Lauretta Hanson, the 28-year-old Australian rider, has re-signed with the Lidl-Trek UCI Women’s WorldTour team for another two seasons. Known for her role as a crucial domestique, Hanson has been with the American-registered squad since its inception five years ago. Despite a challenging 2023 marred by a crash at Danilith Nokere Koerse in March that saw her missing the Classics season, Hanson claimed it was one of her most successful years. She was instrumental in contributing to some of the team’s standout performances this year.
The rider herself expressed her delight in staying on board, emphasising the team’s positive environment and exceptional support as factors in her decision to renew. Hanson noted that she felt at home with Lidl-Trek and was keen to build on what she considers her best season so far, looking ahead to more opportunities in the upcoming years.
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, the Sports Director for Lidl-Trek, also saw it as a straightforward choice to keep working with Hanson. Teutenberg acknowledged that the Australian has been a vital asset to the team since she joined in 2019. Praising her openness to growth and development, especially in a year fraught with injuries, Teutenberg remarked that these challenges had moulded Hanson into a stronger athlete and an invaluable teammate. She underscored Hanson’s dependability in executing the hard work required to support the team’s leaders and projected that the rider has yet more to offer in her future with the team.