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Rally UHC Cycling have signed Leigh Ann Ganzar and Lily Williams. Ganzar, the 2018 criterium national champion and winner of the 2019 Winston Salem Classic has a fast sprint to the finishing line. Williams, a former distance runner is an all- rounder who will play a particularly important role as a lead-out rider.
Team Sunweb has announced contract extensions with Suanne Andersen, Pernille Mathiesen and Julia Soek until the end of 2020. Anderson had a good first season, picking up several top-10 results during the year. Mathiesen, a talented time triallist, also won the young rider’s jersey at the 2019 Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour. Soek, who has been with the team since 2014, often takes on the role of road captain and has been a vital part of the team’s success this year.
USA Cycling has announced Olympic silver medallist, six times national champion and world champion Mari Holden as their new women’s road coach. Holden will be overseeing the development of road cyclists and will be responsible for developing the program, from the juniors right through to the elite level.
On the Boels Ladies Tour’s penultimate stage Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) fractured her pelvis and upper arm, the latter needing surgery. We wish Ellen a speedy recovery!
The prologue of the 22ndBoels Ladies Tour was won by Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott), ahead of Lisa Klein (Canyon//SRAM Racing) and Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb). The first stage was taken out by Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg), who defeated Kirsten Wild (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling) and Letitzia Paternoster (Trek-Segafredo). The following day’s stage was won by Lorena Wiebes, ahead of Kirsten Wild and Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb). Lisa Klein was victorious on stage 3, while Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans) took second place and Elizabeth Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) was third. The fourth stage was won by Franziska Koch (Team Sunweb), ahead of ChristineMajerus (Boels Dolmans) and RiejanneMarkus (CCC-Liv). On the final stage, Chiara Consonni (Valcar Cylance Cycling) was victorious ahead of Lorena Wiebes and Lucinda Brand. Christine Majerus (Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team) was the overall winner of the race, with Lorena Wiebes and Lisa Klein also on the podium.
At the Giro della Toscana, Astana Women’s Team rider ArlenisSierra won the prologue ahead of MariaNovolodskaya (Russian National Team) and KartijnSwinkels (Ale Cipoilini). The first stage was won by ChloeHosking (Ale Cipollini) ahead of ArlenisSierra and RasaLeleivyte (Aromitalia Vaiano).
Leah Kirchmann expresses her concern that since the UCI changed the format to a national TTT at the World Championships this year, the discipline of the team time trial has almost disappeared from the race calendar. She explains the reason for this and why it is still important to organise this team discipline of cycling, in her blog “Case of the disappearing discipline”
Elena Cecchini shares her story about the first time she had to deal with a broken bone, an injury she sustained while riding the The Women’s Tour. Read how she coped with this unexpected event in her life in her latest blog “Facing injuries”
Tanja Erath writes about the experience of her first altitude camp, how it affected her body and what benefits it brought to her cycling. Check out her blog “High, but low on oxygen.”
The Voxwomen Show
Check out the latest edition of The Voxwomen Show right here! We catch up with all the action from the European Championships in Alkmaar, Netherlands, we head to the UK and the inaugural Women’s Tour of Scotland and we meet WNT-ROTOR Pro Cycling’s Lisa Brennauer and talk about her bikes.
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This week in cycling history…
The first edition of the Boels Ladies Tour was held in 1998, then known as the “Holland Ladies Tour.” In the following years the race had been titled the “Profile Ladies Tour,” and the “BrainWash Ladies Tour.” Since 2013 it has taken on the name of “Boels Ladies Tour.” The first winner was Dutch rider Elsbeth Vink who also specialised in mountain biking and represented her country at the Atlanta and Athens Olympic Games.
4th September is Emily Newsom’s birthday. The American rider is currently with Team TIBCO. She had been a runner prior to taking up cycling and only started riding in 2013 at the age of 30 after having completed a master’s degree in piano performance. She is a strong time triallist and specialises in races of attrition. Her biggest goal is selection for the 2024 Olympics.
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