Having spent four years with the team so far and gained a lot of experience, Franziska is still a young rider in the grand scheme of things, but her outgoing and talkative nature makes her a friendly face within the team’s camp.
Coming to the sport through her family, it seemed she was destined to compete on two-wheels with her parents racing to various successes, including World Championship action for her mum, while her brother, Michel, was also a professional for several years. As an active child, Franziska did do a lot of other sports as well such as swimming, running and athletics but she “outgrew them” and decided that cycling was really what she wanted to do.
An adventure and nature lover, it was the ability to go wherever you want and the “freedom” feeling that you get on a bike that really hooked Franziska, compared to swimming for example where “you can only go up and down for 50 metres.”, she jokes. It’s no surprise then that Franziska feels at home in the mountains where she likes to go on walks and in fact, being on top of a mountain is one of her “happiest places”. Scrolling through her Instagram it also becomes apparent how much she “loves sunsets” so watching a sunset atop a mountain would be “the dream day” for Franziska!
A reflective person, looking back on her opening few years as a pro Franziska learned a lot about who she is as an athlete but also as a human being.