Into her seventh season with the team, Juliette has taken steps year-on-year both on and off the bike which culminated in a “breakthrough” 2022 campaign where she claimed her first GC WWT title at the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas, a Giro d’Italia Donne stage win and a hard fought fourth place at the Tour de France Femmes.
Cycling wasn’t in Labous’ blood, but she took up the sport after following her brother, who himself had been influenced by their parent’s friend’s son who was a good BMX’er. Originally doing BMX and mountain bike at around the age of seven, Juliette eventually found her home on the road – although she still enjoys dusting off her mountain bike and hitting some trails in the off-season.
Alongside cycling, Juliette practiced gymnastics and table tennis from a young age, although she jokes the latter wasn’t her career path, but the gymnastics has been useful for her cycling in terms of her balance and that she “can land a fall quite well”.
Calculated and studious, Juliette is always open to new ideas and to listen to advice from those around her; whether that be the team staff or her fellow riders – she always wants to learn. It’s then a reflection that with her hard-working approach that Juliette has risen through the ranks and that things with the team are “well on plan”.