Tiffany Cromwell interview part II: Why I’m leaving Orica AIS for Specialized lululemon
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Tiffany Cromwell interview part II: Why I’m leaving Orica AIS for Specialized lululemon

by Shane Stokes at 12:16 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Interviews, Video
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner speaks about schedule, new ambitions, team dynamic and the growth of women’s cycling

Tiffany CromwellConfirmed today as joining Specialized lululemon after two seasons with the Orica AIS team, Tiffany Cromwell has spoken in detail about the move plus her reason for leaving the squad.

Despite riding on many occasions for Emma Johansson, she clocked up a number of strong results including the Het Nieuwsblad success, stage two of the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic, fifth in Le Samyn, ninth in Flèche Wallonne and ninth in the world road race championships.

The 25 year old believes that she can move up a notch after deciding to leave the setup and explore new possibilities.

“Orica gave me amazing opportunities, they are a fantastic team, but for me it is just about change and trying something different, getting a little away from the Australian programme,” she told VeloNation in the video interview below. “Sort of stepping up as a rider as well and being a leader. I want to get to the same level as obviously Emma [Johansson] and Orica and, as I have said in a few interviews, to be the best you have to compete against the best. You are not going to get there if you are competing with [alongside]. The only way to do that is to get away.”

Cromwell details her likely programme in the interview, and also outlines the races that she believes she can do a strong performance in. Although she will be riding alongside others such as Evie Stevens, she believes that she will have plenty of opportunity to shine and is feeling more ambitious.

She also gives her thoughts on the sitation with women’s cycling and how the election of Brian Cookson and Tracey Gaudry changes things.

As for the hoped-for women’s Tour de France, she explains why she agrees with the principle of the petition set up earlier this year, but not necessarily with the format it envisages.

Watch part I of the Tiffany Cromwell interview here, where she talks about her 2013 season, key results and the Taiwan KOM Challenge.

Also see: Cromwell, Blaak, Delzenne and Canuel join Specialized lululemon for 2014


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