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Jolien D’hoore And Audrey Cordon-Ragot Sign For Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling

Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling is delighted to announce that Jolien D’hoore and Audrey Cordon-Ragot will be joining the team in 2015.  The two riders will be the first ever members of the black and orange squad from Belgium and France respectively, as it challenges for results over all kinds of terrain next year.

Jolien D’hoore is the current Belgian Road Race Champion, having also won the title in 2012, and, as a multiple National Champion on the track, she holds the Belgium National Omnium Title. As it has done in the past, Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling will support the 24-year-old from Gent, East Flanders, with her ambitions at the velodrome as well as on the road.

“I’m really happy to join Wiggle Honda in 2015,” Jolien said. “It was the right time to take the next step in my career to develop myself further next year.

“Also the fact that Wiggle Honda supports my track ambitions is very important to me as my goal is the omnium in the 2016 Rio Olympics,” she added. “I hope to learn from the other very talented riders in the team and I’m convinced that we can go for the victory in every kind of race with this strong team. I’m extremely motivated for 2015 to defend the Wiggle Honda colours.”

Along with her Belgian title, Jolien’s road victories in 2014 included the Diamond Tour, two stages of the BeNe Ladies Tour and a stage of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour, along with numerous important podium places.

“Jolien was one of the very first athletes I approached for 2015, she was someone I really wanted to sign at the end of 2013 and had to wait another season,” said Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling Managing Director Rochelle Gilmore. “Jolien had a very successful year with Lotto Belisol so I can imagine it was a very difficult decision to let go of her strong bond there.

“We have a lot prove to Jolien, and we’re motivated to ensure she’s in the right place to continue consolidating her reputation as one of the fastest sprinters in the world.”

Audrey Cordon-Ragot is part of the new generation of French riders that is rising to the top of women’s sport, and played a crucial role in the World Championship victory of compatriot Pauline Ferrand-Prevot in Ponferrada, Spain, last month. It is this kind of selfless devotion to her teammates that will make Audrey an indispensable member of Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling in 2015.

“I can’t wait to ride my first training with my new kit,” she said. “It’s an honour to fight for Wiggle Honda next season, the team looks professional and with a good atmosphere, which is for me the most important criterion to choose a team.

“I also wanted to stay next to Elisa Longo Borghini, we had a really good feeling together this season and I will continue my role of friend and domestique with her!” Cordon-Ragot added. “I’m looking forward to working with everybody, with my new stuff and staff, and I thank Rochelle for giving me my chance.”

As well as working hard for others, the 25-year-old from Pontivy, in the Breton department of Morbihan, took several important victories in 2014, including a stage of the Route de France, a stage of the Tour de Bretagne, and the Coupe de France races GP Plumelec-Morbihan and Classic Poitou-Charentes.

“France is a very important country for our major partners and we’d been watching Audrey closely for a couple of years,” Gilmore said “She’s certainly done enough this year to prove she’s an amazing talent and if nurtured correctly – we believe she’s capable of winning the big races. Audrey will play a key role in 2015 as a super domestique for our leaders, being very reliable on all types of terrains; flat, classic and mountainous races.

“We’re excited about Audrey’s capabilities.”

Jolien and Audrey are the fifth and sixth members of the 2015 Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling line up to be confirmed, along with Olympic Champion Dani King, Italian Time Trial Champion Elisa Longo Borghini, two-time Giro d’Italia winner Mara Abbott and up-and-coming British rider Anna Christian.

The black and orange team will be directed by Dutchman Egon van Kessel, one of the most experienced and respected Directeur Sportifs in the women’s peloton.

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