Kasia Niewiadoma has signed a two-year contract extension with our team, keeping the Polish star at the team for 2020 and 2021!
The 24-year-old, who will next weekend compete at the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire, said her decision to sign an early extension was easy.
“I’m really happy to have extended with CANYON//SRAM. This year especially, I’ve felt that this is my place and it’s where I belong. I feel completely myself within the team, and for me this is important. It makes me happy and satisfied, and it gives me motivation to perform,” said Niewiadoma.
Since joining CANYON//SRAM Racing in 2018, Niewiadoma has added Women’s WorldTour victories at Trofeo Alfredo Binda and Amstel Gold Ladies Race, stage wins at OVO Energy Women’s Tour and Giro Rosa, as well as holding the Maglia Rosa for five stages in this year’s Giro Rosa.
“It’s not just about performance though. I also like how the team pays attention to my wellbeing. The team is there to help and understand me and not just to take from me because I’m a good bike rider. There have been many moments and races that myself and my teammates have learnt a lot about ourselves and about each other. Sometimes the moments were hard and we didn’t like each other, but now we can laugh about it! We now all understand what we want from our cycling careers and how each of us can go about achieving those ambitions. I feel we’re a very, very united group and this is important for me in a team,” explained Niewiadoma.
“It’s part of the reason why I’ve extended my contract. I don’t want to run to another team environment. I want to build on what we have achieved and learnt so far.”
“I also like the support that we have from our partners, especially that Canyon and SRAM are often present at our races to see us. They’re wanting to develop new bikes or components to help us to be faster and stronger. I never have the feeling that I’m at a race or training at home and I’m wishing for something different or something that someone else has. I am confident I have the best equipment and support at CANYON//SRAM that will help me achieve my goals.”
Ronny Lauke, our Team Manager, added, “Kasia left an immense impact to the team the two seasons she is with us now. She achieved special victories, always in great style and with great spirit. With the strong support of her teammates, Kasia has won races with her heart and courageous riding and she is an inspiration on the bike. Though, she is still one of the young riders in the top end of the sport, whom still needs to discover how far she can get. I am extremely happy she is trusting us to help her to push the current limits to new heights.”
Niewiadoma is one of ten of our riders taking part in the UCI Road World Championships starting tomorrow in Yorkshire, UK.
Ahead of her seventh time racing the Elite Women Road Race World Championship, Niewiadoma said, “I’m aiming to do my best and win. I feel it’s possible. I want to show that I’m capable of doing it. I feel like it’s the right time.”
Elite Women Individual Time Trial, 30km, Tuesday 24 September:
Alena Amialiusik (Belarus), Alice Barnes (Great Britain), Lisa Klein (Germany), Rotem Gafinovitz and Omer Shapira (Israel).
Elite Women Road Race, 150km, Saturday 28 September:
Alena Amialiusik (Belarus), Alice Barnes and Hannah Barnes (Great Britain), Lisa Klein (Germany), Rotem Gafinovitz and Omer Shapira (Israel), Tiffany Cromwell (Australia), Elena Cecchini (Italy), Ella Harris (New Zealand), Kasia Niewiadoma (Poland).