After enduring two gruelling seasons marked by physical pain and a vascular condition, Fien Masure has re-signed with AG Insurance-Soudal Quick-Step for the 2024 season. “The transition from junior to U23 didn’t go as planned,” Masure acknowledged. Suffering a serious crash in her first race that broke her jaw in multiple places, the Belgian rider found her initial seasons filled with setbacks and few highlights. However, despite these challenges, the team expressed confidence in her abilities and opted to extend her contract.
Masure paid tribute to the team’s support system, saying it had been “immensely valuable” to her, particularly during a season where she frequently faced issues. She praised the “extensive support” she had received from various quarters within the team, ranging from coaches to mechanics. Notably, she commended the team’s consideration in balancing her cycling commitments with her studies, an element she regards as crucial.
With regard to her health, Masure disclosed that vascular surgery is imminent. “While the exact outcome is uncertain, a significant procedure and an extended rehab period are likely,” she admitted. Yet, she remains optimistic and expressed her primary goal of returning to “pain-free racing.” She is also keen on tactical improvement, believing there’s still “room for growth” in that aspect. While Masure often featured in breakaways, she candidly stated she had to let go sometimes, even when she felt physically fine. She attributes these experiences as part and parcel of the sport, solidifying her role as a “true team player.”
The Belgian rider’s results over the years have shown promise, despite the difficulties she faced. Her ambitions for the upcoming season include participating in larger races that feature a mix of U23 and elite riders, something she finds to be an “exciting challenge.”
However, Masure remains cautious about looking too far ahead. “My experiences over the past years have taught me not to plan too far ahead, given how quickly circumstances can change,” she said. With the renewal of her contract and the ongoing support from her team, Masure is set to face the 2024 season with renewed vigour,