Cycling: Lucy Garner joins 'dream team'
World junior road race champion Lucy Garner says she is joining her "dream team" after signing for the Dutch Argos-Shimano squad.
The 18-year-old has wasted no time moving into cycling's professional ranks – it is less than a month since the Cosby girl sprinted to her second rainbow jersey.
Garner, who also captured the European and British junior road titles in 2012, has made no secret of the fact that she wanted to test her road racing abilities on the continent as soon as she reached senior status.
Holland was always at the top of her list of favoured destinations, having enjoyed plenty of success across the North Sea as a youth and junior rider.
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She has been handed that opportunity for next year and is relishing the challenge.
"I'm really looking forward to being part of Argos-Shimano," said the Mercury's current Young Sportswoman of the Year. "It will be a great opportunity for me to be able to race against some of the world's best women.
"Argos-Shimano is a well set up team and they are so keen to develop me into a better bike rider. It's a dream team for me and I'm really looking forward to racing for them."
The full Argos-Shimano line-up is set to be officially announced early next month.
Seven riders, including Garner, have so far been named with three more to follow.
The elite Dutch squad clearly intend to flex their muscles next year.
While they have turned to the world's top young female road rider in shape of the county girl, they have also signed riders of the quality and experience of Dutch sprinter Kirsten Wild and German star Charlotte Becker.
Former Leicestershire Road Club all-rounder Garner is currently taking a break and is spending a month in the Netherlands.
It is well-earned time off. An intense period of racing through the spring and summer saw her grab nine major titles on either road or track, including three senior championships.
She capped off her junior road days in the best possible way by defending the world crown at Valkenburg, in September, setting her up perfectly to build the next phase of her blossoming career on foundations which could not be more solid.
The 'Cosby Express' has also completed a deal with sports management group Three60.
The company looks after the interests of, among others, Great Britain Olympic gold medallists Victoria Pendleton, Laura Trott and Geraint Thomas, underlining just how hot a property Garner has become in the cycling world.