Six years after its inception, the Skil-Shimano team launched a women's structure in 2011; called Skil-Kolga, which grew alongside the men's team. Kirsten Wild, the Dutch rider with 109 road victories and nine track world titles, secured the team its first significant victories in 2013, at the Tour of Qatar and Gent-Wevelgem, when the team was known as Giant-Shimano. The team's name differed from that of the men's team in 2015 and 2016 (Liv-Plantur), a dissociation only in appearance because Liv and Plantur are both owned by the Giant group (the cycling giant) and the shampoo brand Alpecin, which are the two main sponsors of the men's team.
The relationship has become much more transparent over the last five years, with a return to a common name, Sunweb, between 2017 and 2020, and then DSM. It was in 2017 that the team reached its peak. That year, it won the World team time-trial Championship in Bergen and finished second in the UCI ranking, driven by European time trial champion Ellen van Dijk among others. Since then, she has never been outside the top four in the world. The team now relies on the best sprinter in the world, Lorena Wiebes, and has confidence in the French rider Juliette Labous for the general classification.
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1. In winning the Vuelta a Burgos in mid-May, Juliette Labous became the first French rider to win a World Tour or World Cup race (the predecessor of the World Tour, which existed between 1998 and 2015).
8. Of the team's eleven wins this season, Lorena Wiebes has eight at the World Tour level. No one has raised their arms more than the Dutch sprinter, favourite for the green jersey in the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift.
22,2. The average age at DSM, making the Dutch squad the youngest on the World Tour. Its men's counterpart is also the youngest (24.3).