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Lotto Soudal Ladies has singed Christina Siggaard. For the past few seasons, the Danish rider has been with Team Virtu, which ceases operation at the end of the year.
Junior bronze medallist in the time trail, Elynor Bäckstedt, currently riding for Storey Racing, has signed with Trek-Segafredo. In the junior races this year, Bäckstedt won Gent-Wevelgem and finished second overall in the Junior Healthy Ageing Tour.
Jess Roberts will join Mitchelton-SCOTT for the next two seasons. Roberts has a background in track cycling but showed her talent on the road when she won the British Road Race Championships in 2018 at only 19 years of age.
Emilie Moberg (Team Virtu Cycling) and her Norwegian compatriot Elise Marie Olsen will ride for Drops Cycling next year. Moberg won the green jersey of the Ladies Tour of Norway and took several top-10 placings at the Lotto Belgium Tour. For Olsen, next year will be her first at senior level and she will form part of the new U21 group of riders as Drops tries to develop young riders.
Team Sunweb announced the signing of Canadian all-rounder Alison Jackson for 2020. Jackson was the first ever stage winner of the Women’s Tour of Scotland. The team also signed young Swedish rider Wilma Olausson for the next two seasons, who will be given the opportunity to develop her skills further with the team.
Marta Bastianelli (Italian National Team) won the GP Bruno Beghelli ahead of Lorena Wiebes (Parkhotel-Valkenburg) and Chiara Consonni (Valcar-Cylance)
Demi Vollering (Parkhotel-Valkenburg) won the Giro dell’Emilia Internazionale Donne Elite, ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) and Nikola Nosková (Bigla).
Christine Majerus lets us know what all happened to her during the last few weeks of her season. Her “wow-month” blog makes for a very interesting read on the ups and downs of the life of a professional cyclist.
Sophie Wright tells us in her latest article, “The best things in life are free,” about the difficulties she faced upon returning to training and racing after injury and how she came to appreciate the basic things in life.
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Voxwomen Announcements and Events
The votes have been tallied and the Voxwomen riders of the summer are Marianne Vos and Christine Majerus. The spring riders were Annemiek van Vleuten and Kirsten Wild. The four riders will go through to the final poll which will determine the ultimate winner, who will be announced at the Rouleur Classic held from 31 October to 2 November in London. Have your say and cast your vote for the Sharon Laws Road Rider of the year 2019 here.
This week in cycling history…
This week in 1895, Swedish born Tillie Anderson entered her first cycling race, a 100-mile long event between Elgin and Aurora in Illinois, USA. Although at the time, cycling was considered fashionable for women, competitive racing was still new. On the day, Anderson outperformed the previous women’s record by 18 minutes. She was one of the leading cyclists of her time, having entered more than 120 races and winning most of them. Anderson was also among the first cyclists and certainly one of the first women to train systematically. Her training regime included going on regular training rides, lifting weights and being conscious of her nutritional intake.
Emma Pooley’s birthday was on 3 October. Pooley is a former professional cyclist who specialised in time trials and racing on hilly terrain. She won a silver medal in the 2008 Olympics in the time trial and was world time trial champion in 2010. Pooley also won six UCI women’s road world cup one-day races and several stage races. She was three-times British time trial champion and won the British road race title in 2010.
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