Lauretta Hanson, the 28-year-old Australian cyclist, has secured her place on the Lidl-Trek roster until 2025. Having been part of the USA-registered UCI Women’s WorldTour team since its inception five years ago, Hanson has evolved into one of the squad’s pivotal support riders. Despite a challenging 2023, marked by a crash at the Danilith Nokere Koerse that sidelined her for the Classics season, she still managed to play a key role as a domestique, contributing to some of the team’s standout performances this year.
Hanson herself expressed her enthusiasm about the contract renewal, stating that it was an “easy decision” to stay with the team for two more years. She highlighted the excellent support and the positive environment within the Lidl-Trek team as pivotal factors. Not only did she have one of her best seasons in 2023, but she is also keen to build on this success in the coming years.
Lidl-Trek Sports Director, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, echoed Hanson’s sentiments, describing the continuation of her contract as a “natural decision.” Teutenberg praised Hanson’s openness to growth and development as an athlete, especially in a year punctuated by injuries and setbacks. She emphasised Hanson’s role as an invaluable teammate, someone who can be counted on to support the team leaders in crunch situations. Teutenberg believes there is still untapped potential in Hanson and looks forward to witnessing her further contributions to the team.