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by Shane Stokes
October 27, 2017
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Team Virtu sees another returning rider in Linda Villumsen, who joined the Danish team mid-season this year. The force from New Zealand, had strong showings in stage races such as the Giro Rosa and Boels Rentals Ladies Tour. Villumsen looks forward to building upon this success next season since bonding with her teammates.
“Of course, there were some challenges, when you start in the middle of the season,” said the 32-year old. “The team had already bonded and you must find your place and get to know all the riders. Everyone really welcomed me, and it made it a lot easier to just concentrate on riding my bike,”
”I think the Virtu-project as a whole is super exciting and to be a part of a new concept and help develop this team is a good opportunity for 2018. There are some new signings, that makes the team super strong and very competitive.”
Villumsen will have a leader’s role and she is targeting the Commonwealth Games as well as the TTT at World Championships. Directeur Sportif Carmen Small expects big things. “Linda made a comeback to the highest level at Giro Rosa, where she still was able to be at the front for several stages,” she said. “She is a rider from the top level, and she has only improved since she came back to the peloton.”
“In 2018 she comes into the season with a proper preparation, and I am sure, that we will see even bigger things from her. She can make the foundation for some great results with her ITT, where she is among the best in the world. Meanwhile through her experience she can help the rest of the riders become even better.”