|Olympic speed skating champion Carlijn Achtereekte will transfer from the Jumbo Visma skating team to the Jumbo Visma cycling team. She was a very successful skater for the Dutch team, winning gold in the 3000 metres at the 2018 Olympic Games and is the first athlete to transfer within the team.
Junior women’s road and cyclocross world champion Zoe Bäckstedt will join EF Education-TIBCO-SVB as a trainee from 1 August. The 17-year-old rider currently races for Acrog-Tormans, a cyclocross development team based in Belgium. The young British rider has also raced track, having claimed gold medals in the individual pursuit, team pursuit, and Madison at the 2021 European junior track championships.
Juliette Labous will stay with Team DSM until at least 2024. The strong all-round rider has been with the squad for the past 6 years. She is aiming to develop her GC abilities with the goal of competing for the very best results in races like the Giro and Tour de France.The controversy over the planned prohibition of betting companies to sponsor sport has been solved at least for the time being for teams such Lotto Soudal Ladies Team, as the Belgian government confirmed an exception in the case of the National Lottery, which is valid until January 2026.
Thanks to cooperation between The University School of Health and Sport in Girona, Spain, and the University of the West Indies, Llori Sharpe, a rider from the Canyon//SRAM Development team was able to sit her exam without having to go back to her homeland of Barbados.After some positive results of COVID-19 tests carried out by its riders, as a precautionary measure and to protect the health of the other teams, UAE Team ADQ has decided not to participate at Itzulia Women over the past weekend and the Durango – Durango Emakumeen Saria next Tuesday in Spain.
On 23 May, World Time Trial Champion Ellen van Dijk will take on the UCI Hour Record at the Tissot Velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland. The event will be broadcast live worldwide online starting at 17:00 CEST. Lizzie Deignan will provide commentary alongside former Hour Record holder Jens Voigt.Lizzy Banks of EF Education-TIBCO-SVB had hoped to start racing again but is now sidelined again suffering from pericarditis. We wish LIzzy a speedy recovery and hope to see her soon back on the roads.
Julian Eraso, race director of Itzulia Women, expressed in a radio interview that the increased number of women’s races are a ”fashion” and that they have almost been forced to organise this year’s Itzulia Women. This comment drew the ire of several Basque political and sporting figures who denounced the statement. A press release from the race organisers stated that the organisation regrets any misunderstanding and unease generated by Eraso’s comment and are committed to fostering women’s racing.Moriah Wilson, an immensely talented US off-road rider, has been tragically shot and killed in Austin, Texas. She was to take part in a gravel race last Saturday and was the favourite to win. The young American dominated the last two seasons as a gravel and mountain bike racer and had recently gave up her job to be able to race full-time. We express our sincere condolences to her family and friends.