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by Mark Zalewski
November 12, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mareczko wins a third stage of Tour of Taihu Lake; Aerts, Cant win at Jaarmarktcross; Contador: ‘If I win the Tour I will retire’; Wiggle High5 adds five for 2017; Cancellara unveils autobiography, talks about future plans; Ireland’s first indoor velodrome in doubt; 24-hour world time trial championships; Marianne Vos visits Western Australia; Spinning goes to the big screen; Daniel Oss: Just Ride #3; The Book of Cross, chapter 4.
Five new riders will join ten for the 2017 Wiggle High5 team, including Emilia Fahlin, Claudia Lichtenberg, and Grace Garner. The returning riders include Giorgia Bronzini, Elisa Longo Borghini and Swedish Champion Emma Johansson.
Golden oldie Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-High5) beats Women’s WorldTour leader Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) and Rasa Leleivyte (Aromitalia-Vaiano) in stage 1 of the 2016 Giro Rosa.
“I’m extremely excited about the 5 new additions to Wiggle High5 for 2017, the team was selected and strengthened very carefully and strategically with the input of our current athletes and staff,” said Wiggle High5 team owner and manager Rochelle Gilmore. “We’re a very close, united, family style team and believe very much in the strength of our roster for 2017. We’ve created a team very capable of winning the WorldTour. And we’ll focus on the specific individual World Tour events most important to our partners and their markets.”
German champion Claudia Lichtenberg finished a strong fourth at the Giro d’Italia this year. “I’m very excited to join the team,” Lichtenberg said. “After the Olympics I decided to race for one more season. I’m happy to do this last year of my career with one of the biggest teams. We will have many options to play with in every terrain. That’s how racing gets fun!
Fahlin makes a return to the team after two seasons with Alé-Cipollini.
“I’m really happy to be back in the black and orange with Wiggle High5 for the 2017 season!” she said. “I’ve had a year away in Italy which has given me a lot of new experience and I got the chance to develop a few other sides of myself as a rider. I’ve proved not just to myself but also others I’m capable to compete on a higher level all year and that I also can win bike races again.”
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