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Team Sunweb strengthen with the signing of Alison Jackson and Wilma Olausson

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Team Sunweb are delighted to announce the signings of Canadian all-rounder Alison Jackson and the young talent Wilma Olausson, strengthening their Women’s program for next year. Jackson will ride in the team’s colours for 2020 while Olausson will stay with the team until the end of 2021.

Alison Jackson (CAN)

A solid all-round rider, Jackson is capable of surviving a tough day in the saddle before delivering a punchy and strong sprint to the line. This year she’s highlighted those qualities with success at the White Spot Delta Road Race, alongside being crowned the first ever stage winner at the Women’s Tour of Scotland. Furthermore, Jackson has shown ability in the tricky spring classics and will add more depth to the team’s block of classics riders. Jackson will also add her experience of riding both in the European and North American circuit to the team, while also continuing her development as a rider too.

“I am really excited to be joining Team Sunweb for 2020,” said Jackson. “It is the next step in my career that I needed to bring myself to the next level and keep growing as an athlete. I am looking forward to playing the tactical game with Team Sunweb and to contribute to team wins throughout the year. I race with a lot of heart and I think it will balance well with the resources and expertise available within the team. I think we can accomplish a lot together next year.”

Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans added: “With Alison we strengthen the core of our team and she brings a good balance. She is an all-round rider with a strong sprint, but she can also survive the harder classic races, with several top ten results the Women’s WorldTour. Alison will be one of our more experienced riders but it will be new for her to work in a team like ours; because of that we are confident that she can make another step in her development. We are very much looking forward to working together.”

Wilma Olausson (SWE)

A talented youngster, Olausson has had two good seasons riding in the junior ranks, picking up several strong results throughout both years. In 2019 she has taken numerous top tens and podium places, with the highlight of her season being winning both the road race and time trial at the Swedish national championships, alongside the overall title at the Watersley Ladies Challenge. A good all-round rider, Olausson has performed well in time trials but also has shown the ability to pack a good sprint after a tough day of racing. Looking to the future, Olausson hopes to continue her development as a rider with the team, building on her strong years as a junior.

“I’m really excited to be joining Team Sunweb next year and I can’t wait to make the step up to racing in the pro peloton,” explained Olausson. “The team has a very good development plan for me and that appealed to me a lot. All of the younger riders that have joined the team get stronger every year and I’m looking forward to learning from both them and the coaches so I can do that too. Coming out of the juniors I still have a lot to improve on and I think this is the right place for me to do that.”

Team Sunweb coach Hans Timmermans added: “Wilma is one of the biggest talents in the junior women’s peloton. She is an excellent climber and she’s also strong in the time trials which she showed with a third place at the European championships earlier in the year. Building on that she confirmed her talent at the Watersley Ladies Challenge Nation Cup race in Sittard where she won the GC in a very impressive manner. Of course as a youngster she still has a lot to learn and we are looking forward to helping her with that and to watch her grow as a cyclist with us.”