Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig of team FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope started the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift as one of the favourites for the overall GC victory. The recently crowned Danish champion suffered a setback, crashing on stage two, and now sits almost two minutes Marianne Vos. Still, though, as we spotted before the start of stage one, Cecilie and the entire FDJ squad are racing on specially painted Lapierre Xelius SLs designed to represent the team sponsors and celebrate the return of the Tour de France Femmes and sure to put a smile back on Cecilie’s face.
Lapierre charged its designers with developing a colourway that celebrates the first Tour de France Femmes and “also reflects the state of mind, and the smiling, dynamic side the FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope squad exudes during each race.”
At first looks glance, the very colourful design looks quite random, but every piece of the artful puzzle represents some aspect of the team’s sponsors or one of the eight stages of the Tour de France Femmes. We got a closer look at the bike before stage one to bring you all the little details that go into this unique paint job.