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The organisers of the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour have revealed details of the 34th edition of the stage race in their live press conference last week. The event will be held from 24 to 29 May and will also be live streamed every day.

Lucie Jounier of Arkea Pro Cycling was injured by a hit-and-run driver while training in Brittany. She was taken to the hospital with a cranial trauma. A scan showed a head injury, but no apparent hemorrhage, as well as a fracture of the trapezoid of her right hand. We wish Lucie all the best and a speedy recovery.

The Welsh towns of Wrexham and Welshpool will play host to stage four of the Women’s Tour. This will be the race’s first visit to both venues. Stage 4 will cover 143 km, while the next day features the most elevation gain of any stage in this year’s race (2,065m) finishing atop Black Mountain in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The Ceratizit Festival Elsy Jacobs kicks off next Friday in Luxembourg, and the race organisers have revealed the teams who will be at the start line.

Results

Liège-Bastogne-Liège: Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team) ahead of Grace Brown (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) and Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx)

La Flèche Wallonne: Marta Cavalli (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope) ahead of Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team) and Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx)

Tissot Nations Cup, Glasgow:
Team sprint: Netherlands ahead of Canada and Wales
Team pursuit: Germany ahead of Great Britain and Italy.
Sprint: Kelsey Mitchell (Canada) ahead of Laurine van Riessen (Netherlands) and Martha Bayona Pineda (Columbia)
Elimination: Yumi Kajihara (Japan) ahead of Valentine Fortin (France) and Ally Wollaston (New Zealand)

Zwift Blog

Team SD Worx Food Coach Shara March shares her recipe for homemade sourdough rosemary sea salt crackers. These delicious crackers can be made easily with some simple and wholesome ingredients and not only taste fantastic but will also make your kitchen smell amazing!

Here comes the Future Podcast p/b Liv

In the new episode of our podcast “Here comes the Future” p/b Liv, Hannah Walker talks with 20 year old Abi Smith of EF TIBCO-SVB about her journey from triathlon to cycling, who she looks up to, and her ambitions about Le Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. Hannah is also joined by three-time World Champion, Giorgia Bronzini (DS at Liv Racing Xstra) to talk us through Stage 2 of Le Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. Giorgia gives us her thoughts of what to expect during the stage on the 25th July, giving listeners a unique and in-depth analysis of the race.

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.

This week in cycling history

Giuseppina Micheloni

Born on 23 April 1956, Giuseppina started out as a skater but after losing motivation for the sport, in 1972 she switched to cycling. Only two years later, the Italian-born rider became the first winner of what is now one of the oldest races of the UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar, the Trofeo Alfredo Binda. She had a successful cycling career but had to support herself by working as a cashier in a supermarket while racing and in 1980 she decided to retire after the World Championships in Sallanches, France, as it was too difficult to combine work and her racing career. Five years later, she came back to racing for another five years. After her retirement she had a brief career as a journalist and taught skating at schools until the Covid-19 pandemic hit northern Italy.

Rides of the week

#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 by 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 with Thomson Bike Tours! 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. Check it out here!

#NEWRULES | Podcast Watch Party Rides

The “Watch the Femmes” Podcast Rides feature episodes of the Cycling Tips Freewheeling podcast, which covers the women’s WorldTour with legendary ex-pros Abby Mickey, Loren Rowney, Gracie Elvin, and journalist Amy Jones. Find out more.

#NEWRULES | Get to Know a Pro Rides

There’s no better way to learn about the women’s peloton than by joining them. The Get to Know a Pro Rides let you work towards your 100km distance goal alongside some of the best female cyclists in history. Rotating ex-pros will interview surprise UCI Women’s WorldTour pro guests. Find out more here!

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