Mareille Meijering Commits to Movistar

The Movistar Team is pleased to announce that Mareille Meijering has signed a new, three-year contract with the squad managed by Sebastián Unzué. The 29 year-old Dutch rider will remain a member of the Blue outfit until at least 31st December, 2027; committing to a long-stay spell on the WorldTour.

After only 18 months as a pro cyclist and just eleven months as a pro athlete for the Telefónica-backed squad, Mareille has proven to be an example of effort, human values and sporting quality. Formerly a university Economics teacher until 2022, Mareille impressed with brilliant performances in the early 2024 season. It was a great bounce back from a difficult first WorldTour season in 2023, when she joined the Abarca Sports organisation in the spring only to be struck hard by injury after her first few races.

Winner overall at the Vuelta a Extremadura, as well as the Queen stage in Guadalupe, Meijering shone on the attack at the recent Trofeo Binda and finished 9th against the WorldTour’s best climbers atop the Jebel Hafeet mountain top finish in the Emirati race.

Of her signing, Mareille Meijering said,

“Since last year, my life definitely changed a lot. From teaching at university, to suddenly quitting completely and going all-in for cycling. Obviously, 2023 was not as successful as everyone hoped it would have been, with injury and sporting difficulties, so the main goal for this winter was to stay healthy.

“The steps I was able to take over the last few months were a big surprise. Turning into being a helper within the team to winning my first professional bike race two weeks ago is incredible.

“The team just kept believing in me, helped me through this difficult period and gave me all the time and space that I needed to recover. 

That made it an easy decision when the time came to decide if I wanted to stay. I really feel at home here!

“You always hear about this team that it’s like a family, but you don’t realise how far it goes to that extent until you’re part of it. The vibe is super good, the riders are amazing, super strong while also being super nice. The staff is amazing, they do an incredible job, and they help you through every step you need.

“So, what are my goals now? Probably the sky is the limit! I think that, if I can build in some consistency over the next few years, there’s a lot of steps I can make. Plus, I believe I can still learn a lot from everyone in the team. Even though I’m almost a grandma (laughs), I sometimes feel like a 20-year-old that is learning from the girls and the staff every day again!”

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