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After winning the Canadian ITT championship title last week, Alison Jackson added the national road title to her achievements.

Ruth Winder (USA; Trek-Segafredo), Sofiia Shevchenko (Ukraine; Liv Cycling Team) and Varvara Fasoi (Greece; Eneicat-RBH Global-Martin Villa) are the female candidates for the role of road representative on the UCI Athletes’ Commission. Voting will be held during the World Championships.

Despite Team BikeExchange having their bikes stolen, thanks to the generous help of Trek-Segafredo, Liv Cycling and Movistar Team, who supplied them with spare bikes, the team’s riders were able to continue racing at the Tour de l’Ardeche feminine.Julia Borgstöm has extended her contract with NXTG Racing, while Swedish rider Wilma Olausson will be joining the team for the next two years.

April Tacey has extened with Dops-Le Col s/b TEMPUR for another year.Dutch rider Nicole Steigenga will join Team Coop-Hitec Products in 2022. The young rider has already won stages at the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana and the Dubai Women’s Tour.

The new Junior European Road Champion, German rider Linda Riedmann, as well as Swiss rider Noemi Rüegg have signed with Team Jumbo-Visma Women for the next two years.Franziska Koch, Pfeiffer Georgi and Esmée Peperkamp have extended with Team DSM. Georgi will stay for two years with the German team.

Liv Racing has announced that Giorgia Bronzini and Wim Stroetinga will become Sports Directors and will also play an important role in coaching and developing talent. Stroetinga will also take on the role of Performance Manager.The course of the first Paris-Roubaix Femmes, scheduled for 2 October, has been released and it covers 116.4 km with 17 cobbled sections.

The City of Sacramento, California, will host the inaugural Into the “Lion’s Den powered by SRAM” on 30 October. The organisers are offering US$100,000 in prize money, split evenly between the women’s and men’s pro fields. The organisers hope to put on an event that will advance the sport and promote diversity and inclusion.

Results

Tour de l’Ardeche Feminine:

Stage 6: Teniel Campbell (Team BikeExchange) ahead of Nina Kessler (Team TIBCO-SVB) and Loretta Hanson (Trek-Segafredo)

Stage 7: Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo) ahead of Jeanne Korevaar (Liv Racing) and Lucy Kennedy (Team BikeExchange)

GC winner: Leah Thomas (Movistar Team) ahead of Mavi Garcia (Alé BTC Ljubljana) and Ane Santebastan (Team BikeExchange)

Trophee des Grimpeuses Vresse-sur-se Semois:

Stage 1: Lotte Kopecky (Liv Cycling) ahead of Floortje Mackaij (Team DSM) and Anouska Koster (Jumbo-Visma Women)

Stage 2: Floortje Mackaij ahead of Tayler Wiles (Trek-Segafredo) and Ella Harris (Canyon//SRAM Racing)GC: Floortje Makaij ahead of Tayler Wiles and Ella Harris

GP Isbergues:
Charlotte Kool (NXTG Racing) ahead of Elisa Balsamo (Valcar – Travel & Service) and Amber Van Der Hulst (Parkhotel Valkenburg)

Zwift Blog

Team SD Worx’s Food Coach Shara Marche shares her recipe for the popular Middle Eastern dish of hummus, which is packed with vitamins, minerals and high protein. Get ready to try it!

Race Previews

Today, the elite women riders will tackle the World Championships ITT course in West Flanders to fight for the rainbow stripes. Read our race preview here.

This coming Saturday, the biggest race of the year will see an all-star cast line up in Belgium to do battle for the Road World Championship title. Here is what you can expect.

This week in cycling history

Christine Thorburn

The U.S. former rider celebrated her 52nd birthday on 17 September. Initially a successful distance runner, arthritis in her knees prevented her from continuing the sport. However, when introduced to cycling at Stanford University, she found a new calling. After completing her studies in medicine, she had $140,000 in student loans, but fortunately her new employer was willing to let her work a half-time schedule and she was able to keep training. Thorburn’s achievements include the U.S. individual time trial championship title in 2004 as well as participating at two Olympic Games, where she narrowly missed out on a podium place.  She was also part of the U.S. World Championships bronze medal-winning team time trial squad in Salzburg in 2006. Now working as a rheumatologist, she still rides for exercise and is one of nine former cyclists on the selection committee for USA Cycling.

Monica Valvic

Valvic, who comes from a cycling family, with her brother and sister also having been riders, turned 51 years on 15 September. She won Norway’s first World Road Championships title in Agrigento, Italy in 1994 and was victorious on five occasions at the Norwegian National Road Race Championships.

Rides of the week

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