Trek has announced a new women’s professional road team for the 2019 season with the intention of riding in the UCI Women’s WorldTour.
The team will be backed by a new standard of support that will include a dedicated director sportif, assistant director sportif, and support staff. The team will also receive shared support from Trek-Segafredo staff and Trek Factory Racing Manager Luca Guercilena.
British rider Lizzie Deignan will be the star rider at Trek team. The 29-year-old former world champion is not competing this season as she is expecting her first child in September.
“The reason I chose to move to Trek was because rather than see me as a risk they saw me as an investment – a valued athlete,” Deignan said. “For me that was the biggest signal towards equality.
“As an athlete your ambition is always to be with tea that gives you the environment that reflects what you are putting into it. From the beginning Trek did that.”
Deignan, who took silver at the London 2012 road race, won the Tour de Yorkshire and GP de Plouay last year, also finishing second in the Amstel Gold Race, La Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.