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Movistar confirmed this week that Alicia González, Sheyla Gutiérrez, Lourdes Oyarbide and Gloria Rodríguez have re-signed for another two years. Oyarbide is current Spanish champion and winner of the final stage of the 2019 Vuelta a Burgos, Rodríguez was vice Spanish road race champion in 2018, as well as the winner of the bronze medal in the 2019 ITT, while González finished on the podium at the 2018 Setmana Valenciana, The Spanish squad has also signed a 2 year contract with new recruit Katrina Aalerud. Her strengths are riding on mountainous stages and time trialling, having claimed silver at the Norwegian national TT in June this year. Sofia Bertizzolo has also newly singed with the team. She was the winner of the UCI WorldTour U23 classification in 2018 and is a rider with all-rounder capabilities.
In an unfortunate incident, WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling team members were hit by a car on a training ride in Sweden. Although the riders crashed heavily, reports indicated that they did not suffer serious injuries, yet their bikes sustained considerable damage and as a consequence the team was unable to take to the start at Vargarda.
At the UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Championships in Waregem in Belgium, Italian rider and current European champion Gaia Tormeno won the first World title ahead of Isaure Medde and Coline Clauzure.
At the Postnord UCI WWT Vårgårda WestSweden TTT, Trek-Segafredo took the win ahead of Canyon//SRAM and Team Sunweb.
Christine Majerus, in her latest blog, “Does it all make sense?” shares her thoughts about Bjorg Lambrecht, the young Belgian rider who tragically lost his life due to an accident at the Tour de Pologne. She writes of her hopes that this terrible event will be an eye-opener to everyone to help improve rider safety.
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This week in cycling history…
12 August is the birthday of Bernadette Swinnerton, a retired English rider from Staffordshire who took the silver medal at the 1969 Road World Championships in the former Czechoslovakia. Her parents owned a cycling shop and she became interested in the sport as a youngster, leading her to, among other achievements, win the national sprint championship in 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971. She retired after having worked as a teacher for 40 years.
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