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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.

Results

Emakumeen Nafarroako Women’s Elite Classic: Sarah Gigante (Movistar Team) ahead of Veronica Ewers (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB) and Paula Andrea Patiño (Movistar Team)

Classica Feminas de Navarra: Veronica Ewers (EF Education-TIBCO-SVB) ahead of Ane Santesteban and Kristen Faulkner (both Team BikeExchange-Jayco)

La Classique Morbihan: Antri Christoforou (Team Farto – BTC) ahead of
Coralie Demay (St Michel – Auber93 WE) and Femke Markus (Parkhotel Valkenburg)

GP du Morbihan Femmes: Ally Wollaston (AG Insurance-NXTG Team) ahead of Vittoria Guazzini and Grace Brown (both FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope)

Itzulia Women
Stage 1:
Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) ahead of Pauliena Rooijakkers (Canyon//SRAM Racing) and Kristen Faulkner (Team Bike Exchange-Jayco)
Stage 2: Demi Vollering ahead of Olivia Baril (Valcar-Travel & Service) and Marta Cavalli (FDJ Nouvelle-Acquitaine Futuroscope)
Stage 3: Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) ahead of Liane Lippert (Team DSM) and Marta Cavalli (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope)
General Classification: Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx) ahead of Pauliena Rooijakkers (Canyon//SRAM Racing) and Kristen Faulkner (Team Bike Exchange-Jayco)

Zwift Blog

Join Team SD Worx food coach Shara Marche as she shares her recipe for her delicious maple syrup ginger flapjacks. The flapjacks are a good form of carbohydrates for training and can be stored well in the freezer for ready-to-go real ride food.

Here comes the Future Podcast p/b Liv

In our new episode of our podcast “Here comes the Future” p/b Liv Cycling, Hannah Walker talks to German talent Hannah Ludwig of Uno-X Pro Cycling team. Liv Racing Xstra Sports Director Giorgia Bronzini also gives her insights into Stage 3 of Le Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift.

If you missed our previous “Here comes the Future” podcast episodes you can also have a 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

Catherine Swinnerton

Born on 12 May 1958, the British rider was twice the national road race champion, winning the event in 1977 and again in 1984. She was awarded more than 30 medals in total for national road and track championships and participated in the Tour de France, placing second on the final stage in Paris as well as riding the first ever women’s cycling event in the Olympics in 1984. With prize money virtually non-existent and rare to no sponsorship opportunities, she worked as a supply teacher during the year, taking the summer off to concentrate on racing at home and abroad.

Evelyn Stevens

Born on 9 May 1983, Stevens is a retired pro road rider and time trialist. After graduating from university, she worked in financial services but quit her job to take up cycling full time. The American won the national time trial championship, several WWT races and broke the hour record in 2016. After retiring from professional sport, she went back working in finance in a private equity firm in San Francisco.

Beryl Burton

Born on 12 May 1937, the British rider was formidable on a time trial course and almost unbeatable on the domestic circuit. Born in West Yorkshire, she suffered from rheumatic fever during her childhood and only took up riding later in life. She rejected offers of sponsorship and remained an amateur, working on a rhubarb farm during most of her cycling years. In order to honour her amazing achievements, she was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire and Officer of the Order of the British Empire. She was also awarded three times the UK’s top cycling accolade, the Bidlake Memorial Prize.

Zwift rides of the week

Ride Like King

Ride Like King brings together Zwift, World Bicycle Relief and participants to ride for a better world. No matter where you are, you’ll be able to join the Giant and Liv community of athletes, ambassadors and riders on Zwift for Ride Like King 14. To honor 14 years of Ride Like King, one Buffalo Bicycle from World Bicycle Relief will be donated by Giant Group for every 1,000 km ridden collectively during RLK14 Zwift rides. Find out more here!

Pizza Party Day

It’s time for pizza lovers from Chicago to Detroit and from New Haven to New York to come together and celebrate the cheesy deliciousness of a good pie. In celebration of all things pizza, complete a quick spin around NYC to unlock a pair of in game Pizza Socks! More info here!

From our online shop

“If in doubt, go flat out” hoodie – £40

Bring a little comfort to your day with this slogan hoodie, inspired by the Voxwomen team attitude. It doesn’t matter how “flat out” is “flat out” to you, that freedom of riding a bike is perfectly encapsulated in this statement. Made with all natural products and available in a range of colours. All Voxwomen products sold help us raise the profile of womens cycling directly so thank you for your support. Get yours here!

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