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by Shane Stokes
September 26, 2017
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After three successful seasons, Elisa Longo Borghini and Audrey Cordon-Ragot will continue with Wiggle High5 in 2018. Both riders found equilibrium on the team and look forward to build on those previous successes.
“Wiggle High5 has witnessed Elisa’s development both on and off the bike during the past couple of years and whilst she has already won a number of big classics, we’re very confident that we’re yet to see her reach her maximum potential,” said directeur sportif Rochelle Gilmore. “She is special, in so many ways…. it’s her ability to remain level headed, and grounded during a run of amazing success – which makes her the phenomenal athlete she is.”
“I’m happy to stay with the team and I’m looking forward to having another season with this good group of girls and staff,” said Borghini, a three-time Italian National Champion and Rio Olympic Bronze medal winner. “I have really enjoyed the past three seasons, when I was able to take some beautiful victories, and I hope that we will be able to win lots more in the future.”
On Cordon-Ragot’s extension with the team, Gilmore explained that the French rider especially came into her own this season: “I’d personally like to achieve (together with our DS’s and support staff) that Audrey is given (takes and makes) opportunities to WIN big races in 2018 with strong support. I feel she is ready to be a leader at Wiggle High5 and she most certainly deserves the support of her teammates in order to take some sweet victories in 2018.”
Cordon-Ragot said she was happy to continue what she described as her ‘adventure’ with Wiggle High5 in 2018. “I’ve been progressing so much on the sides of big riders and competent staff members and I had no desire to change environment.”