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Rachel Neylan renews at Cofidis and confirms 2023 is her final year

Rachel Neylan

Australian Rachel Neylan has confirmed that she will continue with Cofidis into the 2023 season and that it will be her last in the pro peloton. After starting with a spell in America in 2009, Neylan has been on a UCI team since joining Diadora-Pasta Zara in 2011. A true journeywoman rider, a 3-year spell at Orica-AIS/Orica-Scott between 2015-2017 is the only time until now that she has spent more than 1 season on the same team.

She has previously ridden for Diadora-Pasta Zara, ABUS-Nutrixxion, Hitec-Products, Orica-AIS, Movistar, Team Virtu Cycling, Cronos Casa Dorada Women Cycling, Parkhotel Valkenburg and now Cofidis.

The Aussie has taken 4 wins in her career, a stage and the GC at the 2015 Trophée d’Or Féminin, the 2016 GP de Plumelec-Morbihan and a stage at the 2019 Gracia Orlová. She also won the Cadel Road Race the year before it achieved UCI status in 2015.

Neylan’s highest profile result came at the 2012 World Championships in Valkenburg, home of Amstel Gold Race. She finished 10 seconds behind a peak-era Marianne Vos and 8 seconds ahead of her future Hitec Products teammate, Elisa Longo Borghini.

Caught up in the Casa Dorada team drama in 2020, a resurgent end to 2021 with Parkhotel Valkenburg saw Neylan podium the Giro dell’Emilia, Tre Valli Varesine and GP Fourmies as she hunted for the new contract she earned at Cofidis this year.