Team DSM are thrilled to announce that they have extended their contract with Juliette Labous, with the 2020 French TT national champion riding in the team’s colours until the end of 2023.

Labous turned professional with the team in 2017 and since then has grown as a rider, proving herself to be a valuable member of the team both on and off the bike. A culture carrier, Labous fits in well with the team’s ethos and vision; always wanting to push herself to take the next step. A strong all-round rider, Labous has tasted success against the clock where in 2020 she claimed the French tricolour as national time trial champion. Not only strong in the individual events, Labous has proven to be a great part of the support block but also someone who can take good results when in the role of finisher on behalf of the team, such as sixth place in this year’s La Flèche Wallonne or her white jersey win and 11th overall at the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile in 2019. Still only 22 years old, Labous already has a wealth of experience with the team and some strong foundations that together, they will continue to build on in the future.

Labous said: “I’m very happy to stay with the team. Ever since my first year here they have made me feel at home, allowed me to develop myself and they have always respected our long-term processes and goals. I’ve been able to develop step-by-step at my own pace. I like the organisation of the team, and everything is well structured; the cooperation we have between staff and riders, and the atmosphere we have between the girls is great. I want to keep improving my leadership skills, climbing, time trialling and aim for good GC results with the team in the future. As a person I am looking forward to continuing growing in self-confidence, and to set an example to the younger girls on the team. I always want to find the best way to reach my goals, and that’s why the keep challenging philosophy of the team fits me perfectly.”

Team DSM head of coaching Rudi Kemna added: “Ever since Juliette has joined the team; we’ve been really impressed with her commitment and way of working. She fits in well with the team’s vision and brings a lot of added value to us both on and off the bike. Our communication is always on a high level and we’re able to discuss things openly. On the bike, we’ve already made a lot of steps with her in terms of her development, such as her climbing and time trialing, and we want to continue to grow with her in the coming years. Juliette is still young so has a lot of room to develop and we want to continue her current trajectory, where we’re aiming to go to the top of the sport with her.”