Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling
Australian rider Brodie Mai Chapman will join Trek-Segafredo for the next two years. The 31-year-old climber has been with FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope since 2020. At the beginning of her career she competed in mountain bike events before transitioning to road racing.
One of the best all-rounders in the peloton, German champion Liane Lippert, has signed a three-year contract with Movistar Team. This season has been one of her best with second overall at the recent Tour of Scandinavia, winning the national title, and good performances at Amstel Gold, Brabantse Pijl and Itzulia.
Dutch riders Mischa Bredewold and Femke Markus have signed with Team SD Worx for the next two seasons. The two riders made the switch from Parkhotel Valkenburg and follow in the footsteps of Demi Vollering and Lorena Wiebes, who previously rode for Parkhotel Valkenburg before eventually going to Team SD Worx.
U.S. rider and Voxwomen blogger Megan Jastrab has extended her contract with Team DSM until the end of 2025, while her teammate Dutch rider Esmée Peperkamp will stay with the team for another year.
After 12 years in the pro peloton, Canadian rider Leah Kirchmann will retire after the World Championships. She has been with Team DSM for the last four years and was part of the gold medal winning Canadian TTT squad at the World Championships in Bergen.
The Dutch Cycling Federation has announced its team for Wollongong 2022 which includes Ellen van Dijk, Marianne Vos, Annemiek van Vleuten, Demi Vollering, Floortje Mackaij, Riejanne Markus and Shirin van Anrooij.
Reports from Cycling New Zealand and Cycling Ireand indicate that the two organisations are running into difficulties fielding a team for the world championships in Wollongong, noting that the cost to send their European based riders to the event has increased and funding has diminished. Their riders have been asked to contribute to the cost of travel and accommodation. Other countries might also feel the pinch in meeting the increased costs of travelling Down Under.
The Belgian team for the World Championships in Wollongong has been announced. The elite squad includes Valerie Demey. Julie de Wilde, Justine Gherkiere, Lotte Kopecky, Jesse Vandenbulcke and Julie van de Velde.
The Norwegian Cycling Federation has announced its team for the Worlds. Riders include Katrine Aalerud, Marte Berg Edseth, Mari Hole Mohr, Anne Dorthe Ysland, Ingvild Gåskjenn,
The Simac Ladies Tour took its toll on the peloton: Canyon//SRAM’s Shari Bossuyt suffered a concussion and had to abandon on stage 1. Coryn Labecki (Jumbo Visma) was involved in a crash on the same stage and left to concentrate on her recovery. Femke Markus and Amber Hulst also crashed out of the race. Christine Majerus of SD Worx suffered a luxation of the clavicle and had to undergo surgery, while Swedish rider Emilia Fahlin had a broken wrist putting her participation at the Worlds under threat. Teammate Clara Copponi also withdraw due to covid. Elena Cecchini of SD Worx developed bronchitis and had to abandon after stage 3. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (SD Worx) was injured in a crash and despite trying to continue on stage 4 had to abandon before the finish. Victorie Guilman and Stine Borgli both FDJ-SUEZ-Futuroscope both crashed and had to leave the race on stage 4. Pfeiffer Georgi (Team DSM) suffered abrasions from a crash and was unable to start the stage.
From 2023 onwards, Spanish continental teams will need to pay the Spanish minimum wage. This will ensure more riders are to be paid better, for those teams that can continue to operate under the new financial expectation.
SD Worx has asked Blanka Vas to reconsider her start at Wollongong 2022 ahead of the CX season. She has therefore decided not to contest the world championships but rather concentrate on her cyclocross season.
Cycling Australia has released their team for the Track World Championships in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France in October. Georgia Baker, Alexandra Manly, Ruby Roseman-Gannon, Maeve Plouffe and Chloe Moran will be riding for Australia
Simac Ladies Tour
Stage 1: Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) ahead of Karlijn Swinkels (Jumbo Visma) and Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo)
Stage 2: Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) ahead of Laura Tomasi (UAE Team ADQ) and Lonneke Uneken (Team SD Worx)
Stage 3: Charlotte Kool (Team DSM) ahead of Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) and Georgia Baker (BikeExchange-Jayco)
Stage 4: Riejanne Markus (Jumbo-Visma) ahead of Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM) and Karlijn Swinkels (Jumbo-Visma)
Stage 5: Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) ahead of Riejanne Markus (Jumbo-Visma) and Amanda Spratt (BikeExchange-Jayco)
Stage 6: Mischa Bredewold (Parkhotel Valkenburg) ahead of Eleonora Gasparrini (Valcar – Travel & Service) and Lorena Wiebes (Team DSM)
GC: Lorena Wiebes ahead of Audrey Cordon-Ragot and Karlijn Swinkels
Race Preview p/b MAAP
The 8th edition of the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta is set to begin on 7 September for a 5-stage trek around Northern Spain, beginning in Marina de Cudeyo, Cantabria before concluding in Madrid. Read our race preview here.
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!
This week in cycling history
On 30 August 1958, Elsy Jacobs became the first ever women’s Road Race World Champion at the inaugural event in Reims, France. The 15-time national champion from Luxembourg won many road titles and held the hour record for 14 years, after riding 41,347m in the Milan velodrome.
This week in 1980, American Beth Heiden won the world cycling championships in Sallanches, France. Heiden not only excelled in cycling but also speed skating and cross country skiing, winning multiple championship titles. After retiring from professional sport she worked at Apple in California but continued to bike 10 miles every day to her office. Nowadays the 62 year old is still active in sports and in addition to cycling, she also participates in cross-country skiing.
Zwift Rides of the Week
Virginia’s Blue Ridge Twenty24
Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24 are now in their 18th year of operation developing high-performance athletes and the next generation of competitive cyclists. Join the Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24 Women’s Pro and Junior team for a celebratory social ride! Learn about the Virginia’s Blue Ridge region, chat with team members, fan giveaways all at a conversational pace. Find out more here!
ZRacing Monthly Series – Get Rolling
The ZRacing Monthly Series kicks off this week! Stage 1 of the series begins with 5 laps of Queen’s Highway. Race each stage this month to compete for the GC and earn the Get Rolling ZRacing badge. More info here!
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