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by Shane Stokes
September 20, 2017
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In latest transfer news, UHC Pro Cycling welcome Leah Thomas (Sho-air Twenty20) and Lizzy Banks (Storey Racing) to the squad. The American superstar team was a force to be reckoned with on the national scene and internationally, and they hope to build on this success in the coming years.
Thomas has established herself as one of the top time trialists and GC riders in the US, with second at UCI Winston Salem Cycling Classic, fifth overall at Amgen Tour of California, and third overall at Tour of the Gila and Tour de L’Ardeche.
“The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling squad is built around teamwork,” said the 28-year-old. “I am excited to integrate my strengths and be a contributing member. The combination of racing at home in the U.S. and abroad will provide ample opportunities to build upon last season’s success and gain vital international experience in the process.”
Banks, from the UK, won the Women’s National Road series and looks forward to developing in a new role with the American team. “With the support of an incredibly knowledgeable and experienced team it’s a wonderful place for me to continue my development and transition into professional racing.” said Banks. “I’m particularly looking forward to stage racing and using my strength as an all-rounder to contribute toward team victories. Personally, I hope to develop towards the goal of achieving a UCI podium placing and I can’t think of a better place to do it.”
“The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling team is excited to see her develop by giving her plenty of opportunities to excel and grow under the tutelage of some of the best riders in the world,” DS Rachel Heal said, believing Banks has a lot of potential. Set to return to the team are Rushlee Buchanan, Janelle Cole, Katie Hall, Lauretta Hanson, and Diana Peñuela.