International Growth: Team BikeExchange-Jayco women confirm 2023 roster & goals

Team BikeExchange-Jayco women confirm its complete team line-up for the 2023 season – its largest and most international roster since the team’s inception in 2012. The team will comprise of 15 riders from nine different countries and three different continents, with the Australian outfit looking to build on delivering consistent performances across the entire season.

Stage Race Targets:
With women’s cycling continuing in a rapid upward trajectory, the inclusion of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift and other longer stage races, means a greater focus on general classification success. After proving her level throughout 2022, Kristen Faulkner will continue to be a leader for the team for the overall GC battles, with a strong squad made up of opportunistic riders around her.

“We have seen over the last couple of years how much women’s cycling is progressing. It has been incredible to witness and be a part of and it was demonstrated this year with a very successful Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. Naturally, with the inclusion of these high-profile stage races, the team’s focus leans more towards overall stage racing success. We have built a team for 2023 that is well balanced, and we believe we have the right pedigree of riders to challenge for general classification podium placing and wins. We saw with the great support from their teammates this season, riders such as Kristen Faulkner and Alex Manly showed their huge potential in racing consistently through long stage races and I’m sure we will see them challenging for overall victories in many tours next season.” – General Manager Brent Copeland

Five New Faces:
As the team continues to develop fresh new talent, three Australian newcomers, Amber Pate, Alyssa Polites and Georgie Howe are exciting additions, all set to make their debut in the UCI Women’s WorldTour peloton in 2023. Having each shown potential in their own right, GreenEDGE Cycling staff are motivated to see what these riders can achieve as they are welcomed into the new environment. 

Despite her fairly young age, experienced Italian Letizia Paternoster will boost the team’s sprint campaign, bringing her intensive track speed and fast kick to the team line-up. The fifth rider to join will be Norweigian Ingvild Gåskjenn, another young promising all-rounder that can be of great value to the team in a range of racing scenarios.

“It is always exciting bringing on new riders and we believe that the five new additions we have for 2023, will really complement our women’s team, as we bring on a mix of experience, speed, and newfound talent. We are looking forward to working with and assisting with the development of these riders and we have a clear vision for the future and continuing to create a well-balanced team that is able to challenge in all types of races, over varied terrain and throughout the lengthy season. The roster for 2023 will be our largest to date with a great mix of nationalities, and this is something we are very pleased and proud to have, and it again demonstrates the growth of women’s cycling in general and the level of riders internationally.” – Copeland

Building on Success:
After enjoying breakthrough seasons in 2022, Australian trio Alex Manly, Georgia Baker and Ruby Roseman-Gannon have high ambitions for 2023 having each won big races this year. A ‘stepping stone’ season saw Roseman-Gannon make a successful debut in the Women’s WorldTour peloton, which she took in her stride, whilst both Manly and Baker returned to the road, displaying how their track backgrounds have assisted with their step up a level on the road. With this, Team BikeExchange-Jayco believe the new roster has all the right ingredients to create a special 2023 season.

“This season the team enjoyed some great results with wins from seven different riders, this gives us a lot of confidence heading into the new year. We don’t need to rely on one leader, we have a range of talent. The riders gelled well, they have great trust in each other and that is always very important to be successful. With the strong foundations they have built, the things they learnt and the progress that individual riders made this year, we are all ready to fight for plenty more wins in 2023 and build on what was achieved in 2022.” – Copeland

Team BikeExchange-Jayco 2023 Roster: (15 riders)

  • Jess Allen (AUS)
  • Georgia Baker (AUS)
  • Teniel Campbell (TTO)
  • Kristen Faulkner (USA)
  • Ingvild Gåskjenn (NOR) *New Rider
  • Georgie Howe (AUS) *New Rider
  • Nina Kessler (NED)
  • Alex Manly (AUS)
  • Amber Pate (AUS) *New Rider
  • Letizia Paternoster (ITA) *New Rider
  • Alyssa Polites (AUS) *New Rider
  • Ruby Roseman-Gannon (AUS)
  • Ane Santesteban (ESP)
  • Chelsie Tan (SGP) 
  • Urška Žigart (SLO) 

Team BikeExchange Jayco:
No. of riders: 15

  • No. of Australians: 8
  • No. of Other Nationalities: 7x (1x USA, 1x NOR, 1x NED, 1x ITA, 1x ESP, 1x SLO, 1x SGP)
  • Youngest rider: 19 – Alyssa Polites
  • Oldest rider: 34 – Nina Kessler
  • Average age: 27.4