Niamh Fisher-Black is set to join Team Torelli-Assure this year for what promises to be a big step forward into the European scene. Fisher-Black joins an international field that includes Scottish National Road champion Jen George.
In 2018 Niamh Fisher-Black made the step into the big international pond with selection for the New Zealand junior squad at the UCI World Road Championships in Innsbruck. It was testament to the work the 18 year old had been doing with Mike Greer Homes Women’s Cycling, with whom she’s raced again this season.
Despite limited exposure to European racing the Kiwi finished solidly in the top half of the field on one of the toughest World Championships in recent memory in the same group as Worlds time trial bronze medallist Elynor Bäckstedt of Great Britain.
This year’s season began for Niamh at the National Road Championships in Napier where she placed 4th in the Elite & U23 women’s road race behind teammate Georgia Christie. From there the 18 year old went to Australia and placed 9th in stage 1 and 2nd overall in the young rider classification at the Women’s Tour Down Under; before crossing back across the Tasman and finishing 9th in the inaugural Gravel and Tar La Femme.
Next month Fisher-Black will head to Portugal to join the Torelli-Assure team for some early season races and then a team training camp; where she will be joined by Jen George and Ireland’s Autumn Collins. The rest of the team will continue to be announced over the coming days.