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Soraya Paldin has signed with Canyon//SRAM for the next two years. The Italian rider will add strength to the squad in the one-day classics and the more hilly stage races.

Eider Merino will join DROPS – Le Col s/b Tempur in 2022. The Basque rider previously rode for Movistar Team and AR Monex.

Norwegian rider Tiril Jorgensen has signed with Team Coop – Hitec Products.

Team DSM’s Julia Soek has announced her retirement after this year’s season. Her professional career has spanned 13 years, eight of which was spent with the German team.

Julie Leth will join Uno-X Pro Cycling for the next two seasons. The Danish rider won a silver medal on the track at the recent Olympics.

Australian endurance coach Alexandra Greenfield will become Sports Director and Coach at Uno-X Pro Cycling Team.

Cycling Australia has selected their riders for the World Championships: Chloe Hosking, Tiffany Cromwell, Amanda Spratt, Sarah Roy, Lauretta Hanson, Brodie Chapman and Jessica Allen.

The Royal Dutch Cycling Union has announced the squad for the Worlds: Anna van der Breggen, Annemiek van Vleuten, Ellen van Dijk, Riejanne Markus, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak, Lucinda Brand, Amy Pieters, Demi Vollering and Marianne Vos.

Alison Jackson is the new Canadian ITT champion. She won ahead of Marie-Soleil Blais and Gillian Ellsay.



European Road Race Championships: 

Junior ITT: Alena Ivanchenko (Russia) ahead of Antonia Niedermaier (Germany) and Elise Uijen (Netherlands)

U23 ITT: Vittoria Guazzini (Italy) ahead of Hannah Ludwig (Germany) and Alena Pirrone (Italy)

Elite Women ITT: Marlen Reusser (Switzerland) ahead of Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) and Lisa Brennauer (Germany)

Mixed Team Relay: Italy ahead of Germany and the Netherlands

Junior Road Race: Linda Riedmann (Germany) ahead of Eleanora Ciabocco (Italy) and Eglantine Rayer (France)

U23 Road Race: Silvia Zanardi (Italy) ahead of Kata Blanca Vas (Hungary) and Evita Muzic (France)

Elite Road Race: Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) ahead of Liane Lippert (Germany) and Rasa Leleivyté (Lithuania)

Tour de l’Ardeche Feminine:

Stage 1: Arlenis Sierra (A.R. Momex Women’s Pro Cycling) ahead of Marta Bastianelli (Alé BTC Ljubljana) and Sheyla Gutiérrez (Movistar Team)

Stage 2: Leah Thomas (Movistar Team) ahead of Lizzy Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) and Thalita de Jong (Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire Cycling Team)

Stage 3: Chloe Hosking (Trek-Segafredo) ahead of Barbara Guarischi (Movistar Team) and Charlotte Kool (NXTG Racing)

Stage 4: Ruth Winder (Trek-Segafredo) ahead of Leah Thomas (Movistar Team) and Mavi Garcia (Alé BTC Ljubljana)

Stage 5: Marta Bastianelli ahead of Emma Langley (TIBCO-SVB) and Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo)

La Choralis Fourmies: Pfeiffer Georgi (Team DSM) ahead of Rachel Neylan (Team Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Silvia Zanardi (BePink)

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This week in cycling history

Kathy Watt

The former Australian pro-rider celebrated her birthday on 11 September. She won the 1992 road race gold medal and the silver in the pursuits in Barcelona. Watt started her athletic career as a runner but an injury forced her to abandon the sport, and she moved to cycling, which then became her passion. In 1990 she won the first-ever Commonwealth Games women’s road race gold medal. While participating at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, she became the first Australian to win the road race discipline. At the time, the Australian women’s team had no access to a mechanic and Watt relied on a Spanish local bike shop for spare parts in order to fix any mechanical problems herself. After she won Olympic gold, the Australian Institute of Sport established a full-time cycling program for women. Since her retirement, she has been involved in cycling as a coach as well as an award-winning photographer, specialising in sports photography.

Alison Sydor

The Canadian former cross-country and mountain bike rider was born on 9 September 1966. She won a silver medal at the Summer Olympics in 1996 in the mountain bike discipline as well as three world mountain bike championship gold metals, in addition to winning many other events in both mountain biking and cross-country. After a long career, she retired in 2010. In 2013, she was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. Now living in Vancouver, Sydor is still active in the sport and has also taken up skiing in her free time.

Rides of the week

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