British junior road race world champion Lucy Garner has been signed to the Argos-Shimano women’s team for 2013.
The Dutch squad has unveiled the line-up for its 2013 women’s team, and Garner will play a central role in its plans for next season in her first year as a professional.
The Argos-Shimano women’s team will comprise ten riders, seven of which have so far been named. Eighteen-year-old Garner will join Charlotte Becker, Amy Pieters, Kelly Markus, Esra Tromp, Kirsten Wild and Marlen Johrend.
Garner’s international contract comes as welcome news at a time when several of the top women’s teams have been struggling to find sponsors. The Dutch-based AA Drink-leontien.nl squad that has been home to British riders Sharon Laws, Emma Pooley and Lizzie Armitstead will fold at the end of the year.
Garner has been riding in the British Node4-Giordana squad since 2011.
Cycing Weekly understands that British Cycling are set to create a women’s road academy to help nurture young talent and provide a step up to the senior, professional ranks. Find out more in this week’s Cycling Weekly magazine where BC president Biran Cookson talks frankly about the current state of women’s cycling.
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