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  • The organisers of the Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta have announced the teams that will race on 14 August and 15 August. 19 UCI WorldTeams  (Ale Cipollini, Bepink, Bigla, Bizkaia – Durango, Boels Dolmans,  BTC City Ljubljana, Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team, Eneicue Cycling Team, FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope,  Hitec Products – BIRK SPORT, Massi – Tactic Women team, Mitchelton Scott, Movistar Team, Parkhotel Valkenburg, Sopela Women’s Team, Team Sunweb, Trek Segafredo, Valcar Cylance Cycling, and WNT Rotor Pro Cycling Team.) Additionally, one wildcard, the Spanish Women’s Cycling Team, has also been invited. The first stage will be a 9.3km individual time trial and the second stage, starting a few hours before the 21st stage of La Vuelta, will lead over 98.6km, passing by some of the most iconic landmarks of Madrid.
  • The Tour Down Under has revealed its route for the fifth edition of the women’s race, to be held between 16 to 19 January 2020. The four-day event, which kicks off women’s racing on the international cycling calendar, has been designed to provide climbers, sprinters and all-rounders with a chance to win a stage. After three days of racing around the Adelaide hills, the race concludes with a 42.5km long circuit race through the centre of the South Australian capital
  • RideLondon will go single-use plastic bottle free in a world first. From this year onwards, single-use plastic bottles will be scrapped for riders. The organisers will instead provide tanks containing water across a series of refuelling hubs that are stationed along the course. Spectators will also have access to drinking fountains to enable them to refill their own bottles. This is one of the ways RideLondon is attempting to reduce its environmental impact, besides reducing the use of goody bags, and creating a dedicated zone for litter dropping during the race.
  • The 2019 Colorado Classic launched the “Equity in Cycling Pledge” which encourages fans around the world to show their support for gender equality in professional cycling. The Colorado Classic is aiming to become more than a cycling race, and become a movement that advances equality for female riders by focusing on women’s racing, offering higher prize money, designing more challenging routes and providing live coverage of racing.

Recent results

  • Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) won the 6th edition of La Course by Le Tour de France, ahead of Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb) and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla).
  • Lisa Klein won the opening prologue of the BeNe Ladies Tour, ahead of Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) and Amy Pieters (Boels-Dolmans) while the first stage was won by Christina Siggaard (Team Virtu Cycling) ahead of Claudia Koster (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling) and Letizia Paternoster (Trek-Segafredo). Stage 2 was taken out by Lisa Klein (Canyon SRAM) ahead of Marlen Reusser (WCC Team) and Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans).

Zwift Blog

  • Boels Dolmans rider Christine Majerus, in her blog entitled “How to nail your break” shares her tips on how to take a break from cycling and recharge your batteries. It’s great advice for all cyclists on how to get the most out of recovery time.
  • We hear more from cyclists who are involved with InternationalElles, a group of female cyclists who are riding all stages of the Tour de France, one day ahead of the men’s race. This week, they include:
  • Scottish rider Lucy Ritchie tells us about how she got into cycling and her preparation for this special event.
  • Alex Chart shares with us her story of how she became involved with InternationalElles and what motivates her to ride all the stages of the Tour de France with this group of female cyclists.
  • Helen Bridgman explains why she is so passionate about cycling and why she decided to ride with InternationalElles this year.
  • In her piece “I am nervous, I am excited, I am ready to suffer”, Louise tells her story of how she became involved in cycling. It’s a truly inspiring tale of persistence and commitment to cycling by this British cyclist.

Voxwomen announcements and events

  • Want to participate at an unforgettable week of cycling? Then the Voxwomen Big Week Off, is just the thing for you. The event runs from 13th to 20th October in the beautiful location of Can Campolier Banyoles near Girona, Spain. Can Campolier is home to Rocacorba Cycling, run by professional rider Ashleigh Moolman Pasio and her family. By paying a non-refundable deposit of £150 you can secure your place in this fantastic event. There are a limited number of places, so you can be sure to reserve your place and then pay in installments. If you would like to participate, take advantage of this unique offer by clicking here.

This week in cycling history…

  • The inaugural edition of La Course by Le Tour de France was held in 2014 and consisted of a 13 lap-race of a total of 89 km on the Champs-Élysées. Marianne Vos won the race ahead of Kirsten Wild and Leah Kirchmann.
  • 18 July is the birthday of New Zealander Ella Harris, who rides for Canyon//SRAM Racing. This year she won the white Jersey at the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas.

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