BikeExchange adapts to a post Van Vleuten normal

Team BikeExchange on the road during training camp in Spain in January
Team BikeExchange on the road during training camp in Spain in January (Image credit: Team BikeExchange)

It’s a long time since the women of Team BikeExchange have gone this far into the season without celebrating an international race win, or even a podium place, but at Classic Brugge-De Panne on Thursday Grace Brown broke through and clearly demonstrated that despite Annemiek van Vleuten's departure the Australian-based squad can still fight for those top spots.

It’s the first Women’s WorldTour victory for the team in almost two years that has been taken by a rider other than Van Vleuten, but even before the victory from Brown there was no sense that the loss of the Dutch rider's ability to chalk up wins was weighing. Morale, in fact, seems to have been on the way up as the team adapts to a new dynamic.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.