Team Coop – Hitec Products have added an extra rider to their squad for 2023. The 22-years-old French cyclist India Grangier joins the team. In the past two seasons she impressed with her abilities as a puncher-climber and by becoming French U23 champion on the road in 2022. Grangier comes over from Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime and has signed a two-years-contract.
“I know Team Coop – Hitec Products is the oldest women’s cycling team and I think this long history provides the team with a strong structure, which made them adept quick to the recent evolution in women’s cycling”, Grangier says. “It therefore brings me confidence in the staff’s way of working and in the future development of the team.”
For Grangier, who also studies a Master in finance and is an audit intern at EY Luxembourg, Team Coop – Hitec Products will be her first foreign team. “I do cycling to learn more about myself, but also to learn more about and from others. I learned a lot at Stade Rochelais and I am very thankful to the team. But I need to discover new races, new ways of working and new cultures. I am certain Team Coop – Hitec Products is one of the best teams in which to go for that.”
Two different seasons
The past two seasons were quite the opposite from each other for Grangier. “The 2021 season was my best season, I experienced a continuous progression during the year to end up with a U23 national title, a top 15 in a World Tour race and my first European championship. I expected this progress to continue this year, but things did not go as I hoped. After a similar to 2021 start of the season, I faced health problems and things had gotten worse at the end of this season. The two different seasons have however offered me the chance to grow faster and be more prepared for the coming ones!”
Sure is that the French rider already has shown what she is capable of and that she has a bright future in front of her. With Team Coop – Hitec Products she hopes to set the next steps in her career, in the upcoming two season. “My dream is to win a one-day World Tour race like Liege-Bastogne-Liege in the future. However, for next season my first goal is to renew the confidence in my capacities and continue progressing race after race, with my new teammates.”
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