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Former Swiss champion Elise Chabbey has extended her contract with Canyon//SRAM Racing until the end of 2024.

Multi-time champion on the road and in cyclocross, Lucinda Brand, has launched the Lucinda Brand Foundation with the aim of organising events to raise money for charities. The first event will be the Lucinda Brand Festival on 30 July. With the proceeds from this event, the foundation will help those with brain damage in their rehabilitation.

With the addition of a new co-sponsor, FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope has launched their new kit last week.

The upcoming Le Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift will be broadcast in 190 countries. More information can be found here. It is also planning 2.5 hours of live coverage each day, instead of the original 2 hours.

Organisers of next year’s Giro Donne are planning a Grande Partenza in Rome and aiming to schedule it so that the event will not clash with the men’s Tour de France, in an effort to elevate the Italian race’s prestige.

After the Japanese women’s road championships race was cancelled on short notice this year, the UCI has stated that they have no objection to rescheduling the event in order to determine the new champion. Despite the go-ahead from the UCI, the Japanese Cycling Federation has yet to announce if the event will be held this season.

As of 2023, there will be a women’s Tour de l’Avenir covering five stages, which will commence after the completion of the men’s edition, and will be open to U23 riders.

The New Zealand road champion Olivia Ray, who was dropped by her team Human Powered Health earlier in the year, is awaiting the US Anti Doping Agency’s final decision on a ban after she admitted using banned substances last year.

Results

Baloise Ladies Tour
Prologue: Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) ahead of Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) and Esmee Peperkamp (Team DSM)

Stage 1: Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) ahead of Mylene de Zoete (AG Insurance-NXTG Team) and Amber van der Hulst (Liv Racing Xstra)

Stage 2: Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) ahead of Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo)  and Daria Pikulik (ATOM Deweloper Posciellux)

Stage 3A: Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) ahead of Amber Hulst (Liv Cycling) and Letizia Paternoster (Trek-Segafredo)

Stage 3B: Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) ahead of Mieke Kroeger Human Powered Health) and Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo)

Stage 4: Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) ahead of Daria Pikulik (ATOM Deweloper Poscillux) and Mylène de Zoete (AG Insurance – NXTG Team)

GC: Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) ahead of Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) and Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo)

Zwift Blog

Niamh Fisher-Black has sent us her mid year check-in from the mountains, reflecting on the classics and looking ahead to the racing that is still to come. Catch up with her here!

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

The Women’s Tour de France

The inaugural Tour de France Femmes, starting on 24 July 2022, was not the first attempt at staging a Tour de France for women. The early days of the sport were marked by opposition and restrictions aimed at women’s participation. Be it the constricting clothing expected to be worn by female competitors or the perceived threat of the “ugly bicycle face,” a supposed medical condition affecting mostly women caused by athletic exertion, it was not made easy for any women to race. There was not much diversity, sponsorships, or prize money on offer, nor proper coaching available. Nevertheless quite a few women pushed their way into the sport: Hélène Dutrieu who in 1893 broke the women’s Hour record, Alfonsina Strada, who rode the Giro d’Iitalia in 1924, Millie Robinson, winner of the first Tour de France in 1955, Elsy Jacobs, the first female world champion, Beryl Burton, a phenomenal track rider and record holder, and Connie Carpenter-Phinney, the first female road race Olympic champion, just to name a few who paved the way for what we will witness in just a few days, the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift.

There have been four previous versions of the Tour de France for women. The five-stage Tour de France Féminin was only run once in 1955. The women’s peloton raced their first official women’s Tour de France in 1984. It was an 18-day race held simultaneously with the men’s event and along much of the same, yet shortened, routes. This race came to an end in 1989 and was followed by the Tour Cyclist Féminin in 1992. The latter was then renamed La Grande Boucle in 1998 and continued as such until 2009 before La Course by Le Tour de France was first run in 2014, and finally this year, we’ll see the launch of the eight-day Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. Women’s racing and its athletes have come a long way since the earlier days of the pioneer women and we are looking forward to continued progress and development of our amazing sport.

Jeannine Lemaire

In 1952, two-time French national road champion Jeannine Lemaire set the hour record of 39.735km. The record had only improved by 2.6km in 40 years at this point. It wasn’t broken until 1958 when Elsy Jacobs bettered Lemaire’s distance by going over the 40 km/h mark.

Patsy Maegerman

This week, the Belgian rider celebrated her 50th birthday. In 1994, she won the silver medal at the World Championships in the road race, and took second place in the nationals. Initially she rode with an amateur license, but with the advocacy of the Flemish Government who supported the professionalisation of the women’s peloton, she became the first professional female rider in Belgium.  This allowed her to give up her job as a secretary and concentrate full-time on her sporting career. After retiring from active sport, she remained involved in cycling as a race director of the women’s Gent-Wevelgem and Flanders Classics races. She became one of the first female race directors in the sport. Currently, she works in a managerial role in an international machinery manufacturing company specialising in equipment and services for agriculture and construction.

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. Find out more here!

Chasing Yellow

Follow the pro peloton as they roll through the French countryside this summer. Each day’s stage will start approximately 1 hour after the pros roll out allowing you to pedal along with the pros while watching the action unfold on TV. More info here!

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