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by Shane Stokes
October 10, 2017
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Described by Wiggle High5 as ‘an indispensable part of the team’ in 2017, past national champions Emilia Fahlin and Julie Leth have renewed with the squad and will compete there again in 2018. Fahlin bounced back from illness to take ninth in the road world championships and, according to team founder Rochelle Gilmore, is a big part of the team.
“It’s such a pleasure to see Emilia working her way back to her best,” she said. “I remember her days riding for HighRoad/HTC where she appeared to be one of the strongest domestiques and lead-out riders in the world. Now, with Wiggle High5, Emilia is starting to believe in her abilities as a winner. Emilia is rapidly developing into a team leader while still being very valuable to her team as a helper and mentor. I believe in Emilia’s abilities perhaps a little more than she does and hope to see her reach some nice targets in 2018.”
The past Swedish road race and TT champion said that faith in her is very motivating. “It’s a great thing knowing the management believes in you and value your job and efforts and want to keep building on it for another year, that they see more potential in you and want to keep working to develop further.
“I’m super excited to see what we can achieve together next year and the memories we will create!”
Danish rider Leth contributed much to the team’s success in 2017 and said that she felt that she developed personally and professionally. “I am really happy and excited to continue this development in such a professional environment,” she stated. “I’ve loved being on the road with the team. We always manage to have tons of fun, but still being professional and focussed as soon as we’re on the start line.”