The Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime Cycling Team will undergo a significant change in 2024, becoming the Winspace Women Cycling Team. This transition follows the recent announcement of Stade Rochelais withdrawing from the team’s naming rights, paving the way for a new partnership with Winspace, an Asian cycling equipment manufacturer. This new chapter in the team’s history will commence on January 1, 2024, with Winspace committing to the UCI Continental seasons of 2024-2025.
Winspace will not only be the principal sponsor but also the equipment partner, providing the team with cycles and wheels through their brand, Lún. The partnership aligns with Winspace’s dedication to supporting high-level cycling and athletes who continuously push their limits. Jean-Christophe Barbotin, the team’s manager, expressed his excitement about embarking on this new project with Winspace. The late formation of this partnership, according to Barbotin, was due to the efforts made to ensure the team’s continuity in 2024. He highlighted the importance of maintaining a UCI Continental structure for female cyclists and expressed pride in the work that led to securing a new partner.
Stephen Tai, CEO and founder of Winspace, shared his pride in supporting the team for the UCI Continental 2024 season. He looks forward to seeing the team excel internationally, reflecting Winspace’s commitment to high-level cycling and athlete support.
The Winspace Women Cycling Team for 2024 will feature ten cyclists from three different nationalities, including a national champion from China. The team is proud of its diverse composition, which will soon be revealed on its social media platforms. The current roster includes returning riders Noémie Abgrall, Marine Allione, and Floraine Bernard from France, alongside seven new recruits.
The cycling team, established in 2013, has been progressing for ten seasons, focusing on developing young talents and experienced riders. Invited to major global races, the team says it aims to solidify its position in the world’s top 20 and continue promoting women’s cycling across the globe.