Team WNT has finalised its star studded 2017 line up and added to its backroom team with strong management and coaching experience as well as attaining a UCI license.
The new line up contains Olympic, National and World Champion title winners – including Olympic Team Pursuit Gold Medallist Katie Archibald. The team has been built to provide a mix of sprinters, climbers and overall road racers in a bid to make the team’s first year as a UCI level squad a success.
The 2017 full line-up includes: Katie Archibald (Olympic Champion and World Champion Team Pursuit, 8 x European Champion), Anna Badegruber (Australian National Hill Climb Champion), Lydia Boylan, Becca Carter, Natalie Grinczer, Hayley Jones, Emily Kay, Josie Knight, Elise Maes, Keira McVitty, Bex Rimmington, Eileen Roe (British National Crit Champion), Gabriella Shaw, Hayley Simmonds (British National Time Trial Champion) and Hannah Walker.
The team will benefit from the guidance of newly appointed Soigneur and former professional rider, Jessie Walker, with Graeme Herd taking up the position of Director. The riders will take on two training camps before the season begins, along with attending with team building events.
"The quality of this team... is evidence of the commitment that WNT is making to Women’s cycling."
Claude Sun, Global Managing Director WNT “The quality of this team, both on the bike and in support of the riders’ efforts, is evidence of the commitment that WNT is making to Women’s cycling.
"Team WNT Pro Cycling is a long-term project for our company and is a reflection of the ethics of our business, where hard work is rewarded by success. This coming season is going to be both exciting and challenging as we step up to a UCI level team, but the roster that we have pulled together will ensure that it is also successful and enjoyable."
The team maintain the support of title sponsor WNT, and they will continue to work with equipment sponsors Specialized as well as Hope Technology and Rotor. The support from Specialized has increased dramatically – from last year’s provision of Specialized S-Works Tarmac frameset to the S-Works Tarmac as well as the Specialized S-Works Shiv Time Trial Module’s; Specialized S-Works Women’s Evade, S-Works Women’s Prevail II and S-Works TT helmets; and Specialized Women’s S-Works 6 Road Shoes.
The team will ride on custom design Hope Technology Carbon 45 wheels and hubs. Rotor will also continue to provide Team WNT Pro Cycling with its innovative Q rings and 2INpower crank sets. Both Hope Technology and Rotor make use of WNT cutting tools in the manufacture of their products, giving a perfect synergy to the partnerships. The official launch of Team WNT Pro Cycling for the 2017 season will be held at Rotor’s headquarters in Madrid during February.