Justyna Czapla Germany
Justyna joins the World Tour team after riding for a season with CANYON//SRAM Generation. With top ten places in UCI races 4a reVolta and Classique La Morbihan, the 19-year-old German rider has continued a steady development path after her silver medal at the 2022 Junior ITT World Championship behind future teammate Zoe Bäckstedt. She took bronze at the German U23 national ITT behind Antonia Niedermaier, who later became the U23 ITT World Champion.
Justyna says, “I literally can’t describe how excited I am to have a contract with CANYON//SRAM Racing in 2024! This was one of my biggest dreams, and I’m so happy I got this chance.
CANYON//SRAM Generation allowed me to experience my first year in the elite category without any pressure. The team guided me through the whole season, step by step so that I could get new insights into pro cycling and also learn and develop as a rider who is still relatively new in the women’s peloton.
The biggest challenge for me in 2023 was the length of races, going from 80km as a junior to 130km in the elite. I struggled with that sometimes, especially in stage races, but by the end of the season, I overcame that challenge. I enjoyed going to races with my teammates and staff.
My biggest highlight was 8th place at the UCI 1.1 race 4a reVolta in Spain. It was actually my first longer race, but I was in really good shape, and the climbing area there suited me. I didn’t expect that result at all, so I was even happier that I could get it for the team!
With CANYON//SRAM Generation, I’ve learned the importance of teamwork and the strength of a team. I’ve also learned about taking the initiative to try something, trusting in yourself that you are strong enough, and keeping fighting if things aren’t turning out well. I’m grateful for my development, and I feel it’s prepared me very well for the World Tour.
I’m really looking forward to how the races are at this higher level. I want to support my teammates as much as possible and achieve good results together. My most important goal is to gain more experience and to learn from my teammates and staff to become an even better rider.”
- Team Classification winners, UAE Tour Women, WWT
- 5th youth classification, Vuelta Extremadura Femenina, UCI 2.2
- 2nd place, GP Igartza
- 8th place, GP Pontevedra
- 8th place, ReVolta, UCI 1.1
- 3rd place TTT stage, Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour
- Bronze medal U23 German national time trial championships
- Silver medal, UCI Junior ITT World Championships, Australia
- 15th place, UCI Junior Road World Championships, Australia
- German Junior road champion
- German Junior ITT champion
- European Junior ITT champion
- 8th place, European Junior road championship
- 3rd place, Watersley Challenge Juniors
- 3rd place stage, Watersley Challenge Juniors
- 2 x 5th place stage, Watersley Challenge Juniors
- 3rd general classification, Watersley Challenge Juniors
- 4th mountain classification, Watersley Challenge Juniors
- 11th place, Trofeo Binda Juniors
- 2 x 6th place stage, Omloop Borsele Juniors
- 3rd points classification, Omloop Borsele Juniors
- 7th general classification, Omloop Borsele Juniors
- 6th place stage, Tour du Gévaudan Occitanie
- 3rd place stage, Tour du Gévaudan Occitanie
- 6th general classification, Tour du Gévaudan Occitanie
- 6th youth classification, Tour du Gévaudan Occitanie
- 5th place, German national junior road championship
- 7th place, German national junior ITT championship
With fifteen riders from nine different countries, Women’s World Tour team CANYON//SRAM Racing is the home of a diverse group of highly ambitious women who are willing to invest in their future and the future of cycling by breaking new grounds and constantly challenging themselves and their competitors.