WNT–Rotor Pro Cycling

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WNT–Rotor Pro Cycling
WNT-ROTOR Pro Cycling Team 2019.jpg
Team information
  • United Kingdom (2014–2018)
  • Germany (2019–)
Founded2014 (2014)
StatusUK National (2014–2016)
UCI Women's Team (2017–)
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerClaude Sun
Team manager(s)Dirk Baldinger
Kim Palmer
Team name history
Team WNT
Team WNT Pro Cycling
WNT–Rotor Pro Cycling

WNT–Rotor Pro Cycling (UCI code WNT) is a professional women's cycling team, based in Kempten, Germany, which competes in elite road bicycle racing events such as the UCI Women's World Tour.


The team was founded in 2014 as an amateur club team in Sheffield / UK competing in regional races. After three years the team was transformed from an amateur team into a professional UCI team, and is invited to compete in major races all over Europe. The team itself no longer consists purely of British riders. Since 2019 the team includes women of seven different countries (Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France and Canada) giving it an even greater international flavour. 2019 saw a big expansion and inclusion of high-level riders into the team roster such as Kirsten Wild, Lisa Brennauer and Ane Santesteban. Due this expansion the team made the step-up into the top 10 of the UCI-ranking, with a ranking of 7th place.


Ahead of the 2017 season, WNT made another leap in the team's progression by applying for a UCI Women's team licence, with former Scottish Cycling head coach Graeme Herd as their directeur sportif.[1][2] Expanding its roster outside the UK and Ireland, gaining Austrian Anna Badegruber and Luxembourger Elise Maes from Austrian team Vitalogic Astrokalb Radunion Nö as it stepped away from its UCI Women licence in 2017.[3][4][5]

The team won its first professional race in its first outing as a UCI team in March 2017, on stage 4 of Setmana Ciclista Valenciana when Irish Champion Lydia Boylan soloed to victory. The team's second UCI victory came at the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour on stage 3, when Hayley Simmonds attacked in the closing kilometres, taking a solo victory of over a minute, and consequently moved into the yellow jersey. Simmonds finished 3rd place on general classification behind Lisa Brennauer.

At the end of 2017, the team's service course moved from the UK to Reutte, Austria, the hometown of WNT's parent company, Ceratizit, although the team's address registered with the Union Cycliste Internationale was still located in Sheffield.[6][7]


2018 saw a further internationalisation of the roster, with the additions of German Lea Lin Teutenberg and Dutchwoman Aafke Soet.[8][9] Spanish bicycle component manufacturer, Rotor signed onto Team WNT as a second naming sponsor, setting the team to be the first to race full time on hydraulic shifting and braking groupset.[10] WNT-Rotor took on a greater Spanish influence with its switch from long time frame partner Specialized to Orbea. The team also joined as one of five UCI women's teams to transition to disc brakes in 2018, moving from its already new hydraulic Rotor rim brake groupset to debut the disc brake version at Dwars door Vlaanderen.[11]

Shortly after the team completed Setmana Ciclista Valenciana, it was announced that Graeme Herd would leave the team immediately, with Dirk Baldinger taking up Herd's role as DS.[12] Former Cervélo–Bigla Pro Cycling rider, Canadian Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin was a late signing for 2018 at the end of March.[13]

Half the team's then ten rider roster were selected to compete on the road and track at the 2018 Commonwealth Games; for Northern Ireland, Lydia Boylan, for Wales, Hayley Jones, for Scotland, Eileen Roe, and for England Melissa Lowther and Hayley Simmonds. While Melissa Lowther had been selected for both the time trial and road race, but due an administrative error by Team England, Lowther was barred from starting the individual time trial.[14] Hayley Simmonds earned a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games individual time trial, behind recent ITT world championship medallist Katrin Garfoot and former time trial world champion Linda Villumsen.[15]

Aafke Soet earned WNT Rotor's first win of the 2018 season at the start of April by winning the last stage of the Healthy Ageing Tour in solo breakaway, the victory was also her first ever elite level win.[16] Soet would back up that road race win at her next race appearance, with the fastest time in the time trial event at Omloop van Borsele.


The Season 2019 started very successful for the WNT-ROTOR Pro Cycling Team. After wins at the Six Days in Bremen (Germany) on the track the new team member Clara Koppenburg won stage 3 of the Seltmana Ciclista Valenciana and took over the General Classification jersey. The team defended this jersey on stage 4 and also won the team classification. One-week later Kirsten Wild and Lisa Brennauer won in total 5 medals at the Track World Championships in Pruszkow, Poland. (Kirsten: Gold in Madison and omnium, Silver in the scratch race and Bronze in the points race. Lisa: Silver medal at the individual pursuit and a new German record).


The WNT company is part of the CERATIZIT Group which offers high quality tools and a unique service to the metal cutting industry. The Ceratizit Group is a privately owned company, based in Mamer, Luxembourg which develops and manufactures highly specialised carbide cutting tools, inserts and rods made of hard materials as well as wear parts. With over 9,000 employees at 34 production sites and a sales network of over 70 branch offices, the Group is a global player in the carbide industry. Cycling has a close connection to WNT products. Many bicycle components are manufactured using metal cutting technology. Important customers, such as the British firm Hope Technology or the Spanish company Rotor Bike Components, use WNT’s quality tools to produce their high-quality bicycle parts. Therefore cycling sponsorship is an ideal marketing tool for WNT to increase brand awareness and make products more accessible to the general public outside of the narrow target groups. Despite this, cycling embodies exactly this same spirit, which is already present within the company and its values. For the 2018 season ROTOR joined the team as a named sponsor, with the team running their high quality bike components. ROTOR not only sells its products, the company is also developing and manufacturing it's products. The manufacturing is mainly done via CNC machining and this is where the cooperation between Rotor and WNT started already a fews ago. As supplier for metal cutting tools WNT has always been a reliable partner for ROTOR and therefore the partnership within the WNT-ROTOR Pro Cycling Team is another perfect fit. Other Partners in 2019 are Orbea, Cuore, Seitz, Suplest, Edco, Repente, Wahoo, Tubolito, Wolfpack, Velotoze, Lizardskins, Gairrit and DryFluid.

Team roster[edit]

As of 8 July 2019.[17][18]
Rider Date of birth
 Laura Asencio (FRA) (1998-05-14) 14 May 1998 (age 21)
 Anna Badegruber (AUT) (1997-01-14) 14 January 1997 (age 22)
 Franziska Brauße (GER) (1998-11-20) 20 November 1998 (age 20)
 Lisa Brennauer (GER) (1988-06-08) 8 June 1988 (age 31)
 Janneke Ensing (NED) (1986-09-21) 21 September 1986 (age 32)
 Kathrin Hammes (GER) (1989-01-09) 9 January 1989 (age 30)
 Clara Koppenburg (GER) (1995-08-03) 3 August 1995 (age 23)
 Claudia Koster (NED) (1992-03-22) 22 March 1992 (age 27)
Rider Date of birth
 Erica Magnaldi (ITA) (1992-08-24) 24 August 1992 (age 26)
 Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (CAN) (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 26)
 Sarah Rijkes (AUT) (1991-04-02) 2 April 1991 (age 28)
 Ane Santesteban (ESP) (1990-12-12) 12 December 1990 (age 28)
 Aafke Soet (NED) (1997-11-23) 23 November 1997 (age 21)
 Lea Lin Teutenberg (GER) (1999-07-02) 2 July 1999 (age 20)
 Lara Vieceli (ITA) (1993-07-16) 16 July 1993 (age 25)
 Kirsten Wild (NED) (1982-10-15) 15 October 1982 (age 36)

Major wins[edit]

National champions[edit]

MaillotIrlanda.PNG Irish Road Race, Lydia Boylan
MaillotIrlanda.PNG Irish Road Race, Lydia Boylan
MaillotReinoUnido.PNG British Track (Individual pursuit), Katie Archibald
MaillotReinoUnido.PNG British Track (Points race), Katie Archibald
MaillotReinoUnido.PNG British Track (Scratch race), Katie Archibald
MaillotReinoUnido.PNG British Track (Omnium), Katie Archibald
MaillotReinoUnido.PNG British Criterium, Katie Archibald
Jersey rainbow.svg World Track (Omnium), Katie Archibald
MaillotIrlanda.PNG Irish Road Race, Lydia Boylan
MaillotIrlanda.PNG Irish Track (Scratch race), Lydia Boylan
EuropeanChampionJersey(2016).png European Track (Individual pursuit), Katie Archibald
EuropeanChampionJersey(2016).png European Track (Omnium), Katie Archibald
MaillotIrlanda.PNG Irish Track (Omnium), Lydia Boylan
EuropeanChampionJersey(2016).png European U23 Time Trial, Aafke Soet
MaillotIrlanda.PNG Irish Track (Scratch Race), Lydia Boylan
Jersey rainbow.svg World Track (Omnium), Kirsten Wild


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