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  • Twelve British riders, including Lizzie Deignan, Anna Christian, Dani Christmas, Alice Towers and Lizzie Holden, have penned a letter to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport asking for a special visa for amateur sportspeople, which would allow British amateur athletes to remain in an EU country for longer periods of time. British citizens are currently only allowed to stay for three months within any six months period. Without special visas, young British riders would not receive the necessary racing experience on mainland Europe which would allow them to further progress to top-tier teams.
  • Team DSM has signed junior rider Elise Uijen to their women’s team from 2022 until the end of 2023. In 2020, she won the Dutch and European junior time trial championship title.
  • Ane Iversen has joined Norwegian Team Coop-Hitec Products for the remainder of the 2021 season and for 2022. She will make her debut at the Baloise Ladies Tour.
  • The following riders will represent Italy in the Olympics: Marta Bastianeli, Marta Cavalli, Tatiana Guderzo, Elisa Longo Borghini and Soraya Paladin (all road), as well as Martina Alzini, Rachele Barbieri, Martina Fidanza, Vittoria Guazzini and Letizia Paternoster (all track).
  • Lisa Brennauer, Liane Lippert, Hannah Ludwig, Trixi Worrack (all road) as well as Lisa Brennauer and Lisa Klein (both track) will represent Germany at the Olympics.
  • Uno-X-Pro Cycling women’s team has announced their first signing. Finnish rider Anniina Ahtosalo who won the junior Finnish road and ITT championships in June will race with the team from 2022 to 2024.
  • New UCI rules for cyclocross stipulate that races will be 50 minutes for elite women’s races (without women juniors) and 45 minutes where elite and juniors race together, while U23 riders will race for 45 minutes.
  • The program for the Ladies Tour of Norway has been published. The event will run from 12 to 15 August.
  • USA Cycling announced that Chloe Woodruff has resigned from the women’s Olympic mountain bike team, citing personal reasons, and will be replaced by Erin Huck.
  • The Škoda Auto Tour de Feminin, which will be staged from 8 July – 11 July around Krásná Lípa in the Czech Republic will have live streaming of stages 2, 3 and 4.
  • The organisers of the Giro Donne had earlier stated that they would double the prize money for the overall winner, but now the wearer of the final pink jersey will take home only 8000 Euros for the 10-day race, which falls short of their promise.


MTB XC Short Circuit Les Gets
Pauline Ferrand Prevot (FRA), Sina Frei (SUI), Jenny Rissveds (SWE).Giro Donne
Stage 1: Trek – Segafredo, Team SDWorx, Ale BTC Ljubljana
Stage 2: Anna van der Breggen, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Demi Vollering (all Team SDWorx)
Stage 3: Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma), Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo), Liane Lippert (Team DSM)

Zwift Blog

Tanja Erath

The German rider from Team TIBCO – Silicon Valley Bank reflects on her return to racing after her injury, the fine line between racing and participating, and all the small details that make a difference in high-level performance.

Mavi Garcia

In her latest blog, Spanish Road and ITT champion Mavi Garcia of Alé BTC Ljubljana answers the question, is cycling an individual or team sport?

Five minutes with…

This week we feature Australian rider Sarah Gigante of Team TIBCO – Silicon Valley Bank, who will represent her country in Tokyo. Learn a bit more about this first-time Olympian who is currently combining her studies with her flourishing cycling career.

This week in cycling history

Giro Donne

While the Giro continues this week, let’s have a look at who has scored most wins: The now 47 year old Italian rider Fabiana Luperini won the race four times consecutively between 1995 and 1998 and a fifth time, ten years later, in 2008.

Connie Paraskevin-Young

Best known as a sprinter, the American former pro rider turned 60 on 4 July. She’s a four-time world cycling champion and five-time Olympian (3 times in cycling and 2 times in speed skating) and a ten-time national sprint champion. She was the only US rider to win a cycling medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea, and was ranked in the top 3 in the world for over 10 years. After her retirement in 1996, she became a motivational speaker and coach and founded the Connie Cycling Foundation. The organisation aims to bring children and families of all backgrounds and abilities together through cycling, providing opportunity for education, competition, and development.

Geneviève Gambillon

The former French pro rider, born in Normandy, celebrated her 70th birthday on 30 June. She started cycling when one day, riding to her boarding school in Granville, she met the Durel brothers (Philippe Durel would later ride the Tour de France) and was complimented on her strong pedal stroke. This encounter helped to motivate her to continue improving her riding skills, and she eventually became the most successful French rider of the 1970s, winning the World Road Championship title in 1972 and again in 1974, as well as taking 22 national titles on the road and track. She retired from competition in 1978 and, trained as a nurse, subsequently took up a nursing position in a hospital near her hometown.

Rides of the week

Fun is Fast Series

Find your fun on Zwift. Join the community for pro-inspired workouts, exciting in-game challenges, Women’s Wednesday rides and other events that bring the entire community together. Join in here!

From our online shop

Kid’s Shirt – £14

Do you know a little rider who aspires to be the next Marianne, Annemiek or Anna? Then don’t look past this kid’s shirt, available in white and pink. All Voxwomen products purchased help us raise the profile of women’s cycling and build the future of the sport, so get shopping here!

Coffee, Bike, Cake Shirt – £21

Every great day on a bike begins with coffee and ends with cake. Our new coffee, bike, cake shirt brings it all together! Made with all natural materials, this shirt is perfect for lounging around in, working at home in or making a statement when you’re out with friends at the café. You can get yours here!

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