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Lauren Stephens aims at Gravel World Championships after landing new team

Lauren Stephens drops rivals one by one to take solo win at US Gravel National Championships

Lauren Stephens has had mixed fortunes this year but her fortunes made a turn for the better in recent weeks, with the American signing a new contract with the US-based Continental team Cynisca and winning the stars and stripes jersey in gravel racing.

Stephens’ long-time road team met its end after Silicon Valley Bank failed, TIBCO ended its sponsorship and EF Education moved to the new women’s team owned by the same parent company as the men’s WorldTour team. Stephens wasn’t among the riders snatched up despite her still being at the top of her game at the age of 36, leaving her searching for a team in August. It was poor timing for a rider with ambitions of making the USA’s team for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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