'Plan B was also good': Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and FDJ-Suez bounce back at Women's Tour Down Under

Grace Brown might have had a bad day but it didn't matter in the end, thanks to her teammate's punch

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig wins stage two of the 2024 Women's Tour Down Under
(Image credit: Getty Images)

It's quite a luxury, when you think about it, to have two of the best riders on one team at the first race of the year. To have not just the defending champion of a race on your team, but the rider who was the seventh-best in the world last year, according to the UCI's rankings anyway.

FDJ-Suez did not come to this year's Women's Tour Down Under to win with Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig. In fact, before the race the Dane was talking down her appearance at this race, suggesting that she was here to help Grace Brown win, and to prepare for bigger goals down the line. 

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.