Team Liv-Plantur is pleased to announce that Leah Kirchmann has renewed her contract with the team. The agreement extends her commitment for another two years, until the end of 2018. With signing the contract extension Team Liv-Plantur aims to contribute on the short-term to their vision of becoming one of the leading women’s cycling teams in the world.
The Canadian is currently in her first season with Team Liv-Plantur and so far she has already achieved strong results, including the team’s first victory of the season at Drentse Acht van Westervel. In addition, she took an impressive third place in the general classification at the Tour of Chongming Island in China and strong performances in the UCI Women’s WorldTour races put her into seventh overall.
On signing the contract extension, Kirchmann said: “I’m very happy to confirm a two-year contract extension with Team Liv-Plantur. It became very clear within a few months of working with the team this season that I fit in really well with the structure of the program. The combination of supportive and knowledgeable staff, strong teammates, and fantastic sponsors all contributed to my decision to extend my contract. My expectations and goals for the next few years are to continue to push myself and my teammates to achieve the next level of success at the WorldTour level.”
“We are delighted to continue working with Leah for the next two years,” said Team Liv-Plantur’s coach Hans Timmermans (NED). “Our goal is to become a leading team in women’s cycling on the short-term and extending Leah’s contract is an important next step in the development of the team. After half a year working with Leah we saw that she blends well into the team. She is able to share her race knowledge and experience, and is capable of filling-in the leader’s role. Leah has had a fantastic first half of the season with the team, showing some fantastic results already. Her seventh place in the WorldTour classification is a good proof of that.
“Taking into account that it is her first year in the team working according to the ‘Keep-Challenging’ philosophy then it’s obvious that there is still a lot margin for improvement and progression. The goal with Leah is to focus on achieving good results in the WorldTour races. This is the logical next step in her career and we are confident that we will be able to reach these targets.”
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