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Cofidis rider and former U23 ITT and road champion, Pernille Mathiesen, has decided to retire, citing a lack of motivation, an eating disorder as well as having difficulties maintaining her mental health.

French champion Evita Muzic, who has been with FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope since 2018, has extended with the squad until 2025.

The lists of riders for Team England and for Wales for Birmingham 2022 have been announced.

Australia has also announced its cycling team for the Commonwealth Games and so has New Zealand.

Team SD Worx has signed a partnership with Brides-les-Bains, a town in the French Alps known for its thermal baths. Demi Vollering, Lotte Kopecky, Lonneke Uneken, Niamh Fisher-Black, Blanka Vas and Anna Shackley will prepare here at altitude for the Giro Donne and Tour de France Femmes.

Four events will join the 2023 Women’s WorldTour: The Women’s Santos Tour Down Under, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad,Tour de Suisse and the all-new women’s edition of the UAE Tour which will debut in 2023. The WWT race of Guangxi scheduled for 18 October has been cancelled due to COVID-related issues in China, therefore the UCI Women’s WorldTour will end on 15 October at the Tour of Chongming Island in China. The UCI has also put RideLondon Classique on notice for failing to meet the broadcast standards for a Women’s WorldTour event. The UCI requires a firm commitment concerning the live TV broadcasting of all the stages. Furthermore The Ceratizit Challenge will be named La Vuelta Femenina and is currently scheduled for seven stages.

The 2022 and 2023 UCI Gravel World Championships will take place in Italy. The inaugural event will be held in the Veneto region on 8 and 9 October 2022, while next year’s edition will be on 30 September and 1 October 2023.


Mont Ventoux Challenge: Marta Cavalli (FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) ahead of Clara Koppenburg (Cofidis Women’s Team) and Evita Muzic (FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope)

Tour de Suisse
Stage 1:
Lucinda Brand (Trek-Segafredo) ahead of Clara Koppenburg (Cofidis Women’s Team) and Pauliena Rooijakkers (Canyon//SRAM)
Stage 2: Kristen Faulkner (Team BikeExchange – Jayco) ahead of Georgia Williams (Team BikeExchange – Jayco) and Georgia Baker (Team BikeExchange – Jayco)

Big Day Out

Our Big Day Out is back in 2022! Come and join us for a great day of riding, chatting, sharing experiences and learning from our experts. The event is based in the beautiful setting of the Balmer Lawn Hotel, New Forest in Hampshire UK.

Find out all you need to know here, and get your tickets for road and for gravel!

Zwift Blog

Team SD Worx Food Coach Shara Marche shares her recipe for udon noodle soup, a popular Japanese dish. This recipe combines prawns and tofu in a delicious broth of miso. Check out her recipe here!

UAE Team ADQ’s Mavi Garcia has penned her latest exclusive blog for Voxwomen, in Spanish and English, in which she delves into her views on the progress that’s being made in women’s cycling. Have a read here!

Here comes the Future Podcast p/b Liv

In the latest episode host Hannah Walker talks with Shirin van Anrooij of Trek-Segafredo and DS Giorgia Bronzini of Liv Racing Xstra about Stage 5 of Le Tour de France Femmes Avec Zwift, giving listeners a unique and in-depth point of view of the race. And you can listen here!

This week in cycling history

Nicole Brändli

Born in Lucerne, the Swiss rider celebrated her 43rd birthday on 18 June. The three-time national road champion is also a three-time winner of the Giro d’Italia Femminile and won three World Championship silver medals. She retired from the sport in 2010 but after an absence of six years from competition and at the age of 36, she decided to aim for the 2016 Olympics, returned to the sport and signed with an Italian team, riding alongside her compatriot Jolanda Neff.

Karen Brems Kurreck

Born on 13 June in Illinois, USA, the now 61-year-old US rider won the inaugural women’s individual time trial at the Worlds in Catania, Italy, in 1994. The former gymnast and triathlete had only taken up competitive cycling three years prior but found cycling more suitable to her abilities. She also won several Masters World Championships in cyclocross and worked as a Sports Director with the Webcor Builders Women’s Cycling Team in California.

Zwift Rides of the week

Geraint Thomas Cycling Trust x Cycle Solutions Group Ride

Geraint Thomas needs little introduction, as a 2018 Tour de France winner and double Olympic Champion! It’s also his personality off the bike which has made G such a loveable sporting star, and now he’s spearheading a Trust to help provide more young people with access and opportunities to the sport which has given him so much. Find out more here!

Kask Protone Icon Mission

Calling all climbers! Zwift is partnering with world-renowned helmet brand, Kask, for a two-week climbing mission June 16-30. Your mission: climb 2,500 m // 8,202 ft on Zwift. Once complete, you’ll unlock the in-game Kask Protone Icon helmet for your avatar. Bonus: you’ll be entered into a giveaway to win the same helmet to wear on your home roads. 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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