Super Sprinter Kirsten Wild Joins Wiggle High5 In 2018 pubblicato il 23/10/2017

Super Sprinter Kirsten Wild Joins Wiggle High5 In 2018

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Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling is excited to confirm that Kirsten Wild will be joining the team in 2018. The 35-year-old Super Sprinter from Almelo, Netherlands, is one of the fastest-ever riders in the women’s peloton, is a winner on both road and Track, having take the Gold Medal in the Elimination Race at the recent European Track Championships, along with Medals in the Omnium and Madison. Wild has won some of the biggest races on the road, and took the Silver Medal in the 2016 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

“All current returning Wiggle High5 athletes were surprisingly excited and positive about Kirsten’s interest to join Wiggle High5 as one of our lead sprinters,” said Team founder, owner and manager, Rochelle Gilmore. “Our athletes were delighted and relieved to hear about the signing of Kirsten Wild – soon after the disappointing news that Wiggle High5 would lose our Belgian Bullet…we were able to welcome the Dutch Dynamite – Wild.

“Our core of athletes thrive on having a confident sprinter to work for, they’ve always had a standout sprinter who challenges them to get the most out of themselves and, it works both ways,” Gilmore added. “Having such a dominant sprinter in the team also opens doors for our other diverse winners.”

As one of the fastest sprinters that the women’s peloton has ever seen, Kirsten has been winning big races for more than a decade. Her dominance of the now-defunct Ladies tour of Qatar saw her win four of the eight editions, winning ten stages on the way. Other stage race victories include the final edition of the Tour du Grand Montreal and the Tour of Poland, and she has matched her Qatari stage race count with ten victories in both the Boels Rentals Ladies Tour and the Healthy Ageing Tour.

Major one-day victories include the Rund um die Nürnberger Altstadt, the Open de Suède Vårgårda - Road Race and Team Time Trial - and the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. She is also a three-time podium finisher in the Tour of Flanders.

“I am really looking forward to be part of one of the biggest and successful teams in women’s cycling,” Wild said.

“I hope to play for the wins, especially in the WorldTour races, together with the team. To working with riders who already achieved a lot of results in the past is awesome. I hope to learn a lot from the other girls. I think also with this team we can play for victories in a lot of different races with different riders and that’s the game I like the most.

“As I said before the girls in this team achieved already so much,” Wild added. “I think it’s nice to share their experiences. We all have different ways to deal with pressure, for example. That might be very interesting.”

Like many of her new teammates, Kirsten Wild will split her racing season between the road and the track, with the aim of adding to her 2015 Scratch Race Rainbow Jersey in the World Championships in Apeldoorn, in her native Netherlands. In addition to three further European Titles, she is a 23-time National Champion on the Track, and has won several women’s competitions in the historic Six-Day races in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

“Wild brings the perfect balance back into the team for 2018,” Gilmore continued. “Wiggle High5 has an overwhelmingly strong and exciting diverse line-up of athletes. We - all staff and athletes - feel we’re now up to the challenge of creating an amazing ‘team' of our outstanding ‘individuals'. This is our challenge – together.

“Wiggle High5 will support Kirsten’s ambitions on the track throughout 2018 while targeting some very important World Tour road races,” she added.

“It’s a real honour for all our athletes, staff and partners to have Kirsten Wild choose Wiggle High5 to support her career goals in 2018,” Gilmore concluded. “I’m getting very excited about 2018 – especially seeing the entire team together for the first time – at our first team camp!”



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