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Ambition, shared leadership, family atmosphere – Keys to success at FDJ-SUEZ

Grace Brown (FDJ-Suez) celebrates a win at the 2023 Tour Down Under

After a successful 2022 campaign and a very good start to the new season, FDJ-SUEZ are setting a high bar for 2023. At a team press conference in early February, the team laid out its plans for 2023, hoping to challenge for victory across the calendar in both classics and Grand Tours.

“We are really ambitious for the season, our 18th season in the peloton. We want to start every race with the ambition to win,” said team manager Stephen Delcourt.

2022 was the most successful season in the history of FDJ-SUEZ as Marta Cavalli won Amstel Gold Race and La Flèche Wallonne and finished second overall in the Giro d’Italia Donne.

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig won stage 3 of the Tour de France Femmes before going on to win the Norefjell mountain-top finish and the GC of the Tour of Scandinavia. Clara Copponi and Grace Brown added stage wins in the Women’s Tour, Brown missing overall victory by just one second. The Australian later won a stage of the Vuelta Challenge and a silver medal in the time trial at the World Championships.

“We have stability on the team with only two new riders, Gladys Verhulst and Loes Adegeest. In November, we decided that we needed to start really fast and win early to continue the positive attitude after 2022,” Delcourt set out the team’s ambitious goals.

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