Giant-Alpecin's women's program Liv-Plantur have signed 21-year-old British rider Molly Weaver from Matrix Fitness, effective from June 1.
Weaver, who is backed by the Dave Rayner Fund, participated in 13 races for Matrix before the end of May but was allowed by the team to pursue a new opportunity with the Dutch-registered team.
She will join fellow Brit Lucy Garner in the Liv-Plantur ranks and hopes the move will help her develop her career and step up as a team leader in the future.
“It is a great opportunity for me, and I am looking forward to riding for Team Liv-Plantur,” Weaver said. “The team is known for its vision on rider development, and it is great to see the teamwork they are promoting. It’s not just about one leader, but about developing young riders and investing in them.
“This year I signed with a UCI Women’s Team for the first time and achieved some good results. Now it’s amazing that I can take the next step in my career already. I see myself as an all-rounder, good in one-day races on harder courses and as a potential GC contender in the future.”
Team Liv-Plantur coach Hans Timmermans confirmed that Weaver would go straight into the lineup for the Giro Donne.
“Since Maaike Polspoel left the team we have been searching for a replacement,” he said. “We had been following Molly already for a while and we were able to sign her now after her current team, Matrix Fitness, was willing to give her a chance to pursue a new opportunity.
“Molly is a talented rider with climbing abilities who will already be able to play an important role in the team at the upcoming Giro Donne. We are looking forward to welcoming her to the team and contributing to her development both as a rider and as a person.”
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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