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Canuel Signs with Boels-Dolmans for 2016

release by Sportcom
Karol Ann Canuel (Can)  ©  BrakeThrough-Media
October 05, 2015 – Canadian pro road cyclist Karol-Ann Canuel will join the Dutch team Boels-Dolmans for the 2016 season, according to a release from Sportcom. Following the dissolution of Velocio-SRAM, for which she raced since 2014, the Quebec rider joins a group of elite athletes including the new road world champion, Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead.

“We knew Velocio-SRAM would not return in 2016 in late July, so I had discussions with teams in early August. This is a team that’s really competitive and I wanted to continue with it next year,” said Canuel, confirming that Boels-Dolmans was at the top of the list of her choices.

The decision was notably influenced by her former American teammate Evelyn Stevens, who has just finished her first season with the Dutch team.

“Evelyn is one of the reasons I wanted to join this team. … she said it would be good for me,” said Canuel.

The 27-year-old has signed a one-year contract, which she is content with.

Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) competes at the Richmond 2015 World Championships   ©  Cor Vos

“The coming 2016 season is an Olympic year, so a one-year contract is okay,” she added, as you never know what will happen after the Rio Games. “Right now, I’m just thinking ahead to 2016.”

Canuel and teammates celebrate at the finish of their winning 2015 World Championship TTT  ©  Cor Vos

In 2014 and 2015, Canuel won the TTT world title with her Velocio-SRAM squad. She will certainly be a strong addition to her new team in the event next year, especially as Boels-Dolmans trailed the winners, Velocio-SRAM, by only six seconds at the Road World Championships at Richmond2015 last month.

Read the original Sportcom release (in French) here.

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