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After a two-year hiatus, the Bretagne Ladies Tour CERATIZIT is back. From 3 to 7 May, the riders will take on five stages of a total of 600km, including an individual time trial. The organisers have revealed a provisional start list.

After wining the gold medal at the 2021 Women Elite individual time trial at the Road World Championships in Brugge, Trek-Segafredo’s Ellen van Dijk is ready for a new challenge and will attempt the UCI Hour Record on 23 May 2022 at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland. The Dutch rider will complete her classics campaign before turning her focus to the track.

The Women’s Tour has revealed the teams who will be at the event, including all of the top division UCI Women’s WorldTour teams. 108 riders will compete in the 2022 event, making it the biggest field in the eight-year history of the race.

The organisers of The Women’s Tour, which starts in two months, are also still looking for £75,000 in order to be able to broadcast the event live for the first time ever.

In an update on Amy Pieters, who has been in a coma since her training accident, her team has reported that her condition remains unchanged and her doctors can’t wake her at this stage from her coma. We are keeping Amy in our thoughts.

Talented cyclocross rider Fem van Empel has received several offers from road teams. However, due to her contract with Cyclocross squad Pauwels Sauzen, despite her wanting to leave and her team not having a road program this summer, she hasn’t been released to develop further on the toad.Jumbo Visma has revealed a new design of their jersey that the team will wear at the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift later in the year.

World champion Elisa Balsamo of Trek-Segafredo was disqualified from Paris-Roubaix Femmes for a sticky bottle after she returned from a puncture. The commissaires ruling that the Italian rider had made “an irregular return after her mechanical”

Away from competition, and just to remind us that bikes can be a means of achieving many things, sisters Ariana (10 years old) and Carina Dinu (7 years old) from Arizona rode 53 miles to honour a Ukrainian mother, who was shot while riding her bike at the age of 53. They raised funds which are to be sent to their grandmother in Romania, who is coordinating with a local church to purchase essentials for the 70 to 80 Ukrainian refugees who are sheltering there each day.

Results

Paris Roubaix Femmes avec Zwift: Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) ahead of Lotte Kopecky (Team SD Worx) and Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo)

De Barbantse Pijl: Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) ahead of Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon//SRAM Racing) and Liane Lippert (Team DSM)

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Petrópolis, Brazil: (Short track) Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (France) ahead of Laura Stigger (Austria) and Evie Richards (Great Britain)

Here Comes the Future Podcast, empowered by Liv

In the first episode of our podcast “Here comes the Future” p/b Liv, Hannah Walker talks with young New Zealand talent Niamh Fisher-Black of Team SD Worx. Hannah also talks to Liv Racing Xstra sports director Giorgia Bronzini about Le Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. Check it out here!

Vox Performance Project Blog

With an ironman competition soon approaching Amy Cuthbertson reflects on her progress thanks to the Vox Performance Project. Combing training for the event and holding a full-time job at the same time isn’t easy but she is feeling more in control and full of confidence. Read about her progress here.

Zwift Blog

Tanja Erath of EF Education-TIBCO-SVB takes a “status check” of professional cycling with regards to gender equality, in her latest blog.

This week in cycling history

Billie Fleming

Born on 13 April, Fleming was a long-distance cyclist who set the women’s record for the greatest distance ridden in a year in 1938 at almost 48,000 km. That’s more than 13 back-to-back Tours de France. This record stood until 2016. Her record-breaking journey, which was complemented by speaking engagements in the evening after her ride, attracted immense interest from the public. After this great achievement, she intended to cycle around the U.S.A but was prevented by the outbreak of the Second World War. Fleming eventually passed away in North Devon at the age of 100 in 2014.

Tracy Moseley

Born on 12 April 1979, Moseley is one of Britain’s most successful and best-known female mountain bikers. She is a multiple national champion as well as UCI World Mountain Bike champion and Enduro Mountain Bike Champion. After her retirement, she started working for Trek Bikes in an athlete management role in 2019 and in 2020 she ventured into a few eBike races, placing second in Zermatt, Switzerland in her first competitive race.

Zwift Rides of the week

#NEWRULES | Tour de France avec Zwift

The inaugural Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift marks a pivotal time in sport, as the women’s pro peloton line up for the world’s most prestigious cycling event. Don’t miss the history-making fun. Let’s celebrate this moment, this momentum, with some #NEWRULES to power the sport forward. Click here for more info!

#NEWRULES | 100 km Mission | Tour de France avec Zwift

To celebrate 100 days until the big race, we’re challenging you to ride 100 km between April 15 at 8am PT and May 15 at 11:59pm PT. Complete the challenge, and you’ll be entered to win a trip to ride and watch the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift live and in person! The grand prize, from Thomson Bike Tours, is a 10-day VIP bike trip where you’ll watch some of the most action-packed stages roadside, in-between riding some of the most iconic roads France has to offer. Ride with the Femmes and double your chances to win by participating in the fun and inspiring “Watch the Femmes” Podcast Rides and Get to Know a Pro Rides! Click here to get involved!

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