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Maria Camila Garcia has been named CEO of UAE Team ADQ. She has been the team’s Head of Strategy since 2021. With a decade of experience managing diverse organisations across multiple countries and cultures, including Colombia, Mexico, USA, UAE, and China, Garcia brings a wealth of expertise to her new role.
Polish Sprinter and 2022 National Champion Wiktoria Pikulik will join her sister Daria at Human Powered Health next year.
Soraya Paladin has extended her contract with CANYON//SRAM Racing through to 2025, while Justyna Czapla from CANYON//SRAM Generation will join the WorldTour Team through to 2026. Paladin was a consistent performer for the team in 2023, earning seventeen top-ten places in WorldTour one-day or stage races, while Justyna has continued a steady development path after her silver medal at the 2022 Junior ITT World Championships. She also took bronze at the German U23 national ITT championships.
The British team, Hess Cycling, has signed the recent European Championships podium finisher Sara Casasola.
Yuliia Biriukova from Ukraine will bolster the climbing squad of Human Powered Health in 2024 while developing her ability as a well-rounded stage racer.
Polish rider Marta Jaskulska who has been with Liv Racing TeqFind previously will join CERATIZIT-WNY Pro Cycling.
American junior road and ITT champion Samantha Scott will join Lotto Dstny Ladies Team next season.
Czech road and cyclocross rider Nikola Nosková will return to cyclocross after a tough 2023 season on the road. Her initial team, Zaaf Cycling, folded mid-season and a later transfer to Massi-Tactic wasn’t able to run over into the 2024 season due to that team being unable to meet the new regulations for Spanish teams to reach the Continental level. Nosková’s sights are firmly set on the national championships and next year’s cyclocross World Championships in Tábor.
After leaving Jumbo-Visma, former two-time US time trial champion Carmen Small will join EF Education-Cannondale as Head Sports Director. She considers this role to be a home-coming of sorts: “It’s an American team and I’m an American. Even though the team is European-based and we have a strong, international roster, this is super nice for me because I’ve only ever been on foreign teams.”
British rider Hannah Barnes, who retired in October, has taken on the role of riders’ agent at SEG Cycling and will be heading up the women’s cycling portfolio at SEG. The agency has around a dozen female cyclists on their books but the plan is to grow that number over the coming years.
The UCI and the Organising Committee of the 2024 UCI Road and Para-cycling Road World Championships, which will take place from 21 to 29 September 2024 in Zurich, have unveiled the race routes and program for the event. The women’s Elite Road race will start in Uster and cover a distance of 154.1km with an elevation of 2,488m. The Elite ITT of 29.9km with an elevation gain of 327m, will start in Gossau. More information can be found here.
Massi-Tactic will not be a UCI team in 2024. New Spanish rules stipulate that teams must pay riders the national minimum wage, but the team did not manage to achieve the budget for that.
From next year, Team Coop-Hitec Products will fully merge the women’s and men’s teams, with equal equipment and resources, and share the same staff. Both teams will be named Team Coop – Repsol.
The 2024 Ford RideLondon Classique, taking place between 24 to 26 May, will return to Saffron Walden, Colchester, Maldon and London.
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Check out Abi Smith’s review of her 2023 season in her exclusive blog for Voxwomen – from injury, recovery and returning to her best, to riding for a new team next year. Read it here!
This week in cycling history
Born on 7 November 1968, the Italian is a two-time Olympic champion on the track. She won the pursuit at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the points race at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, in addition to winning 16 national titles and several Track World Cups. She also competed at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002 in the two-women bobsleigh with her former Olympic and world gold medallist compatriot Gerda Weissensteiner, ultimately taking seventh place. After her retirement, she served on ministerial commissions on equal opportunity and doping, and worked as a motivational speaker encouraging others to incorporate sport into their lifestyle.
Nicole Van den Broek
Van den Broek, who passed away in 2017, would have been 77 years old on 9 November. The Belgian rider won the national road title five times, as well as the 1973 World Championships in Barcelona. She started racing in 1967 and decided to retire in 1980.
Vogel celebrated her 34th birthday on 10 November. The German former track cyclist won two gold medals and a bronze medal at the Olympics, and is seven-time UCI Track World Champion. Born in Kyrgystan, her parents moved to Germany when she was very young. She worked part-time as a police officer and suffered a training accident in the velodrome in June 2018 which left her paralysed and in a wheelchair. In 2019, Vogel entered politics and was elected to the council in her home city of Erfurt. She has also returned to the police force and now also serves on two UCI boards, all the while occasionally commentating on track cycling for a German TV station and recently has taken up track coaching.
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