Maud Oudeman secures contract with Canyon-SRAM after winning Zwift Academy

Maud Oudeman
Maud Oudeman (Image credit: Canyon-SRAM Racing / Vernor)

Canyon-SRAM and Zwift announced Maud Oudeman as the winner of the women's 2021 Zwift Academy road program, following a week-long final held in Mallorca. The 18-year-old rider from the Netherlands will join the Women's WorldTour team beginning on January 1, 2022. 

"I can't believe it. On hearing my name as the winner, I felt so many different emotions. Mostly, I felt proud of myself for what I have achieved. I felt proud that I started this journey, enrolling in Zwift Academy and thinking about a dream to make it to the finals. Proud of a bag full of experiences from the finals that I took home with me to The Netherlands. The week was so amazing but also a tough test," Oudeman said in a team press release on Sunday. "

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