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Jumbo-Visma will continue as Visma – Lease a Bike in 2024. The bicycle leasing company has been successfully marketed in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands and will become the new second title sponsor of the Dutch cycling team from next season.
28-year-old Lauretta Hanson, who has been on the USA-registered Lidl-Trek team since its inception five years ago, will continue to lend a helping hand to her teammates as one of Lidl-Trek’s most important support riders for two more seasons.
Multi-discipline rider Josie Nelson will join Team dsm-firmenich from next year until 2026. The young British athlete is keen to learn and improve her skills on and off the bike. She is joined by Italian Rachele Barbieri, who will be with the team until 2026, and British rider and Voxwomen blogger Abi Smith, who will ride for the Dutch squad until 2025.
Australian rider Ruby Roseman-Gannon has committed her future to Team Jayco AlUla by signing a new two-year contract through to the end of 2025. The 24-year-old turned pro with the Australian squad at the start of 2022 and has since gone from strength to strength.
Dutch rider Amber Kraak has moved from Team Jumbo-Visma to FDJ-SUEZ. Known for her time trialling skills, she has signed with the French team until 2025.
After two years away, Ruth Edwards will return to racing with Human Powered Health. The former U.S. national champion, born in Yorkshire and now living in Colorado, already had success with United Healthcare, Team Sunweb and Trek-Segafredo before stepping away from the sport.
Stine Dale will stay with Team Coop-Hitec Products for another two years.
Team SD Worx’s Kata Blanka Vas crashed during a cyclocross training session and broke her collarbone. She needed surgery and we wish her all the best for a speedy recovery.
UAE Development Team welcomed Hannah Kunz to the squad for 2024. Kunz is the German junior national champion in four categories (road, time trial, individual pursuit and team pursuit) and is the current German individual record holder in the junior individual pursuit.
The UCI has published the list of teams that have submitted the essential documents with a view to their registration for 2024. 16 teams have applied for one of the 15 UCI Women’s WorldTour licences available for the next two years and for registration as a UCI Women’s WorldTeam for 2024. More details can be found here.
The Tour Down Under will have a pilot gravel race organised from the team behind SBT GRVL and FNLD GRVL. It will debut in McLaren Vale, South Australia, on 19 January 2024 and offer a $10,000 AUD pro prize purse.
Team SD Worx has topped the UCI World rankings with 61 wins, including first and second at the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift and various one day races. It’s the seventh time this team has topped the year-long team standings.
After the closure of its men’s team, Human Powered Health is set to expand and improve its women’s squad. The team plans to grow their scope, size and capability and will reveal more details and their roster in the coming weeks. The team has also hired Georgia Bronzini as a new Sports Director. The Italian is an former double world champion on the road and has experience as a Sports director with Lidl-Trek and Liv Racing-Xstra.
The UCI Gravel World Championships and the Tour of Chongming Island both suffered from a lack of live coverage. UCI rules state that a WorldTour stage race such as Chongming Island must be broadcast live for 45 minutes a day, however the race organisers failed to do that across all three days.
The team sizes for the women’s road event at the 2024 Olympics have been revealed. The UCI rankings have granted the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, and Great Britain the most riders, with four athletes each in the road race. Next year, the list of participating countries will also include nations such as Rwanda, Namibia, Nigeria and Burkina Faso.
The UCI has published a list of UCI World Championships which are open for bidding, and whose hosts will be announced at the next UCI Congress, in September 2024 during the UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships in Zurich, Switzerland. The events range from the 2025 Indoor Cycling Championships to the 2031 Cycling World Championships.
The calendar for the UCI MTB World Series has now been revealed. The world’s best MTB riders will be competing in ten countries across Europe, North America and South America, starting in April 2024, with six new venues added. The season will start in April 2024 in Brazil.
The inaugural UCI Cycling World Championships, which brought together 13 UCI World Championships in one major event this year, attracted unprecedented television and digital audiences. Road cycling events, which accounted for half of this performance, broke audience records in several countries. Track cycling events, which accounted for one third of the hours viewed, saw an increase of 162%. The different disciplines benefited greatly from having the various UCI World Championships combined into a single event. Further details are available here.
Tour of Guangxi: Daria Pikulik (Human Powered Health) ahead of Chiara Consonni (UAE Team ADQ) and Mia Griffin (Israel-Premier Tech Roland)
Amanda Spratt reflects on her 2023 season in her latest exclusive blog for Voxwomen! Read all about it here!
What’s it been like as a pro for Alex Morrice since winning the Zwift Academy? She explains in her latest exclusive blog for Voxwomen! Have a read here.
This week in cycling history
Fanin was a racing cyclist from Italy. Born in Lucca, her biggest achievements were winning the 1994 Giro d’Italia Femminile and the national title at the Italian National Road Race Championships in 1992. Sadly, she passed away in 1994 at the young age of 21 in a car accident in Tuscany.
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