Neve Bradbury is the newest addition to the Women's WorldTour team Canyon-SRAM after winning this year's Zwift Academy. The Australian, who races for Roxsolt-Attaquer will move up to women's cycling's top-tier of racing in 2021.
“To say I’m stoked is an understatement, it’s unreal. I’m so excited,” said Bradbury.
Bradbury, 18, made it through to the final group of five riders who competed for the Canyon-SRAM contract. In the end, she beat New Zealand's Kate McCarthy, Great Britain's Nicole Coates, Germany's Eva Marie Hering, and Colombia's Natalia Franco Villegas.
Bradbury said that she enjoyed meeting the Canyon-SRAM riders and was looking forward to racing with fellow Australian Tiffany Cromwell.
The Zwift Academy programme started in partnership with Canyon-SRAM in 2016. The academy allowed amateur riders a chance to train with the team and try to prove themselves worthy of racing at the top level, and then to secure a contract to race in the professional ranks.
Bradbury is the fifth winner of the Zwift Academy, following Jessica Pratt in 2019, Ella Harris in 2018, Tanja Erath in 2017 and Leah Thorvilson in 2016.
Canyon-SRAM already announced the signing of American Chloe Dygert on a four-year deal. In a recent press release, they also announced signing Elise Chabbey from Equipe Paule Ka, and two-year contract extensions for British champion Alice Barnes, Lisa Klein and Alexis Ryan, and a one-year extension for Tiffany Cromwell.
Canyon-SRAM are set to announce the full roster for 2021 this week.
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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits news and writes features. Currently the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten coordinates global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.
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