|EF Education First joins the longest running North American women’s team as a co-title sponsor. The squad will be renamed EF Education-TIBCO-SVB in 2022. As a starting point, all riders racing for the team full-time will be paid at least the men’s WorldTour minimum salary.
Experienced Dutch rider Nina Kessler has joined Team BikeExchange for the next two years. She has been in the peloton for 12 years and will assist the team’s leaders and guide younger riders whilst also achieving results for herself.
American junior riders Makayla MacPherson and Kaia Schmid have signed with Rally Cycling for the next two seasons. MacPherson, who is currently studying nursing, and Schmid, who is an accomplished skier, already gained experience racing in Europe this season.
Lotto Soudal Ladies has signed the Belgian riders Esmée Gielkens and Ines Van de Paar, British rider Josie Knight and Czech rider Kristýna Burlová for 2022.
Team BikeExchange has signed Chelsie Wei Shi Tan for 2022. The 31 year old only started racing in 2018 but has shown great potential and won multiple national championship titles in Singapore. The Australian squad has been looking to support the development of new riders from new countries and regions.
American rider Heidi Franz joins Canadian outfit InstaFund Racing for 2022.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2022 Tour Down Under will not be run at the WorldTour level, but rather on a national level as The Santos Festival of Cycling. The event, which includes a four-stage women’s race, will kick off on 21 January 2022.
The partnership between Rapha and Canyon//SRAM Racing is coming to an end. It has been a successful and game-changing project for women’s cycling, with the hazard stripe jersey having become one of the most recognisable in the peloton.
RideLondon will return in May next year in a new format, including a three-day Women’s WorldTour race starting on 27 May in Essex.
The UCI has revealed its rankings. The top three riders are Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) ahead of Demi Vollering (Netherlands) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy). The Team World Rankings see SD Worx finish ahead of Trek-Segafredo and Team Movistar. The Nations World Rankings see Netherlands ahead of Italy and Denmark. In the World Tour Youth Ranking, Niamh Fisher-Black (New Zealand) takes first place ahead of Evita Muzic (France) and Mariia Novolodskaia (Russia).
After a break of three years, the route of the 2022 Transcontinental Race has been revealed. The event will begin in Geraardsbergen in Belgium, and after making the journey from east to west across the European continent, it will finish after 4100 km in Burgas on the Bulgarian Riviera. Fiona Kolbinger of Germany was the previous winner, taking slightly over 10 days to complete the race.