Slappendel confirms move to Bigla

Dutch champion joins on one-year deal

Iris Slappendel has become the fourth rider to sign for the Bigla Cycling team, who has announced the addition of the 29-year-old Dutch national road race champion for 2015.

Slappendel joins from Rabo-Liv and is looking forward to targeting the spring Classics with her new team.

"When it came to this decision to switch teams I was basically looking for a new environment and a more challenging one for myself," Slappendel said. "At Rabobank I played the same role in the team and with Bigla we will race different tactics which will give me more opportunities."

"I feel it’s a step in my career that I need right now. A change of environment is always good after a few years. It's good to be surrounded by new management and new teammates, which can inspire and motivate you."

Slappendel joined the Rabo team in 2012 having spent the two previous seasons in the Cervelo set up.

Having secured sponsorship for the next two years, Bigla have been busy adding new riders to its 2015 roster and team manager Thomas Campana expressed his pleasure with the signing of Slappendel

"Iris is this kind of rider a team needs for many different disciplines," he said. "She will play a major role within our tactical ideas for how we want to approach races. Apart from this, Iris is one of the most experienced riders in the TTT. I was extremely pleased with her decision to join the team next year."

"The spring classics is important for me and I'm also thinking of the world team time trial championships in America. That's a big goal."

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