2021 Team Preview: FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig
Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig enjoyed a solo win in the 2020 Giro dell'Emilia Internazionale Donne Elite (Image credit: Getty Images)

FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope were one of eight teams to join the first wave of Women's WorldTeams in 2020 and secured a four-year licence. 

The French squad officially came to life in 2008 as the Vienne Futuroscope team, but until recently lacked star power to produce fireworks at big races. That should change in 2021, as a two-year contract extension kicks in for Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, who signed to race in 2020 and effectively became the team leader but was limited in performances due a season shortened by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).