A cup of tea with....Lucy Garner Joins Wiggle
Two weeks’ training in Australia on the back of the Santos Women’s Tour have helped Dreams Come True ambassador Lucy Garner build towards the start of a fourth demanding professional season on the roads of Europe.
The Netherlands-based cyclist, who hails from Leicestershire, has joined a new squad this year, Wiggle High5, and made her debut for the top-ranked team in women’s world cycling at the four-day tour in South Australia. She completed her trip to the southern hemisphere by competing in the Deakin University Elite road race in Victoria where she finished 17th following training stints in Adelaide and Melbourne.
The 21-year-old was plunged into the four-day tour just 48 hours after arriving in South Australia and was faced with extreme heat to go with the effects of jet lag after a gruelling journey from northern europe.
Despite finishing halfway down the field at the end of the race, she was able to help team-mates Nettie Edmondson and Chloe Hosking claim a one-two on the race’s second stage. The team, which included another young Briton in Wales’ Amy Roberts, finished second overall and Great Britain team-mate Dani King took the climber’s jersey.
Lucy officially joined the Wiggle squad on January 1 after spending the first three seasons of her life as a professional with the Liv-Plantur set-up. So it was a considerable change for her as she swapped to the Black and Orange jersey.
“I was very motivated and excited to put on my new jersey the first time I went out training in it,” she said. “It signifies a new year and new goals for me, so it was a really positive way to start the season.”
Racing in Australia so early in the year, though, was a swift reminder of the reality of the racing business which lies ahead this year. “It was definitely hard to get over the jet lag and getting used to the heat, which went up to 40 degrees at times when we were racing,” said the double junior world champion. “But after a few days of being in Australia I felt OK and the training went well in Adelaide before we moved up to Melbourne for the Deakin University race.”
There was another key element to the Great Britain international’s spell in Australia – getting to know her new team-mates. Lucy has competed with all the Wiggle squad around Europe in the last three seasons but that was as a rival. They are all colleagues now, striving to keep Wiggle at the head of an increasingly competitive peloton. “I feel like I'm settling in with Wiggle really well,” Lucy said. “The girls are good fun and have really welcomed me onto the team.”
Author: Hannah Attenburrow
Source: Dreams Come True
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