. Both became Olympic champion in 2012, and in 2011, Marianne and Dani took gold and bronze at the World Track Championships in the scratch race.”