Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank announces 2021 roster, race objectives
It's been quite a year for Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank. From early Covid-19 uncertainty to plenty of late-season successes - it's also been a momentous one.
"The 2020 season has been unusual, to say the least, but I am proud of the way the team adapted to the challenges faced," director sportif Rachel Hedderman said. "With the successes in virtual races and the performances in both classics and stage races, the condensed season turned out to be a really good one for the team."
Looking back at an unbelievable year
Despite the ambiguity of travel, changing race dates, understanding and implementing the requirements of Covid-19 testing in foreign countries, and juggling logistics during the lockdown this summer, team founder Linda Jackson said she was immensely proud of how riders and staff conquered the challenges the year presented.
And as a predominately based North American team, those challenges were enormous. "Everyone that went over to Europe, riders, and staff, had to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival and self-isolate/quarantine when they went home," Jackson said. "For some, that meant four weeks of rigid quarantine to pursue their goals." However, the team's resolve to stay focused, train, and race with a purpose didn't go unrewarded. As the racing calendar turned to e-racing, Team TIBCO Valley Bank dominated the scene. "I am also very proud of how the team embraced Zwift as an important part of our racing program," Jackson said. "Unfamiliar for several team members, riders and staff dedicated themselves to learning the e-racing platform and excelling in that discipline." In June, Gigante won the virtual Tour of the Gila, and the team sealed the team classification at Zwift's Tour for All. The SKODA V-Series Women's Tour went to Dixon, and Stephens claimed the virtual Joe Martin Stage Race. July saw Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank dominate the virtual Tour de France, with Stephens winning the inaugural event.
When physical racing resumed in September, the team came out with all cylinders firing to Tour d'Ardeche, where Faulkner won stage 4, and Stephens came away with another overall victory. Stephens went on to claim 10th at Brabantse Pijl, sixth at Gent-Wevelgem, and ninth at Tour of Flanders.
2021 Team Roster Additions
Looking forward, we're thrilled for what's to come in 2021. We're pleased to announce the return of the core team that contributed so much to our virtual and physical success in 2020: Diana Peñuela (COL), Sarah Gigante (AUS), Kristen Faulkner (USA), Emily Joy Newsom (USA), Lauren Stephens (USA), Nina Kessler (NED), and Leah Dixon (GBR) have all extended their contracts for 2021. Joining the team will be five-time Japanese national champion and top 20 finisher at the 2016 Rio Olympics Eri Yonamine (Ale-Cipollini). German sprinter and 2017 GoZwift academy winner Tanja Erath (Canyon/SRAM), and Dutch sensation Eva Buurman (Boels-Dolmans), who, most recently, took 11th at the 2019 Prudential RideLondon Classique.
From left: Tanja Erath, Eri Yonamine, and Eva Buurman. “In Eri and Eva, and Tanja, we have added strength and depth for the varied European races that we will compete in, and I think their aggressive racing style will work really well within our team," Hedderman said. Tanja also adds significant Zwift experience to the team which will be especially useful for our esports calendar."
Team TIBCO Silicon Valley Bank also welcomes Maddy Ward, cyclocross national champion Clara Honsinger, and Emma Langley to the squad. Ward got her start with the UCLA collegiate team in 2016, and, three years later, finished top 20 in two stages of the Colorado Classic. She also competes in cyclocross and gravel.
From left: Clara Honsinger, Emma Langley and Maddy Ward.
During cyclocross season, reigning elite national champion Honsinger races for Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld and had several excellent top 5 results on the 2019 World Cup circuit. She also took 11th overall at the 2019 Colorado Classic, showcasing her ability to also excel on the road.
A former triathlete, Langley had a fantastic 2019 domestic road season, finishing 7th at US Road Nationals, 6th at Joe Martin Stage Race, and 4th at Redlands Bicycle Classic Yucaipa Road Race.
"Clara, Emma, and Maddy are all up and coming US riders with tons of potential, and we're excited to help them with the next stages of their development," Jackson said.
2021 Team Goals and Partners
Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank has another comprehensive race calendar in mind for 2021. Along with supporting Yonamine, Gigante, and Stephens' Olympic ambitions, the team will target both the Women's WorldTour racing calendar and the major North American UCI events. Gravel and e-sport races will also remain a fixture on the 2021 schedule. "This is an ambitious calendar, and, to achieve success in both physical and virtual racing, it was critical to keep our core 2020 team together,” Hedderman said. “The strategic additions of Eri, Eva, and Tanja strengthen our European and e-sports rosters.” "Maddy, Emma, and Clara are all tremendous talents that will benefit from working alongside our experienced road riders,” Jackson said. “One significant upside of not being a Worldtour squad in 2021 is that we can provide opportunities like these for these talented women who are the future of our sport." Last, but certainly not least, the team would like to recognize long term sponsors TIBCO Software Inc and Silicon Valley Bank for their continued partnership. TIBCO first came on board in late 2005, and Silicon Valley Bank in 2006. These 16/15 year partnerships make Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank one of the longest running teams in the world. In addition, we go into 2021 on board some of the finest equipment in the world headlined by Cannondale bikes and Shimano components. We are honored by the commitment of all of our partners and are excited to be heading into the 2021 Olympic year with them.