Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling
Anna Trevisi has signed with Jayco AlUla for next season. The Italian rider has spent the last 10 years racing in the WorldTour, brings with her a wealth of experience, and will help with the squad in its lead-out and sprints.
Coryn Labecki, who has won 73 U.S. national titles and most recently the U.S. Criterium National Championships, will join EF Education Pro Cycling. Her palmarès include stage wins at the Giro d’Italia Donne, the Lotto Belgium Tour and the Women’s Tour, as well as one-day victories at the Tour of Flanders, RideLondon Classique, and Trofeo Alfredo Binda. She has also won team time trials at the World Championships, La Vuelta Femenina, and the Ladies Tour of Norway.
19-year-old Spanish twins Laura and Lucia Ruiz Perez will join Movistar Team until 2026. The two riders have had some great successes in the lower ranked races and completed two WorldTour races this year. They are currently also studying Veterinary Medicine at the University of León.
Irish rider Megan Armitage, who currently is with Arkea Pro Cycling, will join EF Education-Cannondale on a multi-year deal. After completing her studies, she moved to Belgium and started racing. Although she is only fairly new to the sport, she has already achieved good results, particularly on mountainous terrain.
Ina Buysman will join FDJ-SUEZ for the next two years. The Dutch rider thrives on hilly and mountainous terrain and was previously with Human Powered Health.
Ane Santesteban, who is currently riding for Jayco-AlUla, will join Basque team LABORALKutxa for the next three years. As she explains: “I really wanted to go home. After chasing dreams abroad, I wanted to compete at home and now the opportunity has presented itself with LABORAL Kutxa to grow together.”
Italian champion Elisa Longo Borghini, who had to withdraw from the World Championships due to a skin infection, is back training. Her racing schedule will be decided according to her progress.
The Cyclists’ Alliance has welcomed the recent commitment made by the UCI to further professionalise women’s cycling, and responded by revealing further findings about the current state of the women’s professional peloton in its annual rider survey. The survey shows that that salaries, safety and live race coverage are at the top of the list of rider concerns. Read more here.
South African rider Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio has launched a program to empower young women in Khayelitsha by partnering with Khaltsha Cycling.
After three years of Zwift hosting the UCI Cycling Esports World Championships, the UCI has awarded the event for the next two years to MyWhoosh, which is based in Abu Dhabi.
The Pan-American Championships will be held at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center in Utah from 8 to 12 May, 2024. The competition will be returning to the United States for the first time in over 20 years. Athletes from more than 40 countries in North and South America will be competing in Short Track, Relay, Eliminator and Cross-Country in Junior, U23, Elite and Masters age groups.
Applications are now being accepted by the British Cycling Talent Development Pathway for talented riders looking to join the national Olympic and Paralympic talent pathways. Eligible riders within the road & track endurance, track sprint, BMX racing, MTB cross-country and MTB downhill disciplines must all be born in 2008 to apply for the 2023/2024 pathway.
Grote Prijs Yvonne Reynders: Eline van Rooijen (AG Insurance-NXTG U23) ahead of Sanne Cant (Fenix-Deceuninck) and Kirstie van Haaften (Parkhotel Valkenburg)
Konvert Koerse: Daria Pikulik (Human Powered Health) ahead of Julie de Wilde (Fenix-Deceuninck) and Valentine Fortin (Cofidis)
GP Oetingen by St Feuillien: Soimon Boilard (ST Michel-Mavic-Auber93WE) ahead of Evy Kuijpers (Fenix-Deceuninck) and Maaike Boogaard (AG Insurance-Soudal Quick-Step)
Leadville 100 MTB: Sofia Gomez Villafane ahead of Ruth Winder and Alexis Skarda
In her latest exclusive blog, Abi Smith of EF – TIBCO-SVB talks all about racing in the heat and provide some tips to ride in hot weather. Check it out here!
This week in cycling history
Sarah Kathryn Hammer
Born on 18 August 1983, she is a U.S. former professional rider and four-time Olympic silver medallist. With eight world championships, she has been one of the U.S’ most decorated track athletes. In 2003, she decided to quit riding, citing burn-out. Hammer sold most of her equipment, went back to school and worked various jobs. But while watching her former teammates and competitors race on television during the 2004 Olympic Games, her competitive flame was reignited. Hammer ended an eleven-year drought for the United States when she won the World Champion’s jersey in 2006. She was a prolific winner, winning seven more World Championship titles and a pair of silver medals at each of the last two Olympic Games, 2016 in Rio and 2012 in London. She announced her retirement from professional Cycling in September 2017 and has been working as a performance coach guiding other athletes in their Olympic dreams.
The retired U.S rider’s birthday was on 17 September. Prior to her cycling career, she was a cross-country runner, but an injury encouraged her to change to cycling. At the 2006 World Championships, she won a bronze medal. She was also the U.S. time trial champion and represented her country twice at the Olympic Games. After retiring from the sport, she concentrated on her career as a rheumatologist and now lives in California.
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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