|The UCI has published an updated Covid-19 health protocol, applicable to men’s and women’s road competitions. It plans to introduce a Health Pass for those who are vaccinated, had a PCR-confirmed COVID-19 infection or proof of a negative PCR test. The protocol will come into effect on 24 January 2022 and applies to road events of all classes. When national laws in an event’s host country are stricter than the UCI’s rules, it‘s the country’s laws that prevail. If the laws are less strict, then the UCI’s rules apply. More information can be foundhere.
Movistar Team recently presented its men’s, women’s and esport teams. The women’s team will be spearheaded by Annemiek van Vleuten, the world’s number one female rider and the Danish rider Emma Norsgaard. The women’s squad will kick off its season with the Vuelta CV Feminas on 6 February.
The teams for the second edition of Paris-Roubaix Femmes have been announced.
The route for the 2022 edition of Liège-Bastone-Liège has been revealed. The course is 142km long and features the newly-added Côte de Mont-le-Soie. 24 teams will be at the start of the sixth edition of the race.
The teams that have been invited to the 25th edition of La Fleche Wallone have also been announced, as well as the 133.4 km long course, which for the first time contains three climbs of the Mur de Huy. Details on the Ardennes races can be found here.
The Tour Down Under Festival of Cycling has released its start list for the three-stage event running from 23-29 January. 15 women’s teams comprised of riders from the National Road Series, UCI Continental teams, and UCI WorldTour squads will line up in South Australia for the event. It will be Australian rider Amanda Spratt’s (BikeExchange – Jayco) first race after having had surgery for iliac artery endofibrosis in October.
It has been revealed that Burkina Faso will host the 2022 African Road Race Championships in March.
Swiss rider Noemi Rüegg has signed with Jumbo Visma Women for the next two years.
The Mont Ventoux Denivele Challenge will have a women’s race, scheduled ahead of the men’s event, on 14 June.
News for cyclocross fans in Belgium and the Netherlands: as of 28 January, spectators are allowed back to watch events, alongside specific health measures.
Canyon//SRAM Racing has revealed its new kit. According to the designer, the “Astral Burn” design reflects nature’s meteorological displays and their associated human interpretations. The ambition of the print is to capture this energy and imbue the athletes who wear it with the same sense of power. In addition, diamonds were added to specific parts of the design to provide a counter to the visual chaos and serve as flashes to catch the eye.
Canyon//SRAM Generation has introduced their eight-rider roster, which features athletes from seven different nations, including Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Jamaica, Paraguay, Germany, Malaysia and Namibia. The new UCI Continental team is part of the World Tour Team Canyon//SRAM Racing’s program. This two-tier structure is the first of its kind for a women’s European-based WorldTour team, creating a formal pathway to the Women’s World Tour.
Former junior World Time Trial Champion Russian Aigul Gareeva has been provisionally suspended from racing after missing three anti-doping tests. For the last two years, she rode for the Continental team Cogeas-Mettler Pro Cycling.
After meeting with the UCI President and General Manager, CPA Women has announced that it will work on the following goals for female riders: improved salaries, equal prize money (per km raced), contract security, more races with greater visibility and better conditions for riders in Continental teams.
The Black Swift Group, based in Colorado, will use part of its management fees to support, among other groups, the USA Cycling Foundation. The Pro Cyclist Foundation will provide important financial support to several cycling-oriented groups in the U.S.A, with the aim of helping riders compete at the Olympics and World Championships as well as developing and supporting new talent.