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Thirteen teams have applied to renew their UCI Women’s WorldTeam status for the last year of the four-year licence period and three UCI Women’s Continental Teams have applied for a UCI Women’s WorldTeam licence and for registration as a UCI Women’s WorldTeam. This would bring the number of UCI Women’s WorldTeams to 15 for the 2023 season and that will conclude the first licensing cycle for UCI Women’s WorldTeams.
Christine Majerus has extended with Team SDWorx until 2024. Next year will be her tenth year with the squad, which is a record for the Dutch team.
Veronica Ewers has extended her contract with EF Education-TIBCO-SVB until the end of 2025. This year was Veronica’s first full season in the professional peloton and her results were impressive. She took her first career win on the final stage at the Festival Elsy Jacobs, followed by a win at the one-day Navarra Elite Classic. She was second overall at the Festival Elsy Jacobs, Emakumeen Nafarroako, Durango-Durango, Giro dell’Emilia, and Tre Valli Varesine.
Italian rider Elena Cecchini has extended with Team SD Worx for another year while her compatriot Barbara Guarischi signed a two-year contract with the Dutch squad. Guarischi has previously ridden for Movistar, Team Virtu and Canyon/SRAM, among others, and will play an important part in the team’s sprint train.
Former junior Road and ITT World Champion Elena Pirrone joins Team Roland Cogeas Edelweiss in 2023. She has previously ridden for Valcar Travel & Service.
Maryanne Hinault and Marie-Morgane Le Deunff have extended with Arkea Pro Cycling.
Roland Cogeas Edelweiss Squad will see a name change to Israel-Premier Tech Roland in 2023. Israel-Premier Tech will increase the team’s funding as it moves into a more prominent title sponsorship role. The squad will also have a development team in 2023 and aims to recruit riders from nations including from Ukraine, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine.
Ricarda Bauernfeind, who won bronze in the U23 Road Race and U23 ITT at the world championships in Australia, and ski mountaineer Antonia Niedermaier have signed with Canyon//SRAM. Both German riders came from Canyon//SRAM Generation and have now made the move to the German WorldTour Team for 2023 and 2024.
New Zealand rider Georgia Danford will join Team Coop – Hitec Products in 2023. The sprinter rode this year for Team Andy Schleck but the squad is unfortunately folding.
Plantur-Pura has signed Sophie Wright, Greta Marturano and Cecilia van Zuthem for 2023.
A new German continental team will operate from 2023 onwards. Maxx-Solar Rose will have a majority of German riders and aims to give the country more visibility in the peloton.
UAE Team ADQ has hired new leading staff for 2023: Cristina San Emerterio is the first female Sports Director for the UAE squad. She was previously the Sports Director and Coach of the UCI World Cycling Centre Women’s Continental Team. In addition, she worked for four years as Head of the Women’s Sports Program at the Spanish Cycling Federation. Davide Arzeni is also joining as a new Sports Director for 2023. He has worked with Valcar Travel & Service for the past seven seasons as Team Manager, Sports Director, and Coach. He is joined by Alejandro Gonzales Tablas as Head of Performance and Sports Director from 2023. Tablas spent eight years with BikeExchange and held a leadership position as part of the Trinidad & Tobago Olympic Committee and the Refugee Olympic Team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Jip van den Bos will not race for Jumbo-Visma next year. The 26-year-old rider is still struggling with the consequences of a concussion she sustained in 2020. The Dutch rider plans to make a return, but at this stage as riding worsens her injury, she hopes that a break will help her recover.
Lotte Kopecky of Team SD Worx has won the Flandrienne of the Year trophy for the third time in a row as well as the Patrick Sercu prize for the best cyclist, male or female, for her performance on the track.
The finalists of the Zwift Academy have been revealed. The winner will be awarded a pro contract with Canyon//SRAM for next year.
The LOTTO Thüringen Ladies Tour has revealed the date of the 35th edition of the event for next year. The race will be held from 23 – 28th May and details of the course and host cities will be provided at a later stage.
Kermiscross in Ardooie: Blanka Kata Vas ahead of Shirin van Anrooij and Aniek van Alphen
Dutch Gravel Championships: Marianne Vos ahead of Moniek Tenniglo and Lorena Wiebes
CX WorldCup Tabor: Fem Van Empel ahead of Puck Pieterse and Annemarie Worst
This week in cycling history
Sheridan turned 99 years old on 18 October. The English rider specialised in time trialling and record breaking and was one of the most celebrated female riders of the 1940s and 1950s. She broke just about every distance record there was, including setting the new London-Edinburgh record of 20h 11m 35s. This time was set in 1954 and the record still stands today. Dubbed “the Mighty Atom,” she had a physical and mental capacity for incredible levels of performance and was at the forefront of women’s cycling for more than a decade.
Zwift Rides of the week
Zwift Academy Tri
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