Wiggle-Honda team will continue to exist next season, insisted team manager Rochelle Gilmore, as three of it’s biggest stars move to new teams for 2015.
Olympic team pursuit champion Joanna Rowsell announced today that she will ride for the British Pearl Izumi – Sports Tours International team next season in a two year contract that will take her up to the 2016 Olympics.
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The news follows her GB teammate Laura Trott’s move to Matrix-Fitness for next season as the British team seeks UCI status.
Wiggle-Honda’s Commonwealth time trial champion Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) will also make a move to UnitedHealthcare.
“Absolutely,” Gilmore told Cycling Weekly when asked if Wiggle-Honda would exist next season.
“We will focus on performance and results next year and taking the team to a completely new level with riders that can potentially win the Giro and the Classics, and strengthening our sprint team even more.”
Gilmore could not comment about the future of the remaining GB riders on the Wiggle-Honda team: Amy Roberts, Dani King and Elinor Barker.
She added that further announcements regarding the team and its line-up next season will be made following the world championships in Spain later this month.
“These decisions that have been made are not one sided, it was something that we did together to develop the sport,” Gilmore said. “My approach to what I do is not just about Wiggle-Honda; Wiggle-Honda is just a part of developing women’s cycling.”
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