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The Giro Donne, now back on the WorldTour, has revealed the 10 stages for this year’s edition of the race. Starting on 30 June with a 4.7km individual time trial in Cagliari, the event will stay in Sardinia for the second stage before heading to the north of Italy, where after a total of 900 km it finishes in Venice on 10 July. The prize money has also been increased to 250,000 Euro this year.

Dwars Door Vlaanderen has announced the teams that will be at the start of this year’s edition on 30 March. In addition to the WorldTour teams, eleven continental squads will also participate.

After taking the lead sponsorship of the Tour de France Femmes, Zwift has now become the title sponsor of Paris Roubaix Femmes.

The Women’s Tour has revealed its first two stages, with stage one (6 June) starting in Colchester and finishing in Bury St Edmunds, while stage two (10 June) takes the riders from Pembrey Country Park to Black Mountain. Details of the remaining four stages, including one in Oxfordshire, will follow in due course.

Jumbo-Visma has indicated an interest in signing multi-talented Fem van Empel, The 19-year-old from Noord-Brabant has been a very successful cyclocross rider with two World Cup wins last winter. The Dutch rider is, however, still contracted to Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal until the end of 2022 and the team will not likely let her go easily.

The UCI and the organisers of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships have revealed that the event’s road time trials will take place in the Scottish city of Stirling.

Cycling Ireland has created an initiative called “It’s not a race” for their new WomenInSportIRE campaign. The campaign celebrates the many female cyclists who make up the broad spectrum of women who actively participate in cycling across its many forms. By sharing their stories, the organisation hopes to attract more women into cycling.

The Tormans Cyclo-cross team is planning on expanding with a women’s team. Last year Zoe Bäckstedt won a junior world title in Fayetteville with the squad.

Since its last race in 2019, the Colorado Classic has been on hold. Not only due to COVID-19 but also due to a lack of financial support. The Founder of the event has now launched a public appeal seeking US$3 million in order to stage the race. If the money cannot be found, the event and its mission to become a new best practice for women’s only racing will be lost.

The women’s edition of Scheldeprijs has released a list of teams that will be at the start. Seven WorldTour teams and 18 Continental teams will take part in the race on 6 April.

The WorldTour team Human Powered Health has updated their rider roster with New Zealand champion Olivia Ray missing from the squad. The team did not make any announcement yet in regards to the change.

Details of a new stage race, the Tour Féminin International des Pyrénées, have been revealed this week. The race will take place between 5 and 7 August and will feature a team time trial and three stages in the Pyrénées,

Women’s cycling will be broadcast to a wider audience this summer, with the U.S. station NBC sports televising the Tour de Femmes avec Zwift

Results

GP Oetingen: Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) ahead of Chiara Consonni (Valcar Travel & Service) and Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling)

Drentse Acht van Westerveld: Chrstine Majerus (Team SD Worx) ahead of Alison Jackson (Liv Racing Xstra) and Floortje Mackaij (Team DSM)

Ronde van Drenthe: Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) ahead of Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) and Lotte Kopecky (Team SD Worx)

Vox Performance Project Blog

Hannah Alton writes about targeting training with Zwift, her new all-time favourite gels from Precision Fuel and Hydration and insights gained from Supersapiens that help her reach her goals. Read about her Vox Performance Project experience here.

Zwift Blog

Team SDWorx Food coach Shara Marche shares her delicious recipe for breakfast or brunch, a healthier version of the traditional French toast. You can find the details here.

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.

This week in cycling history

Rachel Neylan

Neylan was born in Sydney on 9 March 1982 and competed in athletics throughout her teenage years, before taking up rowing. After her studies of physiotherapy, she worked in that field for the Australian rowing team before switching over to racing bikes at home and overseas. In 2012, she came second in the World Championship Road Race behind Marianne Vos. Today, the 40 year old is still riding, currently for Team Cofidis.

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 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 15 – WRRS Podcast Ride with Team TWENTY24

March 16 – Workout of the Week – Touch of Egypt with Dani Rowe

March 19 – WRRS Alpe du Zwift and VenTop Challenge

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