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The Tour of Scandinavia has presented their new and exciting event in a live-streamed presentation last Tuesday. The race will start in Denmark and go through Sweden and Norway, covering nearly 1.000 kilometres and 6 stages in 6 days. The new WorldTour race scheduled between 9 and 14 August will replace the previously-held Ladies Tour of Norway and will provide live TV coverage worldwide with 2.5 hours each day. Uno-X will be the general sponsor of the WorldTour race for 2022 and 2023 with an option to extend. More information can be found here.

Annemiek van Vleuten has sustained a broken wrist during a training ride last week, which required surgery. The Movistar Team rider will have to miss the Spanish races this month but is expected to make a full recovery and participate in the Tour and Giro. We wish her all the very best in her recovery.

Olympic gold medallists and record holders on the track Franziska Brauße, Lisa Brennauer, Lisa Klein and Mieke Kröger are auctioning off their signed time trial helmet in aid of the Ukraine UNICEF fund.

In an interview with Belgian television, Liege-Bastone-Liege winner Annemiek van Vleuten indicated that she feels she is still learning in cycling and as such she may not retire after this season.

British cyclocross rider Anna Kay has signed with Plantur Pura for the rest of the 2022 road season.

Team SD Worx has released news about Amy Pieters who suffered a brain injury as a result of a training accident. Since mid February the Dutch rider has been following a specialised intensive neurorehabilitation program and now her condition has changed, as she is conscious and can communicate slightly non-verbally. Amy recognises people, understands what is being said and is able to carry out more and more assignments. At this stage doctors cannot yet say what residual symptoms and remaining abilities she will have as a result of the brain injury. We are keeping her in our thoughts and wish her all the very best for a good recovery.

Results

CERATIZIT Festival Elsy Jacobs:

Prologue: Anna Henderson (Team Jumbo-Visma) ahead of Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) and Silvia Persico (Valcar Travel & Service)

Stage 1: Marta Bastialleni (UAE Team ADQ) ahead of Silvia Persico and Demi Vollering

Stage 3: Veronica Ewers (EF – Education Tibco-SVB) ahead of Marta Bastianelli and Karlijn Swinkels (Jumbo Visma Women).

General Classification: Marta Bastianelli ahead of Veronica Ewers and Silvia Persico

Tour of the Gila

Stage 1: Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB) ahead of Emily Marcolini (3T/Q+M Cycling) and Austin Killips (Amy D Foundation)

Stage 2: Lauren DeCrescenzo (Cinch Cycling) ahead of Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB) and Maddy Ward (Insta Fund Racing)

Stage 3: Kristabel Doebel-Hickok (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB) ahead of Maddy Ward (Insta Fund Racing) and Emily Marcolini (3T/Q+M Cycling)

Stage 4: Maddy Ward (Insta Fund Racing) ahead of Rylee McMullen (Insta Fund Racing) and Austin Trace (Amy D Foundation)

Leiedal Koerse: Femke Marcus (Parkhotel Valkenburg) ahead of Nicole Steigena (Team Coop-Hitec Products) and Mischa Bredwold (Parkhotel Valkenburg)

Zwift Blog

British rider Abi Smith shares her personal story of Paris-Roubaix, giving her insights into the race behind the race – the fight to get to the finish, the knee injury she sustained and eating take-away pizza on the road! Read her blog here.

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.

If you missed our previous “Here comes the Future” podcast episodes, you can listen 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.

This week in cycling history

Bridie O’Donnell

Bridie O’Donnell, born on 29 April 1974, is a former pro rider who represented Australia at three World Road Championships. O’Donnell was a medical practitioner and surgical assistant before taking up cycling in her mid-30s. For six years, she travelled the world racing in the Australian national team and Italian professional squads. In January 2016 she broke the hour record at the Superdome in Adelaide, riding 46.882 km/h. After her retirement, she returned to work in medicine and currently is head of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation for the Victorian State Government. Since 2020, she has been working as a cycling commentator for SBS TV Australia, covering WorldTour men’s and women’s races.

GP Elsy Jacobs

To mark the 50th anniversary of the highly successful Luxembourg rider Elsy Jacobs’ world title and hour record, the inaugural GP Elsy Jacobs was held on 26 April 2008. From then on the race became an annual celebration around her hometown of Garnish. Between 2008 and 2011 the event was run as a single day race, but from 2012 onwards, it became a stage race.

Zwift 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! Find more info on the event and mission here!

Thomson Bike Tours Endurance Ride

Thomson Bike Tours is the Premier Official Tour Operator to the Tour de France and Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. Thomson Bike Tours hosts weekly hour long endurance rides designed to ensure you have fun while getting in a good workout. Complete this ride and unlock the Thomson Bike Tours kit! More info here!

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