Drops Cycling Team are delighted to announce the signing of Ann-Sophie Duyck for the 2017 season.
The Belgian rider has spent the last two years riding for Topsport Vlaanderen - Etixx where she has gained some impressive results including 2nd overall at the Tour de Bretagne, 8th overall at Gracia Orlova and 11th at GP Plumelec.
Ann-Sophie Duyck initially impressed Drops with her performance at La Flèche Wallonne where she spent just shy of 100km at the front of the race in the main break of the day.
A strong time-triallist Ann-Sophie has had some impressive results against the clock this season. She won the Ljubljana TT, the Belgian National Time Trial Championship for the third year running and also the recent Chrono des Nations.
Ann-Sophie has also been impressed with the Drops team during their inaugural season “I really was quite impressed by Drops at the Tour de Bretagne through the professional look and atmosphere in the team. It was the first time I saw Drops 'live', because I had a different program in the first part of the season. I was there with the Belgian Cycling Team and some of the riders of Drops Cycling Team were in the same accommodation. They were having so much fun and really looked happy being part of the team, I wanted to be part of such a team as well.”
“When you visit the team’s website you see a very professional, clean and neat website. This is how a professional team should look. A happy and professional environment, where everyone is treated with respect and there's a positive attitude and atmosphere and I believe this is the best environment for a cyclist to reach their true potential. My first contact with Bob was great and I have experienced a big respect from the team towards me as an athlete and person.”
Bob Varney, Team Director added his thoughts “Ann-Sophie Duyck is a world class bike rider, a thoughtful and intelligent person, and we are all incredibly proud to have her wearing our colours next season. Her ambition, professionalism and work ethic, are three qualities that we hold dear, as they have been the foundations of what we have all achieved this year. He addition to the squad will give us an extra edge in selected Stage Races, and provide a huge boost to our TTT squad for the World Championships in Norway. I'm really excited to see the impact that she will have on our existing powerhouses like Sophie Coleman and Annie Simpson.”
The whole team at Drops look forward to welcoming Ann-Sophie to the team. The transfer is subject to the regulatory process with Ann-Sophie’s contract commencing with Drops from January 1 2017.