Get your week started with the latest news from the world of women’s cycling
Barbara Guarischi and Jelena Erićwill ride for Movistar over the next two years. Guarishi’s palmarès includes a stage win in the 2015 Giro Rosa, another win at the 2019 Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour and a victory at the 2015 Sparkassen Giro. Jelena took a win at this year’s BeNe Ladies Tour and has been an 11-time national champion, currently holding both the road race and time trial titles of Serbia.
The Netherlands won the inaugural mixed TTT championships on home soil in Alkmaar while Germany took silver and Italy bronze.
Dutch rider Ellen van Dijk took her fourth consecutive women’s ITT title at the European Road Championships, leaving Lisa Klein of Germany to take second place while her compatriot Lucinda Brand finished third.
The U23 ITT championship title was won by Hannah Ludwig of Germany ahead of Russian rider Maria Novolodskaya and Elena Pirrone from Italy.
Amy Pieters is the new Elite European road champion, while Lisa Klein took second and Elena Cecchini third.
The new U23 women’s road champion is Letizia Paternoster of Italy, who finished ahead of Polish rider Marta Lach and Lonneke Uneken from the Netherlands.
After the first stage of the Women’s Tour of Scotland had to be cancelled with around 25km remaining because of inclement weather, Stage 2 was won by Alison Jackson (Team TIBCO-SVB). Stage 3 was taken out by Leah Thomas (Bigla Team), who was also victorious in the general classification.
Fiona Kolbinger edged out Ben Davis to become the first women to win the Transcontinental Road Race, a 4,000km distance race from Burgas, Bulgaria to Brest in western France. It took her 10 days, 2 hours and 48 minutes to cover the distance.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot won round 6 of the UCI MTB World cup short track in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, ahead of Jolanda Neff (Switzerland) and Jenny Rossveds of Sweden.
In her latest piece, Leah Kirchmann gives you some tips on preparing for your travelling adventure with your bike, from making flights more comfortable to improving your stay at hotel rooms.
Audrey Cordon-Ragot shares her experience at this year’s Giro Rosa and her role in this important racing event in her article “Grupetto’s Iife”.
Voxwomen announcements and events
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This week in cycling history…
Kristin Armstrong’s birthday is on 11 August. She made history at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio when, coming out of retirement, she became the first rider ever to win three gold medals in the same discipline. The American rider’s palmares includes the World Time Trial Championship title in 2006 and 2009 as well as several national road and time trial titles. She is also the oldest female rider to have won an Olympic medal.
Joane Somarriba Arrola was born on 11 August. She is a highly accomplished former Spanish cyclist who won the Grand Boucle in 2000, 2001 and 2003. Among her other achievements is taking out the gold medal in the time trial at the 2003 World Championships in Hamilton, Canada.