Pescadero, Calif. — September 10, 2018 — Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank today announced the return of Lauren Stephens (USA). Stephens, a current member of the USA Cycling Road National Team, secured top results for Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank, including victories at the Chrono Gatineau and Winston Salem Cycling Classic and a stage win at the Internationale LOTTO Thüringen Ladies Tour, and will now be rejoining the team in 2019.
A former math teacher, Stephens began racing with Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank in 2013 after receiving a cycling grant from the Silicon Valley Cycling Foundation (SVCF). Stephens continued with Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank through 2017, and will be returning to the team for her sixth season.
“We are very happy to welcome Lauren back to our team,” said Linda Jackson, Founder of Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank. “Our team is continuing to grow and expand our program to focus on the UCI World Tour events. As one of the top-ranked UCI World Tour team in the United States, we’re continuing to build our program to focus even more on the international racing calendar while maintaining a strong presence in North America. It’s wonderful to have Lauren back on the team; her talents and leadership will be a strong addition to our 2019 roster.”
Stephens added, “I’m excited to return to Team TIBCO SVB. I’ve had a difficult year battling with injury after a high-speed crash during the final stage at Tour Down Under. I’ve taken an early off season this year so that I can come back at 100% for 2019.”
In 2017, Stephens’ results for Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank included victories at the Chrono Gatineau, Winston Salem Cycling Classic and the individual time trial at Internationale LOTTO Thüringen Ladies Tour. Stephens also secured two silver medals at the 2017 USA National Championships. Previously, Stephens won the individual time trial at the Tour feminine de San Luis (2016 and 2017), and stage victories at the Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche (2017, 2015) and the Tour of the Gila (2015). Prior to her injury in Australia in 2018, Stephens placed 2nd overall at the Santos Women’s Tour and 2nd in the individual time trial at the Pan American Cycling Championships.
Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank will be announcing it’s entire roster at the end of September.