Deborah Paine has become the latest Kiwi to rise to the ranks of the World Tour, joining Cogeas Mettler for the rest of her 2019 international campaign. Paine, who finished second in the Elite Road National Championships in Napier, is currently racing at the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race.
For Deborah Paine the move to Cogeas Mettler represents the biggest step in her young career. The 22 year old spent last year exploring the possibilities racing on the international circuit in Belgium and the USA from April to August and this year her international campaign began with a return to the Tour of the Gila.
This year, though, sees her join a Cogeas Mettler team that boasts one of cycling’s most exciting young talents in Mariia Novolodskaia. Currently in California, Paine is working in support of American Amber Neben who currently sits 12th overall after finishing 10th in stage 2 to Mount Baldy.
Paine’s race schedule is set to be a busy one with the Winston-Salem Classic awaiting before racing in Canada gives way to a brief but high-powered European campaign that will include the Giro Rosa and La Course presented by Le Tour de France.
Speaking of her move to Cogeas Mettler, Paine said, “This is a very exciting opportunity for me to race at World Tour level, allowing me to learn and develop in a strong team environment against the best riders and teams in the world.”