Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling
Veronica Ewers has signed with EF Education-Cannondale. The U.S. climber is only in her second season of being a professional rider but has already shown her aptitude in the peloton.
Spanish climber Mavi Garcia will be joining Jayco-AlUla. She previously competed in duathlon, and has only been focusing on cycling since 2018. In that time, Mavi achieved an impressive list of achievements in some of the biggest races on the WorldTour calendar.
Italian rider Clara Copponi will join Lidl-Trek for the next two years with the aim of developing as a sprinter and classics rider.
Nina Kessler, currently riding for Jayco-AlUla, will join EF Education-Cannondale. The experienced Dutch rider, who has been in the peloton for 14 years, will be a road captain and mentor for her teammates.
Swiss rider Noemi Rüegg will join EF Education-Cannondale with the aim of taking on the spring classics. Racing in the WorldTour over the past two seasons, she has secured a number of impressive results, including eighth at the RideLondon Classique and fifth in GC at the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana-Vuelta Comunitat, as well as two podium spots at the Swiss National Championships.
Although riders and staff of the Human Powered Health men’s team have been informed that the team will fold at the end of the season unless a last minute sponsorship for 2024 can be secured, the women’s team is said to be continuing as a WorldTour outfit in 2024.
Dutch rider Lorena Wiebes had to withdraw from the team time trial mixed relay as her fitness has not yet returned, with Riejanne Markus replacing her, while Ruby Roseman-Gannon from the Australian team was out due to Covid.
UCI World Championships
Road Race: Lotte Kopecky (BEL) ahead of Demi Vollering (NED) and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN)
Omnium: Great Britain ahead of Australia and France
Points race: Lotte Kopecky (BEL) ahead of Georgia Baker (AUS) and Tsuyaka Uchino (JPN)
Omnium: Jennifer Valente (USA) ahead of Amalie Dideriksen (DEN) and Lotte Kopecky (BEL)
Sprint: Emma Finucane (GBR) ahead of Lea Sophie Friedrich (GER) and Elisse Andrews (NZL)
Mixed Relay TTT: Switzerland ahead of France and Germany
Elite E-MTB: Natalie Schneitter (SUI) ahead of Sofia Wiedenroth (GER) and Justine Tonso (FRA)
XC Mixed Team Relay: Switzerland ahead of France and Denmark
Elite MTB Marathon: Mona Mitterwallner (AUT) ahead of Candice Lill (RSA) and Adelheid Morath (GER)
Elite ITT: Chloe Dygert (USA) ahead of Grace Brown (AUS) and Christina Schweinberger (AUT)
U23 ITT: Antonia Niedermaier (GER) ahead of Cedrine Karboal (FRA) and Julie de Wilde (BEL)
BMX Freestyle Flatland: Aude Cassagne (FRA) ahead of Leticia Moda (BRA) and Kiara Nagakawa (JPN)
Elite XCC short track: Pauline Ferrnd-Prevot (FRA) ahead of Puck Pieterse (NED) and Evie Richards (GBR)
U23 XCO: Samara Maxwell (NZL) ahead of Ginia Caluori (SUI) and Ronja Blochlinger (SUI)
Elite XCO: Pauline Ferrand-Privot (FRA) ahead of Loana Lecomte (FRA) and Puck Pieterse (NED)
La Périgord Ladies: Amber Kraak (Jumbo-Visma) ahead of Jade Wiel (FDJ-SUEZ) and Clara Emond (Arkéa Pro Cycling)
Franziska Koch of Team DSM-firmenich reflects on the spectacle and significance of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift in her latest exclusive blog. Read all about it here!
This week in cycling history
Joane Somarriba Arrola
Born on 11 August 1972, Joane Somarriba Arrola is a Spanish former rider who won she Grand Boucle three times and the Giro twice in a row, and became World Champion in the time trial discipline at the Worlds in 2003 in Canada. She is also the holder of numerous national road championship titles and winner of WorldTour races. Motivated by her older sibling, she took up the sport, supported by her father, who was a professional sailor. At a point in her earlier career days, she found herself without a team and without financial support, and was close to abandoning the sport. However, when she decided to move to Italy and secured a sponsor, things looked up. Under the mentorship of Fabiana Luperini, one of the best riders at the time, Arrola progressed quickly and became one of Spain’s most accomplished riders.
11 August was Kristin Armstrong’s birthday. The now 50-year-old former pro-rider is the most decorated U.S. female rider. She is a winner of three Olympic gold medals in the time trial in 2008, 2012 and 2016, a two-time World Champion and holder of six U.S. national championship titles. Armstrong is the oldest female rider to ever win an Olympic medal when she won in Rio a day before her 43rd birthday. The Idaho native has a B.S. in Exercise Physiology, and after her retirement, is now engaged in public speaking and serves as a Manager of Community Health in Boise in her home state. Armstrong currently also works as an endurance performance director with USA Cycling, assisting the new generation of athletes to achieve their potential in international competitions.
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Zwift Rides of the week
Voxwomen Zwift Rides
Join, ride, share, and be inspired! Join others and celebrate women’s cycling through a women’s cycling fan club on Zwift. Be part of the journey and complete rides that cater to our busy lives, and find motivation and enjoyment through riding!
The rides are open to everyone and there are two rides every other Thursday. The next one is on 24 August. The times of the ride are 7am and 7pm GMT (8am and 8pm CET) and are 40min in duration with special guests leading the rides! The pace will be set to open, but “rubberbanding” will be turned on which keeps everyone together regardless of how hard they are pedaling – so it is a no-drop ride as long as you keep pedaling. On the ride days, one ride will be a standard group ride, while the second ride will be Zwift’s Aerobic Conditioning Workout. Find inspiration from each other and have fun challenging yourself! We hope you join us in the virtual world of cycling!
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