Martin takes Toscana success; world U23 champ gears up: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 28, 2017

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Young Dutch Talent Signs with Team WNT

by Aliya Traficante, Ella Intern

Aafke Soet is set to sign with Team WNT for the 2018 season. A former Junior European Time Trial Champion, Soet has a lot of strength that came through this season, and this was reflected with her name being high up on race results.

Soet placed 12th in the individual time trial at Tour de Feminin. She was also runner up in the best young riders competition, and 12th in GC. The fact that her strength lies in the race against the clock is no secret, and the 19-year-old is on the progression to be one of the best after winning U23 Dutch national TT Championships and placing fourth in European TT Championships.

“I’m excited to be a part of Team WNT next year and I’m looking forward to meeting all the great riders,” said Soet. “I’m thankful for such a wonderful opportunity and I look forward to developing myself as a rider.”

DS Graeme Herd is enthusiastic about the signing. “Aafke is a very promising young Dutch rider,” he said. “She has an attacking racing style and it compliments the roster we currently have. We are happy to welcome Aafke to the team and look forward to helping her develop as a rider”