Drops-Le Col supported by Tempur is delighted to announce that Julia Soek will join the team as Directeur Sportif in 2022.
After 13 years in the professional peloton, Soek will retire from racing at the end of this season. Over time, Julia became a vital part of her team’s successes becoming one of the best road captains in the World Tour.
Team Manager, Tom Varney commented “I’m over the moon to add Julia to our staff team for next season. From the first meeting, I was impressed with Julia’s friendly and always positive personality. Her vision for cycling aligns with ours and how we’d like the team to develop in the coming years. We’re excited to help her transition into her post-rider career.”
Julia Soek added “I’m really excited to join Drops-Le Col in 2022. A team with a great vision and a strong development programme. I hope to use my experience as a former rider and work together to build on this season’s successes in the future. I can’t wait to meet the team and get going!”
Julia will join current DS Nicolas Marche at the team and share the responsibility of the team’s enlarged programme with both being present at the biggest races on the calendar.
“Having worked with Julia as a rider I was keen to explore the possibility of working together after she finished her career. I believe she has all the qualities to become a great Sports Director and I’m sure she’ll be a positive influence on the group.”
Julia will take the UCI Sports Directors course this winter in preparation for joining the team for the 2022 season.