Team DSM continue to improve their roster with youth, a signing strategy they’ve pursued in the last few seasons. With Lorena Wiebes leaving the team for SD Worx, Team DSM will have a large role to fill next season. The Dutch outfit announced they have confirmed the signings of Eleonora Ciabocco, Maeve Plouffe and Eglantine Rayer. All 3 riders have signed for 2 years.
Both Ciabocco and Rayer have been signed straight from the youth ranks after good seasons. Both are 18 years old and have taken wins this year. Ciabocco is the Italian junior champion and just missed out at the European Championship…to Rayer.
“Team DSM is a very professional and organised team. This attracted me to them.
In the juniors, I see myself as a fairly complete rider who can climb well, but can also defend herself in a sprint.”Eleonara Ciabocco
Eglantine Rayer is the European junior champion, having beaten her new teammate. She also took the overall win at the Tour du Gévaudan Occitanie junior race and was 2nd behind Evita Muzic in her first 1.2 race this year at Alpes Gresivaudan Classic. She is arguably the biggest French potential GC rider talent since Muzic and Juliette Labous.
“Team DSM has been following me since I was a junior, which has fostered a sense of trust. I can’t wait to turn pro and compete in my first WorldTour races.”Eglantine Rayer
Finally, Maeve Plouffe will join Team DSM from ARA Sunshine Coast in Australia. The 23-year-old is the current leader of the National Road Series there and has been making in-roads in European racing too. Winner of a stage at the Festival of Cycling and the prestigious Women’s Warrnambool Cycling Classic, Plouffe should be a good sprinter and form part of the DSM lead-out train. Off the road, Plouffe is a great track rider, winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in the team pursuit and a recent World Cup even in the 3km individual pursuit.
“I think it’s fantastic that I will be joining Team DSM in 2023. I have aspired to a road career for a long time and I think there is no better team to develop myself than Team DSM.”Maeve Plouffe