Great Britain’s Olympic team pursuit champions – Laura Trott, Dani King and Jo Rowsell – have signed for a women’s road team backed by Bradley Wiggins.
The trio have signed deals with the DTPC (Dream Team Pro Cycling) Honda Team, which will receive funding the Tour de France champion’s Wiggo Foundation. Italy’s Giorgia Bronzini, world road race champion in 2010 and 2011, has also joined the team.
Trott, King and Rowsell stormed to women’s team pursuit gold in London, setting a new world record in each of the three rounds.
Trott, who also won omnium gold, said: ”I’m excited and look forward to being part of what I believe will be one of the most professional and most successful teams next year. I’m looking forward to gaining more experience on the road with such a great team.”
Great Britain’s Elinor Barker, who won junior time trial gold at September’s World Championships, and compatriot Amy Roberts have also signed for the team.
The team is owned and managed by Australia’s Commonwealth Games road race champion Rochelle Gilmore, who is also part of the 12-rider roster. Having already secured Honda as a sponsor, Gilmore said she is ”presently in deep negotiations [over the naming rights] with a global company based in the United Kingdom”.
Gilmore added: “I believe that having partnerships with companies like Honda and the Wiggo Foundation, the team can function as a truly professional organisation, making the athletes a priority and providing them with what they need in order to reach their potential.”
Additional sponsors include Pinarello, Campagnolo, Vanmobil, Lazer, High5, Tacx, Fizik and Look.