Get your week started with the latest news from the world of women’s cycling.
Kathryn Bertine, a retired pro rider and activist for equality in cycling, as well as Sabrina Brennan, have advocated to amend California State Bill 467, demanding equal use of California roads during sporting events. If this proves to be succession, the organisers of the Amgen Tour of California may be required to offer equal race days for the men’s and women’s events, which are currently seven and three days in length respectively.
Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) won stage 1 of the Tour of Chongming Island, ahead of Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal Ladies) and Nina Kessler (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank). Stage 2 was taken out again by Lorena Wiebes while Jutatip Maneephan (Thailand Women’s Cycling Team) placed second, ahead of Lucy Garner (Team Hitec Products). And the young Dutch sprinter made it three from three, winning the third and final stage ahead of Jutatip Maneephan (Thailand Cycling Team) and Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal Ladies). Wiebes claimed the overall title – her first World Tour win – while Maneephan and Kopecky completed the top three.
Demi Vollering (Parkhotel Valkenburg) won the prologue of Festival Elsy Jacobs in Luxemburg . Second place went to Lisa Brennauer (WTN-Rotor Pro Cycling) and third to Riejanne Markus (CCC-Liv). On the second stage, Marta Lach (CCC-Liv) picked up a big win, ahead of Lizzie Banks (Bigla) and Franziska Koch (Mexx-Watersley International WCT). German Lisa Brennauer (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling) won the third stage, ahead of Emilia Fahlin (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) and Maria Confalonieri (Valcar Cylance Cycling). That dominant stage win saw Brennauer claim the overall GC, with Vollering second and Banks rounding out the podium.
Italian sprinter Elisa Balsamo (Valcar Cylance Cycling) triumphed at Trofee Maarten Wynants. Laura Tomasi (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo) finished second, Marjolein Van’t Geloof (Ale Cipollini) crossed the line third.
At the Tour of Uppsala, Sara Mustonen (Experza Footlogix) won stage one, finished second in stage two and third in stage three to take the overall title. Behind her, Vita Heine (Hitec Products) won stage three and finished second in GC, and Lauren Dolan (Great Britain) rounded out the overall podium in third. Emilie Moberg (Team Virtu Cycling) won stage two.
In round two of the UK Women’s Road Series, Lincoln Grand Prix, 2018 winner Becks Durrell(Brother UK Tifosi p/b OnForm) successfully defended her title, with British national champion Jess Roberts (Team Breeze) narrowly finishing second. Joscelin Lowden (Brother UK Fusion RT) was third.
In what’s become a very popular blog, Leah Kirchmann writes about the importance of having a healthy and balanced relationship with food as a professional cyclist. Make sure to read it here.
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This week in cycling history…
12 May is the birthday of Beryl Burton, a prolific cyclist on the road and track who dominated several races. She took out more than 90 domestic championship titles in time trialling, road race and pursuit between 1957 and 1986, as well as 15 World Championship medals, including the gold medal in the road race in 1960 and 1967, and set several national records. Burton also won the top accolade in cycling in the UK, the Bidlake Memorial Prize, a record number of three times.