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Sarah Gigante of Team TIBCO-SVB will be leaving the team after two years to join Movistar Team for three years. The young Australian rider already has three Australian titles to her name, one from the 2019 road race and two time trial championships, in 2020 and 2021 consecutively.

Swiss rider Marlen Reusser, who won the silver medal at the ITT in Tokyo, will join Team SDWorx for two years, starting in January 2022.

Vittoria Guazzini will ride for FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futoruscope next season.

24 year-old Gladys Verhulst will leave Arkea Samsic to join DROPS – Le Col s/b Tempur from next year.

Josie Nelson, British CX and road rider will join Team Coop – Hitec Products until the end of 2023.

21-year old British rider Illi Gardner, currently with CAMS-Basso Bikes, set a new women’s everesting record of 8:33:47, besting Emma Pooley’s record by 20 minutes.

Coegeas Mettler is planning to step up to the WorldTour from 2022. In addition, the squad will also have a continental women’s team, which will support ten young female riders.

Roubaix will host the 2021 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Championships from 20 to 24 October. The event, which originally was to be held in Turkmenistan, will be held in the town’s velodrome.

Grace Brown has had to finish her last season with Team BikeExchange earlier than anticipated due to an earlier injury that now requires surgery. We wish her a speedy recovery!

The organisers of the Baloise Ladies Tour have requested an additional day of racing, to make it a 5-day event, from 13 to 17 July 2022.

DROPS – Le Col s/b TEMPUR has announced the extension of their partnership with Le Col, a British performance cycling apparel brand. This arrangement will see Le Col remain a title sponsor until the end of 2023.

The Zwift Academy is back with another professional cycling contract on offer at Canyon//SRAM. Zwifters must complete a series of six workouts, two recovery rides, and in a new addition for this year, two benchmarking rides – the Baseline Ride and the Finish Line Ride. More details can be found here.


UEC European Mountain Bike Championships Elite: Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France) ahead of Anne Terpstra (NED) and Anne Tauber (NED).

Zwift Blog

Lauren Kitchen

Recently retired former pro rider Lauren Kitchen continues to blog for us as an Athlete Mentor, and in her latest piece, she provides advice on getting clear on goal setting.

Neve Bradbury

Canyon//SRAM rider Neve Bradbury tell us about the first half of her season as a neo-pro, her training in Andorra and shares her recipe for a  hummingbird cake. Read her blog here.

This week in cycling history

Sarah Kathryn Hammer

Hammer, who was born on 18 August 1983, is an American former professional rider and four-time Olympic silver medallist. She has eight world championships on the track to her credit and is one of the U.S.’s most decorated track athletes. She retired in 2017, and after leaving the sport, took on the role of Associate Director of High Performance for U.S. Paracycling. She has been passionate about working with athletes and preparing riders for the upcoming Paralympics in Tokyo.

Amélie Le Gall

Amélie Le Gall, known as Mademoiselle Lisette, was a French rider in the late 1890s. She was advised to take up cycling to recover from anaemia and began to train and take part in exhibition competitions to promote the new sport of women’s cycling. Women’s cycling clothing was a topic of discussion at the time and the French rider was adamant not to wear dresses when riding, describing them as ugly, inadequate, and unsanitary. This week, in August 1894, she won the French championships over 100 kilometres, and in 1896 then laid clam to the women’s world championships. Simpson Chain, a British manufacturer of an innovatively designed bicycle chain, sponsored her career, which allowed her to travel the world, and race in Europe, the U.S. and Canada. Eventually she moved to the U.S. to race and became one of the top female racers there, but later switched to perform cycling stunts until 1908. After finally retiring from the sport, she went on to manage several restaurants.

Rides of the week

Zwift Academy is here!

Chase your cycling goals and break through to the next level. The groundbreaking training program designed by world-class coaches will get you on your way. Measure your progress during your journey and score in-game rewards. For one lucky rider, there’s a  pro contract with CANYON//SRAM on the line. Get after it! The program starts on August 30. Find out  more here!
Learn about Zwift Academy as you ride! There’s a short Orientation workout that will give you all the details of this year’s program. You can find it on the Zwift events schedule or in the Zwift Academy Road 2021 folder in the workout menu.

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