Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling
We wish all our readers a very Happy New Year and hope you continue to enjoy Your Monday Briefing in 2023!
FDJ – Suez Futuroscope has introduced its new kit for 2023, featuring predominantly blue, with some red intertwined in the design.
Team Cofidis has also presented its new kit, which is an updated design of last year’s jersey.
On the first day of the new year, Team Co-op-Hitec Products revealed its new kit, as did Movistar Team, which stayed with a traditional blue design, albeit in a slightly different shade. Team Jayco AlUla also revealed its jersey for 2023.
The UCI has made amendments to its rules for UCI teams, including some changes to the points scale. More details can be found here.
Yara Kastelijn has extended with Fenix Deceuninck until 2026, one of the longest contract extensions in women’s cycling to date.
Shari Bossuyt of Canyon//SRAM Racing broke her collarbone during training. We wish her a speedy recovery!
Morgan Kneisky and Gosia Jasinska will direct the new-look Le Col – Wahoo team for the 2023 season. Kneisky spent three years as a professional cyclist, racing in the UK. Jasinska retired from road racing last year, having spent over 10 years racing for teams such as Ale – Cipollini and Movistar Team. She has also been managing the road program for the Polish National Federation, which she will continue to do.
O Gran Camiño in Galicia is planning to have a women’s race in 2024, consisting of two stages. The event will be held the week after the men’s edition.
Roxane Fournier, who has been with Team SD Worx for the past two years, returns to Auber 93 Cyclisme. She originally started her career with the French team in 2012.
A three-day UCI event safety manager course will be compulsory for UCI Women’s WorldTour race organisers in 2023. The course will be held at the beginning of the season at the UCI headquarters and will focus on creating a safer environment for riders during races.
UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Gavere: Shirin van Anrooij ahead of Lucinda Brand and Puck Pieterse (all NED)
Superprestige Heusden-Zolder: Ceylin del Carman Alvarado ahead of Inge van der Heijden and Lucinda Brand (all NED)
Superprestige Diegem: Puck Pieterse ahead of Shirin van Anrooij and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (all NED)
Exact Cross Loenhout: Shirin van Anrooij (NED) ahead of Marie Schreiber (LUX) and Manon Bakker (NED)
Vox Performance Project
When the opportunity to join the project arose, Claire jumped at the chance to kickstart her training and represent women over 50. Now, Claire is implementing nutritional and training tools to reach her goals. Read more here!
Neve Bradbury of Canyon//SRAM reflects on what she’s been getting up to in the off-season in her latest blog, including her trip to Australia and participating in a challenging race while Down Under.
This week in cycling history
The now 79 year old was the Italian road race champion in 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1973 and twice the pursuit champion. She won the Grande Boucle twice and finished second three times. She also established a women’s hour record in 1972 in Mexico City in the Olympic Velodrome, bettering Ely Jacobs’ record. Her average speed was 41.471kph, an incredible average for those days. The record stood for six years. After 17 years as a competitor, she retired from active sport and became the Sports Director of the women’s national team for four years. Following on from that, she took on the role of track manager for the Italian team for two years before retiring.
Spitz turned 51 on 27 December. The German cyclocross and MTB rider won bronze at the 2004 Olympics, silver in 2012, and gold in 2008. She also became World, European and multiple National Champion. Nowadays, she campaigns for the promotion of cycling in schools and became an ambassador for the UN Decade on Biodiversity. She is also involved in coaching and managing training camps for young riders.
Zwift Rides of the week
Zwift Pro Training Camp
Consider this your invitation to four different camps, hosted by four top-tier teams. Training camps have a rich history in cycling. They’re where teammates come together, get to know each other, and work hard. Closed to all except official team members…until now. More information here!
ZRacing: Race Like a Pro
Get ready to Race Like a Pro throughout multiple worlds while wearing some of the most iconic team kits in cycling. Stage 2 kicks off December 12 – 18 with one lap of the Richmond Rollercoaster route. Complete all four routes in this month’s series to pick up the “Race Like a Pro” badge for your trophy case. Find out more here!
From our online shop
Be Part of the Journey Mountain Hoodie – £45
Since the launch of Voxwomen, we have always used the message, “Be Part of the Journey.” Women’s cycling has been on a journey and the development of the sport continues. This mountain design links with this message and looks great on this relaxed hoodie. Wear before or after an event, and it will be sure to keep you warm. Get yours here!