The 24-year-old joined Sunweb for 2017 after three seasons racing predominantly in American with UnitedHealthcare while undertaking a university degree. In her first ‘full-time season’, Rivera enjoyed breakthrough wins at the Trofeo Alfredo Binda and Tour of Flanders and most recently enjoyed a stage win at the Women’s Tour of California.
“My transition into the team was really smooth and I’ve really enjoyed the past few months. It didn’t take me long to gel with the riders and staff from the team and it quickly became clear that we are a perfect fit. The team and I both have the same vision and our values and goals are exactly the same,” said Rivera.
“We have an incredible atmosphere and I’m honoured to be surrounded by inspiring people and strong team mates. I’m excited to become one of the core riders on the team and continue to progress with them. We have already achieved so much in a short time and I feel like we still have so much more to achieve together. I’m really looking forward to spending the next years with the team.”
While packing a fast sprint finish, Rivera also displayed her versatility with sixth place at Amstel Gold Race, and seventh at La Fleche Wallonne Feminine.
Halfway through her first season with the team, coach Hans Timmermans explained he has been delighted not only with Rivera’s results but her off-the-bike qualities.
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