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Ex-Cervelo rider joins Vos
Sarah Düster will race for Nederland Bloeit at the Tour of Qatar next season after signing from Cervelo TestTeam at the end of this season along with Emilie Aubry, Patricia Schwager.
Düster will also ride alongside Marianne Vos next season and is hoping to bring her experience to what is one of the most talented squads in the women’s peloton.
“I was riding with the same team for five years and I wanted to try something new and that’s why I signed for a new team. They’re a strong team though so it wasn’t just a change just for the sake of it. I know we can get results next year,” Düster told Cyclingnews.
“I had a great time at Cervelo, I really did, and the set up was so good but it was time to leave. I’d learned a lot but I needed a fresh challenge.”
While Qatar will act as her debut for the team, Düster is already targeting the Spring and the Classics as her main focal point for the season.
“For sure the Classics are always nice and also with this team it would be incredible to win one. Of course we will win races with the team and I hope I get some opportunities also to have good results.”
“Looking at our roster we’re going to be strong for the Classics and they’re another big objective for me. I really like racing Drenthe because the weather is always bad and I like racing over cobbles. The harder the race the better I go.”
Düster is also aware of how strong the women’s peloton is becoming, and each year the calibre of rider creeps up a notch as more sponsorship money comes into the sport, infrastructures become more stable and riders move from team to team, transferring their skills and experience.
“Every year, more and more girls are coming through and the women’s peloton is getting stronger each year. You just have to look at our team in order to see that. There’s a mix of experience and youth and some very talented riders. I’m one of the older girls and I’ve been racing my bike for maybe 15 years.”