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Saturday, October 30, 2021

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Krists Neilands signs for two more years with Israel Start-Up Nation

Here’s the team’s news:

Israel Start-Up Nation continues with Krists Neilands. The Latvian rider, who has been with ISN since 2017, came to a new agreement that will see him ride for the Israeli team for another two years.

Krists Neilands

Krists Neilands wins the 2019 GP de Wallonie

Team Manager Kjell Carlström says he is very happy that Israel Start-Up Nation could offer Neilands all the facilities he needs to keep developing and performing. “Neilands has been constantly progressing and is a rider that can perform on both short stage races and one-day races. Furthermore, he is an excellent teammate.”

Neilands is excited about his extension with ISN. “I feel very comfortable here, and I feel I mean something to the team,” he says.

The Latvian: “When Kjell and Rik (Verbrugghe) asked me to meet and discuss my future, I found out that they have some great plans for me at ISN. The decision was very simple after that meeting.”

Carlström: “We are very happy he chose to continue with us, especially as he has been part of the team for so long. We are looking forward to Krists continuing his development and reaching new victories with us in the years to come.”

Neilands: “I feel that ISN is growing every year. I want to be part of this journey for much longer.”

Carmen Small is new race coach at Team Jumbo-Visma Women

Jumbo-Visma sent me this news:

In its ambition to have the women’s team develop further towards the world top, Team Jumbo-Visma has joined forces with race coach Carmen Small. The American former rider succeeds Marco Postma, who wants to focus more on training and personal coaching. Small was sports director at Ceratizit WNT for the past two seasons and before that at Team Virtu for two years. As a rider, she won the World Championships team time trial twice and a bronze individual medal once.

Carmen Small

Here's Carmen Small racing at the 2013 World Championships. Sirotti photo

"I’m hugely motivated to join Team Jumbo-Visma", Small says from her new home in the Basque Country. "I think it is a great opportunity for me to learn and grow as a sports director as well as bring some of my knowledge to the team. We share the same philosophy on the meaning of a team and teamwork, mutual respect, and the drive and motivation to be the best in the world. I am very much looking forward to this adventure and can’t wait to get started."

Manager Esra Tromp of Team Jumbo-Visma Women is convinced that she has secured a suitable race coach with Small. "I already knew her as a rider, but also as a sports director in recent years. It always struck me how well she took care of things. And also how strong she was tactically. Carmen succeeds very well in getting everyone to point in the same direction. We want to grow to a higher level every year. That is a joint ambition and Carmen has the experience to realise that", Tromp says.

As a race coach, Small forms a duo with Lieselot Decroix. The contract of the Belgian has been converted from part-time to full-time. In addition to her work in the sports director’s car, Decroix’s duties within the performance team are also expanded. Marieke van Wanroij mainly focuses on personal development, while Decroix primarily focuses on the scientific aspects of training, testing and the material.

Postma’s future lies elsewhere as the sports director role did not sufficiently match his professional ambitions. "I look back on a great time as a race coach", he says. "So it was a difficult decision. We had a great first season and the team has what it takes to perform even better in 2022."

Team BikeExchange signs young Australian Ruby Roseman-Gannon

The team sent me this release:

Team BikeExchange is pleased to announce the signing of 22-year-old Australian prospect, Ruby Roseman-Gannon, for the next two seasons, after witnessing her impressive performances on home soil.

The youngster from Victoria turned heads during the 2020 Australian racing season, showing her ability and potential racing alongside the world’s best, with GreenEDGE Cycling delighted to help continue her development for the next two years.

With a third-place finish at this year’s Santos Women’s Tour Down Under, a top-10 finish at Race Torquay and 12th place at the WorldTour event, Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in 2020, Team BikeExchange is excited to see what Roseman-Gannon can achieve overseas as she embarks on her first full European season with the squad in 2022.

Roseman-Gannon experienced the European peloton briefly in 2019 however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Batchelor of Science student has been unable to further her experience. Now with her first professional WorldTour contract signed, the Australian is thrilled to step up alongside her compatriots and see what potential she can unleash on the European roads.

Brent Copeland, General Manager on Roseman-Gannon:
“Ruby is a young talent, and we are really glad to have her with us for the upcoming years. She has shown great potential with strong results, and we will give her all the tools we have available to help her grow and become one of the best riders in the peloton.

We are continuously looking for young talented Australian riders for our team and this is another perfect example of our vision for the future."

Martin Vestby, Women’s Head Sports Director on Roseman-Gannon:
“Ruby is a really young talent, one of the best in Australia. We have been following her for a couple of years and we are sure that she can be a great fit for our team. She is an exciting rider, who can develop in various ways in the future. This will be the biggest task for us, especially during the first year. We have to work together with her to understand which kind of rider she can be for her future.

This is a really stimulating project for us, and we have lots of experience in bringing in young talent and helping them grow. We will need to define her areas to develop and work as much as we can to make her the best rider possible.

The first season she’ll need time to adapt to a full WorldTour season, which is completely different to what she is used to, but we will support her in the best way and we expect her to make the best out of this opportunity.”

Ruby Roseman-Gannon:
“I am super excited to be joining Team BikeExchange as I have grown up watching this team on my TV as a young aspiring cyclist and it means the world to me to be able to race for them.

It will be my first time racing for an international team and I'm hoping to race as much as I can and soak up the experience and learn as much as possible from riders such as Amanda Spratt and Jess Allen. From the outside, the team has always seemed like a perfect mix of professionalism and fun, and I can't wait to be a part of it.”

Ruby Roseman-Gannon
Date of Birth: 8th November 1998 (22)
Nationality: Australian
Joins GreenEDGE Cycling: 2022
New Contract: 2022 & 2023

Top Results:
2nd Australian Criterium Championships 2020 & 2021
3rd Santos Women’s Tour Down Under GC 2021
6th Race Torquay 2020
7th Australian Road Race Championships 2021
12th Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 2020

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