In what appears to be a coup for the Lidl-Trek cycling team, they have announced the signing of European junior road race champion Fleur Moors on a two-year contract. The team says it is excited about her dual capabilities in both road and cyclocross racing, as she will be representing Baloise Trek Lions in the latter discipline. With stalwarts like Lucinda Brand, Shirin van Anrooij, and Thibau Nys already on board, Moors’ addition amplifies the versatility and skillset of the team, potentially providing a formidable edge in multi-disciplinary events.
A Season to Remember
Moors’ 2023 season has been nothing short of spectacular. Beginning the year with the Belgian cyclocross title, she turned heads at the Ronde van Vlaanderen Juniors, finishing an impressive fourth. However, it was her performance at the World Championship road race in Glasgow that put her on the global cycling map. She clinched a bronze, showcasing her mettle on a challenging course. This achievement was outshone only by her later victory in the European road race, signifying her as a potential generational talent.
The Next Chapter with Lidl-Trek
Fleur Moors has chosen Lidl-Trek for the next phase of her career, citing their track record of nurturing cycling talents across disciplines. “It’s a big step between the junior and U23 categories. I’m convinced I will learn a lot among such good cyclists,” Moors said. She places significant weight on her European jersey as a confidence booster for her U23 debut.
Lidl-Trek is elated at the acquisition, viewing her as a symbiotic fit for their team philosophy. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, Lidl-Trek’s Sports Director, emphasised the nurturing environment they aim to provide. “She is just turning 18 in a sport which doesn’t have an easy step between the junior ranks and pros. Her bronze at Worlds and gold at Euros show that she is an exciting talent,” Teutenberg stated.
Rounding Out a Robust Roster
With 48 top-10 finishes in the UCI calendar to its name, Lidl-Trek seems to be setting the stage for a new era of young, multi-talented riders. Fleur Moors joins the team at a time when her potential could well translate into more victories and potentially turn her into a rising star in the women’s peloton. It is evident that both the team and Moors herself are looking at the long-term prospects of this partnership, with the European champion taking specific note of the support she’ll receive in both road cycling and cyclocross.
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