CCC-Liv strengthens the team for 2020 with two Polish cycling talents. Aurela Nerlo (21) and Marta Jaskulska (19) are officially part of the orange squad as of 1 January. The two apprentices of the Polish cycling school want to take the next step in their career at CCC-Liv.
Aurela already achieved great successes in 2019. She became Polish time trial champion with the U23 and finished third in the elite national road championship. In the strongly occupied Tour de Feminin in the Czech Republic, she took the youth classification after a few high ranked stage places. In that same race, she finished second in the general classification. At the beginning of September she was strong in the Premondiale Giro Toscana Int. Femminile (second in the youth classification).
A dream come true
“I am a young rider, I learn every day and I have yet to discover where my possibilities reach on the road bike. In my time with the juniors, I have always performed well in time trials. This year I specifically trained to further improve the time trial and also to improve in other disciplines. My strength is therefore in time trials, but also in stage races and hard races. I am ambitious and still see many opportunities for growth”, says Aurela.
“My transfer to CCC-Liv is like a dream come true. It gives me a great feeling when I think that I can be part of one of the best women’s teams next season. At the same time it is a leap in the deep for me, because I have never raced at such a high level before. The preconditions to progress are in any case perfect; everything is organised very professionally and the vibe is great. ”
Hard work and fun
Marta gained experience last season in stage races such as the Healthy Aging Tour (the Netherlands) and Gracia Orlova (the Czech Republic). At the Polish road championship, she sprinted among the elite riders for the red-white jersey, resulting in a well-deserved sixth place.
“I am very happy with the opportunity that is being offered to me now. As a young girl I used to say that my goal was to ride in a professional team someday. Now the time has come and I want to take on the challenge of making it a success. I still have a long way to go and will have to work hard. But I can reassure cycling fans in Poland and beyond that I will do everything to improve. I also think having fun is important. If you enjoy and safeguard what you do, you will get better”, says Marta.
At CCC-Liv, Marta and Aurela meet two compatriots who also wore the orange jersey in 2019: Agnieszka Skalniak and Marta Lach. “Since it became known that I would join the team, contact with Agnieszka has become more intensive. Agnieszka lives very close to me. We could be good training buddies!”, Says Marta. Aurela: “I especially know Marta Lach very well. We have raced in the same Polish team for two years and have kept in touch. I have continued to follow her and have seen how she won a ride at the Elsy Jacobs Festival this year.”
Photo credits: Cor Vos