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New Riders, New Name, World Rank #1
Wiggle Proud To Extend Sponsorship Of The World’s Number One Women’s Cycling Team
The newly named Wiggle High5 women’s professional cycling team is delighted to announce that it will be embarking on the 2016 season as the number one UCI ranked team in the world, following an unmatched 35 victories on the UCI Women's World Tour in 2015.
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Long established main sponsor, Wiggle, the world's leading online cycle and tri-sports retailer, is pleased to welcome market leading nutrition brand High5 as a new, named sponsor in 2016. Additionally, Champion System will join the team as official clothing partner - providing the team with its full race and casual clothing requirements.
Rochelle Gilmore, Team Managing Director and founder, has used the winter break to make a number of key signings to strengthen Wiggle High5 for the season ahead. These include Swedish National Champion Emma Johansson who joins the team for her final year in the pro peloton; two-time junior road race world champion Lucy Garner from Great Britain; and highly regarded Dutch rider Amy Pieters.
The rest of the roster remains mainly unchanged for 2016 with riders from ten countries representing Wiggle High5 in its distinctive black and orange livery. Familiar faces include Jolien D’Hoore who enjoyed an outstanding first season with the team in 2015 - scoring 13 wins in total to become the most prolific winner in the women’s peloton; Annette Edmondson who finished the Tour Down Under with the Green Sprinter’s Jersey; Elisa Longo Borghini who topped the podium at the prestigious Tour of Flanders; Giorgia Bronzini who clinched the team’s fourth World Cup win at the Tour of Chongming Island and also won Acht van Westerveld and two stages of the Route de France; Audrey Cordon-Ragot who claimed victory at the Cholet Pays de Loire Dames; Mayuko Hagiwara and Mara Abbott, who won stages at the Giro Rosa.
According to Gilmore, “I had an ambition in 2012 to create the most professional women’s cycling team in the world, increase salaries for athletes and become the world number one UCI team within 3 years. These goals have now been reached but we believe that the season ahead represents an opportunity for both the riders and the team to reach a completely new level. We’ll be doing all we can to support our riders’ main goals and creating a team environment that will ensure success on the road.”
Harvey Bennett, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at Wiggle, says, “Wiggle has sponsored the team from its beginning three years ago to achieving their goal of World No.1 ranking whilst promoting women’s cycling. Wiggle is very pleased to extend the successful partnership with the Team into 2016. Wiggle High5 will be the Team to beat once the season begins and signings, old and new, mean there are riders who can win and support the Giro, Grand Tours and Classics.”
The 2016 Wiggle High5 Team:
Amy Roberts – World Cup Winner Team Pursuit – Great Britain
Amy Pieters – Omloop het Nieuwsblad Winner - Netherlands
Anna Christian – British Junior National Road Champion – Great Britain Anna Sanchis – 2x Road & 3 x Individual TT National Champion – Spain Annette Edmondson – Dual World Champion & 5 x National Track Champion – Australia
Audrey Cordon-Ragot – National Time Trial Champion, Cholet Pays de Loire Dames Winner - France
Chloe Hosking – Mitchelton Bay Classic Series Winner –Australia
Dani King – Olympic & World Champion Team Pursuit – Great Britain
Elisa Longo Borghini – La Route de France & Tour of Flanders Winner - Italy
Emma Johansson - 7 x National TT Champion & 4 x Road Champion – Sweden
Giorgia Bronzini – 3 x World Champion – Italy
Lucy Garner - 2 x Junior World Road Race Champion - Great Britain
Jolien D’hoore – 3 x National Champion – Belgium
Mara Abbott – 2 x Giro d’Italia winner & National Road Champion – USA Mayuko Hagiwara – 11 x Japanese National Champion – Japan
Peta Mullens – National Road Champion – Australia
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Notes to Editor: Rochelle Gilmore and team members available for interviews upon request
Founded in 1999 in Portsmouth, UK, Wiggle is the world’s leading online cycling and tri-sports retailer, serving customers in over 100 countries.
Wiggle’s mission is to inspire everybody, everywhere, every day to experience the joy of sport, irrespective of experience or budget. Wiggle works with a range of leading Cycle to Work scheme providers and supports a large number of sporting events and activities that encourage and facilitate grass roots participation. Wiggle’s in-house design and development team is responsible for own-brands that include dhb, Eastway, Verenti, Cøsine and LifeLine and the company is proud to stock only the ‘good stuff’, products that have been tried, tested and can be recommended by its employees. http://www.wiggle.com
About Wiggle High5 Sports Nutrition Pro Cycling Team
New name. New riders. New ranking! – The race is on for 2016! With UCI No.1 World Ranking, the newly named Wiggle High5 women’s professional cycling team is the team to beat in 2016, following an unmatched 35 victories on the UCI Women's WorldTour in 2015. The signings, old and new, mean there are riders from 10 different countries to race in Rio 2016, Grand Tours and The Classics, in the new distinctive black & orange livery. Having sponsored the team for three years, Wiggle are delighted to continue the journey with these incredible athletes; as they continue to inspire, entertain and raise awareness of the status and profile of women’s cycling. The 2016 season promises to be the most exciting yet!
HIGH5 is a UK company. Combining a practical no-nonsense approach with the latest developments in sports science means that HIGH5 products are always leading edge and 100% fit for purpose. HIGH5 continually tests its products and obtains athlete feedback. High5 is the on-course nutrition at more than 750 races and events around the world. The Company takes great pride that for over 20 years, it has produced the very best sports nutrition products available and helped athletes (including ourselves) reach their sporting objectives. For more info visit http://www.highfive.co.uk
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