Huge thanks to all the riders who told me about their Giro - and good luck to them all for the rest of the season!
Answers, advice to first-time Giro riders, and funny stories from Vos, Iris Slappendel, Martine Bras, Sharon Laws, Loren Rowney, Linda Villumsen and Emily Collins
Still pretty shocked re today’s win at Omloop Het Hageland, my first big UCI win. Overwhelmed by the messages & tweets - means a lot!
,Thrilled to take the first W. of the season for @wigglehonda. Big thanks to top team mates - (you girls were awesome), staff, sponsors &— Emily Collins (@EmilyCollins_NZ) March 3, 2013
It was at the Lotto Decca Tour in Belgium at the end of 2012 where I first met Emily and noticed her talent. I remember thinking she was like the Energizer Bunny – attacking continuously and chasing everything. She was riding as an individual with nothing to fear, she just kept going and going all race and then, she would still sprint into the top 10!
I’m not sure if Emily’s aggressive racing style and ability to sprint was noticed by anyone else but from this moment, I went to work making sure she would be riding for my team in 2013.
Emily was not a simple signing. Signing a rider from New Zealand or Australia comes with its responsibilities and additional workload. I knew that I could not sign Emily without providing her with what she needs in order to develop and reach her potential. Without any outside influence, I had my heart set on signing this rider. I wanted her to be a part of the new UCI team which was in its final steps of creation."
Rochelle Gilmore on Emily Collins, and her win at the Omloop van het Hageland
Bog with lots of photos
Collins always has been dreaming of riding for a professional women’s team in Europe and Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling is giving her that long awaited chance. Collins believes she can be a valuable addition to the team and hope she can play a role in achieving team goals and hopes to continue to develop herself in to a champion rider.
“I can only hope onward and upwards from here. I have had a fantastic few years with Vanderkitten-Focus and believe that this is the next step forward. My goal has always been to be racing on a professional women’s team on the European circuit and now it’s actually happening. Quite hard to believe from my point of view! I know that I’m on a good path to developing a successful career and certainly believe this team can make it happen.”"