July was a big month of racing across all of our programs and an extra special one at that, our first as Team dsm-firmenich.
Our Women’s program were the first to ride in our brand-new colours at the Giro Donne and they made sure that the jersey was visible all week.
With the first stage cancelled due to bad weather conditions, it was down to stage two to shape the GC with a longer climb in the final. Juliette directly confirmed her ambitions sprinting to third place from the chasing group, after being set up by the team perfectly. On the following sprint day, the team did some great work to bring Megan into position for the sprint, where she finished fourth, coming close to the podium. After another fourth place for Juliette on stage five, everything came down to a big GC battle on stage seven. On the hard course to Alassio, Juliette was brought into the final seamlessly, where she went on to follow the best riders, finishing second on the stage to secure her second place in the GC. On the final day, Megan sprinted to her second top five of the race, while Juliette finished safely in the bunch. Juliette’s second place in the final GC was the first ever Grand Tour podium in Team dsm-firmenich’s Women’s program’s long and successful history. The strong teamwork throughout the whole race was ultimately crowned with a historic result for the team.
A proud Juliette said: “I am very happy to take this second place on GC. It’s really awesome. If you had said it to me before the start I would have been surprised as I had some doubts about my shape before, but nobody in the team doubted me. I really felt the trust they had in me. This week was really awesome, the work we all did. It’s my second place but it’s the whole team’s also because it was just teamwork; from the staff and the girls. We always had the race in our hands. This was just an awesome feeling from the start of the race to the end actually. I just want to thank everybody from staff, riders and also everyone at the HQ – everyone who is behind this. I think we can all be proud of this podium at the Giro; thanks to everyone!”