Elevated to 2.1 status for the first time in its history, the first women’s UCI race of the 2018 calendar takes place in Adelaide, South Australia 11-14 January.
While the team has enjoyed stage win success in previous years, including with Edmondson in 2016, a bid at the general classification will wait another year as team manager Rochelle Gilmore explained of the squad selection.
“We feel the pressure and so deeply would love to take a victory at what feels like a home race,” Gilmore said. “The team owner and head director are also both Aussie so, of course, we’d love to take a win in Adelaide! [But] We will be racing the 2018 event with very clear and specific sprint priorities.”
“Our team will be made up of very strong lead-out and sprint riders so, we will specifically target the flat stages and sprint opportunities – sacrificing the team’s potential to target the overall classification in 2018.”
The Australian trio, all vying for positions in Australia’s track team for the Commonwealth Games in April, will be joined by new signings Rachele Barbieri and Eri Yonamine, and Audrey Cordon-Ragot. It will also be Stewart’s first race for Wiggle-High5.
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