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The UCI Management Committee has unanimously taken a series of decisions in response to the war in Ukraine. These include that Russian and Belarusian national teams and / or national selections are not authorised to take part in any events on the UCI International Calendar. UCI Team status is withdrawn from all teams under Russian or Belarusian nationality and the UCI will not consider any further applications for UCI status from teams from these two countries. More details can be found here.

The Tour de Suisse has been promoted to a 2.Pro race and increased to four days this season. Eleven WorldTour teams, seven Continental teams and two Swiss teams have been invited to take part.

During the time trial at the Easy Toy Bloeizone Fryslan Tour, cars and city bicycles were seen on the route, despite the roads being closed to traffic. The organisers have stated that they will not stage a time trial next year due to difficulties in guaranteeing safety.

Nokere Koerse has announced the teams that are invited to its third edition on 16 March. For the first time, the race’s finale will be live on television.

Italian champion Elisa Longo Borghini has extended with Trek-Segafredo until 2024. She has been with the U.S. team since 2019.

Results

Easy Toys Bloeizone Fryslan Tour:

Stage 1: Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) ahead of Riejanne Markus (Team Jumbo-Visma) and Marlen Reusser (Team SD Worx)

Stage 2: Lonneke Uneken (Team SD Worx) ahead of Chloe Hosking (Trek-Segafredo) and Alice Barnes (Canyon//SRAM Racing)

Stage 3: Rachele Barbieri (LivRacingXstra) ahead of Martina Fidanza (CERATIZIT – WNT Pro Cycling) and Elodie le Bail (St Michel Auber 93)

GC: Ellen van Dijk (Trek Segafredo) ahead of Riejanne Markus (Team Jumbo Visma) and Marlen Reusser (Team SD Worx)

Strade Bianche: Lotte Kopecky (Team SD Worx) ahead of Annemiek van Vleuten (Team Movistar) and Ashleigh Moolman Passio (Team SD Worx)

Vox Performance Project Blog

Sophie Harmer has made a lot of progress on her journey as part of this special project. Knowing herself, reading her body, and setting goals have all become more important for her in her improvement on and off the bike. Follow her journey here in her latest blog.

Zwift Blog

Amber Joseph talks about how she started out as a young rider from Barbados and shares some of her positive and negative experiences in the sport coming from a small island nation, all in her first blog for Voxwomen.

British rider Abi Smith, who races for EF TIBCO-SVB, has penned her first blog for us, writing about the challenging road back from injury, painting as a way to escape, and what she learned from stepping back for a while.

This week in cycling history

Helen Wyman

The 41-year-old British rider, who grew up in a cycling family, was a dominant force on the cyclo-cross scene. Having started riding a bike at age 14, she switched to cyclo-cross at 18 as the cross season fitted better around her university studies in physiotherapy. She took up the sport full-time at 23, having raced part time whilst working for the NHS following her graduation. Besides winning 10 British National Cyclo-cross Championships, she also won two European Championships, a World Championship Bronze medal in 2014 and a series of races across Europe and the United States. Since her retirement from competition in 2019, Helen coaches riders and established the Helen 100 initiative with the aim of supporting and encouraging young women riders in the discipline of cyclo-cross.

Annick Chapron

Annick Chapron’s birthday was on 6 March. The now 71-year old French rider won the national title in 1971. She only started cycling a few years before that, and against her mother’s advice, but was strong-willed and determined to achieve her goals. She went on to ride in the peloton with World Champions and National Champions Elsy Jabobs and Geneviève Gambillon. In later years, her passion became cyclo-tourism, particularly in her home region of Brittany.

Zwift rides of the week

Women’s Ride + Run Series
Every trailblazer’s story began with a desire for movement. A need for change. A will to persevere. Pave your own path forward with the Women’s Ride and Run Series, a collection of women-only in-game events designed to get you moving.

Celebrate all month long with community group events, featuring Power of the Pack Rides and Runs on International Women’s Day, Tuesday Podcast Rides, Wednesday Workout of the Week takeovers, and Saturday Community Rides and Runs.

Women’s History Month on Zwift: click here!

Women’s Ride + Run Series Events: click here!

WRRS Events Featured This Week

March 8 – Power of the Pack Rides and Runs

March 9 – Workout of the Week – A Gentle Reminder with Kristin Armstrong

March 12 – WRRS Ride On Rides

From our Online Shop

Men’s If In Doubt, Go Flat Out hoodie – £40

Another item from our men’s range of clothing. Inspired by the Voxwomen team attitude, it doesn’t matter how “flat out” is “flat out” to you – the freedom of riding a bike is perfectly encapsulated in this statement. All Voxwomen products sold help us raise the profile of womens cycling directly so thank you for your support. Buy this hoodie here!

Women’s Be Part of the Journey mountain hoodie – £45

Since the launch of Voxwomen, we have always used the message, “Be Part of the Journey.” Women’s cycling has been on a journey and the development of the sport continues. This mountain design links with the message and looks great on this relaxed hoodie. Wear before or after an event it is sure to keep you warm. Get yours here!

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