Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling is excited and proud to announce that Dani King has recommitted herself to the team for at least one more season. The 24-year-old Olympic Champion from Hampshire, on the south coast of England, has been a part of the black and orange team since its creation in 2013 and - having won her Olympic Gold in the Velodrome of London 2012 - will remain so as she works toward the Road Race team of Rio 2016.
"I'm delighted to have again renewed my contract with Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling," King said. "2016 will see me solely focus on the road for the first time in my career and with the Women's WorldTour starting next year this is an incredibly exciting time to be embarking on my career as a full time road cyclist.
"Wiggle Honda provides the perfect environment for me to embark on this new challenge and I can't wait to see what 2016 brings me and the team," she added.
After recovering from a serious training accident in November 2014, King's 2015 season began in early April with a stunning victory in the Tour of the Reservoir, in Northumberland, in the north of England. Her European return soon followed, where she achieved her first UCI race Top-10 at Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik and consistently provided powerful support to her Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling teammates.
As one of the big stars of British cycling, Olympic and three-time World Champion King was one of the main attractions at the Aviva Women's Tour in June, where she helped Belgian Champion Jolien D'hoore to win a stage and finish second overall. A strong run of form in the latter part of the season saw her once again play a major part in the victories of her teammates, including D'hoore's emphatic win in the Open de Suède Vårgårda - where teammate Giorgia Bronzini finished second - and in the Boels Rentals Ladies Tour, where she supported Elisa Longo Borghini's bid for overall victory.
King's experience in the Team Pursuit, along with her considerable natural horsepower, made her an indispensable part of the Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling Team Time Trial squad, which finished fifth in the Vårgårda World Cup and came so close to a World Championship Medal in Richmond, Virginia, last week.
"Wiggle Honda will be so much stronger in 2016 simply due to having Dani commit 100% to the road and our team," said Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling Team Owner and Manager Rochelle Gilmore.
"Personally it has been difficult for me to not actively pressure Dani to turn her focus and attention to the road earlier. However, the time has come, her heart has made the decision very clear for her towards the end of this season.
"I'm super excited to see what Dani will achieve on the road in 2016 and we as a team will also support Dani's personal ambitions to be in Rio, assisting Britain's Gold medal hope Lizzie Armitstead to victory," Gilmore added.
photos Janos Schmidt
photos Janos Schmidt