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Welcome to the 200th edition of Your Monday Briefing!

The route of the Tour de France Femmes 2023 was revealed on Thursday. There will be one mountain stage finishing atop the Tourmalet, two punchier stages, four flat stages and a 22 km long individual time trial in Pau. Each team will also be able to field seven riders next year instead of six riders.

The 2023 edition of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Australia’s oldest stage race, has been cancelled for a third year due to ongoing logistical, planning, timing, and workforce challenges.

The Lotto Dstny Ladies Team has finalised its selection for the 2023 season. The team will consist of fifteen riders, with a strong focus on developing young talent. Besides their Belgian riders, the team also has a Finnish, Dutch and Danish rider on the squad.

Former Olympic 3000m skating champion Carlijn Achtereekte, who only switched to cycling mid year, has extended with Jumbo-Visma for 2023.

Eri Yonamine, who came second at the recent Japanese road championships, has extended with Human Powered Health and will ride for the U.S. squad in 2023.

Newly-crowned Afghan cycling champion Fariba Hashimi will join WordTeam Israel – Premier Tech Roland in 2023. Hashimi fled Afghanistan and found refuge in Europe. She is the first women’s national champion of her country.

Kerry Jonker will join Team Coop – Hitec Products as the final signing for 2023. She comes over from Team Andy Schleck. The 26-year-old rider from South Africa competed in two world championships on the road and won a bronze medal at this year’s individual time trial at the African Continental Championships.

CERATIZIT-WNT Pro Cycling has signed six new riders from 5 different nations to its team for 2023 and beyond, as well as re-signing four more riders. The new riders are form Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, France and Luxembourg.

Sheyla Gutiérrez of Movistar has climbed to the base camp of Everest last week (over 5,300 meters) as part of the ‘HimELAya – Grito de Vida.’ This project supports the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a rare neurological illness.

Amy Pieters has walked and cycled on a side-by-side tandem for the first time since suffering a severe head injury in a training crash almost a year ago. The 31-year-old has been in rehabilitation after she woke from a coma following the incident.

Dutch rider Aafke Soet will leave Jumbo Visma. She rode a number of spring classics this year, including Liège-Bastogne-Liège. She also competed at RideLondon Classique, Tour de Suisse and Ceratizit Challenge by la Vuelta, but has not yet announced her future plans.

The Saudi Cycling Federation and Movistar Team has signed an agreement aiming to develop technical staff, enhance cooperation on training programs, exchange experiences, hold regular workshops and support races in Saudi Arabia.

The Belgian Cycling Team has revealed the riders who will be at the start of the European Cyclo-cross championships held in Namur from 5 to 6 November: Sanne Cant, Alicia Franck, Marion Norbert Riberolle and Laura Verdonschot.

Inga Thomson, one of the most decorated former riders from the U.S.A, will join the Board of Directors of the new team Cynisca Cycling in an advisory capacity, to help advance more women in the sport, both on and off the bike.

The 2022 edition of the UCI Mobility and Bike City Forum took place last week in partnership with the University of Strathclyde. The event brought together cycling leaders, advocates, mobility experts, National Federations and policy makers on the future of active mobility. Many topics were discussed such as cycling as a tool for social inclusion, climate change, and building a sustainable future.



UCI World Cup Maasmechelen: Fem van Empel ahead of Puck Pieterse and Shirin van Anrooij (all NED)

Nacht van Woerden CX: Kata Blanka Vas (HUN) ahead of Marianne Vos and Puck Pieterse (both NED)

CX Superprestige Ruddervoorde: Denise Betsema (NED) ahead of Inge van der Heijden (NED) and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (NED)


Zwift Blog

In her latest blog, Megan Jastrab of Team DSM writes about when things started to click, the progress she has made in transitioning from junior to elite racing and the thrill of sprinting against Marianne Vos. Have a read here!


This week in cycling history

Ina-Yoko Teutenberg

The now 48-year-old German former sprinter celebrated her birthday on 28 October. She competed between 2000 and 2013 and was one of the most decorated and renowned riders in the peloton, winning over 200 races in her 15-year career, including the World Team Time Trial Championships in 2012. After suffering a serious accident, she retired in 2013. Following her recovery, she directed the junior men’s and women’s program of USA Cycling in Europe and in 2019 was appointed Director of Sports for the newly formed Trek-Segafredo women’s team. That year, Teutenberg also became USA Cycling’s Women’s Road Sports Director for the World Championships and Olympic Games.


Zwift Rides of the week

Tour of Makuri Islands

Six stages built for Zwifters who want to explore the best Makuri has to offer! From Neokyo’s neon, urban, non-stop action to the ancient land of Yumezi’s countryside, and the all-new coastal wilderness—it’s waiting for you. Find out more here!


Zwift Academy Tri

Work harder and train smarter. Zwift Academy Tri identifies your strengths and provides structured workouts and training tips created by world-class coach Dr. Dan Plews. Get more info 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!

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