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Cylance Pro Cycling Announces Ronde van Drenthe Roster

Cylance Pro Cycling heads to the cobbled roads of Netherlands for the next round of the UCI Women’s World Tour calendar, Ronde van Drenthe on March 11th.  The one day 138.3k classic consists is notable for it’s small roads, cobble sectors, and the 20% ascent of the Vamburg.  The following day, the team will race again on similar roads at Drentse Acht van Westerveld.

After a strong showing in the Spring Classics already, Cylance Pro Cycling will be bringing a solid and motivated squad to the startline.  Kirsten Wild (NED) and Willeke Knol (NED) will race on home roads and will use experience to make calculated efforts in the race.  Joining the Dutch riders will be Sheyla Guiterriez (ESP), Marta Tagliaferro (ITA), Joelle Numainville (CAN), and Rachele Barbieri (ITA).  

"The Drenthe races are spectacular and very special," said Director Sportif, Manel Lacambra. "They are long races with hard cobble sections, wind, narrow roads, and the infamous Vamberg climb. We will try to do our best to fight against the top teams in the World and play our cards to achieve a good result ."

Ronde van Drenthe Roster

Kirsten Wild (NED)

Willeke Knol (NED)

Sheyla Guiterriez (ESP)

Marta Tagliaferro (ITA)

Joelle Numainville (CAN)

Rachele Barbieri (ITA)

 

Kirsten Wild Wins Inaugural Towards Zero Race Melbourne Behind Team Effort

With 87 starters on Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit, there was nowhere to hide today at the inaugural Towards Zero Race Melbourne event. As the opening salvo to the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, Race Melbourne featured much of the peloton from the Santos Women’s Tour earlier this month in Adelaide. In the end, a fast bunch sprint would be decided by a Vittoria tubular tire and a Vision carbon wheel as Kirsten Wild beat out Chloe Hosking (Ale-Cippolini) in a photo finish. “We are very happy, because we know the victory was for Kirsten,” added Director Sportif, Manel Lacambra, “but this one was a team victory as everyone did a big effort to get the final win.”

Having already won two out of the year’s first four race, Wild was picked as a favorite for the race, as was second place finisher Hosking; Hosking has missed only one podium this year. "That was a close one!” said Kirsten Wild. “Thanks to my Cylance Pro Cycling teammies for making this win possible!!"

The Towards Zero Race Melbourne took place during the Australia Day national holiday on the Albert Park circuit, which is a replica of that used for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix. The women raced a total of twelve laps of the 5.3km circuit for 63.3 total kilometers.

There were intermediate sprints on offer during the race, but the team entered with a singular focus, bringing Kirsten to the line first.

The race started quickly with attacks often during the back stretch of the course; the first real break away wasn’t until six laps into the race when a trio of riders representing Hagens Berman, Shoair, and United Healthcare were able to gain an advantage. Their time would site between ten and fifteen seconds for about two laps before a counter by the Canyon-SRAM team brought them back.

The race continued like this with small attacks of one or two riders gaining a small advantage only to be brought back by the tail wind assisted peloton looking for those intermediate bonus sprints.

“We had [Malgorzata Jasinska] and Rossella [Ratto] covering all of the attacks and Rachele [Barbieri] (7th on the day) was all day with Kirsten, “continued Manel. “Dani [King] was also very good, working for the team and closing the last attack 2 k’s before the finish line that was a very dangerous move.”

With everyone working to keep the peloton together, Marta Tagliaferro was left to take care of Kirsten on her own in the closing kilometers. “I'm really happy about this race, we did a perfect lead out for Kirsten and in the end Dani worked a lot to close the break,” added Marta. “So, I was a bit isolated. In the end, I was alone, so I tried to do my best for the lead out, which was maybe a little early, but Kirsten is the strongest. Kirsten is really really strong and today she showed the power legs [laughs]”

"Well it feels pretty damn good to be part of this team," said Dani after the congratulating the team below the podium.

Up next for the team is the third edition of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on Saturday the 28th at 11:45 am local time.

2017 Towards Zero Race Melbourne Results:

1. Kirsten Wild             Cylance Pro Cycling

2. Chloe Hosking        Ale Cipollini

3. Lisa Brennauer       Canyon-SRAM

7. Rachele Barbieri     Cylance Pro Cycling

 

Cylance Pro Cycling Women’s Team Enjoys Focused Training Camp in Spain

All Photos: Brian Hodes - veloimages.com

The Cylance Pro Cycling women’s team had their second team training camp for the year in Cambrils, Spain. The week focused on finalizing preparations for the 2017 season and intense training spent together on the bike. As the riders tested themselves and equipment against all terrains and conditions, the team became dialed and ready to begin racing. 

The first team camp occurred in California in early November and was centered on sponsor activation and team building. This allowed a more training specific camp to happen after the New Year in Spain guaranteeing a powerful and successful start to the season.

The calculated efforts were rewarded with two victories and four podiums at the Santos Women’s Tour. Kirsten Wild winning two of the four stages and finishing 3rd overall.

Wild attributes the team’s Santos Women’s Tour success to the productive training camp. “We did some good efforts to get to know each other on and off the bike and it paid of” explains Wild. “The atmosphere is amazing and I’m looking forward to do more races together and I am sure if we keep going like this we get some nice results and more important: we will have a lot of fun and that makes all the hard work worth it!”

Through the long climbs and extensive miles, the team reinforced comradery and sacrifice. Cylance Pro Cycling balances professionalism and execution with raw enjoyment and the pure love of the sport. Check out the story of our team and our expectations for 2017 here.

“I am really proud of the work the women have done at home and at the training camp to start the season strong. We always have fun, laugh, and get along great. But when it is time to race, everyone is professional and ready to get the job done.” says Manel Lacambra, Director Sportif.

Cylance Pro Cycling is proud to work with the incredible sponsors that allow the team to be successful worldwide. With trust in the technical equipment and the athlete’s balance and dedication, Cylance Pro Cycling has set the stage to have an incredible year. Stay tuned for more great adventures!

 

Kirsten Wild, Cylance Pro Cycling, Win Final Stage of Santos Women’s Tour

Cylance Pro Cycling Leaves Stage Race with Two Stage Wins a Podium and Third Overall

 The final day of the Santos Women's Tour cranked up the temperature with a blistering Australian summer afternoon on a short 1.2-kilometer course. The course allows for great crowd spectating, and is always a fan favorite, even in the heat of the evening. At the beginning of the race, a few riders tried to break free of the peloton, but were brought back quickly. The peloton closed any gap before anything dangers could be established. 

 Cylance Pro Cycling was diligent in covering any race moves as Jasi, Rossella, and Dani followed the animated race attentively as they had been doing the whole race. As the stage neared the finish, the pace increased dramatically, and it was headed towards a fast bunch finish. As young Italian rider Rachele Barbieri shadowed sprint powerhouse, Kirsten Wild, Marta Tagliafero launched an incredible lead out to deliver Wild once again first over the line. This was Kirsten's second win of the four-stage tour, and third time on the podium, as she secured a 2nd place in Stage 3. With solid representation during the entire race, Wild finished 3rd overall in General Classification.

 

“I’m happy with a second victory,” Kirsten had to say after the race. “And to be 3rd overall in the Tour Down Under took such great teamwork from Cylance Pro Cycling!”

  "I am very happy with the team's performance in Australia. It was the first race of the year, with new riders, and the team worked well together." says Manel Lacambra, Director Sportif. "I know this team has the ability to do great things all year long. The most important part of the team is enjoying what we are doing and starting the season with success. This gives us motivation to continue to work hard to find even more victories."

 Up next for the team is the one day Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Victoria, Australia on Saturday, January 28th.

 

Cylance Pro Cycling Goes 1-2 in Adelaide

Photo: Bart Hazen

Kirsten Wild wins stage 2 of Santos Women’s Tour, Rachele Barbieri places second

It might look easy, but it wasn’t.
— Kirsten Wild

The 2017 Santos Women’s Tour in Australia once again played host to the season premiere of Cylance Pro Cycling. Going into the four-stage race the team circled stage two as the day we could put everything we worked on in training camp together and put a Cylance Pro Cycling Rider on the top step of the podium.

Coming into stage two the team was motivated by Dani King’s strong result on stage one, placing fifth on the difficult 106.5km stage. The team built a plan for the 14 lap 32.2km course that would give Kirsten Wild the best chance to take win. “The plan going into stage two,” added Dani, “was that Kirsten was going to go for the first sprint and suss it out then I’d go for the intermediate and try to get a couple of seconds. Then all for Kirsten in the end.”

The Peloton would tackle the People’s Choice Classic 2.3km circuit for 14 laps, with key intermediate sprints throughout the stage and bonus seconds available on the line.

Going into first intermediate sprint no attacks had established themselves, despite the pace not being high enough to sting out the bunch. True to plan, Kirsten had a go at the first sprint, placing 3rd behind Chloe Hosking (Ale-Cippolini).

Photo: Bart Hazen

It wasn’t until nine laps to go that a group of six riders could manage a gap on the field, though their freedom was short lived. A counter attack by High5 Dream Team neutralized the six-rider break with a Emily Roper (High5 Dream Team) going solo with 7 laps to go; she would be quickly joined by two riders with the small group clinging onto a 4” gap

The bell for second intermediate sprint ensured the break would be absorbed as quickly as it had formed. This time it was Dani’s turn to go for the bonus seconds. “I tried the first one,” added Kirsten, “but I didn’t want to put too much energy into it since the stage win is cooler. For Dani, it’s really good to take some seconds in the GC.” Dani would go on to take 3rd in a very close sprint behind Lauren Kitchen (NSWIS Sydney Uni).

With four laps to go, the race would see its final attempt to put a break up the road as Orica-Scott, United Healthcare, Ale Cippolini, and High5 Dream Team each put one rider up the road, only to again be out done by the final intermediate sprint. Dani would take more crucial bonus seconds placing third in the final intermediate sprint.

Orica-Scott held the peloton together going into the bell lap, however, “the lead out didn’t come out as we planned but we stayed so close together,” said Kirsten. “I was together the whole time with Marta Tagliaferro and Dani King in the final. In the end, I just went my own way.”

“We planned with Rachele on me,” Kirsten added, “and she finished second. It’s awesome.” “We worked so well as a team,” continued Dani, “I cannot believe we ended up with first and second. You know we’ve only been together for one race and already it feels like such an amazing team.”

Stage 3 of the Santos Women’s Tour is the final real opportunity to upset the general classification, where Kirsten Wild currently sits in third place, 50” behind race leader Amanda Spratt (Orica-Scott).

Stage 2 Results:

Rank   Rider                                       Team                           Time

1          WILD Kirsten                           Cylance Pro Cycling   43:57

2          BARBIERI Rachele                Cylance Pro Cycling   .st

3          HOSKING Chloe                    Alé Cipollini                 .st

30        KING Danielle                         Cylance Pro Cycling.st

61        JASINSKA Małgorzata           Cylance Pro Cycling.st

67        RATTO Rossella                     Cylance Pro Cycling.st

95        TAGLIAFERRO Marta           Cylance Pro Cycling0:26

 

Stage 2 General Classification:

Rank   Rider                                       Team                           Time

1          SPRATT Amanda                   Orica – Scott               3:34:58

2          ENSING Janneke                   Alé Cipollini                 0:19

3          WILD Kirsten                           Cylance Pro Cycling0:50

9          KING Danielle                         Cylance Pro Cycling1:00

28        JASINSKA Małgorzata           Cylance Pro Cycling1:47

50        RATTO Rossella                     Cylance Pro Cycling2:33

63        BARBIERI Rachele                Cylance Pro Cycling3:07

76        TAGLIAFERRO Marta           Cylance Pro Cycling3:39

 

Stage 2 Points Classification:

Rank   Rider                                       Team                           Points

1          HOSKING Chloe                    Alé Cipollini                 18

2          KITCHEN Lauren                    WM3 Energie              14

3          WILD Kirsten                           Cylance Pro Cycling   12

7          BARBIERI Rachele                Cylance Pro Cycling   8

14        KING Danielle                         Cylance Pro Cycling   2

Cylance Pro Cycling Announce 2017 Santos Women’s Tour Roster

The Cylance Pro Cycling women's team, fresh off their recent training camp in Cambrils, Spain, will start their second season in Adelaide, Australia for the 6th edition of the Santos Women’s Tour.  This women's edition of the Tour Down Under starts January 14th and concludes on January 17th.

Returning to the UCI Women’s WorldTour peloton for 2017, Cylance Pro Cycling will debut their 2017 cycling kit on the roads in Australia for the first race of the year.

 "After a fantastic training camp in Spain, I am excited to start the 2017 season.  The women have been preparing for the year ahead, and it will be nice to get it started in Australia" says Manel Lacambra, Director Sportif.

The Cylance Pro Cycling roster for the Santos Women’s Tour includes 2017 additions to the team: Kirstin Wild, Dani King (4th overall in 2016), Jasinska Malgorzata, and Marta Tagliaferro, as well as returning stand outs: Rossella Ratto and Rachele Barbieri.

The 2016 edition of the Santos Women’s Tour saw the race elevated to UCI 2.2 status and and it will maintain its UCI status for 2017. The race begins in Hahndorf for a 106.5km stage that will end in Meadows for what should be a reduced bunch sprint. On stage 2 the race again sees the women tackle the same course used for the men’s People’s Choice Classic a total of 14 times for 32.2KM in East End, Adelaide. The race continues on stage 3 from Tanunda to Lyndoch for 92.4KM with 2 KOM points that could prove decisive. The Santos Women’s Tour finishes up on January 17th with stage 4, an over one hour criterium race in Victoria Park, just east of Adelaide’s city center.

You can follow the race using the official hashtag: #TDUWomens, and by following Cylance Pro Cycling on twitter: @CylanceCycling.

Cylance Pro Cycling Announces Full 2017 Roster

Southern California became a hub of activity for the Cylance Pro Cycling as title sponsor Cylance® Inc welcomed the 2017 women’s roster to its Global HQ located in Irvine, CA for a pre-season team camp. This exceptional time was spent without bikes and brought the women from seven different countries to one location for an action-packed week of new sponsor introductions and team-building exercises.

With the core mission of the camp being time with Cylance and valuable educational sessions with new 2017 equipment sponsors, there was also ample time for team-building adventures. Sight-seeing, whale watching and a high ropes course challenge encouraged trust, camaraderie and communication. Relaxation and team bonding happened during a full team manicure/pedicure session prior to attending an executive dinner. 

During the dinner, Cylance Pro Cycling was able to learn about the company, its core values, as well interact with executives. The following day, in a relaxed and fun question and answer session, the athletes were able to share personal stories while employees were able to better get to know each individual.

As the excitement continues to build for the 2017 season, Cylance Pro Cycling is ready to announce the final new addition, Marta Tagliaferro, to the team. Known for her crafty lead-out and warrior mindset, Tagliaferro, 27 of Italy, will be a pivotal piece to the team’s overall success. “Tagliaferro is a tremendous bike racer with great abilities to navigate in any sprint finish. We are lucky to have her experience and strength on the team” says Manel Lacambra, Director Sportif.   

Cylance Pro Cycling proudly confirms its returning riders, completing the 2017 roster.  Returning riders include: Rossella Ratto, Rachele Barbieri, Krista Doebel-Hickok, Alison Tetrick, and Erica Zaveta.  With the women’s team roster now complete, it is clear that Cylance Pro Cycling is continuing to provide opportunities and a platform to grow women’s cycling worldwide.  

Cylance Pro Cycling proudly announces its complete women’s roster for 2017:

Kaitie Antonneau (USA)

Rachele Barbieri (ITA)

Krista Doebel-Hickok (USA)

Sheyla Gutierrez (ESP)

Malgorzata Jasinska (POL)

Dani King (GBR)

Willeke Knoll (NED)

Joelle Numainville (CAN)

Rossella Ratto (ITA)

Marta Tagliaferro (ITA)

Alison Tetrick (USA)

Kirsten Wild (NED)

Erica Zaveta (USA)

 

Cycling fans can stay up to date with the Cylance Pro Cycling team at:

Facebook.com/CylanceCycling

Twitter: @cylancecycling

Instagram: @cylancecycling

Web: cylanceprocycling.com

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