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by Shane Stokes
October 14, 2017
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Monique van de Ree and Pauliena Rooijakkers are the latest additions to WaowDeals Pro Cycling (currently WM3 Pro Cycling) for the 2018 season. A step up in the sport, the two Dutch riders are delighted to have made it to the next level.
“Especially the professional approach towards racing is appealing to me,” said van de Ree. “The team knows like no other how to tactically handle a race and how to become stronger as team. I am looking forward to start with my new teammates with a clear plan of action. It is great to be able to support riders of this magnitude, which will be a new role for me. Most likely, I will get my own chances if they fit in the team plan. The Belgian Classics and the Dutch tour races in the spring are well suited for me.”
“I wanted a new challenge which made me progress,” Rooijakkers added. “At WaowDeals Pro Cycling, I have the feeling that I can take the next steps in my career. You can tell that the riders in this team are stronger together and everyone is keen to bring success to the others. It gives me a good feeling that I can be part of that. In the first instance, I will have a more supporting role, especially in hilly races.”
With the 2018 squad forming, the Dutch team announced the first training camp together will take place in Australia next month and confirmed the first race of the season will be Santos Women’s Tour in January.