FDJ-SUEZ recently revealed their latest signing for the upcoming seasons: 29-year-old Dutch talent Amber Kraak. Known for her time-trial prowess and audacious attacks, Kraak fits well into the team’s ambitions. Despite starting her professional cycling career just two years ago, in 2021, Kraak has already made her mark, quickly gaining attention within the cycling community.
Stephen Delcourt, the General Manager at FDJ-SUEZ, described Kraak’s recruitment as a “significant step” in the team’s ongoing quest for excellence. Citing her innate talent, commitment, and passion for cycling, Delcourt said that Kraak would add considerable value to the team.
For her part, Kraak expressed her delight at joining FDJ-SUEZ for the 2024 and 2025 seasons. She lauded the team’s ambitious nature and its proven track record in one-day races, time-trials, and general classifications. Kraak noted that FDJ-SUEZ’s focus on rider development makes it the perfect environment for her. While she vowed to support the team in reaching its goals, she also indicated that she would be targeting her own objectives, particularly in time-trials and lesser-known races.
Kraak isn’t new to top-level sports; she was crowned the world rowing champion in light double sculls in 2016. But it wasn’t until 2021 that she shifted to professional cycling. Since then, she has already notched up impressive results, including victory at the non-UCI Volta Limburg Classic in 2022 and winning the mountains classification at the Tour of Scandinavia the same year. She also secured a second-place finish at Grand Prix de Plouay before winning La Périgord Ladies this year. Until this new deal with FDJ-SUEZ, Kraak was contracted with Team Jumbo-Visma Women.