Lucy Garner fulfils Dutch dream as she joins Argos-Shimano

Double world champion had spoken of appeal of living and racing in the Netherlands

by Simon_MacMichael   October 9, 2012  

Lucy Garner (copyright Simon MacMichael)

Lucy Garner, who last month won the junior women’s road race title for the second year running, is to join the women's team of  Dutch outfit Argos-Shimano for the 2013 season.

The Leicestershire-born 18-year-old, who followed up her 2011 rainbow jersey success in Copenhagen by taking this year’s race in the Dutch province of Limburg, clearly has an affinity with the Netherlands – earlier this year, she won the European title in Zeeland.

Her appreciation of the country goes beyond cycling, with Garner on record as saying: "I would love to live and race in the Netherlands. Beautiful races and nice people. What more do you want?"

Argos-Shimano has also confirmed the signings of the Dutch sprinter Kirsten Wild and the German riders Charlotte Becker and Marlen Jöhrend.

The team says it has three spots left to fill on its women’s roster for next season and that it is in discussions with “ a number of riders.”

Last month, Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead, who rode this year for the AA Drink-leontien.nl squad which is folding at the end of this season, confirmed that she would be switching to another Dutch team, Dolmans-Boels.

Three other British women are currently on the AA Drink-leontien.nl roster. Emma Pooley is reportedly considering taking an extended break from cycling to focus on completing her Ph D, while neither British national champion Sharon Laws nor Lucy Martin have revealed their 2013 plans yet.

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Good move for here. I'm glad she didn't go to Dolmans with them already having Armitstead, Lucy Martin and Emma Trott.

There can be too many riders from one country in one team. Gives an up and coming British rider a chance away from other Brits.

With Sharon Laws going to Lotto Belisol Ladies, it gives an even bigger spread of British woman in the Womans World Cup.

Will Nicole Cooke be with Faren Honda next year?Thinking

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posted by Gkam84 [8858 posts]
9th October 2012 - 18:08

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Good news this.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3193 posts]
9th October 2012 - 22:11

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Good luck to her - I notice things have quietened down about rumours of a UK based women's team.

Sudor

posted by Sudor [182 posts]
10th October 2012 - 9:31

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