A great debut for Puck!

Puck Pieterse had her debut with the new FENIX-Deceuninck jersey in the first race of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup, and what a wonderful race it was. The Dutch rider crossed second the finish line of the Waterloo circuit, in Wisconsin, USA, just behind her fellow countrywoman Fem Van Empel.

“I made a number of mistakes in the initial phase, my cross technique clearly let me down. It’s only been a week since I was on the MTB, which is difficult,” said the 21-year-old Dutch national champion in her post-race interview.

Congratulation Puck, we are sure that this is only the beginning of a successful season! We are all very curious to follow the next Cyclo-cross challenges and view the performances of all the FENIX-Deceuninck riders.

FENIX-Deceuninck expands to cyclocross and mountainbike

Taking a new step towards a multidisciplinary philosophy, FENIX-Deceuninck women’s team will also be competing in 2023-2004 CX and 2024 MTB seasons. 21-year-old Dutch cyclocross champion, Puck Pieterse, will be the leader of the team, which also includes Marthe Truyen, Yara Kastelijn, Millie Couzens and Julie De Wilde.

Pieterse made her debut in the new FENIX-Deceuninck jersey at the UCI World Cup race in Waterloo, United States, that took place on October 15. She crossed the finish line in second position.

All her team members, who have a CX past but have shifted their focus to a road career, will compete in a limited cyclocross program over the next months.

The team was established in 2020 with a roster of top cyclo-cross specialists with the aim to offer an interesting road program during the spring and summer months before the CX season. In 2023, FENIX-Deceuninck became a UCI WorldTour team. The expansion follows its previous focus on the road and activities in e-racing and gravel.

Christina Schweinberger finishes second at Chrono des Nations

FENIX-Deceuninck rider Christina Schweinberger finished the final time trial of the season with a second place at the Chrono des Nations in Les Herbiers, France. The 27.23 km course was won by fellow Austrian Anna Kiesenhofer by one second.

Schweinberger’s 2023 season was several podiums, especially during ITTs. In this specialty, the 26-year-old Austrian rider obtained the third place at the European Continental Championship, and the second at both the World Championships and the National Championships Austria.