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Chloe Dygert makes anticipated jump to women's WorldTour

Joe Robinson
10 Nov 2020

American rider signs four-year deal with Canyon-Sram team

Talented American rider Chloe Dygert will make her much-anticipated step up to the women's WorldTour after signing a four-year deal with Canyon-Sram.

The time-trial World Champion at Yorkshire 2019 will end her six-year affiliation with the American Sho-Air Twenty20 team to join the German-registered side from 2021.

The 23-year-old, who is a World Champion on both the road and in the velodrome, signed for the Canyon-Sram setup following offers from multiple teams, deciding the German team was the ideal option for her.

'Honestly, it’s the best team for me – willing to work with my track schedule and giving me the freedom to still be the athlete I strive to be,' said Dygert.

'I’m excited to see myself in the Canyon-Sram colours. It will be my first time racing on the road in Europe but my coach and I agree that the time for that has now come in my career.

'I’m confident that Canyon-Sram will provide the best environment for me to achieve my future goals over the next four years. Also, there’s lots of pink.'

Dygert is one of cycling's most hotly anticipated prospects who first caught the attention by winning the Junior women's road race and time-trial World Championships double in 2015.

Since then, Dygert has won seven World titles on the track in the individual and team pursuit while also building her road career. 

In 2019, the American then took her biggest road victory to date by dominating the time-trial World Championships, beating Dutch duo Anna van der Breggen and Annemiek van Vleuten by 1:32 and 1:52 respectively.

Dygert was looking good to defend that World time-trial title in Imola this September until she fell victim to a high-speed crash. The accident left Dygert with a large laceration on the left leg which needed surgery. She is currently recovering from the crash and is expected to make a full recovery. 

Once recovered, Dygert plans to look towards targeting her first-ever road races in Europe as well as her biggest goal, the Tokyo Olympics.

'My focus in 2021 is clear – the Tokyo Olympic Games. I just want to heal and be ready in time, and my goals are to win gold in the time-trial and the team pursuit,' Dygert said in the press release.

'I haven’t raced on the road in Europe yet because I still had goals to accomplish before we could move to that one. I’ll stay working with my coach Kristin Armstrong.

'We’ve always set goals and gone after them one at a time, without spreading ourselves too thin. We’ll keep that approach next year and we’re looking forward to the support environment of Canyon-Sram and its partners.'

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