Sara Poidevin (EF Training-TIBCO-SVB) and Makayla MacPherson (Human Powered Well being) are among the many 4 new riders confirmed to journey for DNA Professional Biking subsequent season. Shifting from Roxo Racing are Maeghan Easler and Nadia Gontova, whereas DNA Professional Biking retains 11 athletes for a 15-rider roster in 2024.
Headed to their twelfth season of racing, the DNA Professional Biking Staff captured 13 victories in 2023, led by Diana Peñuela, the two-time Colombian nationwide street race champion and Sarah van Dam, the present Canadian U23 street race champion who lately clinched her first European podiums at Le Tour de l’Ardèche. Each Peñuela and Van Dam return for subsequent season.
“It has been a improbable yr, the group has not relied on one rider for outcomes as a result of everyone seems to be performing, 12 of our 14 riders podiumed this yr. I am actually impressed by the best way these riders labored collectively each race to realize outcomes, it is true teamwork,” Cathay Fegan-Kim, group sports activities director and co-owner, advised Cyclingnews.
“The 4 additions we’re bringing on for 2024 match the DNA mildew and can actually add to our competitiveness.”
Poidevin and MacPherson every carry two years of expertise from the WorldTour. The 27-year-old Canadian, identified for her power in climbing and breakaway using, had two prime 10s on the Joe Martin Stage Race this yr. At simply 20 years of age, MacPherson received the 2021 US junior nationwide street race title and was fourth on the 2023 US elite girls’s professional criterium championship.
From the Roxo Racing duo, each Gontova and Easler are climbers. Gontova received a stage at Redlands Biking Traditional and at Vuelta a Colombia Femenina, and the 23-year-old Canadian additionally rode to prime 5s in GC standings at Tour of the Gila and Vuelta Ciclista Internacional Femenina a Guatemala. Easler, a 26-year-old US rider, made her mark in US stage racing with a pair of podiums on the Tour of the Gila.
Extra riders returning to the squad with notable outcomes from 2023 embody Kimberly Lucie, winner of the dash competitors on the American Criterium Cup sequence; Kaitlyn Rauwerda, stage winner from La Vuelta a Colombia; Shayna Powless, factors competitors winner on the Tour of the Gila; Holly Breck, factors competitors winner on the Redlands Biking Traditional; and Harriet Owen, winner of the Colby Omnium on the Tour of America’s Dairyland.
Lacking from the roster for 2024 are a trio of US riders Gabrielle Lehnert, Daphne Karagianis and Heidi Franz, who solely joined the Continental group in April after the Zaaf Biking Staff collapsed.
DNA Professional Biking is at the moment the top-ranked UCI Continental girls’s group within the Americas. The squad will proceed to concentrate on UCI street races within the US and overseas, in addition to top-level US criteriums and worldwide gravel races. Riders stood on the rostrum greater than 55 occasions in 2023, based on the group, which included prime three finishes and stage race or sequence jersey awards for factors, U23, most combative and total classifications.
“Our 2024 lineup boasts a flexible mix of climbers, sprinters, and all-rounders, every of whom have confirmed their dedication as group gamers. By harmonizing up-and-coming expertise with skilled riders, we’ve strategically positioned ourselves for fulfillment in our formidable calendar forward,” Fegan-Kim mentioned.
DNA Professional Biking Staff 2024 roster
- Anet Barrera (Mex)
- Holly Breck (USA)
- Olivia Cummins (USA)
- Maeghan Easler (USA)
- Heather Fischer (USA)
- Nadia Gontova (Can)
- Rachel Langdon (GBr)
- Kimberly Lucie (USA)
- Makayla MacPherson (USA)
- Harriet Owen (GBr)
- Diana Peñuela (Col)
- Sara Poidevin (Can)
- Shayna Powless (USA)
- Kaitlyn Rauwerda (Can)
- Sarah Van Dam (Can)