Uttrup Ludwig and Cavalli co-lead the FDJ’s “most competitive team possible” at the Women’s Tour de France
Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and Marta Cavalli will co-lead the newly named FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope team as the main overall contenders in the Women’s Tour de France with Zwift which kicks off in Paris on Sunday.
They are two of the best climbers in the world and give the French team a distinct possibility of securing the yellow jersey at the end of the event atop La Super Planche des Belles Filles on July 31.
“The Women’s Tour de France represents our biggest objective of the season. We are embarking on this human and sporting adventure with great ambitions and very strong motivation,” said the team’s general manager, Stephen Delcourt.
“This selection will not have been an easy task. With our team, the fourteen cyclists of the team had the level to claim a place on this Tour. We had to make choices.”
Delcourt built FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope, which is in its 17th season, on the dream of one day winning the Women’s Tour de France. In an interview with Cycling news Last June, Delcourt said he believed the event would be a game-changer and had the potential to cause a massive positive change in the popularity, safety and stability of women’s cycling.
Part of the team’s ambition was to build a team around a GC driver. Delcourt first signed Uttrup Ludwig in 2020, and this year’s Danish road race champion has renewed with the team until 2024. “We are very proud to continue the adventure with Cécilie, she embodies the new generation of women’s cycling through her leadership on and off the bike,” said Delcourt.
The team also brought in Cavalli in 2021, who has had a stellar season this year with wins at the Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne, as well as a second place overall in the Giro Donne.
The two riders will lead the Tour de France Women team, supported by Evita Muzic, Grace Brown, Marie Le Net and Vittoria Guazzini.
Delcourt said team selection was a tough decision, but was set up to succeed in the eight-day home race.
“For this difficult course, we are therefore making the decision to field the most competitive team possible, with two of the best climbers-punchers in the world, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and Marta Cavalli,” he said.
“Two raw talents, Evita Muzic and Grace Brown, will be in charge of supporting our two leaders in the most difficult parts of this Tour. Our Breton Marie Le Net and the Italian Vittoria Guazzini, who have proven their great value and their sense of teamwork. throughout the season, complete this group destined to obtain a result at the end of the arrival at the Super Planche des Belles Filles on July 31.”
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