Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling
EF Pro Cycling will step up their commitment to the professional women’s peloton in 2024 and beyond. Starting next season, EF Pro Cycling will own and manage a professional women’s team, racing under the banner of EF Education-Cannondale. Further information can be found here.
During a press conference Shari Bossuyt addressed the issue of her positive doping test, saying that she had never heard of Letrozole and believes that this is an issue of contamination. She will continue to train so that she can hopefully return to competition soon.
Last week, UCI President David Lappartient said that the governing body would be undertaking a review of transgender policy, with possible adjustments prior to the World Championships in Glasgow. Lappartient emphasised that the UCI fully supports the right of anyone to transition and that transgender people are welcome in the cycling community, but that the issue of taking part in high-level competition is more complicated. Read more here
Due to a lack of municipal support, the organisers of the Lotto Belgium Tour will not be able to afford to stage the race and it was cancelled at the last minute. The race was to start on 14 June and finish five days later, which would have seen several WT teams at the start. Although the organisers anticipated the issue, they were still hopeful to put on the race until last week’s announcement.
The start list for the British national championships has been released. In the road race, two-time Olympic gold medallist Katie Archibald, junior time trial champion Zoe Bäckstedt and former champion Pfeiffer Georgi as well as Dame Sarah Storey, Anna Henderson and Alice Towers will all compete in Redcar later this month. Anna Henderson, Alice Barnes, Pfeiffer Georgi, and Elynor and Zoe Bäckstedt are among others on the start list for the ITT as well.
Jumbo-Visma has reportedly lost the sponsorship funding of the German ultrafast grocery delivery company, Gorillas. This leaves a gap of around €5 million in their 2023-2024 budget. The company which came on board as a sponsor partway through last season, has stopped paying their sponsorship contribution. The team is currently already looking for a new sponsor.
CIC-Tour Féminin International des Pyrénées
Stage 1: Ashleigh Moolman (AG Insurance-Soudal Quick-Step) ahead of Anna Henderson (Team Jumbo) and Loes Adegeest (FDJ-SUEZ)
Stage 2: Marta Cavalli (FDJ-Suez) ahead of Ashleigh Moolman and Antonia Niedermayer (Canyon//SRAM Racing)
Dwars door het Hageland: Lotte Kopecky (Team SD Worx) ahead of Christina Schweinberger (Fenix-Deceuninck) and Mischa Bredewold (Team SD Worx)
Alpes Grésivaudan Classic: Évita Muzic (FDJ-Suez) ahead of Urška Pintar
3rd Morgane Coston
Dwars door de Westhoek: Pfeiffer Georgi ahead of Léa Curinier and Charlotte Kool (all Team DSM)
Belgrade Women’s GP
Stage 1: Nikola Bajgerová ahead of Olga Wankiewicz (both MAT Atom Deweloper Wroclaw) and Olga Shekel (Ukraine)
Stage 2: 1st Monika Brzezna (MAT Atom Deweloper Wroclaw) ahead of Nafosat Kozieva (Tashkent City Women’s Team) and Alina Bogdan (Ukraine)
GC: Nikola Bajgerová ahead of Olga Wankiewicz and Olga Shekel
New Podcast: “Just 3 Questions”
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In our second episode, three questions asked by you are answered by experts David from Supersapiens & Chris from Precision Fuel & Hydration. Topics include:
– Fuelling strategies for early morning training
– How to fuel for training vs. racing
– If there’s an upper limit for fuelling during exercise?
Abi Smith of EF Education-TIBCO-SVB tells us about the many reasons she chose cycling over any other sport, and why she became a pro-rider in her latest blog. Read more here.
Vox Performance Project
Jade, one of our Vox Performance Project participants, reflects on what she’s learned from this project. Your mind set is crucial in achieving your goals and so is physically investing in it and striving for consistency and happiness. Read about what she has to say right here!
This week in cycling history
The Estonian rider, born on 11 June 1962, won the first Olympic gold medal for her country after the nation gained independence in 1991. Salumäe also won two world championship gold and two silver medals and set multiple world records on the track. She came to cycling rather late, having endured difficult circumstances while growing up as an orphan. After back surgery, she had to sell her gold medals at an auction in 2013 to raise funds to cover her medical expenses. Even after her retirement from competitive cycling, Salumäe still stayed involved in the sport, working on projects with the Estonian Youth Work Centre, which promotes sporting events for young participants, as well as offering coaching while living in Spain. In her autobiography, which has beem translated into 22 languages, she wrote about the difficulties of her childhood struggles while growing up in an orphanage, as well as the pain and hardships she endured in her sporting career.
How to train your gut (to consume more carb)
The carb per hour recommendations for athletes are often significantly higher than many are used to taking in. Use our Fuel & Hydration Planner to get advice on how much you might need for your next big ride and, if it’s more than you’re used to, read our guide on training your gut. Learn more here!
Zwift Rides of the week
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