Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling
Marianne Vos, who had surgery earlier on, is recovering well and although she had not planned any CX races his winter, if all goes well, she might consider participating at a CX race this season. Her main focus at the moment, however, is getting ready for the road season.
Lily Williams of Human Powered Health suffered a double collarbone break in a crash on day two of the 4 Days of Geneva UCI Madison event. She underwent surgery and we wish her a safe and speedy recovery!
In the Netherlands, Demi Vollering was voted the best Dutch female cyclist. while Annemiek van Vleuten was awarded the Commandeur in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau by the Dutch Minister for Sport due to her exceptional achievements during her career. Puck Pieterse was voted the greatest talent of 2023.
After 11 years riding in the peloton, this year with Israel-Premier Tech Roland, Lara Viecelli has retired.
Belgian rider Marion Norbert Riberolle continues her cyclocross career with a contract extension with Crelan-Corendon until the end of the 2025/2026 season. She is also currently riding on the road for Fenix-Deceuninck Continental.
Liane Lippert has suffered a stress fracture from running during the off-season and will take some time to recover before being able to train again, while Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, the leader in both the Superprestige cyclocross and the UCI cyclocross World Cup, has fallen ill and had to miss the races in Boom and Flamanville. We wish both riders all the best in their recovery.
A women’s race will be added to Challenge Mallorca in January 2024. Three one-day events are scheduled to precede the men’s races on the island.
The Festival Elsy Jacobs will move from being a stage race to two adjacent one-day races in 2024. The Luxembourg events will also step down from the ProSeries as the organisers of the long-standing race feel the impacts of increased running costs, and being squeezed out of an increasingly busy calendar as women’s cycling continues to grow.
The route of the women’s Giro d’Italia will be revealed on 12 December in a presentation event in Milan, which will be live streamed from 15:30 local time.
AG Insurance-Soudal Quick Step Cycling has launched its “Part of the Pack” initiative, which addresses mental health issues, an important part of professional cycling.
The UCI Gravel World Series will expand even further than originally anticipated in 2024, with recent additions to the calendar in Africa (Tugende Gravel in Kigali,) and the Giro Sardegna Gravel in Italy among new races, taking the total number of events in the series including the Gravel World Championships up to 25.
British track rider Laura Kenny is determined to stage another comeback to make it to the Paris Olympics. This would be her second comeback after her first successful return which netted a gold and a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
CX Superprestige Boom: Fem van Empel ahead of Puck Pieterse and Annemarie Worst
Voxwomen Sharon Laws Rider & Team of the Year Awards
Each year since 2016, Voxwomen has hosted the Sharon Laws Rider of the Year Awards. Now in its 8th edition, we have since added two more categories, the Best Young Rider and the Team of the Year. We would love for you to take a minute and vote for your favourite in each category of the 2023 season!
The nominees for the 2023 Rider of the Year are:
Annemiek van Vleuten
The nominees for the 2023 Best Young Rider are:
Shirin van Anrooij
The nominees for the Team of the Year:
Team SD Worx
FDJ – SUEZ
UAE Team ADQ
Cast your vote by clicking here!
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
Born on 26 November 1971, the now 52-year-old was one of Australia’s most successful riders, and was active between 1994 and 2002. After having commuted to and from university by bike, Millward decided to enter the Great Victorian Bike Ride, a nine-day recreational tour. After this adventure she developed a passion for cycling and built an illustrious sporting career. In the 1998 Commonwealth Games, she won gold in the time trial and bronze in the road race, she came second in the World Championships in 1999 and in 2001 she won the overall UCI points title and became the UCI overall world cup points champion in the same year. She was the first rider to break the Hour Record under the “new” UCI rules. During her cycling career she also managed to complete a law degree and, after retiring from the sport due to a leg injury from which she was unable to recover, she returned to work as a lawyer in Melbourne, Australia.
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