During 2020, many things were put on hold and many things went away, one of those, unfortunately, was women’s cycling team Paule Ka.
Paule Ka took over Bigla Katusha with a multi year rescue deal, saving many riders and staff when Bigla Katusha pulled the plug, early in 2020. However, towards the back end of the cycling year, when teams had all but secured their rosters for 2021, Paule Ka went in to administration, along with it their cycling team.
One of the riders left suddenly without a team was Lizzy Banks, the young British rider has had an astonishing year. Riding to a strong second behind Lizzie Deignan at the GP de Plouay, a stage win on Stage 4 of the Giro Rosa. Thankfully though Lizzy has secured herself a one year contract for 2021 with CERATIZIT – WNT Pro Cycling.
On signing for her new team, Lizzy said: “I’m very excited to be riding for CERATIZIT – WNT Pro Cycling and very excited to be riding with Lisa Brennauer, I believe the two of us can compliment each other very well and form a very dynamic duo. Hopefully we can work so well together, we’re not just knocking on the doors of podiums but challenging for race wins.”
This suggesting that Lisa Brennauer has signed a new contract with WNT at least for 2021, with her current contract due to expire this year.
Banks went on to say that “I really feel like every rider in this team can go places and CERATIZIT – WNT Pro Cycling does an awful lot of work to not only support but develop bike racing and the infrastructure of women’s cycling.
My goals for 2021 will be to make the Olympic long list, I’m going to aim for a podium at the Women’s Tour, even though the parcous probably doesn’t suit me and I’d love to win the Tour de Yorkshire, if it happens.”
Banks will be hoping to build on a very strong 2020 season where she took her second Grio Rosa stage win, finishing 12th in the General Clasification, second place at the GP Plouay and a 6th place finish at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad-vrouwen elite behind four dutch riders and Marta Bastianelli.