The Lesser Known Women's Road Racing Thread 2022

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When Niedermaier pulled out of the first races she was scheduled to do for Canyon Generation, I was a little worried, but she has definitely proven since then that she has the talent to be competitive in road cycling.

The course wasn't the hardest in the history of the race and the field was week compared to other editions, because of the Vuelta and Watersley Challenges, but winning Ardèche (and two stages along the way) as a 19 year old is still a pretty big achievement.
 
When Niedermaier pulled out of the first races she was scheduled to do for Canyon Generation, I was a little worried, but she has definitely proven since then that she has the talent to be competitive in road cycling.

The course wasn't the hardest in the history of the race and the field was week compared to other editions, because of the Vuelta and Watersley Challenges, but winning Ardèche (and two stages along the way) as a 19 year old is still a pretty big achievement.
I saw some things on twitter suggesting she should move up to the WT team next year following this race, but while Bauenfeind has consistently shown she's probably capable of doing so, I don't think one race should be the decider for it. Especially as Niedermaier's a couple of years younger than Bauenfeind. Personally I think it would be good for Maud Oudeman to also race for the Generation team rather than the world tour team next year, as other than a couple of times in Elsy Jacobs she hasn't shown a great deal this season (partly due to injury and illness I think). Having Niedermaier and Oudeman together would probably help both of their developments no end.
 
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I saw some things on twitter suggesting she should move up to the WT team next year following this race, but while Bauenfeind has consistently shown she's probably capable of doing so, I don't think one race should be the decider for it. Especially as Niedermaier's a couple of years younger than Bauenfeind. Personally I think it would be good for Maud Oudeman to also race for the Generation team rather than the world tour team next year, as other than a couple of times in Elsy Jacobs she hasn't shown a great deal this season (partly due to injury and illness I think). Having Niedermaier and Oudeman together would probably help both of their developments no end.
Niedermaier is still trying to find out if a cycling career is something she wants to fully pursue after the 2026 Winter Olympics. Not that a steep learning curve can't be beneficial for a young rider, but I don't think another year (or two) in the Generation team would hurt her development at all. If they think she can become a future team leader, she might also be better off getting more experience in that role on a lower level beforehand.

With the skiing sponsorships she has, there might also be financial reasons for Canyon not to promote her yet, if she can make a living anyway. She also had plans to join the police, which isn't an unsual career path for German athletes, but that will of course also affect her training and racing opportunities during her education.

Canyon only have 8 riders confirmed for 2023, and at this point it's uncertain how much Dygert will be able to ride in 2023. If they extend the contracts with Amialiusik, Harris, Harvey, Bradbury and Oudeman they're on 13 (14 with the upcoming Zwift
Academy winner), which will probably be enough for now. Especially if they either promote Bauernfeind and/or Niedermaier or just take them to some races with the WWT team.

Since devo teams is still a fairly new concept in women's cycling, we haven't really seen anyone take advantage of the second possibility yet (even the UCI rules only refer to men's teams), but I assume it would be possible for Canyon to do that without giving them WWT contracts, and also to take Oudeman to races with the Generation team without having to relegate her.

They've announced that there will be more news about the 2023 Generation team soon. I expect it to have more riders next season, because 8 isn't a lot, especially not when one of them isn't racing in Europe and some of the others have had their first season at this level. But it's definitely still been a successful first year for the team.
 
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