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Fenix-Deceuninck becomes third Women’s WorldTeam to launch development squad

Fenix-Deceuninck will race with a 19-rider WorldTour squad alongside a nine-rider roster for its development team.

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Development teams are becoming much more popular in women’s cycling and new WorldTour entrant Fenix-Deceuninck is the third top-tier squad to announce a feeder team.

The Fenix-Deceuninck Continental team joins Canyon-SRAM Generation and the Israel-Premier Tech Roland squad as the only other development set-ups for teams in the WorldTour.

After wrapping up its 19-rider WorldTour squad Wednesday — the biggest in the top tier — the team announced a roster of nine riders for its Continental team, saying that it had made itself “future-proof.”

The UCI updated its rules on development teams in women’s cycling ahead of the 2023 season, bringing it more in line with the existing regulations for men’s squads. The new rules mean that riders from official development teams can make guest appearances for the elite squad during the season.

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It gives those riders an opportunity to race at high-level events, while also effectively expanding the roster of the elite team. However, any points earned by riders racing up will not count toward the overall tally for the elite squad.

Canyon-SRAM became the first WorldTour team to create a development squad when it announced its Generation line-up last year. Israel-Premier Tech Roland and Fenix-Deceuninck will be new for this year, while VeloNews understands that there are other teams looking into creating their own development squads.

Both the elite and development Fenix-Deceuninck squads will race across both road and cyclocross with the likes of Annemarie Worst, Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, Puck Pieterse, and Sanne Cant all signed up for the WorldTour team, while Anna Kay and Manon Bakker are on the development squad.

Fenix-Deceuninck WorldTeam line-up

Annemarie Worst
Carina Schrempf
Cecilia van Zuthem
Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado
Christina Schweinberger
Evy Kuijpers
Greta Marurano
Inge van der Heijden
Julie De Wilde
Julie Van De Velde
Kim De Baat
Maria Martins
Marthe Truyen
Millie Couzens
Petra Stiasny
Puck Pieterse
Sanne Cant
Sophie Wright
Yara Kastelijn

Fenix-Deceuninck Development line-up

Aniek van Alphen
Anna Kay
Fine Van Eynde
Imogen Cotter
Laura Süssemilch
Manon Bakker
Marion Norbert-Riberolle
Ronja Eibl
Sara Van De Vel