|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.