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Anya Louw will join AG Insurance-NXTG Team for the rest of the season. The young Australian rider is the U23 national ITT champion as well as the U23 ITT Oceania Continental Champion.

The UCI has released its annual report, stating that numerous advances have been made. The document advises that the UCI has continued to make progress in areas such as the representation of women in sport and governance, and the protection of members of the cycling community from harassment and other forms of abuse.

In a separate report, the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games qualification system for cycling has been published. More starting places for women’s races than previously have been allocated, but only four riders per country can be at the start.

The Simac Ladies Tour has revealed the route for this year’s race. The first three stages will be relatively flat and offer something for the sprinters, while the last three stages require climbing abilities.

Danish champion Riejanne Markus had to abandon the Giro Donne due to an injury sustained in a crash on stage 5. She will now recover and then prepare for the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. Cuban champion Arlenis Sierra of Movistar Team was also involved in a crash on stage 6 and had to abandon the race. Clara Koppenburg of Team Cofidis sustained a hip fracture on stage 8 and was forced to leave the race. Best wishes to all these riders for a speedy recovery.

Marianne Vos, who won two stages at this year’s Giro Donne, taking her all time total to 32 wins at this event, left the race in order to focus on the team’s next goals.

Australian road race champion Nicole Frain has joined Team Parkhotel Valkenburg mid-season and will race for the Dutch team through to the end of 2023. Her first race for the team will be The Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift.

Bad luck for BikeExchange-Jayco in Italy: Amanda Spratt had to abandon the Giro Donne due to a Covid infection and Georgia Baker, a close contact, was also unable to start stage 8.

The date of the Giro Donne could be moved from its usual July slot as soon as next year to increase the visibility of the race. The UCI is in discussions with the Italian race’s organiser to move the race for next season so that the event doesn’t clash with the men’s Tour de France or encroach upon other races on the women’s racing calendar.

Results

Giro Donne
Stage 4: Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team) ahead of Mavi Garcia (UAE Team ADQ) and Marta Cavalli (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Futuroscope)
Stage 5: Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) ahead of Charlotte Kool (Team DSM) and Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma Women)
Stage 6: Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma Women) ahead of Lotte Kopecky (SD Worx) and Silvia Persico (Valcar-Travel & Service)
Stage 7: Juliette Labous (Team DSM) ahead of Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team) and Mavi Garcia (UAE Team ADQ)
Stage 8: Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team) ahead of Marta Cavalli (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Futuroscope) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo)
Stage 9: Kristen Faulkner (BikeExchange-Jayco) ahead Marta Cavalli (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Futuroscope) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo)
Stage 10: Chiara Consonni (Valcar – Travel & Service) ahead of Rachele Barbieri (Liv Racing XStra) and Emma Norsgaard (Movistar Team)
GC: Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team) ahead of Marta Cavalli (FDJ Nouvelle – Aquitaine – Futuroscope) and Mavi Garcia (UAE Team ADQ) 

Junior and U23 European Championships
U23 TT:
Shirin van Anrooij (NED) ahead of Vittoria Guazzini (ITA) and Marie Le Net (FRA)
Junior ITT: Justyna Czapla (GER) ahead of Eglantine Rayer (FRA) and Febe Jooris (BEL)

Zwift Blog

After winning the Zwift Academy earlier this year, Maud Oudeman has had several new experiences riding for Canyon//SRAM, from riding on tough cobbles to getting bidons from the team car. She shares her journey so far in her latest blog here.

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Here comes the Future Podcast p/b Liv

In the latest episode, host Hannah Walker delves into the history of the Tour de France Feminin with Maria Blower, looking back to the 1985 edition of the race. Iris Slappendel also joins to give insight as to what to expect from this year’s Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. We also hear from Kate Veronneau of Zwift on what it means to be the title sponsor of the race, as well as Liv’s Cassondra Spring on sponsoring the young riders jersey classification, and much more. Have a listen here!

This week in cycling history

Connie Paraskevin-Young

The American former sprinter turned 61 on 4 July. She’s a four-time world champion and five-time Olympian (3 times in cycling and 2 times in speed skating) and a ten-time national sprint champion. She was the only American to win a cycling medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea, and was ranked top 3 in the world for over 10 years. After her retirement in 1996, she became a motivational speaker and coach and founded the Connie Cycling Foundation. This organisation aims to bring children and families of all backgrounds and abilities together through cycling, providing opportunities for education, competition, and development.

Francesca Galli

Galli turned 61 on 5 July. The most notable achievements of the Italian include winning the national road title in 1979, winning Trofeo Alfredo Binda in 1980 as well as the team time trial at the World Championships in Ronse in 1988.

Zwift Rides of the week

Watch the Femmes Mission

Eight events. Eight stages. Modeled after the races of the real-life Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, the mission offers a range of experiences for riders of all levels. For every two events you complete in the mission, you’ll earn another chance to win an official Santini winner’s jersey from the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, signed by a champion. Get involved here!

 

Festival d’Alpe

As the battle in the Alpes reaches its pinnacle and the race for the Maillot Jaune heats up in le Tour, it’s time for you to throw down some serious Watts of your own. Join the Event Pace Partners as they pace you on your way to setting a new personal best time up Alpe du Zwift! Looking to break the hour mark? 90 minutes? Two hours? We’ve got you covered. More info here!

From our online shop

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Wear our new t-shirt to show your support for the sport. Everyone will know you’re an avid follower of women’s cycling when you wear this item to support Voxwomen!  Get yours here!

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