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After consulting with the stakeholders, and to maintain the safety of the riders, the UCI took the decision to not allow the final stage of the CIC-Tour Féminin International des Pyrénées to go ahead. In response, the organiser of the Tour Féminin des Pyrénées lashed out. Riders complained ahead of stage 3 that road obstacles had not been marked and many cars and trucks were sharing the course with the peloton, making the event dangerous. Several days later, race director Pascal Baudron apologised for his criticism of the riders and reiterated that a completely closed course is not possible in France due to legislation. He also alluded to the strong possibility that there will be no Tour des Pyrénées in the future as the race doesn’t have the financial and human resources to make the course safer.
Team DSM has launched its new kit, which will debut at the Giro Donne. The Dutch team will also change their name to dsm-firmenich.
Movistar Team has launched their Movistar Team Challenge. The first qualifying race for their eTeam was held last week. Another chance for all interested riders will be on 22 June.
After several safety concerns that arose recently, the UCI had a Zoom meeting with both representatives of men’s and women’s cycling teams to discuss safety concerns. A plan has yet to be released.
The UCI and the organisers of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships have revealed the routes of the event’s Gran Fondo road races. The city of Perth, on the banks of the River Tay, will be the start and finish points for both the Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo road races at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, taking place in Glasgow and across Scotland. Details here.
The first edition of the UCI Snow Bike World Championships will take place on 10 and 11 February 2024 in Châtel, Haute-Savoie/France. Two competition formats on snow will be on the program for this event: super-G and dual slalom. The super-G races will take place over a single run on a slope with a vertical drop of between 350 and 650 metres depending on the route chosen. The dual slalom, comparable to the parallel slalom in alpine skiing will be made up of a series of elimination races in which two riders go head-to-head on two parallel slalom courses
A new UCI WCC Continental Development Satellite in San Juan, Argentina, has been opened. The new venue joins the network of existing UCI WCC satellites in Japan, Korea, South Africa, India, Portugal, Trinidad & Tobago and Canada to develop athletes and train people for careers in cycling.
On 23 June, the world’s top Zwifters go head-to-head in the Olympic Esports Series 2023. Four teams, each comprising of two men and two women from different countries, will battle it out in the elimination and points races.
UCI MTB World Cup short track race: Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Ineos Grenadiers) ahead of Puck Pieterse (Alpecin–Deceuninck) and Evie Richards (Trek Factory Racing XC)
Tour de Suisse stage 1: Blanca Vas (SD Worx) ahead of Arlenis Sierra (Team Movistar) and Eleonora Gasparrini (UAE Team ADQ)
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This week in cycling history
The now 52-year-old remains to this day the most successful French track cyclist of all time. Initially she played competitive handball but then concentrated on cycling, winning consecutive world championships in the sprint and 500 m time trial in the 1990’s. She was also a triple Olympic champion. Her parents were cycling enthusiasts and her mother named her Félicia after the Italian Tour de France winner Felice Gimondi. She retired after the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and the next year became the vice-president of the Fédération Française de Cyclisme and the Chair of the FFC’s Track Commission. She later moved to New Caledonia where she took up a new role overseeing the development of athlete health and anti-doping.
The retired U.S. rider was born on 13 June 1962 and is best known for winning the inaugural women’s individual time trial at the 1994 World Championships in Catania, Italy. The then 32-year-old had only taken up cycling three years earlier but had been a gymnast and triathlete before competing in road cycling. Kurreck also raced at the Tour de France and the 2000 Olympics. She subsequently concentrated on cyclo-cross, winning several Masters World Championships and worked as a Sports Director with a cycling team in California.
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