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by Shane Stokes
August 22, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Nibali wins stage 3 of the Vuelta a España, Froome takes red jersey; Lawless wins stage 4 of the Tour de l’Avenir; Froome surprised to take race lead so soon; Contador: ‘I don’t know what happened – I had very bad sensations’; Majka rues lost time after off day; Tom-Jelte Slagter signs for Dimension Data, team says his best is yet to come; Alex Dowsett to slot into Kittel’s leadout train at Katusha-Alpecin, also has own ambitions; Sabrina Stultiens returns to WM3; Gary West remembered; Video: Artemis World Cycle Week 6 Wrap: Through Australia and onto New Zealand
WM3 Pro Cycling announces its first addition to the team with Sabrina Stultiens, currently racing for Team Sunweb. The 24-year-old had raced with WM3 in the past and after recovering from a knee injury that kept her sidelined for some time, Stultiens will be reunited with the Dutch registered team.
“After recovering from my injury, I have been improving with the support from my current team and I feel that I could progress even further. I’m looking forward to discovering and possibly pushing my boundaries with my new employer”, said the rider from Limburg.
Stultiens will be given a “free roll” at certain races and hopes to see successful outcomes. “The winter will be crucial for me as I would like to form a good basis for the coming season in order to immediately perform when I have to,” she said. “More particularly, I’m looking forward to the shorter stage races, such as the Emakumeen Bira which will be again on the WorldTour calendar in 2018.
Team manager Eric van der Boom described her strengths. “In our team, it’s all about fortitude: courage and persistence. Sabrina has shown that she does not give up during adversity,” he stated. “From the past, we know her as a passionate, strong rider, fitting perfectly in our team. The fact that she is also active in cyclo-cross adds to her advantage, although the focus for Sabrina will be on the road.”