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Canadian rider Clara Emond will join EF Education-Cannondale Pro Cycling for 2024. Although she completed a law degree but was keen to embark on a cycling career and went pro with Arkéa Pro Cycling this year.
Talented British junior Ella Jamieson will join Lifeplus-Wahoo until the end of 2025 as she transitions into the senior ranks. The rider from Yorkshire enjoys the hilly terrain and also time trials.
U.S. rider Heidi Franz will be joining Lifeplus-Wahoo next season. One of her strengths is climbing and she has achieved some good results in gravel racing as well.
Former U.S. road champion Lauren Stephens has signed with Cynisca Cycling. She is joined by compatriot Chloe Patrick, who was third at the National Criterium Championships.
Five weeks after her surgery, Marianne Vos is progressing well and is back on the road for short rides. She is working with her new coach Rutger Tijssen to plan for 2024, however there are no CX races planned.
Decorated Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey and three other Active Travel Commissioners have written to the British Prime Minster about his new “Plan for Drivers” and are asking for freedom of choice for mobility, including being able to safely use bikes as means of transport.
On the day of the race, the UCI released a statement expressing regrets that there would be no live coverage of the women’s Gravel World Championships, citing local organisers for lack of live broadcast, but stated it will be mandatory next year.
The proposal for a European Declaration on Cycling, adopted last week by the European Commission, recognises cycling as a sustainable, affordable and healthy means of transport, with strong added value for the EU economy.
The UCI Cyclocross World Cup gets underway soon, starting on 15 October 23 in Waterloo and finishing on 28 January 24 in Hoogerheide.
Denise Betsema will miss the first two cyclocross races of the season due to a crash during a training ride.
Because it will soon no longer be allowed to have a betting company as a name sponsor in Belgium, cyclocross Team 777 had a name change to Cyclocross Red. Dutch rider Annemarie Wurst, Aniek van Alphen und British rider Anna Kay are part of the squad.
Tre Valli Varesine: Liane Lippert (Movistar Team) ahead of Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-SUEZ) and Elisa Balsamo (Lidl-Trek)
Binche Chimay Binche: Pfeiffer Georgi (Team dsm-firmenich) ahead of Christina Schweinberger (Fenix-Deceunick) and Anniina Ahtosalo (Uno-X Pro Cycling)
Gravel World Championships: Kasia Niewiadoma (POL) ahead of Silvia Persico (ITA) and Demi Vollering (NED)
Major Taylor Cross Cup Day 1: Zoe Bäckstedt (GBR) ahead of Manon Bakker (NED) and Isabella Holmgren (CAN)
What has it been like as a pro for Alex Morrice since winning the Zwift Academy? She tells us in her latest exclusive blog for Voxwomen! Read it here.
This week in cycling history
Born on 8 October 1977, this French rider has an incredible record in a variety of cycling disciplines. In 2008, she was chosen to represent France in the inaugural women’s BMX event at the Summer Olympics in Beijing and became the first ever Olympic gold medal winner in BMX. She also won 14 European MTB championships and five consecutive MTB World Cup downhill series. In the latter part of her career, she focused on enduro-racing. After a cancer diagnosis in 2015, she had to take a break from racing for treatment and recovery, but three months after completing chemo, she was back on the bike. When the cancer returned, she required more surgery and treatment but her spirit and determination to overcome her illness is reflected in her statement: ”I have ridden my whole life, to win, to have fun, and nothing can take it away from me!”
The British rider, born on 3 October 1982, had a very successful ten-year career in professional cycling. Her greatest wins came in 2008 when she won the silver Olympic medal in the ITT and gold at the 2010 Worlds ITT. Her palmarès includes several national titles as well as stage and individual race wins. In 2013, she took a step back from racing to complete her PhD in geotechnical engineering, but came back a couple of years later to find further great success in cycling. Pooley also embarked on competing in running and triathlon, where she was able to add several international wins to her already astonishing sports career.
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