09.12.2022 Continental, News, Race news
FOUR NEW RIDERS SIGN WITH CANYON//SRAM GENERATION
CANYON//SRAM Generation is thrilled to announce the four new riders joining the team in 2023. The UCI Continental team, part of the World Tour Team CANYON//SRAM Racing’s long-term D&I program, will embark on its second season with eight riders from seven countries across four continents.
Nesrine Houili, Justyna Czapla, Diane Ingabire and Daniela Schmidsberger are the four riders who have signed new contracts with CANYON//SRAM Generation for 2023.
Sport Director Adam Szabó said: “After our debut season, we are excited to see the new eight-rider roster on the road for our second year. We have four returning riders returning that can build on their first season and four new riders who each bring different strengths and experiences.”
“We will follow a similar pattern of races as we did in 2022, starting with smaller Spanish races and building to UCI 1.1 and 2.1 races. This steady progression played an important role in our overall strategy of rider development, and we are confident it will work well next year. Overall, we aim to form strong team unity and become a well-respected team in the peloton.”
“The new riders are motivated and determined and have already shown their cycling talent on national or international stages. Despite their young age, I hope Diane and Daniela’s positive and professional attitudes will help the team in hard moments, and their willingness to ask questions creates an environment where all riders can learn. Nesrine and Justyna have demonstrated their time trial strengths and are motivated to learn to use their power in different race scenarios with their new CANYON//SRAM Generation teammates,” explained Szabó.
Read more about the new CANYON//SRAM Generation riders below.
As the current Rwandan road and ITT national champion, Ingabire has already achieved considerable success in her short career. Earning several podiums at the African championships, Ingabire has also represented Rwanda on the international stage at Commonwealth Games and UCI Road World Championships. She says she is determined to work hard to achieve her goals.
Ingabire said, “I started riding only in 2018. I enjoy cycling because I feel like it’s my talent, and I can see it’s an amazing sport for many people. I am very excited to sign with CANYON//SRAM Generation. I will be going from my local club to a Continental Team. It’s a big step in my life. I want to work hard and learn to become a professional rider.”
Racing in road and MTB disciplines as a junior for the past two years, Schmidsberger says that though climbing is her biggest strength, she still describes herself as an all-rounder cyclist. The 18-year-old from Vöcklabruck in Austria has aimed for the professional ranks since she first rode her late grandfather’s bike three years ago.
“No words describe how much I look forward to the season with CANYON//SRAM Generation. There, I have the best conditions to develop as a cyclist and person and come closer to my future goals. For the next season, my goal is to improve my overall skills as a cyclist and learn as much as possible. Further in the future, I want to become a successful World Tour cyclist.”
Winner of the African Championship elite ITT title this year, despite being eligible for the U23 category, and with a collection of junior track titles nationally and internationally, Houili has consistently shown her talents as one of the best riders in her country. At 19 years old, she is Algeria’s elite road national champion and U23 ITT national champion and is excited to start her career as a pro cyclist.
“I started riding when I was 12 years old and was determined to make a career in cycling last year. I love the challenge of learning new things and development through racing, like in the ITT and classic races. I can’t describe my feelings and how happy I am to join CANYON//SRAM Generation. I chose to sign with this team because of the development pathway to the Women’s World Tour. I value team spirit and believe this team will help me develop myself as a person and rider step by step. I have big goals, and I see a lot of opportunities to progress over the next years. I’m ready to work hard and am already excited about the things I will learn.”
Riding since she was ten years old, Justyna was in the U19 category when she realised she had the necessary determination and talent to pursue a career in pro cycling. Competing in road and track disciplines, the 18-year-old German rider describes her strengths as time trialling but loves climbing. Like many, she dreams of riding at the Olympics.
“CANYON//SRAM Generation has been my favourite since the beginning, so I can’t wait to start the new season soon. My goals for 2023 are to settle in well in the new team, gain as much experience as possible and achieve some good results for the team. I hope to contribute to the team’s success by taking experienced teammates as role models and learning new things from them, which I then try to implement in the best possible way. I want to become a successful and experienced rider in the future.”
The complete roster for CANYON//SRAM Generation in 2023:
Justyna Czapla (Germany), Agua Marina Espinola Salinas (Paraguay), Nesrine Houili (Algeria), Diane Ingabire and Valentine Nzayisenga (Rwanda), Llori Sharpe (Jamaica), Daniela Schmidsberger (Austria) and Olivia Shililifa (Namibia).