Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling
German rider Lisa Klein has signed with Trek-Segafredo until 2025. Klein has been in the pro peloton since 2015 and has collected 13 professional victories, including the German National Championship title on the road and in the time trial. She is a strong time triallist and hopes to further develop in this discipline with Trek-Segafredo’s technical team.
After 11 years with GreenEDGE, Australian rider Amanda Spratt will join Trek-Segafredo for the next two seasons. The team has also signed Italian climber and cyclocross rider Gaia Realini for the next three years. With these new editions to the squad, Trek-Segafredo is aiming to bolster their GC and Classics ambitions.
Dutch former speed skater, current Parkhotel Valkenburg rider and Esports World Champion Loes Adegeest will ride for FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope for the next two years.
French sprinter Gladys Verhulst is moving up to WT level, racing for FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope for the next two years. She previously rode for Col-Wahoo and Arkea Pro Cycling.
Marthe Goossens will join AG-NXTG next year. The young rider is one to watch in the coming season, having done quite well in the Belgian races earlier in the season. The team has also signed Mireia Benito Pellicer to start in 2023. The Spanish rider is a biotechnologist and is currently also training for a role in teaching in addition to her cycling career.
Marthe Truyen and Julie de Wild have extended their contracts with Plantur-Pura Cycling Team until 2025.
The UCI has published the first 29 cyclocross teams and their riders for the 2022/2023 season. It is expected that some more teams may be added at a later stage.
Demi Vollering was unable to start the European Championships in Munich as she was still suffering symptoms from the concussion she sustained at the Tour of Scandinavia. Best wishes to her for a full recovery.
2020 Norwegian Champion Mie Bjorndal Ottestad has suffered a cervical fracture and a fractured elbow in a crash at the Tour of Scandinavia and will be out at least for three months. She had some bad luck this season, breaking her elbow at the Women’s Tour in June and having her ankle run over by a team car at the Tour. We wish her all the best for her recovery.
Erica Magnaldi of Team UAE ADQ has undergone iliac artery surgery last week and she will be out for the rest of the season. We wish her a speedy recovery.
The BBC has produced a short video on two female riders from the Afghan National team who are now training with the help of former World Champion and current president of the non-profit organisation Road to Equality, Alessandra Cappellotto. You can watch the short video here.
The newly created National Cycling League has launched a professional co-ed team cycling league, with the first race being scheduled in Miami in March 2023. It is the first majority-minority owned sports league in the USA and will offer equal pay and resources for its male and female cyclists. Fans can log into the races from their home stationary bikes and ride along in real time
European Championships Munich Track
Omnium: Rachele Barbieri (ITA) ahead of Clara Copponi (FRA) and Daria Pikulik (POL)
Sprint: Emma Hinze (GER) ahead of Mathilde Gros (FRA) and Laurine van Riessen (NED)
Keirin: Leah Sophie Friedrich (GER) ahead of Urszula Los (POL) and Olena Starikova (UKR)
Madison: Italy ahead of France and Denmark
ITT: Marlen Reusser (SUI) ahead of Ellen van Dijk (NED) and Riejanne Markus (NED)
Road: Lorena Wiebes (NED) ahead of Elisa Balsamo (ITA) and Rachele Barbieri (ITA)
MTB XC: Loana Le Comte (FRA) ahead of Pauline Ferrand Prevot (FRA) and Anne Terpstra (NED)
We check in with Megan Jastrab of Team DSM, who started racing at the age of 12, and writes about the progress that has been made in women’s cycling since then. Catch her latest blog here!
Abi Smith of EF Education-TIBCO-SVB shares an A-Z of the things she loves most about cycling. Find out what they are here!
This week in cycling history
Born on 18 August 1983, Hammer is a U.S. former professional rider and four-time Olympic silver medallist. She has eight world championships on the track and is one of the U.S’s most decorated track riders. She started at the age of nine to race bikes but when she couldn’t make a successful switch from the junior to the senior level, she turned her back on the sport and sold all her bike equipment. However, when sitting at home watching the 2004 Olympics, she realised that she wanted to come back with more determination and grit, and that’s what she did, forging a very successful track career. She retired in 2017 and took on the role of Associate Director of High Performance for U.S. Paracycling and is passionate about working with individual athletes torepare them for upcoming events.
Rebecca Jayne Romero
Born 24 January 1980, Romero has won world championships in both cycling and rowing. Her successful rowing career came to a halt due to a back injury, after which she took up cycling. She won her first Cycling World Championships medal in March 2007 with silver in the 3km pursuit, followed a year later by winning the individual and team pursuit events at the Track Worlds. She became the first British woman ever and only the second woman of any country to compete in two different sports at the Olympic Games, by winning silver in rowing in 2004 in Athens and then gold on the track in Bejing. After her retirement she opened up a sport consultancy firm and does motivational speaking.
Zwift Rides of the week
Pace Partner Graduation
The Pace Partners are officially graduating from FutureWorks! Join the Pace Partner Graduation events from August 23 to September 5th to try out the new Pace Partner event experience and celebrate as the Pace Partners begin their next journey on the roads of Zwift. Find out more here!
Womens Zwift Classics – Trofea Bologna
These fun, action packed races provide the perfect level up for your training and a great way to fit racing into your daily schedule. Open to all levels and abilities, Zwift Classics consists of 7-weeks of racing on some of Zwift’s best racing routes across seven iconic worlds. This week we head off to Trofeo Bologna on the Bologna TT route for the final week of Zwift Classics! More info here!
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