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22 Oct 2017 03:39

As predicted, Australian rider Lucy Kennedy joins the WT with Orica. A recent convert to cycling, 29 year old Kennedy should fit seamlessly into the squad. HER forte will be big engine and ability to at least ride Ardennes typecourses.
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yaco wrote:As predicted, Australian rider Lucy Kennedy joins the WT with Orica. A recent convert to cycling, 29 year old Kennedy should fit seamlessly into the squad. HER forte will be big engine and ability to at least ride Ardennes typecourses.


Kennedy's season certainly put her on the radar for WWT teams but wasn't 100% sure that Orica would be her destination. However, Neylan's move certainly created a vacancy and she does appear to be a good potential fit skills wise.
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22 Oct 2017 13:55

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yaco wrote:As predicted, Australian rider Lucy Kennedy joins the WT with Orica. A recent convert to cycling, 29 year old Kennedy should fit seamlessly into the squad. HER forte will be big engine and ability to at least ride Ardennes typecourses.


Kennedy's season certainly put her on the radar for WWT teams but wasn't 100% sure that Orica would be her destination. However, Neylan's move certainly created a vacancy and she does appear to be a good potential fit skills wise.


I actuaĺlt thought Kennedy would go to another team. But as you say, Neylan leaving created a vacancy. Interested to see if Malseed gets a gig at WT level.
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23 Oct 2017 11:31

Kirsten Wild to Wiggle confirmed, leaving them looking arguably a bit stronger than 2017, although still lacking any obvious replacements for Lichtenberg or Hagiwara as climbing support for ELB. Some of the 2017 is not confirmed as going or staying, notably the Garners, Amy Cure, Edmondson and Bronzini. The latter two are expected to stay.

Grace & Lucy Garner and Amy Cure are, incidentally, the WH5 team for Guangxi. Julie Leth is listed but not pictured at the presentation and don't think she's riding. It's not the strongest field, although Orica look pretty good.

In other news, Lisa Brennauer broke her arm riding TP for Germany at the Euro track champs. That may not impact next season too much.
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26 Oct 2017 09:33

Bronzini has signed with Cyclance according to Cycling Fever, after a long spell at Wiggle H5. Bit of a surprise.
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26 Oct 2017 18:50

That is a surprise, though I guess they needed to fill the gap that losing Wild left, and trading one experienced sprinter for another isn't a bad tradeoff, although the types of sprints they each contest are different. Lauren Stephens is also a very useful pickup for them, her TT skills will help a lot with placements in various terrain races, both for her and others as a key element in a TTT. I assume her role replaces that of Dani King, a much-respected domestique and rouleuse on the circuit. The team also brings over American helper Holly Breck - looks like she's done decently in the US domestic calendar but not been too visible in the UCI-accredited races - and Israeli champion Omer Shapiro, who looks to be a reasonably decent puncheuse, having made the top 10 of the Giro del Trentino and the top 20 of the Giro dell'Emilia. She will probably be more intended to shore up the side of the team built around Doebel-Hickok and Ratto than the side built around Gutiérrez going forward.
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28 Oct 2017 10:29

Lensworld have unfortunately collapsed which plunges a few decent riders into the transfer market very late in the day.

Only three of the riders' fates are currently known; Anouk Rijff had elected to retire, while Lares-Waowdeals had taken on rouleuse Kim de Baat and fairly well established Ukrainian grimpeuse Tetyana Riabchenko, albeit coming off a slightly disappointingly quiet season with so much more in the Benelux calendar and less in the hillier Italian races.

There are quite a few decent riders in the Lensworld sale that could be of interest though, especially to teams needing to plug some gaps in their lineup. For example, we've mentioned before the lack of a true climbing hand to replace Lichtenberg and Hagiwara at Wiggle, and the exodus of climbers from WM3/Waowdeals. You'd say that the Italian arm of the team has perhaps the most value, and the star purchase on the table would be Tatiana Guderzo, a former World Champion and Giro podium rider, although she's had a fairly quiet season outside of that imposition at the Giro dell'Emilia and her best days are almost certainly behind her at this point. She is a fairly consistent bank of results though, and can impart plenty of experience to young riders. Such as Alice Maria Arzuffi, who will also be an interesting pickup for somebody. She is 23 next month, and has good skills for the climbs, having finished top 10 in Trentino and top 20 in the Giro in the last couple of years along with strong results in Plouay and Plumelec. In terms of most recent results, however, Maria Giulia Confalonieri will produce the most you would think for a new employer, having good versatility and a decent sprint that enables her to score several strong placements over a range of terrain. She will be of interest to teams in a number of scenes because of that versatility and at 24 has plenty of time remaining.

Of the others on the team, one would expect Kaat Hannes to have little trouble finding a team. She may have been a surprise Belgian champion last year, but she's got a good finish on her for the smaller races and will make a good part of a leadout for an elite sprinter potentially at the bigger ones as well. The likes of Polspoel, Verschelden and Spoor may be reduced to the smaller national teams like Swaboladies and Isorex, being mostly helpers and baroudeuses at the top level, but it will also be interesting to see if anything comes from Grace Verbeke's comeback which yielded very little in the way of actual racing; the former Ronde winner has been out of the game since 2014. The team had also signed Finnish prospect Laura Vainionpää, who will probably return to the Benelux domestic scenes from which they took her.
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31 Oct 2017 04:46

As discussed during the year, Garfoot will stay in Australia for the 2018 season. Will focus on the Australian season with the ultimate aim of success in the Commonwealth Games - Says she won't ride in Europe but will probably set herself for the World's ITT. A real shame to lose a talented cyclist from the peleton but the desire to spend more time with her husband and potentially start a family is overwhelming.
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31 Oct 2017 12:38

It’ll be interesting to see where Arzuffi and Confalonieri end up. They could interest both smaller and larger teams I think.

Carlee Taylor’s retiring… hasn’t felt the same since a nasty crash this year, apparently.

Also, Martina Ritter joins Wiggle. Seems like a good all round support rider, decent in TTs and uphill. That’s 10 confirmed now, with the fate of four current riders not announced (Edmo, Cure, Garner, Garner). They might be done in the new rider market, although (i) another climber wouldn’t go amiss and (ii) lots of them have track commitments to work around. Another incoming wouldn’t be a huge surprise.

Still quite a few teams that have either not finished or not announced their 2018 line-up, notably Ale and Canyon.
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05 Nov 2017 12:29

Macey Steward back into the WT peleton with Wiggle - Should do better as a 21 year old after her year with Orica in 2015 - It's a matter of balancing track and road commitments - Await further news from Shannon Malseed.
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05 Nov 2017 17:48

Good luck Macey.

Wiggle will have 16 riders next year, and I think there will be room for various track and commie games ambitions. One more signing to be announced - Rochelle Gilmore says 8 new riders - and Amy Cure and Garners L and G expected to extend.
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08 Nov 2017 17:59

Orica Scott confirm they will have a 10 women team in 2018 - They'll be hoping for little or no injuries.
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09 Nov 2017 12:49

10 riders presumably means they won’t send a full team to every race, given the clashes and near-clashes on the calendar these days.

That’s true of most teams to be fair. Plus Orica don’t have that many riders with other (track/cross/mtb) commitments. E.g Wiggle will have 16 but four want to ride track at the Commie games (Barker, Archibald, Cure, Stewart) and they have a few others who will also do a bit of track, like Wild, Edmo, Leth, Brennauer.

In 2017 it seemed like Drops was the team most able to deploy two teams of six at the same time. They have trimmed the roster a little for 2018 though.
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Jonhard wrote:10 riders presumably means they won’t send a full team to every race, given the clashes and near-clashes on the calendar these days.

That’s true of most teams to be fair. Plus Orica don’t have that many riders with other (track/cross/mtb) commitments. E.g Wiggle will have 16 but four want to ride track at the Commie games (Barker, Archibald, Cure, Stewart) and they have a few others who will also do a bit of track, like Wild, Edmo, Leth, Brennauer.

In 2017 it seemed like Drops was the team most able to deploy two teams of six at the same time. They have trimmed the roster a little for 2018 though.


Actually Orica do have a couple of riders in Manly and Allen who ride track as well as D'Hoore who spends time on the track - Australia also has the Commonwealth Games which falls during the Classics season which will take away resources - Think 12 riders would be better but beggars can't be choosers - Anyway they have a nucleus of a good team and if they can match 2017 it will be a win.
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Jonhard wrote:10 riders presumably means they won’t send a full team to every race, given the clashes and near-clashes on the calendar these days.

That’s true of most teams to be fair. Plus Orica don’t have that many riders with other (track/cross/mtb) commitments. E.g Wiggle will have 16 but four want to ride track at the Commie games (Barker, Archibald, Cure, Stewart) and they have a few others who will also do a bit of track, like Wild, Edmo, Leth, Brennauer.

In 2017 it seemed like Drops was the team most able to deploy two teams of six at the same time. They have trimmed the roster a little for 2018 though.


Actually Orica do have a couple of riders in Manly and Allen who ride track as well as D'Hoore who spends time on the track - Australia also has the Commonwealth Games which falls during the Classics season which will take away resources - Think 12 riders would be better but beggars can't be choosers - Anyway they have a nucleus of a good team and if they can match 2017 it will be a win.


I'm a big fan of Jolien D'Hoore and I think having that top class sprint option will open up new tactical options. For 2018, her track programme shouldn't interfere that much, unlike 2016.

But maybe they're a rider or two short of ideal, true.
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10 Nov 2017 19:17

So Anna Plichta, after her year with WM3, is moving on, as we already knew as it had been confirmed she would leave Vos' team. It wasn't unexpected, as her racing for the team had been mainly to do with her personal friendship and on-bike relationship with Kasia Niewiadoma, and so with the Unknown One leaving the team, her role at the squad was eroded somewhat. She has found a home though; I thought she would be strong enough to get a ride at a good level team, with the backup option of a return to BTC. She hasn't just found a home at a good level team however; she's found a home at arguably the best level team, Boels-Dolmans.

The reason for this is that Nikki Harris-Brammeier has cancelled her previous contract extension and is choosing to leave the team, freeing up a roster spot. Plichta will, with her skillset, probably plug comfortably into the same role that her compatriot Kasia Pawlowska previously filled for the team. She had previously been in contract negotiations with the Lensworld team, but their collapse left the Pole scrambling; the British 'cross specialist's decision therefore is extremely timely and fortuitous for her.

We also have, rather interestingly, a new Mexican team in the offing, although I would expect European tours for them to be relatively limited, and to be better suited to the North American calendar. Nevertheless, greater variety in the development projects and new markets and potential race organizers' options are also welcome.
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Libertine Seguros wrote:The reason for this is that Nikki Harris-Brammeier has cancelled her previous contract extension and is choosing to leave the team, freeing up a roster spot.


When the rumours started that someone at Boels was leaving unexpectedly I really didn't think it would be her. I was expecting one of the team leaders.

Libertine Seguros wrote:We also have, rather interestingly, a new Mexican team in the offing, although I would expect European tours for them to be relatively limited, and to be better suited to the North American calendar. Nevertheless, greater variety in the development projects and new markets and potential race organizers' options are also welcome.


Somewhere in Italy, Rossella Ratto is having PTSD flashbacks
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Libertine Seguros wrote:We also have, rather interestingly, a new Mexican team in the offing, although I would expect European tours for them to be relatively limited, and to be better suited to the North American calendar. Nevertheless, greater variety in the development projects and new markets and potential race organizers' options are also welcome.


Somewhere in Italy, Rossella Ratto is having PTSD flashbacks

Damn, I was all kind of enthusiastic but then you reminded me of just how great Rossella used to be and now I'm all apprehensive.
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18 Nov 2017 16:17

Lilibeth Chacón outsprinted 4 Colombian grills to win the gold at the Bolivarian Games in Santa Marta :rolleyes:

11 Lilibeth Del Carmen Chacon VEN 1 2h 50:10.00 1

4 Diana Carolina Peñuela Martinez COL 2 2h 50:10.00 2

6 Paula Andrea Patiño Bedoya COL 3 2h 50:10.00 3

5 Monica Yuliana Calderon Martinez COL 4 2h 50:10.00 4

1 Ana Cristina Sanabria Sanchez COL 5 2h 50:10.00 5

10 Paola Andrea Muñoz Grandon CHI 6 2h 50:10.00 6

7 Aranza Valentina Villalon Sanchez CHI 7 2h 50:26.00 7

22 Miryam Maritza Nuñez Padilla ECU 8 2h 50:39.00 8

17 Agua Marina Espinola PAR 9 2h 50:39.00 9

14 Wilmarys Del Valle Moreno Duran VEN 10 2h 51:10.00 10


Villalón won gold over Sanabria at the ITT:

1 Aranza Valentina Villalon Sanchez CHI 24:22.60

2 Ana Cristina Sanabria Sanchez COL 25:04.93

3 Lilibeth Del Carmen Chacon VEN 26:08.24

4 Agua Marina Espinola PAR 26:15.90

5 Araceli Galeano PAR 27:21.29

6 Jennifer Mariana Cesar Salazar VEN 27:27.64

7 Yeny Lorena Colmenares Colmenares COL 27:46.50
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19 Nov 2017 13:44

Guess who's back on her bike! :)
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