Danish rider Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig signs two-year extension with FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
Danish rider Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig has extended her contract with FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope until 2022.
The 24-year-old has been unable to ride for the French team since joining at the end of 2019 due to the disruption to the cycling calendar caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
But Ludwig has now added two more years to her deal with the team as she looks to challenge for some of the biggest races in the world.
Speaking in the team’s press release, she said: "I am ecstatic to continue for two more years wearing the red, white and blue colours of FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope.
"I cannot wait to put the hammer down in races with my French family. I strongly believe that with continued hard work we will achieve great things together."
Ludwig has a number of impressive finishes already to her name, including sixth in the Giro Rosa, fourth in La Course and third in the Tour of Flanders.
And Stephen Delcourt, team manager of FDJ, cannot wait to see her finally race in her new team colours.
He added: "Unfortunately, we didn't have the chance to see Cecilie under our colours in official competitions, but she quickly became part of our family, and this extension is so natural.
"Cecilie is the image of the team, ambitious and hard-working, and together we want to win the most prestigious races on the world calendar. She has all the qualities to win a classic race in Flanders or the Ardennes, but also in stage races.
"The team will be very stable for the next few seasons, which will allow us to work together very early on to achieve our goals. She is very professional and constructive, we can count on her to work with our technical partners to make the best of our equipment.
"Her spontaneity and joy of life are a real joy every day, her smile is so communicative that from the morning she transmits to her teammates and staff so many positive vibes. Now we can't wait to get back into the season, and as we've seen in the various competitions on Zwift Cecilie really wants to attack and win a first under our colours."
The revised calendar for the 2020 UCI Women’s World Tour is as follows:
- 1st August: Strade Bianche (Italy)
- 8 August: Postnord UCI WWT Vårgårda West Sweden TTT (Sweden)
- 9 August: Postnord UCI WWT Vårgårda West Sweden RR (Sweden)
- 13-16 August: Ladies Tour of Norway (Norway)
- 26 August: GP de Plouay – Lorient Agglomération Trophée WNT (France)
- 29 August: La Course by Le Tour de France (France)
- 1-6 September: Boels Ladies Tour (the Netherlands)
- 11-19 September: Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile (Italy)
- 30 September: La Flèche Wallonne Féminine (Belgium)
- 4 October: Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes (Belgium)
- 10 October: Amstel Gold Race Ladies (the Netherlands)
- 11 October: Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Belgium)
- 18 October : Ronde van Vlaanderen (Belgium)
- 20 October: Tour of Guangxi Women’s WorldTour (China)
- 20 October: Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne (Belgium)
- 23-25 October: Tour of Chongming Island (China)
- 25 October: Paris-Roubaix (France)
- 6-8 November: Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta (Spain)