Ella Harris of Canyon//SRAM Racing has signed a new contract with the team, keeping her at the outfit for another season.  The 21 year old won the contract through the Zwift Academy competition and made a big impression in her first season in professional cycling.

Her first season in the top flight has yielded plenty by way of high points for Ella Harris.  After a strong domestic campaign that saw her finish 7th in the inaugural Gravel and Tar La Femme, Harris got stuck into the European campaign with her biggest result of the first half of the season coming in May where she finished 8th in the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas, taking two top ten stage finishes and the win in the best young rider classification.

Harris then went to Emakumeen XXXII. Bira where she finished second in the young rider classification, 47 seconds behind FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope’s Évita Muzic.  In the second half of the season the strong performances kept on coming with fourth overall in the Colorado Classic, and a fourth place finish in stage 4 of the Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche.  Her results throughout the season culminated in selection for the New Zealand team at the World Road Championships.

Despite the many highlights in 2019, Harris has suffered a number of setbacks which make her success all the more impressive.  Twice Harris had to come back from broken collarbones, as well as picking herself up from a number of crashes.

Speaking via the team website, Harris was excited about being able to renew with the Canyon//SRAM squad for another year.  “I’m really pleased and excited to be renewing with Canyon//SRAM for 2020.  I really love the team and feel completely comfortable and happy in the environment; it’s without a doubt the best place for me to continue my development as a rider to become as goo as I can be.  The other riders, sponsors, staff and overall set up is incredible and beyond anything I could have ever imagined being a part of,” Harris shared.

Team Manager Ronny Lauke has been impressed with the way Harris has applied herself throughout the 2019 season.  “Ella showed extreme commitment to the sport and was determined throughout the season to get the given job in a race done or go for own results,” Lauke said.  “Most impressive was her willpower and the level of suffering she has shown to assure she can be the best possible teammate as well as reaching her goals.  The expectations on her for 2020 are to see further development in terms of efficiency and tactical understanding.”

Georgia Williams will remain with Mitchelton-SCOTT in 2020, photo John Cowpland/Alphapix

Williams & Bauer remain at Mitchelton-SCOTT

Harris joins Georgia Williams of Mitchelton-SCOTT in renewing her contract at the top level of the sport.  The national time trial champion will remain in the black and yellow colours, currently also the home of compatriots Jack Bauer, Dion Smith and Sam Bewley with James Fouche coming on board with the team as a stagiaire at the end of the season.  Williams has been part of the squad since 2017 and has established herself well in the outfit.  2019 was a disappointing year by her own high standards but the Kiwi will look to rebuild and hit Elite Road Nationals hard in February.

“Winning the TT and road race at nationals would be cool and in the European races I’d like to be a good supporter in the Ardennes Classics,” Williams said.

Also re-signing with Mitchelton-SCOTT is Jack Bauer, the Kiwi having joined the team in 2018 will remain with them in 2020 after lining up with the team in the 2018 Tour de France and 2019 Giro d’Italia.  A quiet force in the professional peloton, Bauer will want to balance team support with taking personal opportunities.  “Number on, I’m here to do a job, I’m here to work for the team and I take that very seriously, being a reliable teammate and to be ready to support the team’s overall goals and ambitions race to race,” Bauer said.

“Personally, I’d like to take some opportunities when they come, they’re few and far between, but I try my best when they do come my way.  I’d like to have a little bit more responsibility when it comes to the spring classics next year, that’s a goal for me.”

Title photo: Marion Wright/RoadCycling.co.nz

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