AG Insurance-Soudal Quick-Step is pleased to announce the arrival of the Australian cyclist Sarah Gigante, who will strengthen the squad in 2024. Sarah won her first Australian road championships at the age of 18 and has proven herself to be a versatile and powerful rider. She has repeatedly demonstrated her talent by being crowned Australian champion annually, with victories in both road races and time trials. AG Insurance-Soudal Quick-Step and Movistar reached an agreement on the transfer in October of this year. A pro since 2020, Sarah is now set to take on a new challenge next year with her new team that will be part of the World Tour.
“I’ve heard a lot about the team from my Australian friend and soon-to-be teammate, Anya Louw, whom I first raced against when I was ten years old. Everything she told me about AG Insurance – Soudal Quick-Step sounded amazing and as soon as I spoke with team manager Natascha, I knew for sure that I really wanted to join,” Sarah enthused. “I greatly admire the radiating passion and teamwork that has been displayed since the team’s inception, as well as the team’s focus on long-term development, both on and off the bike. Supporting my new teammates and learning from them is something I can’t wait for and hopefully, I will contribute to some great successes. Additionally, it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to support an incredible rider like Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, who excels in the same kind of hilly and attritional races that I personally enjoy the most. Continuing to improve my time-trialling abilities is a goal I strive for. My first race in the colours of AG Insurance-Soudal will take place during the Australian Time Trial Championships on January 4. I can’t wait for 2024 to start!”
“I am very pleased with Sarah’s arrival,” added team manager Natascha den Ouden. “When we spoke at the beginning of October, her ambition was palpable. Sarah has had a difficult period, but her results as a young rider show her enormous talent. I am confident that Sarah will return to her former level and be a huge asset for the stage races and the Walloon classics.”
AG Insurance-Soudal Quick-Step looks forward to the start of the 2024 season, during which Sarah Gigante will undoubtedly play a key role in the team.