Three German riders sign new one-year deals with Ceratizit-WNT
Dec 21 2019 05:45 am CET

Three German riders sign new one-year deals with Ceratizit-WNT
Three German riders sign new one-year deals with Ceratizit-WNT
Photo of WNT-Rotor © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team has extended the contracts of Kathrin Hammes, Lea Lin Teutenberg and Franziska Brausse for the season 2020.

The three German riders re-signed one-year contracts and will continue strengthening the team for another year. Hammes won the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour in 2019 and had her most successful season to date.

"For sure my highlight this year was winning the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour," she said. "Not only because we won, but because of the way we raced together as one team and executed the team's plan. Everyone, riders and staff were part of it and that makes it even more special to win and celebrate together, especially for me on home soil.

"It was an easy decision to re-sign, I enjoyed the year with WNT-Rotor on and off the bike and I am excited to keep working together with everyone next year. The team, especially with the trust of the company Ceratizit creates a very supportive environment and I think it’s a good place to develop as a rider and become the best I can be. For next year I believe we have a strong group of riders together and I can’t wait to start training and racing with them to make 2020 an even more successful year."

Brausse joined the team halfway through 2019, a season in which she won the U23 European Individual Pursuit title and the Elite European title in the discipline a few months later. "My first World Tour road race in Sweden was my first race with the team, I was in the breakaway with some big names and of course the European Track Championships where I became European champion in the individual pursuit," the German rider commented.

"I am staying with the team because they believe in me and allow me to combine the road with my track cycling ambitions. My goal for 2020 is to help the team in the road races, and to become an Olympian in Tokyo, with a focus on the team pursuit."

Lin Teutenberg will start her third season with the team and she has played a crucial part in many victories of 2019 like the ones at the Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne, the Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta and the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour. "This year was great; I learned a lot from the bigger riders in the team which meant I could develop as a rider," she explained. "To be a part of Kathrin’s victory in Thüringen was my favourite moment, she was in the breakaway on the first stage meaning our race tactics for the whole week changed completely, but the whole team made a new plan and gave everything to help Kathrin taking home the yellow jersey!

"We worked well as a team the whole week and everyone gave their best to archive the goal of winning the general classification at the end of the week. It’s great to stay with the team for a third year, we have a great atmosphere, personally in 2020 I hope to develop my skills as a rider and help our leaders to win in the big races. I’m already looking forward to lining up with the team again and to fight together."

Ceratizit-WNT's complete roster for 2020:

Aafke Soet
Ane Santesteban
Claudia Koster
Erica Magnaldi
Franziska Brausse
Julie Leth
Kathrin Hammes
Kirsten Wild
Lara Vieceli
Laura Asencio
Lin Teutenberg
Lisa Brennauer
Maria Giulia Confalonieri
Sarah Rijkes




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