Team Coop – Hitec Products are pleased to announce that it has strengthened itself with Emma Boogaard. The 20 years old rider from the Netherlands comes over from club team Restore Cycling and will join the team with immediate effect. On Wednesday Boogaard makes her debut for Team Coop – Hitec Products in the Scheldeprijs. “I am very happy with this opportunity and I am going to do all I can to make it a success.”
Team Coop – Hitec Products has shown itself well in the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders). Mieke Kröger was in a breakaway of two, in the beginning of the race, gaining a maximum advantage of thirty seconds and staying away for about fifteen kilometers. Only 18 years old Anne Dorthe Ysland was in the end the first rider to finish, at the 55th place. Annemiek van Vleuten won the race.
In the first race of Team Coop – Hitec Products in the new team kit, Ingvild Gaskjenn was the first rider of the team to finish in Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday. Together with Amalie Lutro, Gaskjenn ended in the third big group after a very hard race that was won by Annemiek van Vleuten. “I think we worked well together today and we are improving as a team.”
In addition to the merger between the men’s UCI continental Team Coop and the women’s UCI Team Coop – Hitec Products, the team is happy to announce another new step. Riders of the women’s team will from now on get equal payment to the riders of the men’s team. On Wednesday Team Coop – Hitec Products will start in the Belgium UCI 1.1 race Dwars door Vlaanderen. In that race, the team races for first time in their new team kit.
The Norwegian UCI women’s cycling team Team Hitec Products and the male UCI continental team Team Coop join forces. Coop Norge wants to take another step in the fight for equal opportunities in sports and strengthen its position in cycling. The teams will merge with immediate effect, and Team Hitec Products will change its name to Team Coop – Hitec Products. The team clothing will also undergo a change as soon as possible.
After months of looking forward to it, the cycling season has finally started. On Saturday, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad was the first women’s race of the season. A hard race to start with, having all top teams in the peloton. Team Hitec Products rode a good race, finishing with three riders, all in the second group.