Trek has added British cyclist Abi Van Twisk, 21, to its roster for 2019, a young up-and-coming talent that moves over from the Trek-Drops team. Abi has been part of the Drops program since 2016, and after spending three years with the UK-based squad is ready to make the next big step in her development by joining the new Trek outfit - a team that has already signed Lizzie Deignan, Elisa Longo Borghini, Ruth Winder, and Lotta Lepistö and, as directors, Ina Teutenberg and Giorgia Bronzini, with more exciting announcements yet to come.
Abi's palmarès is still a blank slate. She has yet to reveal her talent in results, a fourth place, albeit against some big-named sprinters, her only placing this year, coming in stage four at the Santos Tour Down Under. After a strong start to the year, Abi endured a rough spell with a few crashes upending her season, the worst when she fell hard in the Tour of Britain and sustained a severe concussion.
She is a savvy rider for her young years with a quick jump and exceptional bike handling skills. For now, Abi is paying her dues in the pro peloton, working in domestique duties as she further develops, but with such raw, untapped potential, she is destined to be a top rider in the future.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Trek Factory Racing in 2019 and working with some of the best women in the sport," said Van Twisk. "I have ridden Trek bikes over the past three years, and I am thrilled to continue my involvement with the brand and make the step up to a fully-owned Trek women’s team.
"With such an impressive, highly professional, and ambitious setup, I know it will be the best environment for me to develop and learn more from the world-class athletes and staff surrounding me. I cannot wait for this team to hit the scene with a bang and to see what we can achieve!"
In June, Abi was part of Trek's global marketing campaign for the all-new Trek Madone that also featured Trek-Segafredo rider Tsgabu Grmay. While she may not have any podiums to her name – yet – Abi is already highlighted in Trek stores worldwide!
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