6 November 2012

New pro womens road team with British flavour

The announcement today of the new DTPC (Dream Team Pro Cycling) Honda Pro Cycling women's road race team is the fulfillment of a promise Tour de France and Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins made during the Games. He said that he felt there needed to be more support of women's cycling to the same extent of men and that he would happily give his backing to a British based women's team much the same as his own Team Sky Pro Cycling outfit.

King, Trott and Roswell
Well the Wiggo Foundation is one of the backers of the new British based team which has signed up Olympic Champions Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Roswell. The team will be lead by the Australian Commonwealth Games champion Rochelle Gilmour. There is also a double world champion in the shape of Italian Giorgia Bronzini who won in Geelong in 2010 and Copenhagen last year.

In a statement the new team said:

"The team is also privileged to have the personal backing of British cycling legend Bradley Wiggins CBE through the Wiggo Foundation.
"Wiggins' provision of generous support, assistance and encouragement will further enable the girls to fulfil their potential out on the road."

Bronzini winning her first world title
Also named in the team are the Welsh pair of, junior world time trial champion, Elinor Barker and Amy Roberts. There is multiple Japan national road and time trial champion Mayuko Hagiwara which will please the other title sponsors, Australian rider Lauren Kitchen, Italy's Beatrice Bartelloni, Anna-Bianca Scnitzmeier of Germany and New Zealand's Emily Collins.

Like Sky they will ride Pinarello bikes equipped with Campognolo groupsets, with other suppliers including Lazer helmets, Fizik, Look, High5 Sports Nutrition and motorhome specialist Vanomobil.

Trott said of the opportunity:

"I'm excited to be joining the DTPC Honda Pro Cycling Team for the 2013 season and look forward to being part of what I believe will be one of the most professional and most successful teams next year.
"I'm looking forward to gaining more experience on the road with such a great team next year."

The speed with which Bradley followed up on his promise with the collapse of a few women's teams being announced during the Olympics is great. The fact that the quality of those in the team is so high and the equipment suppliers so familiar to those of us who follow the men's circuit probably shows how much influence Wigggo's name has to secure such quality, both tested and upcoming.

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