Following the team’s great success in China, Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s next challenge will be the Women’s WorldTour’s other
stage race outside Europe, at the Tour of California. The race will
see a return to the United States’ west coast for Swedish rider Emilia
Fahlin, whose early career saw great success in the region’s races.
“I’m super excited for these 4 days of racing ahead!” she
exclaimed. “For me personally because I’ve spent so much time training
and racing in California some years back and it sort of feels like
coming back home in a way!
“I loved the racing over here, it’s always a great atmosphere because
the people here are just so enthusiastic when it comes to any sport
event so the crowds are always crazy and super supportive!”
Although this will be only the third edition of the Breakaway from
Heart Disease Women’s Race, the Tour of California has featured a
women’s event since its early years. The first two events took the form
of support criteriums, and Fahlin won the second of those as a
20-year-old in 2009.
“I’ve done this event several times before when it used to be a one
day thing, either a TT or a crit, and I’m so happy to see its grown to
become a stage race in the last couple of years and at he highest level,
and also to have he opportunity to come back here!
“I expect it to be a tough race, with the first two stages up at Lake
Tahoe, which means it will be in altitude and just that is a big
challenge on its own,” she added. “The first day has a tough finish,
and the second stage looks to be super hard with some longer climbs in
the mountains! Than the third and fourth stage moves down to the
Sacramento area and will be lots flatter and can be a possibility for a
break after GC is more settled or for the bunch sprinters to have a
With Fahlin will be former two-time road World Champion Giorgia
Bronzini, who will – as ever – be among the favourites for any sprint
stages, as well as French all-rounder Audrey Cordon-Ragot, who is coming
off the back of the best spring campaign of her career.
The race will also see the 2017 WorldTour debut for Australian Amy
Cure, who returns to the road after making history in April’s World
Track Championships, as she became the first rider to have won medals in
all endurance events.
“We are a smaller team here since one part of the team just been
crushing it in China,” Fahlin explained. “We don’t really have a
team for the GC but we are all looking forward to look for opportunities
throughout the race and try for some stages. I think we got some really
good options obviously, Gio for the sprint, Audrey’s had a great spring
season and can climb well and Amy coming off super form at the track
“So I definitely think we will be in the mix of it at some of the
WIGGLE HIGH5 PRO CYCLING TEAM FOR THE TOUR OF CALIFORNIA
GIORGIA BRONZINI (Italy), AUDREY CORDON-RAGOT (France), AMY CURE
(Australia), EMILIA FAHLIN (Sweden)