CCC-Liv is ambitious and shifts up another gear coming season. The team is strengthened with Soraya Paladin (26), the current number 8 in the UCI Women’s WorldTour ranking. By engaging the Italian, the orange formation wants to be even more dominant in the finals.
“I am extremely pleased with the contract with CCC-Liv. For me it is a big step and I just can’t wait to race with the women who already achieved many successes in the big races. Undoubtedly, I can still learn a lot from top-ranking riders like Ashleigh Moolman Pasio and Marianne Vos. The manner of racing at CCC-Liv appeals to me. There is always a close-knit team that launches the attack as one block. In my opinion that’s the key for success”, says Soraya Paladin. “The ambitions appeal to me and I am happy that I may be part of this team starting next year. My purpose is to develop myself further as a rider and to contribute to the success.”
“We have had Soraya in our sights for some time. This whole season she is constantly reaching a high level in big races. She was in the top five in the Amstel Gold Race and Liège–Bastogne–Liège, but also finished closely in stages and overall standings in major races like the Emakumeen Bira, Giro Rosa and Tour of Valencia. Soraya is an enrichment for the team. With her we can even be more prominent in the finals”, says Eric van den Boom, general manager and team owner of CCC-Liv.
So far, CCC-Liv is having a top season. Marianne won the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, achieved a double strike on the last day of the Tour of Yorkshire, sprinted to victory in a stage in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, won four stages in the Giro Rosa and last week rode to the victory in La Course after fabulous teamwork. The Polish Marta Lach won a stage in a clever way in the Festival Elsy Jacobs. Ashleigh Moolman Pasio became national champion in South Africa and achieved a series of top rankings. Yesterday, she won the Emakumeen Nafarroako Klasikoa. The Polish shoe and bag giant CCC and women bike brand Liv will also remain the major sponsors of the team in 2020.
Photo credits: Cor Vos