TIBCO-Silicon Valley Financial institution, a US-based UCI Continental staff, have strengthened their roster with six new signings together with WorldTour abilities Tanja Erath, Eva Buurman and Eri Yonamine. The American outfit introduced a roster of 13 riders that additionally consists of US cyclo-cross nationwide champion Clara Honsinger in 2021.
“In Eri and Eva, and Tanja, we now have added energy and depth for the numerous European races that we are going to compete in, and I believe their aggressive racing model will work very well inside our staff. Tanja additionally provides important Zwift expertise to the staff which will probably be particularly helpful for our esports calendar,” stated staff proprietor Linda Jackson.
Erath received the 2017 Zwift Academy and joins the staff from Canyon-SRAM. Yonamine is a five-time Japanese nationwide champion and a top-20 finisher on the 2016 Rio Olympic Video games, and joins the staff from Alé BTC Ljubljana. Buurman is likely one of the strongest up-and-coming climbers and joins the staff after spending two seasons with Boels-Dolmans.
TIBCO-SVB additionally welcomes US cyclo-cross nationwide champion Clara Honsinger, Maddy Ward, and Emma Langley to the squad in 2021.
Honsinger ended Katie Compton’s 15-year profitable streak at USA Biking Cyclocross Nationwide Championships in Lakewood, Washington in December.
Throughout cyclo-cross season, Honsinger races for Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld Professional Biking and in addition had a number of top-five outcomes on the 2019 World Cup circuit. On the highway, she was eleventh general on the 2019 Colorado Basic.
Ward bought her begin with the UCLA collegiate staff in 2016, and three years later completed prime 20 in two phases of the Colorado Basic. She additionally competes in cyclo-cross and gravel.
A former triathlete, Langley had a robust home highway season, ending seventh at US Street Nationals, sixth at Joe Martin Stage Race, and fourth at Redlands Bicycle Basic Yucaipa Street Race.
“Clara, Emma, and Maddy are all up and coming US riders with tons of potential, and I am excited to assist them with the subsequent phases of their improvement,” stated staff proprietor Linda Jackson.
TIBCO-SVB introduced the return of their core group of seven riders that embody Diana Peñuela, Sarah Gigante, Kristen Faulkner, Emily Pleasure Newsom, Lauren Stephens, Nina Kessler, and Leah Dixon, who’ve all prolonged their contracts for 2021.
TIBCO-SVB had a robust presence and deal with digital racing in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of racing this 12 months. Stephens received the general title of the Digital Tour de France and Dixon received the general of the V-SERIES Girls’s Tour, together with sturdy performances from Gigante and Faulkner.
Stephens went on to a outstanding sequence of top-10 finishes in her revised Girls’s WorldTour marketing campaign, which started after almost 5 months of dominating Zwift racing. She received the general title on the Tour de l’Ardeche, and completed tenth at Brabantse Pijl, sixth at Gent-Wevelgem and ninth on the Tour of Flanders, which was the staff’s ultimate highway race of the season.
“The 2020 season has been uncommon, to say the least, however I’m pleased with the best way the staff tailored to the challenges confronted,” stated Director Sportif Rachel Hedderman. “With the successes in digital races and the performances in each classics and stage races, the condensed season turned out to be a extremely good one for the staff.”
Jackson acknowledged that competing in the course of the revised calendar in Europe, throughout a pandemic, was not straightforward for the athletes, many coming from outdoors of Europe.
“Everybody that went over to Europe, riders, and workers, needed to quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival and self-isolate, quarantine after they went residence,” Jackson stated. “For some, that meant 4 weeks of inflexible quarantine to pursue their targets.”
TIBCO-SVB are planning for a complete race calendar for 2021 that may embody supporting Yonamine’s, Gigante’s, and Stephens’ Olympic Video games ambitions.
The staff will goal each the Girls’s WorldTour racing calendar and the most important North American UCI occasions, whereas gravel and esport races will stay a fixture on the 2021 schedule.
“That is an formidable calendar, and, to attain success in each bodily and digital racing, it was essential to maintain our core 2020 staff collectively,” Hedderman stated. “The strategic additions of Eri, Eva, and Tanja strengthen our European and esports rosters.
Jackson stated that the staff will deal with the continued improvement of Honsinger, Langley and Ward.
“Maddy, Emma, and Clara are all super abilities that may profit from working alongside our skilled highway riders,” Jackson stated.
“One important upside of not being a WorldTour squad in 2021 is that we are able to present alternatives like these for these gifted girls who’re the way forward for our sport.”