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by Shane Stokes
October 5, 2017
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Trine Schmidt (Lotto Soudal Ladies) is set to join Team Virtu Cycling for the 2018 season. The 29-year-old returned to the sport in 2017 after a five-year break in order to focus on her education, but before this, she raced on the highest level for five years. She holds eight national Danish medals on the road, 23 on the track, along with a World Championship silver medal in the points race. She also competed in the 2008 Olympics.
“2017 was a startup year for me after a five-year break from cycling, and I had the opportunity at Lotto to slowly get back and test myself,” the Danish rider said. “I sign with Team Virtu Cycling, because I hope it can help me become even better. I have had a year of learning, and now I know what I need to improve.”
Schmidt will focus on the track this winter, and states that she is looking to improve herself all around, especially against the clock in order to be part of the TTT for Team Virtu.
“At Team Virtu Cycling the TTT is a big goal, and that is very exciting and I want to be a part of that,” Schmidt added. “And then I just want to be important for the team and help our leaders whenever they need it.”
“Trine is going to be very important for us with her skills on the ITT and TTT,” said DS Carmen Small. “She has come back to cycling after some years outside, but she has showed, that she still has the skills and level to race on a top level. I think we only will see her improve in 2018, when she has had even more time to adapt in the sport again. She is going to add a lot to the team both on and off the bike.”