Loana Lecomte has signed with a new Canyon Cllctv XCO team alongside fellow countryman and regular top-ten finisher, Thomas Griot, as well as reigning German XC Marathon Champion Luca Schwarzbauer. It looks like the new team will be a separate entity from the Canyon Collective Factory Team that formed in 2021 featuring Emily Batty and Laurie Arsenault
Lecomte took the elite field by storm in her first year in 2021, winning four consecutive World Cups and the overall title while riding for Massi. What makes it even more impressive is that at just 22 years old, she could still have ridden in the Under 23 field if she wished. Although the frame will be new for Lecomte, it shouldn't be too hard for her to adapt to the new set up as she brings with her the Massi team managers, Sébastien François and Claudia Baudry, and her mechanic Thibaut Rivière.
Lecomte will also be rinding alongside Thomas Griot, 27, of Annecy, France finished off 2021 with a top ten overall World Cup ranking and a podium finish in Leogang. He said:
25-year-old Luca Schwarzbauer, a student of industrial engineering at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, is also on the team and finished in fourth place at the German XCO Championships in 2020 and on the top spot of the podium at the German XC Marathon Championships in 2021. He said:
We don't have much more information on the team at this time but it seems that a big goal for Lecomte this year is a gold medal at the World Championships on home soil in Les Gets, she already even has a custom Tricolore bike. There's also apparently more news coming from this team in February with another rider announcement. We'll update you on that when we have it.