Canyon-SRAM’s Alexis Ryan during the Giro Donne (Image credit: Getty Images)
The Canyon-SRAM Women ‘s WorldTour squad announced it would form a new development team in 2022 as part of its long-term diversity and inclusion program . The eight-rider team will be a feeder squad for the WorldTeam and recruitment for the development programme will be focussed on "but not limited to" Africa, Asia and South America, according to the team’s press release.
The development squad is a first for a European Women’s WorldTour organisation, some of which – like Jumbo-Visma, Team DSM, Trek-Segafredo, Movistar Team and BikeExchange are instead part of larger men’s WorldTour teams.
The team is expected to be registered as a UCI Continental team with eight riders being given access to individual coaching, mentorship, a racing programme and trainee rides with the Canyon-SRAM WorldTeam.
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"Since the beginning of Canyon-SRAM Racing we were always motivated to create opportunities for women from all over the globe to enter the sport of professional women’s cycling," manager and founder Ronny Lauke said.
"Diversity and inclusion require a long-term commitment. We have set ourselves ambitious goals and we are ready to drive this forward with all our strength to not only make Canyon-SRAM Racing a more diverse and inclusive team, but also to make the sport of cycling a truly diverse and inclusive sport."The […]