17 year old Dutchwoman Lauren Molengraaf, one of the most promising riders in the junior category on the road, in cyclocross and on the mountainbike, will discover the world of professional cycling when evolving into the U23 category and will race at the highest level in three disciplines until at least the end of 2025.
The reigning Junior European Champion cyclocross stays loyal to the structure of Intermarché-Circus-Wanty for her winters in the mud whilst stepping up to the Women’s World Tour with FDJ-Suez on the road from January 2024 and competing in the jersey of Lapierre-Mavic Unity on the mountainbike.
Last winter, Molengraaf was basically invincible in her category on her Cube Cross Race. In addition to her European title, she dominated the Junior World Cup and conquered the the world title in the mixed relay with the Dutch team. She also distinguished herself in the elite category by finishing in the top five in Loenhout (4th) and Lille (5th) and twelfth in the World Cup in Antwerp.
This summer, she finished sixth in the European Mountainbike Championships on her Cube AMS Zero99 in the colours of her Dutch national title, before achieving tenth place in the World Championships in this discipline. A couple of days earlier, she represented her country for the first time in the battle for the rainbow jersey on the road, finishing 22nd on her Cube Litening Air.
Three weeks before her eighteenth birthday, Molengraaf will participate in her last race as a junior in the European Road Race Championship in Drenthe, in her home country.