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Coryn Labecki (29), formerly known by her maiden name Rivera, makes the switch to Team Jumbo-Visma Women next season. The rider from California signs for two years with the black-and-yellow women’s formation.
As the first American, Labecki won the Tour of Flanders in 2017. In addition, her palmares include a victory in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, the Women’s Tour and the RideLondon Classique.
Despite her experience, Labecki is convinced there is still much to learn. “This season I won my first Giro stage and qualified myself for the Olympic team. In addition, podium finishes in the Tour of Norway and the Vuelta, among others, and a top ten place at the recent World Championships confirmed my consistency in the second half of the year. After a difficult start to the season, I turned the switch in the second half and was still able to achieve my goals. I am thrilled with that. I am now looking forward to a new year, a new chapter, and a new me. My goal for next year is to enjoy every moment with the new team. Learning how a new team works and being open to a new way of working.”
"I think it’s a strong team with the right composition to achieve many successes next year."
Labecki is a fan of the spring classics. “I like the classics. They fit well with my physical abilities. In the tougher races, I am often able to make it to the final. Still, whenever possible, I also want to be as good a teammate as possible. I will partly take on a leadership role, but I am open to learning - anything to support the team. From the first year, Team Jumbo-Visma has gone in the right direction with the women’s program. It’s a great group of girls, and there’s also excellent support from the team. I look forward to learning a lot from the team and Marianne Vos, among others. And also to ride together with Anna Henderson, who was my teammate before. I think it’s a strong team with the right composition to achieve many successes next year.”
Team manager Esra Tromp sees Labecki playing a vital role within the selection. “Coryn is a strong all-around rider with good tactical abilities. She is a tremendous team player and very eager to learn. Despite her impressive list of honours, Coryn wants to keep learning and developing. With the arrival of Coryn, the team will be strengthened, so we will be able to compete for the win in different scenarios. We are convinced that she will be of great value to us in 2022.”