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Marianne Vos recently underwent iliac artery surgery and after some time in hospital, she is now recovering from the operation at home. Vos has been struggling with pain and lack of power in her left leg for quite some time and now hopes to be able to get back to competition soon. We wish her all the best in her recovery.

British multi-disciplinary racer Zoe Bäckstedt will ride for Canyon//SRAM for the next three years. She will continue to split her time between road, cyclo-cross and track throughout her contract with the team, which starts from 1 September 2023.

French rider Maurène Trégouët and the Australian rider Danielle De Francesco have extended their contract with Arkéa Pro Cycling. Trégouët will ride for the French squad for the next two years, while her teammate will continue for another season.

British former duathlon competitor Claire Steels has signed a three-year deal with Movistar Team. The 36-year-old athlete is fairly new to the pro peloton, having previously only ridden for a Spanish continental team for two seasons and one year with Israel-Premier Tech Roland Team.

After 10 years in the peloton, Australian Jessica Allen of Jayco AlUla has decided to retire. She comments: “cycling has been part of my life since I was 9 years old. The sport, like anything, is full of ups and downs but I’ve loved riding the roller coaster, being part of a team, adjusting to different cultures, pushing myself to new limits, learning from the experienced and giving back to the next generation.”

Former triathlete Lizzie Stannard from Australia will join EF Education-Cannondale from next year. The Australian rode for the now defunct ZAAF Pro Cycling Team and more recently with Israel Premier Tech Roland. As a triathlete, she raced three World Championships, but cycling was always the sport that she loved the most.

The Velo d’Or finalists have been announced: Alison Jackson, Marlen Reusser, Demi Vollering  Lotte Kopecky, Lorena Wiebes, Elisa Longo Borghini, Gaia Realini, Juliette Labous, Katarzyna Niewiadoma  and Annemiek van Vleuten.



Tour de l’Avenir
Stage 1: Antonia Niedermaier (GER) ahead of Anna Shackley (GBR) and Shirin van Anrooij (NED)
Stage 2: Linda Zanetti (SUI) ahead of Julie de Wilde (BEL) and Fem van Empel (NED)
Stage 3: Fem van Empel ahead of Dominika Wlodarcyzk (POL) and Gaia Masetti (ITA)
Stage 4: Gaia Realini (ITA) ahead of Shirin Van Anrooij and Anna Shackley
Stage 5: Shirin Van Anrooij ahead of Anna Shackley and Petra Stiasny (SUI)
GC: Shirin Van Anrooij ahead of Anna Shackley and Gaia Realini

Classic Lorient Agglomération – Trophée CERATIZIT: Misha Bredewold (Team SD Worx) ahead of Marta Lach (CERATIZIT-WNT Pro Cycing) and Sofia Bertizzolo (UAE Team ADQ)


Zwift Blog

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

Elsy Jacobs

On 30 August 1958, Elsy Jacobs became the first ever women’s road world champion. Competing against thirty riders from Britain, France, Belgium, the Soviet Union, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Romania and the German Democratic Republic, the 25-year-old Jacobs was the sole representative of Luxembourg and won the inaugural title quite convincingly, by almost three minutes. Jacobs was the youngest of nine children and grew up surrounded by cycling, with her three older brothers all racing bikes. By 1958 she had moved to Paris, having become a full-time rider the year before. In addition to the world championships, she won many national road titles and held the hour record, riding 41,347m in the Milan velodrome.


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 7 September. 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!

Take advantage of the club chat and be a part of the women’s cycling community also – there will be some giveaways from time to time, so be on the lookout!


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