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Siggaard signs contract for another year with Team Virtu

by Aliya Traficante, Ella Intern

Christina Siggaard will continue with the Danish Team Virtu for the 2018 season. After her first year at the WorldTour level, the 23-year-old Dane hopes to gain further experience in the pro peloton with Team Virtu.

“The team is where I can develop myself best as a rider and where there is a lot of faith in me, my skills as a rider and my potential,” said Siggard. “I’m looking forward to raising my level as a rider and hopefully achieve some good results – both for myself and for the team. New riders are joining the team and it is important to have a good cooperation with them too.”

Primarily a sprinter, Siggaard is happy to have reinforcements in fast finishes with the likes of Emilie Moberg, Barbara Guarischi and Kasia Pawlowska. “It has almost been me every time, even though I didn’t have a good day. Now we will have some sprinters where we can support each other, and that makes a huge difference, as the responsibility isn’t always on one person. And then we can help each other – I can be a part of the success by helping them to a top spot.”

“‘Chris’ is an extremely important part of the team both on and off the bike,” said DS Carmen Small. “She is a young rider, but she still has raced with a lot of responsibility on her shoulders this season and also supported her teammates when the profile didn’t suit her. That is pure class.

“In 2018 she has the opportunity to learn from some more experienced riders. Meanwhile she still has something to give as well. With more riders for the sprint she can relax more and I think that can make ‘Chris’ even better as she now can focus more on her own goals.”