The brand new EF Training-Cannondale have confirmed their 15-rider roster for the 2024 season with a few of the largest names: Alison Jackson, Veronica Ewers, Kristen Faulkner and Lotta Henttala main the best way.
Normal supervisor Esra Tromp stated the staff units themselves aside due to their capability to ‘assume exterior the field’ with a no-fear method to racing.
“What all of them have in widespread is they don’t seem to be scared. Our riders will not be scared to race actually aggressively. Our riders need to race aggressively. They dare to assume exterior of the field,” Tromp stated.
“That’s one in every of our largest strengths as a staff. We have to win races and never be scared to lose races. Our riders need to overcome their perceived limits. These are some daring riders.”
EF Professional Biking introduced in June that they’d begin a brand new ladies’s staff, racing as EF Training-Cannondale, and that it could start as a Continental ladies’s staff in 2024.
Since that announcement, the staff signed 14 riders: Megan Armitage, Letizia Borghesi, Kim Cadzow, Clara Emond, Veronica Ewers, Kristen Faulkner, Lotta Henttala, Alison Jackson, Nina Kessler, Clara Koppenburg, Coryn Labecki, Noemi Rüegg, Elizabeth Stannard and Magdeleine Vallieres. The fifteenth rider to signal with the staff was Natalie Quinn.
“The very first thing we did was say, ‘What’s essential to us as a staff?’ and that was our start line,” Tromp stated of her method to signing every rider.
“We need to be seen in races, and we need to be energetic within the remaining kilometres of a race, so with the intention to do this, you want skilled riders who’re bodily able to driving and racing within the remaining.
“That was the primary field we needed to test. That’s what riders like Alison Jackson and Veronica Ewers and Letizia Borghesi deliver.”
Tromp stated she additionally took a long-term method when deciding on every rider and thought of the way forward for the staff in years to come back. Different elements that went into constructing the roster have been riders’ characters and the way nicely the staff would work collectively.
“The subsequent query is, ‘how will we construct a staff for the longer term?’ Not just for subsequent yr, but additionally for the years after that. We now have quite a lot of younger expertise on the staff like Megan Armitage and Clara Emond, who’re nonetheless new to the peloton and nonetheless growing,” Tromp stated.
“You then seek for the most effective mixture of characters and personalities. The personalities want to have the ability to work collectively. We now have a variety of personalities. We now have introverts, extroverts, and individuals who fall in between. It’s a very nice combine.”
She said that the staff’s foremost purpose is to construct visibility within the races and design a calendar that may make sure the staff succeeds, that means they won’t be in any respect the races.
“We’ll use our strengths, and we’ll assume a bit bit exterior the field. After all, there are precedence races which are essential to us as a staff, races just like the Tour de France and Paris-Roubaix, having a former winner on the staff, and we’ll method these races like some other – what do we have to do to win? That’s our foremost purpose, to win races.”
EF Training-Cannondale roster for 2024: Megan Armitage, Letizia Borghesi, Kim Cadzow, Clara Emond, Veronica Ewers, Kristen Faulkner, Lotta Henntala, Alison Jackson, Nina Kessler, Clara Koppenburg, Coryn Labecki, Natalie Quinn, Noemi Ruegg, Lizzie Stannard and Magdeleine Vallieres.