|The route of the inaugural Le Tour de France Femmes 2022 has been revealed. It will be an exciting route with two spectacular mountain stages, two punchy stages and four flat stages. And you can read all about it here. It has also been announced that the event will have a 250,000 Euro prize fund and will be broadcast via Discovery Sports across Europe.
Team UAE Emirates will take over Alé BTC Ljubljana, with plans for WorldTour status in 2022. The women will race in the same colours as the men’s team and the squad is set to continue with several of its current riders.
Liv Racing has signed two new Italian riders for the next two seasons. Rachele Barbieri will return to road racing after having focused on track, while Katia Ragusa is aiming to take the next step in her career with the squad.
Cuban rider Arlenis Sierra, a two-time Pan American champion, has signed a two-year contract with Movistar Team.Current Under-23 New Zealand national time trial champion Henrietta Christie, who most recently rode with Bepink, and Italian climber Barbara Malcotti, of Valcar-Travel & Service, will both join Rally Cycling.
German track rider Marla Sigmund and Dutch rider Mijntje Geurts will ride for Lotto Soudal next season.
Rally Cycling’s Emma White will retire after a 6-year career in road, track and cyclo-cross.Former rider and current consultant for France Télévisions, Marion Rousse, has been appointed Race Director of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. Rousse, who retired from professional cycling in 2015, has maintained involvement in cycling and acted since 2019 as deputy director of the Tour de la Provence. Organised by the ASO, the women’s Tour de France will be held from 25 to 31 July next year.
Team BikeExchange’s Amanda Spratt has been diagnosed with Iliac artery endofibrosis and will be undergoing surgery. The Australian rider received the diagnosis after the Olympics, when she felt she was unable to hold power and was underperforming in races. We wish her all the best for a quick recovery.After crashing during the AJ Bell Women’s Tour, German rider Tanja Erath of TIBCO-SVB has voiced concerns about the medical treatment she received from local medics, who she reports failed to take specific spinal precautions. She was subsequently informed that she suffered a fracture of two thoracic vertebrae bodies and a fracture of her collarbone. We wish her the very best for a complete recovery.
In co-operation with Sylvan Adams, owner of the UCI men’s WorldTeam Israel Start-Up Nation, the NGO IsraAID, various governments, the Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) as well as FIFA, the UCI has aided the evacuation of 125 Afghan citizens, including female cyclists, members of cycling management bodies, artists, a judge, and several journalists and human rights campaigners, all of whom have been able to reach Europe via Tirana in Albania. Thirty-eight individuals are being settled in Switzerland with the others travelling to Canada, France, Israel and the USA.
The UCI has confirmed that Zwift will host the Cycling E-Sports World Championships on 26 February 2022. The Championships will move from Zwift’s Watopia to its New York Map and is focused around Central Park.
Julia Soek will join DROPS-Le Col s/b TEMPUR as a Sports Director in 2022. A 13-year veteran of the peloton, who most recently rode for Team DSM, Soek will retire at the end of this season to work together with current Sports Director Nicolas Marche.
It’s been announced that the sixth edition of the Volta Comunitat Valenciana Femines will be held from 17 to 20 February in 2022.
British Cycling has announced that Katie Archibald, Megan Barker, Ella Barnwell, Neah Evans and Josie Knight will compete in the women’s endurance race at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Roubaix later this month, while Lauren Bate, Sophie Capewell, Blaine Ridge-Evans and Milly Tanner will participate in the sprint competition.
European bronze medallists Emily Kay, Kelly Murphy, Alice Sharpe and Mia Griffin have been selected by Cycling Ireland for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships.