25.11.2022 Continental, News, Race news
TEAM CAPTAIN, AGUA MARINA, EXTENDS HER CONTRACT
CANYON//SRAM Generation is thrilled to announce Agua Marina Espinola Salinas has extended her contract with the team for its second season. The designated team captain, Agua Marina played a key role in the team’s impressive performances, using her own experiences as a neo-pro, some five years ago, to lead the squad on and off the bike.
CANYON//SRAM Generation Sport Director Adam Szábo: “We exceeded even our highest ambitions with all the combined results and performances of the team. We set the bar high, but we shouldn’t lose sight of our initial aim of the team: develop and teach riders to become professional cyclists.”
Adam continued, “I am very pleased how Agua could fit into the role of team captain. She played a key role in our recent and probably the biggest success in the GC win of Tour de l’Ardéche, where she managed the team on the road and foresaw situations within the peloton with her experience. With more experience in the team captain role and a similar race calendar, I am hoping Agua can build on this skill next season.”
Agua Marina Espinola Salinas said: “I’m happy to stay with CANYON//SRAM Generation. I go into what will be an important new season knowing I’m in a supportive environment. It gives me the confidence to chase higher goals. I was happy with my new role as team captain this year. Seeing my teammates grow and learn race by race from a position I once was in, was special. My targets are to step onto the podium in a UCI race in Europe and to qualify for Paris Olympic Games 2024 for Paraguay. As a team, I want us to continuously raise each other’s level higher, so we’re a competitive racing group.”
“I would describe my 2022 as solid. I had a consistent year where everything went almost to plan, a rarity in life. I had by far my best season in Europe, and besides the experience and maturity I have at this point, my team made everything easier thanks to the stability and confidence they gave us. We also benefited from incredible equipment; these combined factors were key to our success. Going home to Paraguay in the off-season, I received much recognition. My community is proud to see me involved in such an important project for cycling with the backing and support from important sponsors.”