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by Mark Zalewski
February 11, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Team leader at 22: Kasia Niewiadoma takes on new role in Marianne Vos’ WM3 Pro Cycling Team; Tour of Turkey faces challenge attracting teams due to political climate; Iranian Team Pishgaman Cycling suspended after second rider positive; Multiple doping positives at Tour of Guadeloupe; In-depth feature with Brian Holm; New fixed-gear team started by Red Hook series champ; Outdoor industry brands boycotting Utah-based trade show over politics; Belgian coach falls into icy pond at Bieles, drives home in underwear; Max Stöckl breaks own world record for fastest MTB downhill speed at 167kph; Video: Downhill to Death Valley on a penny-farthing; Motivating children to wear bicycle helmets through design; Video: How a Bicycle was made.
While Marianne Vos is the obvious WM3 Pro Cycling team leader, closely at her side stands 22-year-old Kasia Niewiadoma. A star U23 rider who dukes it out with the world’s best whenever roads turn up, Niewiadoma has, for first time in her career, been designated as team leader. Despite this new role and responsibilities, the Polish champ was her usual, happy-go-lucky self as she spent the afternoon smiling and joking around with teammates and staff at the team’s presentation.
“This is not a Polish chicken,” Niewiadoma exclaimed as she pointed to her new socks. White with the Polish emblem and “KASIA” printed on them, the custom socks were presented to her by teammate Riejanne Markus, who together with boyfriend Jasper Ockeloen owns the sock company and the team’s official sock sponsor, Sockeloen. “It’s an eagle, like on my shirt. I’m very proud of it. I can be super happy from small things, like this.”
Niewiadoma is getting used to custom gear flaunting her accomplishments. She won her first elite national Polish road title in 2016, and proudly wore the blue U23 European road champion kit before that. Last season she also got to wear the Women’s WorldTour young rider jersey on multiple occasions as well as several leader’s jerseys at big events like the Festival Elsy Jacobs, Giro del Trentino Alto Adige, Giro Rosa and the Boels Rental Ladies Tour.
It has given her quite some fame in Poland, where cycling is growing.
“She is a star,” said new teammate and compatriot, Anna Plichta, crediting Niewiadoma for making women’s cycling more popular than men’s cycling in Poland at the moment.
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