|New WorldTour squad UAE Team ADQ has announced that their sponsor ADQ will be joined by IHC, Group42, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Abu Dhabi Stem Cells Center & MyWhoosh. The new sponsorship platform aims to promote a healthier lifestyle and inspire new female athletes.
Team Jumbo Visma has outlined some of its goals for this season and how this all fits in with its bigger plan of becoming the best women’s team in the peloton by 2024. The team is looking to strengthen the squad across the board to be successful in the Classics, stage races, and climbing in general. In addition, the focus will be on the professional support of the riders, working closely with food coaches and improving technical skills.
Olympic champion and Team Movistar leader Annemiek van Vleuten has been nominated for the 2022 Laureus World Comeback of the Year Sports awards. The Dutch rider is part of a group of six outstanding athletes from different sporting fields. The decision about the winner of this prestigious award will be made in April.
Chantal van den Broek-Blaak has decided to reconsider her decision to retire and has renewed her contract with Team SD Worx until 2024. She has indicated that she may have to take a break at some point during that time as she is planning to have children.
Demi Vollering has decided to extend her contract with Team SD Worx until 2024. The Dutch rider aims to be one of the best riders in the lead up to the Olympic Games in 2024.
The 2023 World Championships in Glasgow will have 190 rainbow jerseys on offer over the 11 days of competition. It will be the first time that different disciplines will be combined into one event at the Worlds event, scheduled between 3 to 13 August. Road cycling, road para-cycling, track, track para-cycling, cross country mountain biking, downhill mountain biking, mountain bike marathon, trials, BMX freestyle, BMX, artistic cycling, cycle-ball, and Gran Fondo will be showcased in Glasgow. The new collated worlds will be run every four years, preceding an Olympic/Paralympic year.
Ashleigh Moolman Pasio has announced her retirement at the end of the 2022 season, while talking at the team’s presentation. The South African rider has had a long and successful career in the sport. The now 36-year-old rider turned professional in 2010 with Lotto Ladies and 2022 is her third year with her current squad Team SD Worx. She intends to move into business and hopes to explore more of eSports in the coming years.
At the squad’s recent team presentation, SD Worx team manager Danny Stam said that Amy Pieters’ condition is stable. She is still in a deep coma but not many improvements have so far been made and it is only when she becomes conscious that her progress can be evaluated. We continue to wish Amy and her family, friends and team all the best.
Despite growing demand for a separate U23 women’s World Championship race, the UCI has confirmed that it will be at least three more years until a standalone event will be added to the Championships. For now, the race will be integrated within the elite women’s race.
The support for the MPCC is growing, as Team Coop-Hitec Products joins the organisation. Besides male teams, MPCC currently has 13 women’s squad members including five WorldTour teams. MPCC started in 2017 and its aim is to defend clean cycling and stand united against doping.
The Joe Martin Stage Race will be back on 19-22 May with Walmart as its new title sponsor. Organisers have confirmed equal prize money for men and women with some live streaming planned as well. The route has yet to be revealed for the four-stage event in Arkansas.