BRITISH TEAM, LE COL WAHOO, ANNOUNCE SQUAD FOR INAUGURAL TOUR DE FRANCE FEMMES
July 13, 2022 - by Fusion Media Client News
Ahead of the inaugural Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift (TdFF) later this month, the first British team to take part in the race – Le Col Wahoo – have today announced their squad of riders.
Formerly known as DROPS Le Col s/b Tempur, Le Col Wahoo are working to develop the next generation of female cycling talent and bring to the road some of the world’s best cyclists. Using the fastest kit and latest performance technology, the team have ambitions to step up to the UCI Women’s World Tour next year – with the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift offering a perfect opportunity to showcase their talent.
The Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift is the first women’s iteration of the biggest race in the sport. The fact it has now been added to the calendar is an important step towards women’s parity in cycling and all sports, with the athletes ready to prove themselves across the eight stage race.
Directed and managed by Tom and Bob Varney, the fast growing UK based team was named as a wildcard entry to the Tour de France Femmes earlier this year. Hungry to join the World Tour, the British Continental outfit will aim to punch well above their budget and take the race on from the front.
British rider Lizzie Holden returns to the team in 2022 after spending two years with a Spanish team, and is ready to put that experience to work in the TdFF squad. Earlier in the year Lizzie grabbed the bronze medal at the National Elite Women’s Time Trial Championships and is aiming to take those wins further in the Tour.
Joining the squad is Majo Van’t Geloof, who began her third season with Le Col Wahoo this year, after taking some great results in 2021. Joining the TdFF squad as one of its leaders, Majo brings a host of experience and expertise to the team.
Also starting her third season with the team, Maike Van Der Duin joins the TdFF squad off the back of a strong 2021, as one of the team’s leaders. Maike secured the team’s first ever World Tour jersey during the Women’s Tour, having won the sprint jersey on the final day of the competition.
Jesse Vanderbulcke is new to the team and brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge on the road. Jesse is able to bring strength to the road on her own, as well as leading and guiding the team. Jesse recently finished the RideLondon Classique in 9th position overall, after a strong sprint in the final race resulting in 11th place.
New to Le Col Wahoo this year, Eva van Agt is also announced for the TdFF squad. The retired hockey player brings a hunger to perform at the pro cycling level and is eager to do so at the Tour.
Gladys Verhulst joined the Le Col Wahoo team this year as one of its key leaders after performing at a high level and achieving multiple podiums at the World Tour level. She took her first win for the team in May at the Dutch one day race, Veenendaal – Veenendaal.
Commenting on the announcement, Tom Varney – General Manager of Le Col Wahoo said: “The Tour de France Femmes is something that all the members of the team – riders and staff – are really looking forward to being a part of. We have a huge focus on this event, and lots of extra motivation.
“The way we are approaching the Tour, we want to play a role every day. We don’t have a GC leader, but riders capable of shining on every one of the eight stages.”
Le Col Wahoo Directeur Sportif, Nicolas Marche, added: “Put simply, our goal is to win a stage. Of course, it’s a high goal but we believe in our dreams! We want to #ColourTheRoad.
We’ll try to create initiative throughout the week, beginning with stage 1 with a bunch sprint. Maike can really get a top result on the Champs Elysée, and open up our Tour de France in a great way.”
“After day one, we’ll try to create opportunities in breaks with aggressive riders like Jesse and Gladys, but also some focus stages where Lizzie can shine on the hillier parcours. Our new signing, Eva, is still discovering the type of rider she will become – but we are sure that her talent can shine there in the hills as well. Majo will be an important team player there to support and position the team on the key parts of the course.”
The Tour de France Femmes 2022 Stage 1 begins on 24th July with PARIS TOUR EIFFEL > CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES.
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