Cylance Pro Cycling is entering its third year as a UCI Women’s World Tour team and continues to build on a strong foundation of success. The team will maintain its focus on the UCI Women’s World Tour calendar. Team Sports Director and General Manager, Manel Lacambra, is focused on continued growth from the team.
“Next year we have a balanced roster to be competitive all-around” says Director Sportif, Manel Lacambra. “We have a mission to develop the young riders and in combination with the experienced riders, we will continue to have great success.”
Cylance Pro Cycling is proud to announce the addition of two-time World Champion and one of the winningest cyclists of all time, Giorgia Bronzini. The Italian sprinter is known for her ability to be successful on many types of terrain. She has the tenacity to finish on the top step even after some of the world’s most difficult races. 2018 will be a great year for her to use her experience and skill to continue to find success as well as contribute to the development of the team.
“I’m really happy for my choice to join Cylance Pro Cycling” says Bronzini. “I always have seen this team as a good group of people that come to the race always with a smile. I would like to give to the younger girls some of my experience and take a chance to win some races together!”
Known as one of the most dominant American cyclists, Lauren Stephens (USA) is another notable addition to the 2018 roster. Stephens is known for her time trial strength and won this individual effort at Chrono Gatineau, Thüringen Ladies Tour and Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche.
Stephens and Bronzini will be joined by additional riders, the previous Serbian National Champion, Jelena Eric, current Israeli National Champion, Omer Shapira, and a young promising American rider, Holly Breck. Breck (USA) has shown a great aptitude for racing, and has represented the USA National Team in Europe.
Returning to the team is the recently crowned Spanish National Champion, Sheyla Gutierrez (ESP). Gutierrez has developed into one of the most consistent Spring Classics riders, and has also won a stage at the Giro and Le Samyn Dames.
“I am so keen for the season ahead. It will be my third year with the team and it’s becoming my second family” explains Gutierrez. “I hope to be in a good level to give back the confidence they put in me.”
Joining Gutierrez will be previous Italian teammates, Rossella Ratto and Marta Tagliaferro. Ratto (ITA) is a previous World Championship bronze medalist and was on the podium at the Giro dell’Emilia. Tagliaferro (ITA) is a loyal teammate that will be a pivotal piece for the lead out in sprint finishes.
Continuing with another year of multiple disciplines, Kaitie Keough (USA) will return to the team to race for Cannondale on both road and cyclocross. Already this year, Keough has victories on her Cannondale in cyclocross and enjoys the balance between the dirt and road for an ideal season. Keough will be joined by renowned climber, Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA) as she will continue her third year with Cylance Pro Cycling.
Cylance Pro Cycling has retained a diverse and powerful roster for 2018. It is thanks to the support of incredible partners dedicated to the development of women’s cycling, such as Cylance Inc., that this next season will have global success and impact in the sport.
“After a year of fantastic achievements, it’s genuinely exciting to see the team add a champion cyclist like Giorgia,” said Stuart McClure, Chairman and CEO at team sponsor Cylance Inc. “These athletes represent the best in both cycling and sportsmanship, and all of us at Cylance are proud to sponsor them in the coming season.”
Holly Breck (USA)
Giorgia Bronzini (ITA)
Jelena Eric (SRB)
Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA)
Sheyla Gutierrez (ESP)
Kaitie Keogh (USA)
Rossella Ratto (ITA)
Omer Shapira (ISR)
Lauren Stephens (USA)
Marta Tagliaferro (ITA)
Follow the team as they head towards 2018 at @CylanceCycling and cheer them on to #bringthegreen around the world and at races near year.