Lucy Garner to Join Argos Shimano Womens Team
British World and European champion Lucy Garner is joining the star studded Argos Shimano Womens Team.
The line-up of the women's team of Team Argos-Shimano is almost complete. Seven riders are confirmed at the moment. The contracts of Amy Pieters, Kelly Markus and Esra Tromp are extended, while Kirsten Wild, Charlotte Becker, Lucy Garner and Marlen Jöhrend will join the team. Three places remain to be filled.
With Charlotte Becker (29) from Germany and Lucy Garner (18) from Great-Britain, two world champions are strengthening the ranks of Team Argos-Shimano. Becker was crowned world champion team time trial at the World Championships in Limburg last month, while Garner defended her junior title with success in the Dutch province.
Becker was active on the Olympics in London, where she finished eight with the German pursuit team.
Garner is besides world champion also European Champion. In August, she assured herself of that title in the Dutch province of Zeeland. For the young Briton her move to Team Argos-Shimano is like a dream come true. In the past she made it known that she hoped to race for a Dutch team one day. "I would love to live and race in the Netherlands. Beautiful races and nice people. What more do you want?"
Amy Pieters (21) and Kirsten Wild (29) were alongside Becker active in the Olympic team pursuit. With the Dutch team taking the sixth place the two ladies did slightly better than their new German teammate.
At the European Championships in Portugal Anadia job Pieters was good for gold on the individual pursuit. On the road she was also very successful. As she finished fourth at the National Championships in Kerkrade and seized the trophy for best young rider in the KNWU Topcompetition.
During te Olympics in London Wild also raced the omnium, where she finished sixth again. The Dutchwoman also showed her fast legs on the road. She scored victories in the Tour of Qatar, Energiewacht Tour, Rabobank Ster Zeeuwsche Eilanden, Lotto-Decca Tour and the Holland Ladies Tour.
Team Argos-Shimano is still in talks with a number of riders for the last three open spots in the women's team, which has the same vision as the men's team and will also rely on the 1t4i principles.