International team line up meets for the first time in Belgium.
Ghent, Belgium 26th February 2015: The new, 15 strong lineup for the 2015 Wiggle Honda professional women’s cycling team has today met for the first time as a complete team to train and prepare for the 2015 race season. The riders and management are in Ghent, Belgium prior to the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad one day race that takes place in the city on the 28th of February.
Although this is the first time that the new team line up has been officially unveiled and its members assembled, Wiggle Honda team riders have already enjoyed success in the 2015 season. In January, Chloe Hosking scored the team’s first win of the season by taking Stage 1 of the Bay Classic Series,
and then went on to come second overall in the Tour of Qatar where Wiggle Honda won the team’s classification. The team’s newest, most recent 2015 signing, Peta Mullens also won the Australian National Championships back in January whilst Jolien D’hoore won the Belgian National Omnium Championship. In 2015 Giorgia Bronzini has already taken stage wins in both the Bay Cycling Classic and the Tour Down Under. Wiggle Honda’s recently crowned Dual World Track Champion, Annette Edmondson finished the Tour Down Under with the Green Sprinter’s Jersey.
The 2015 Wiggle Honda Team:
Amy Roberts – World Cup Winner Team Pursuit – Great Britain
Anna Christian – British Junior National Road Champion – Great Britain
Anna Sanchis – Road & 3 x Individual TT National Champion – Spain
Annette Edmondson – Dual World Champion & Commonwealth Track Champion – Australia
Audrey Cordon-Ragot – GP Plumelec Winner, Tour de Bretagne & Route De France stage winner – France
Chloe Hosking – Omloop Van Borsele Winner – Belgium Tour stage winner – Australia
Dani King – Olympic & World Champion Team Pursuit – Great Britain
Eileen Roe – British National Criterium Champion – Great Britain
Elisa Longo Borghini – Italian National Champion ITT – Italy
Emilia Fahlin – 3 x National ITT Champion & 2 x Road Champion – Sweden
Giorgia Bronzini – 3 x World Champion – Italy
Jolien D’hoore – 2 x National Champion – Belgium
Mara Abbott – 2 x Giro d’Italia winner & National Road Champion – USA
Mayuko Hagiwara – 10 x Japanese National Champion – Japan
Peta Mullens – National Road Champion – Australia
Wiggle Honda is a British team with a truly international DNA, with team members representing nine nations. Based in Belgium, the team was formed in 2012 by manager and rider Rochelle Gilmore who won the gold medal for Australia in the 112 km Road Racing event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The team has the backing of British Cycling, Cycling Australia and the Bradley Wiggins Foundation and competes in elite road and track cycling events around the world. Its first victory came in March 2013 when Emily Collins won the Omloop van het Hageland in Belgium. In 2014 the team had 12 UCI stage and UCI event wins as well as coming second at the World Cup Sparkassen Giro. Team members also enjoyed lots of success on the track with numerous national titles, world titles and Commonwealth Games titles. The team finished 7th in the 2014 UCI Rankings.
According to Wiggle Honda team Managing Director Rochelle Gilmore, “The 2015 season has got off to an exciting start and this is the result of an intensive team focus on performance and results. Currently ranked 3rd on the UCI rankings, we believe that this season we can reach a completely new level with the quality of riders we have – combined with the expertise and experience of the support team. Potentially we can win the Giro, Grand Tours and also, the Classic style races. Each victory we record helps build our team spirit!”
Adam Ryan, Head of Brand Marketing at Wiggle, the team’s main sponsor and the world’s biggest online cycling and trisports retailer, says, “Wiggle is proud to sponsor Wiggle Honda and is really excited by the team’s potential for success this year, as well as its potential to help grow the awareness and support of women’s professional cycling. Wiggle’s relationship with the team is a vital part of our on-going commitment to getting more women cycling, a commitment that we know is enthusiastically shared by Wiggle Honda and these incredible athletes.”
The 2015 Wiggle Honda Staff Team:
Managing Director: Rochelle Gilmore
Sports Director: Egon van Kessel
Head Masseur: Kristof van Campenhout
Head Mechanic: Gerrit Claessens
PR & Race Reports: Ben Atkins
Content Manager & Photographer: Bart Hazen
Logistics Manager: Emma Davies
Videographer: Aaron Cook