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Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig on the 2022 season: 'I'm dreaming of the upcoming attacking'

Robyn Davidson
2 Feb 2022

Dane looks forward to the upcoming season with a promise of attacking flair

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig is known for lighting up both cycling races and her interviews, with no signs of relenting as the 2022 road season approaches.

Speaking from the team training camp, the FDJ-Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope rider revealed she’s dreaming of the impending explosiveness of the upcoming season.

'I just dream of the attacking and counter-attacking. So many teams like SD Worx, Movistar and Trek have a lot of strong cards. So being isolated is always a disadvantage.

'But now I think we’ll have more cards to play and hopefully we’ll be able to play the attacking game that is just so fun to do in cycling, it’s what we love so much.’

Uttrup Ludwig is eyeing the Tour de France Femmes. The men’s Tour de France commences in her native Denmark, and she hopes future editions of the Tour de France Femmes can follow suit.

‘The amount of attention it’s getting is insane! People ask if the women’s race is starting in Denmark too. Hopefully in the years to come the Tour de France Femmes can also start there.’

The FDJ-Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope team has been bolstered with strength for the 2022 season. New addition Grace Brown is already off to a flying start, winning the Australian time trial title and finishing second in the road race.

She ended her 2021 season earlier than intended due to a shoulder injury and signed a two-year contract with the French outfit.

Despite not being fluent in the French language just yet, one thing she will be fluent in is celebrating success – no matter what form it takes.

‘I think the team culture is going to be a really big change. I see the FDJ girls always having a lot of fun and celebrating each other’s success, which will be such a nice thing to be a part of.

‘Like [Cecilie] mentioned, just having that ability to play in the finals too. A lot of my races last year, I was alone in. It’ll be really cool to have fun at the pointy end of the races.

Keep an eye out for the FDJ colours this season.

Photo credits: ASO/Fabien Boukla, Thomas Maheux

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