LONDON (AFP) — Olympic track champions Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell have signed for a new women’s road team supported by British Tour de France winner and fellow London Olympic gold medalist, Bradley Wiggins.
Australia’s Rochelle Gilmore will lead the British-registered Dream Team Pro Cycling (DTPC) Honda Pro Cycling Team.
A statement issued Tuesday said Commonwealth Games champion Gilmore was “presently in deep negotiations (over the naming rights) with a global company based in the United Kingdom.
“The team is also privileged to have the personal backing of British cycling legend Bradley Wiggins CBE through the Wiggo Foundation,” the statement added. “Wiggins’ provision of generous support, assistance and encouragement will further enable the girls to fulfill their potential out on the road.”
Following his triumphs in becoming the first British rider to win the Tour de France, as well as taking a fourth Olympic gold medal when he won the time trial on August 1, Wiggins spoke of his desire to support women’s cycling.
“I would like to help form a women’s team,” he told London’s The Telegraph in September. “I have no idea what it would cost but it would be something I would be willing to put in some of my own money in to start up.”
Trott won two gold medals in London, standing atop the podium in the individual six-discipline omnium and in the team pursuit, where she rode with King and Rowsell. The trio will now join forces on the road.
“I’m excited to be joining the DTPC Honda Pro Cycling Team for the 2013 season and look forward to being part of what I believe will be one of the most professional and most successful teams next year,” Trott said. “I’m looking forward to gaining more experience on the road with such a great team next year.”
Britain’s Elinor Barker, the world junior time trial champion, is also set to ride for DTPC, as is Italian two-time world road champion Giorgia Bronzini.