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The men’s WorldTour team Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl will be joining forces with the women’s squad AG Insurance-NXTG. The Dutch team, which has intentions of joining the WorldTour in 2023, will be led by former pro rider Jolien D’hoore, who won the Belgian track championships 29 times and is a four-time national road champion.

Plans are underway for the new Tour of Scandinavia to be launched later in the year (9-14 August). The WorldTour event will consist of six stages, spread across Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Unfortunately the Willlier Triestina bikes of Bingoal-Casino-Chevalmeire-Van Eyk were stolen last week, putting their participation at the Brugge-de Panne race in jeopardy. Fortunately the team managed to get some bikes on loan to be able to participate in the event.

Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) sprinted to second at Exterioo Brugge-De Panne even though her tire had a broken spoke after another rider hit her bike in a crash in the final stages.

Besides the official competition trophy, each winner of the 7 races in Flanders Fields will also receive a symbolic trophy. This trophy is based on the theme of the competition, which this year is Australia. It is presented not only in recognition of each riders achievement but also creates a connection to the Australian soldiers who fought in Belgium during World War One.

Coop-Hitec Products rider Ann Helen Olsen has decided to retire. The Norwegian rider was badly injured in a crash last August and felt that recovery would take too long to return successfully to the team.

The Women’s Tour has revealed its last stage, which will start in Chipping Norton and finish in the city centre of Oxford.

The UCI has announced the 2022 calendar of the new mass-participation UCI Gravel World Series. The series will give participants a chance to qualify for the inaugural Gravel World Championships to be held later in the year. The event will kick off on 3 April in the Philippines. More information here.


Gent-Wevelgem: Elisa Balsamahead of Marianne Vos (Jumbo – Visma) and Maria Guilia Confalonieri (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling)

Exterioo Brugge-De Panne: Elisa Balsamo (Trek Segafredo) takes the win ahead of Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) and Marta Bastianelli (UAE Team ADQ)

Vox Performance Project Blog

In her latest blog, Coreen Mazzocchi discusses the learning process that comes when training doesn’t necessarily go according to plan and reflects on the insights she has gained from the project so far. Read about her experiences here.

Zwift Blog

Have you ever wondered what pro riders get up to in their offseason? It’s not all rest and vacationing, as Megan Jastrab explains in her latest blog!

Dutch rider Maud Oudeman’s biggest dreams came true when she won the 2021 Zwift Academy and joined Canyon//SRAM Racing. Find out what this life-changing experience was like for the 18 year-old rider in this latest blog right here.

This week in cycling history

Regina Schleicher

The German-born sprinter’s birthday was on 21 March. She won the 2005 UCI World Road Championships and was national champion. Her father, who was a cycling coach, led her to much success in her career; among other achievements the U23 national titles and elite women national titles and the victory at the Road World Championships in Madrid in 2005. Besides being active in pro cycling, she completed training as a preschool teacher. Early on in her career, she relocated from Germany to Northern Italy due to better weather and training conditions but in 2007 she suffered a serious fall and sustained major injuries, which eventually forced her to retire in 2010. In more recent years she opened a bee farm in Camaiore, Tuscany, supplying the regional markets and tourists with locally-sourced honey.

Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel

The Dutch former rider celebrated her 52nd birthday on 22 March. She is a two-time World road and time trial champion. At the Sydney Olympics in 2000, she had the most successful Olympics ever by a female cyclist, winning the individual pursuit in world record time, the road race and the individual time trial, and added a silver medal on the track. She also held the World Hour Record from 2003 until 2015. But all was not smooth sailing. For eight years during the 1990s, she battled anorexia but was eventually was able to overcome the illness. After retiring from the sport, she started to run Leontien huis, a place where survivors of anorexia and sufferers of the illness come together to learn from and support each other.

Rebecca Twigg

Born on 26 March 1963 in Hawaii, Twigg is a six-time world champion on the track. This gifted athlete is also the holder of 16 US championships and two Olympic medals. Graduating with a computer science degree, she later worked as a programmer but found the transition from professional sport to another career rather challenging to the point she became homeless. She sadly slipped into anonymity on the streets of Seattle and only more recently has her plight surfaced in the media.

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 29 – WRRS Podcast Ride with Meghan Duggan (President of Women’s Sports Foundation and the inspiring story of Billie Jean King)

March 30 – Workout of the Week – A Road Race with Anna van der Breggen (Olympic Gold Medalist)

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