Dutch rider Loes Adegeest will join FDJ-Suez (as the team will be known from 2023) for 2 years. The reigning eSports World Champion currently races for IBCT, her new team will give a first Women’s WorldTour setup experience for the 26-year-old. She was previously a part of the Parkhotel Valkenburg and Jan van Arckel teams.
Adegeest has collected a solid set of top-10 results this year, along with attacks in big races that definitely got her noticed. It’s quite a turnaround for a rider who was forced to advertise her power numbers on Twitter at the end of the 2021 season to secure a new team for 2022. Like Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, the eSports racing on Zwift has propelled another rider to push on a level.
The Lotto Belgium Tour was probably the highlight of her year so far. 5th Overall, which included 6th on the Muur van Geraardsbergen and a win of the QoM jersey. Her best individual stage result is 4th, secured at the prologue of the Lotto Belgium Tour, Netherlands ITT Nats and Dwars door het Hageland. Those results show off her engine, which is regularly put to good use in breaks. She should take on a similar role at FDJ-Suez to Grace Brown.
“The team’s offensive racing style, the development it has gone through and its professionalism really appeal to me. So I am very grateful for the trust the team has placed in me and I look forward to joining them, contributing to the team’s results and developing further in this environment.”Loes Adegeest
“We have been watching Loes since the start of the season. She made an impression at every race by always trying to break through the stereotypical race scenarios.
We are convinced that Loes will be a valuable addition to our team in the coming years.”Stephen Delcourt, team manager