Get your week started with the latest news from the world of women’s cycling.
Transfer and re-signing news:
Marjolein van’t Geloof, who rode with Ale Cipollini this year, will be joining Drops Cycling next season. The 23-year old Dutch rider has achieved numerous top ten results in semi-classic races in the past years.
After a great season, including a win at Donostia San Sebastian Klasikoa, climber and time trialist Lucy Kennedy will continue with Mitchelton-SCOTT next year.
Chloe Hosking has signed with UHC Cycling for 2020. The Australian sprinter has won La Course, two stages of the Madrid Challenge and took a gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Australian rider Grace Brown has re-signed with Mitchelton-SCOTT for 2020. In 2019, she won the national time trial title and a stage at the Tour Down Under, and performed strongly at the OVO Energy Tour and the Giro Rosa.
Anna Christian and Manon Lloyd have extended their contracts with Drops for 2020. Christian has been riding for the U.K.-based team for three years, while Lloyd will race for Drops for the third consecutive year.
In other news:
The Belgian DVV Trophy cyclo-cross racing series will pay equal prize money for both male and female competitors. 25,000 Euros are on offer for the GC winner, 15,000 for the second-placed finisher, and 10,000 for the overall third place getter.
Hammer Stavanger 2020 will offer a women’s race on the same day and on the same route as the men’s edition. The event will be held from 22-24 May.
Besides 11 riders from the men’s pro cycling teams, one woman, namely Annemiek van Vleuten, has been nominated for the Velo d’Or 2019.
Ana Maria Covrig, 10 times Romanian champion has announced her retirement from cycling.
Chantal Hoffmann of Lotto-Soudal Ladies and 2016 Olympian representing Luxembourg, will be retiring at the end of this year.
Voxwomen podcast host and rider for Rally UHC Cycling Abby Mickey will also be retiring from the sport.
Sophie Wright shares what was a very turbulent travel experience which took her from England to Italy to arrive at her final race of the year, in her latest blog “Travel.”
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 about the ups and downs of the life of a professional cyclist.
Dedication, commitment and hard work brought cycling success to this U.S. rider. Listen to Junior Road World Champion Megan Jastrab’s interview with Voxwomen after her win at Yorkshire 2019
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This week in cycling history…
Heleen Hage, born on 13 October 1958, was a former Dutch cyclist. Hage hails from a strong cycling background. Her father, three sisters and two brothers were all involved in the sport. With her family, she used to travel the country by bike and participated in races in the Netherlands and Belgium from an early age. She took second place in the GC at the Grand Boucle in 1984, was the Dutch national road race champion, and also placed second in the World Championships road race in 1987.
Australian rider Elizabeth Tadich’s birthday was on 11 October. Tadich is national road race champion and became Australia’s first medal winner at the UCI World Championships, taking silver in the road race in San Sebastian in 1997. Although retired from the sport, she still likes riding around Melbourne, Australia, and remains connected with cycling by coaching upcoming talented young female riders.
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