Our full roster is set! The team maintains a mix of experienced riders, all-round strength and youthful enthusiasm.
Boasting one of the youngest averages amongst the top ten UCI women’s teams in the peloton, the squad is preparing well ahead of the new season and is expecting to take part in all 23 UCI Women’s WorldTour races on the 2019 calendar.
Team Manager, Ronny Lauke, “I am extremely excited to be able to continue working with these young women. The group has individual talent and exceptional team spirit. They also had some setbacks which they’ve managed to get through and we’ve seen that they have worked hard for some big achievements together.”
“They’ve gained experience and they’ve gained confidence. All this combined, makes me believe that the team can achieve more success in future years with these riders,” added Lauke.
With Lisa Klein just 22 years old and Christa Riffel re-signing after a stagiaire role in 2017, the team ushers in another two talented youngsters: 18-year-old German Hannah Ludwig and 20-year-old Ella Harris from New Zealand.
Harris, who recently won the CANYON//SRAM Zwift Academy is looking to make the most of her professional contract. “It’s an exciting time! I have a golden opportunity to be the best rider I can be with the races, the staff, the equipment, my teammates, with everything. I can’t wait to get going.”
One key strengths of our roster for 2019 is the mix of established yet already successful riders. Though none exceed 26 years, sister duo Alice and Hannah Barnes, Elena Cecchini, Kasia Niewiadoma, Alexis Ryan, Omer Shapira and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot hold an impressive list of victories on their palmares’. Last season wins at Setmana Valenciana, Trofeo Binda, Acht van Westervald, and stage wins at Thüringen Rundfahrt are aiming to be surpassed in 2019.
“I’m very happy and pleased that our continued strong relationship with Canyon and SRAM enables us to keep writing our unique story. Both are believing in our path to raise awareness for the sport through special activities and new pathways. Furthermore, to lead one of the youngest teams further into the future and make them grow as athletes to become some of the strongest in the sport. This makes us extremely excited for the years ahead,” pronounced Lauke.
“With the TTT world title in the team’s pockets and equipped with the best bikes and components, I strongly believe it will help the riders and the team reach new heights in their performances and results,” added Lauke.
With more than 24 combined racing years, Alena Amialiusik and Tiffany Cromwell bring the most experience to the squad. After an injury-plagued two years, Amialiusik is determined for a full season in 2019.
Though less seasoned racers, the attitudes and lived experiences of Tanja Erath and Rotem Gafinovitz round out the team’s strengths on and off the bike. Erath, winner of the 2017 CANYON//SRAM Racing Zwift Academy extended her contract with the team after emerging as arguably one of the biggest talent finds from the women’s peloton in 2018.
The team will open its season with Setmana Ciclista Valenciana followed by Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. CANYON//SRAM Racing’s full roster is:
Belarusian Road and TT Champion Alena Amialiusik (29yrs), British TT Champion Hannah Barnes (25yrs), Italian TT Champion Elena Cecchini (26yrs), Israel TT Champion Rotem Gafinovitz (26yrs), Israel Road Champion Omer Shapira (24yrs), Alice Barnes (UK, 23yrs), Tiffany Cromwell (Australia, 30yrs), Tanja Erath (Germany, 29yrs), Ella Harris (New Zealand, 20yrs), Lisa Klein (Germany, 22yrs), Hannah Ludwig (Germany, 18yrs), Kasia Niewiadoma (Poland, 24yrs), Christa Riffel (Germany, 20yrs), and Alexis Ryan (USA, 24yrs).