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Human Powered Health looking to push on further in 2024

Daria Pikulik

Human Powered Health is setting its sights on a renewed long-term vision for its Women’s WorldTour cycling team, according to the team’s management. Charles Aaron, the team’s Managing Director, emphasised that since the team’s inception in 2012, they’ve aspired to compete at the highest levels. He noted that women’s cycling has seen tremendous growth, a sentiment echoed by General Manager Ro de Jonckere, who highlighted the sport’s unique growth potential. De Jonckere pointed to significant milestones, such as the return of the women’s Tour de France in 2022 after a three-decade absence, as indications that the sport is ripe for development.

Reflecting on 2023, the team secured 14 victories, with sprinter Daria Pikulik being a standout performer. She claimed six wins (including the end-of-season race Tour of Guangxi) and an additional five podium finishes, underlining a season that also saw the team participate in major events like Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. The team’s success didn’t stop with Pikulik; they also celebrated three national championships and saw the emergence of climbing talent Barbara Malcotti, who achieved her first professional win.

Performance Manager Kenny Latomme remarked on the team’s impressive showing, particularly during a late summer surge. He attributed the success to the effective combination of young talents and experienced riders on the team, who he said were “learning and growing together.”

As for what lies ahead, the team is in the final stages of signing new athletes and staff for the 2024 season. Details on these signings, as well as new partnerships and riders who will be continuing with the team, are expected to be announced in the coming days and weeks. Human Powered Health has shut down its men’s team at the end of the season, this is to help provide the full focus required to make the women’s team the best it can be.