British rider Molly Weaver could be a top female rider according to her Liv-Plantur sporting director, Hans Timmermans if she continues her rapid development.
Weaver joined the Dutch team from English setup Matrix Fitness, and since arriving in June 2015 she has flourished racing in Europe.
Despite being only 22 years old, Weaver has had some decent results; last year she finished in the top four of both the National road race, and the time-trial at the National Championships. She has also ridden the Tour of Flanders and the La Fleche Wallonne.
Weaver also assisted Lizzie Armitstead in her World Championship victory at Richmond last October, so she has esteemed pedigree for someone so young.
But over the course of her being at Plantur her role in the team has changed from being more than a climber to an all-rounder.
‘She can be one of the best’ says Timmermans
Her development has meant Weaver is becoming more accustomed to the big Classic races in the early part of the season, and Timmermans said she’s ‘becoming more of a classic rider’.
With every race Weaver competes in she is gaining more experience but also more power: “Also in the time trials there is more power, every pedal stroke is hit really hard."
Weaver has thoroughly enjoyed the experience of racing with Plantur in quotes to Cycling Weekly, “It’s been great for me. It’s like getting promoted in a new job; you start in completely different role.”
At Matrix Fitness there weren’t many opportunities there for ambitious riders, but since joining the ranks at the Dutch outfit her role has changed: “You take on the role of a domestique – a completely different job."
She continued, "You set up your leader and might have burned every match you have before you get to the final."
Over the years Plantur have made a name for themselves in developing young British talent; in the off-season just gone, one of their former riders Lucy Garner moved to the no. 1 team Wiggle High5 after a successful few years at Plantur. So they have a reputation of developing great female riders
“This team is interested in the development of its riders, I want to develop and you have to be patient with it, you can’t expect too much too soon,” said Weaver in closing.