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Dutch rider Julie van de Velde, who rode for Fenix-Deceuninck this year, will join AG Insurance – Soudal Quickstep in 2024. Her primary focus in her new team will be on her role as a climber.

Swedish champion Emilia Fahlin will join Arkéa Pro Cycling (Arkéa-B&B Hotels in 2024). Her objectives will be to get the chance to race the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift and also to compete in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games for the Swedish national team.

Riding last year in the UAE Development Team, Anastasia Carbonari, the national champion of Latvia, will complete the senior line-up of UAE Team ADQ. The twenty-four-year-old rider, born and raised in Italy, has dual nationality and for cycling has chosen to wear the colours of her mother’s country Latvia, of which she has also been National Road Champion for the past two years.

Canyon//SRAM’s Ricarda Bauernfeind was voted rider of the year 2023 in Germany ahead of German champion Liane Lippert (Movistar) and track rider Emma Hinze. Hannah Kunz, junior German road and ITT champion and successful track rider, won in the young talent category.

Mylene de Zoete of CERATIZIT-WNT Pro Cycling was involved in an accident with a car while training in Calpe earlier this month. The team has provided an update, stating that it has since been confirmed that she has had a tear in her left quadricep as a result of the accident, along with significant bruising. Mylène will remain in Spain for a period of rest and recovery. We wish her all the very best.

Annemiek van Vleuten put on her final yearly attic clean out auction, where she sells cycling items and memorabilia to raise money for charity. This year, the money raised is for swimming lessons for children.

From January 2024, the three cycling teams of Team Jumbo-Visma will continue as Team Visma – Lease a Bike. Visma and Lease a Bike have signed a contract as title sponsors for an indefinite period. On Thursday, 21 December, Team Visma – Lease a Bike will present its riders, main goals and new corporate identity to the media and partners at Move Amsterdam.

The UCI is considering a shift in the calendar for 2026, moving Flanders and Paris-Roubaix to autumn.

The UCI has updated regulations for clothing, feeding and other minor infringements, with non-compliant clothing, such as socks that are too high, now punishable by fines of up to CHF 2000 (£1800 / US$2260 / €2080). Other increased penalties apply to drafting behind a vehicle or taking food or drink near the end of a stage race.

the British organisation “We are cycling” has published its list of this year’s most influential women in cycling. The list is divided in community champions, cycling influencers, industry personalities and sporting heroes.

Over the weekend, the annual Beking was held in Monaco. It is an event that celebrates every aspect of the sport of cycling involving pros that reside in Monaco as well as amateurs, to support two charitable associations. Urška Žigart and Elena Cecchini were among the participants.



X2O Trofee Kortrijk: Fem Van Empel ahead of Lucinda Brand and Puck Pieterse (all NED)

UCI World Cup Dublin: Célia Gery (FRA) ahead of Cat Ferguson (GBR) and Imogen Wolff (GBR)


Zwift Blog

Coming out of her off-season, Megan Jastrab tells us how she is recharged, motivated and focused to take on her goals for the 2024 season. Find out more in her exclusive blog here.


This week in cycling history

Edita Pučinskaitė

Born on 27 November, the now 48-year-old Lithuanian rider was part of the pro peloton between 1993 and 2010.  For several years, she was one of the top competitors in road racing, winning the World Championship title in 1999, the Giro twice (2006 and 2007) and the Tour de France once (1998). Her success was achieved despite the doubters. When one of the officials told her that “with your shy character you will never do anything. If you have a chance, you have it in athletics, an individual sport. Cycling is a man’s sport, a beast’s sport,” cycling became her chance for revenge and she created a successful career in cycling. Since her retirement, she remains involved in the sport, particularly through the GF Edita Pučinskaitė, an annual charity cycling event in Italy that is now in its 13th year.


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