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Lucy and Grace Garner renew with Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling in 2018

Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling is delighted that British sisters Lucy and Grace Garner have renewed their contracts with the team for 2018. Lucy, who has been in the black and orange jersey since 2016, is a former two-time Junior Road Race World Champion, while 20-year-old sister Grace is one of the most promising young British talents today.

“Wiggle High5 is absolutely blessed to have the opportunity to continue working with Lucy and Grace – two of the nicest athletes in the peloton and, both huge talents!” said Team founder, owner and manager, Rochelle Gilmore.

“Until now, Lucy has been doing her time in Wiggle High5 as a domestique and, learning from her more experienced team mates. It’s now time for us to create some opportunities for Lucy to race for sprint wins. Still only 23yrs of age, I believe she is ready.

Some successful junior athletes step straight into a lead role with a Professional team, Lucy chose to join big team’s like Argos/Giant-Shimano and then Wiggle High5 in order to learn from the best, after winning two junior World Championship Road Races back to back in 2011 & 2012, we’re very confident Lucy will be ready in 2018 to mix it with the top sprinters.

The 2017 season has seen Lucy Garner take podium finishes in the Omloop van de Ijsseldelta and Tour of Guangxi, but it has been her work as part of a well-drilled black and orange lead out train that has made her an invaluable part of the team. Lucy’s contributions in races such as the Tour of Chongming Island, an event in the Women’s WorldTour, helped Belgian sprinter Jolien D’hoore to take more victories than any other rider this season.

“I’m really looking forward to staying with Wiggle High5 for another year,” she said. “It will be my third year with the team in 2018. The past two years I have learnt a lot and I’m really trying to make a big step next year and Wiggle High5 have the confidence in me and want to help me achieve my best. I have a new coach and I’m really motivated for whats to come in 2018. We have a few new riders joining the team next year so it will be exciting to see how we will all come together and help each other reach the top.

“Another reason I’m excited to be staying with Wiggle High5 is that Grace will be staying for another year as well,” Lucy added. “We are sisters but also best friends and push each other to our best on the bike.”

“Grace has followed the development path of her older sister Lucy and has really impressed our management and DS staff at Wiggle High5,” Gilmore explained. “Whilst Grace has not yet had opportunities as a lead rider, we have already identified that Grace has a very level-headed winning attitude. In 2017 Grace slipped into Wiggle High5 and immediately felt at home, her teammates and staff have valued her very much this year and truly appreciate her willingness to sacrifice her winning capabilities for the team.”

Aged just 19 when she joined Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling this year, Grace Garner made an immediate impression with her teammates in January’s Australian races. Aside from helping out her teammates, a fifth place finish in the Santos Women’s Tour showed that, even at such a young age, Grace already belonged at the top level. In a rare opportunity to race for herself, she was able to successfully defend her title at the Essex Giro in the UK.

“I’m really happy to have signed with Wiggle High5 for another season,” she said. “It’s been a huge learning curve for me this year and I’m really excited to go into next year in a familiar setting and knowing that the team have confidence in me. Last year I was extremely grateful of the opportunities that were given to me. I have new goals and targets for next year so I’m chuffed to be able to try and reach them with this team. For my first year professional Wiggle High5 was the perfect setting for me. Everyone is friendly and welcoming but professional at the right moments.

“I’ve learnt a lot about myself and it’s exciting to continue to grow within the squad next season,” Grace added. “There are going to be some new faces but I’m sure we will gel just as the team gelled last year. I’m excited to learn more from the older riders and soak up as much of their knowledge as I can do. I’m still starting out in my career so hopefully I will progress as much as I did this year, and if not more in the coming season. I’m ready to put in the hard work this winter and also excited for the first team get together already!”

“The Garner sisters are an absolute delight to have in the team,” Gilmore concluded. “They’ve been very active in the UK, using their profile to encourage young children and women to take up cycling and that’s a big part of what our team is about.”

 

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