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The 15 WorldTour teams for 2024 have been announced. AG Insurance Soudal-Quickstep and CERATIZIT-WNT Pro Cycling have stepped up to the WWT, while France’s Cofidis and Uzbekistan’s Tashkent City Women’s Pro Cycling Team, as the two top Continental Teams, will be invited to all WWT races next year. From 2026, the 15 UCI Women’s WorldTour licences will be allocated for a period of three years, in line with the duration of the UCI WorldTour licences.

The route for the 2024 Giro d’Italia Women has been revealed. Starting in Brescia and finishing in L’Aquila, the race covers 858.6km in total and includes a 14.6 km long ITT on the first stage, and two difficult mountainous stages towards the end of the event.

Lotte Kopecky was voted Belgian Sportswoman of the Year 2023. The SD Worx rider and Road World Champion is the first female rider to win this award since its inception in 1975.

Team Jayco-AlUla (Liv AlUla in 2024) has announced its squad for the Tour Down Under, the first WorldTour race in 2024: Georgia Baker, Georgie Howe, Alex Manly, Amber Pate, Ruby Roseman-Gannon and Ella Wyllie will represent the Australian team.

After the merger of Liv Racing TeqFind and Jayco-AlUla, the new Liv AlUla Jayco – Women’s Continental Team was established. The team for 2024 will include nine talented riders who will share the resources and experience of the Australian WWT team. The members are: Alyssa Polites (Australia), Moroj Adil (Saudi Arabia), Kaia Schmid (United States), Matilde Vitillo (Italy), Emma Jeffers (Great Britain), Noä Jansen (The Netherlands), Mackenzie Coupland (Australia), Leila Gschwentner (Austria) and Hélène Hesters (Belgium).

U23 U.S. Road champion Natalie Quinn has signed with EF Education-Cannondale, as the squad adds youth to its roster. Quinn will complete her degree in environmental conservation and management while riding for the team, which has so far signed a total of 15 riders.

UAE Development Team has announced that Aida Nuño Palacio, will be joining the teams as a new Sports Director. The Spanish is a former athlete who has competed for more than two decades in both road racing and MTB, and was a seven-time Spanish national cyclocross champion in her career.

Several riders decided to retire, incuding Annemiek van Vleuten (NED, Jessica Allen (AUS), Tayler Wiles (USA), Hannah Barnes (GBR), Georgia Williams (NZL), Marta Bastianelli (ITA), Rachel Neylan (AUS) and Kim de Baat (BEL). We miss seeing them in the peloton and wish them the very best for all their new adventures!

After 21 seasons competing at the highest international level, the Bizkaia-Durango team will not hit the roads in 2024. Upon realising that continuity in the UCI Continental category is not feasible due to the new minimum budgetary requirements imposed by the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) for 2024, the team’s sports management has made the difficult decision to cease activities in the upcoming season.

Denmark will stage its own WWT race starting in 2025 and running until at least 2027. Called World Tour Copenhagen, the event will be a one-day race for both men and women. It will be a sprint race with a final lap in Copenhagen, and organisers are hoping for a date in May or June.

The different stakeholders of the UCI Women’s WorldTour and UCI WorldTour met on 13 and 14 December in Lausanne, Switzerland, for the annual seminar organised by the UCI. Points of discussion included the UCI’s work to protect rider safety, the UCI’s place within the Olympic movement, where cycling currently has five disciplines on the program, as well as gender equality. Updates on the UCI’s efforts concerning sustainability were outlined, as well as the UCI’s safeguarding policies and procedures and its SpeakUp campaign. More details can be found here.

 

Results

Badkamers Trofee: Fem Van Empel (NED) ahead of compatriots Lucinda Brand and Annemarie Wurst

Track Cycling Challenge Grenchen

Sprint: Leah Sophie Friedrich (GER), Matilde Gros (FRA) and Emma Hinze (GER)

Elimination: Jennifer Valente (USA) ahead of Letizia Paternoster (ITA) AND Patrycja Lorkowska (POL)

Keirin: Lea Sophie Friedrich (GER) ahead of Hetty van de Wouw (NED) and Matilde Gros (FRA)

Scratch: Jennifer Valente (USA) ahead of Mia Griffin (IRL) and Martina Fidanza (ITA)

Points: Jennifer Valente (USA) ahead of Kate Richardson (GBR) and Madelaine Leech (GBR)

Omnium: Jennifer Valente (USA) ahead of Franziska Brauße (GER) and Mia Griffin (IRL)

Madison: Italy (Martina Fidanza/Letizia Paternoster) ahead of USA (Jennifer Valente/Megan Jastrab) and Ireland  (Alice Sharpe/Mia Griffin)

 

2023 Sharon Laws Awards

The votes have been tallied and we offer our congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Sharon Laws Awards:

Rider of the Year: Lotte Kopecky

Young rider of the Year: Antonia Niedermaier

Best team: Team SD Worx

 

Zwift Blog

Elisa Longo Borghini reflects on her 2023 campaign and gives us some insights into what a rider’s off-season looks like in her latest exclusive blog. Check it out 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

Alison Powers

The U.S. rider celebrated her birthday on 14 December and was a professional rider between 2006 and 2014. A former US Ski Team downhill racer for seven years, the now 44-year-old decided to switch to cycling and is the only person ever to win the road race, time trial, and criterium national titles. After eight years spent road racing, she retired from competition and became the owner and head coach of ALP Cycles Coaching in Colorado, where she runs cycling camps and skills clinics.

Eliza Lynn Linton

The first female salaried journalist in Britain this week in 1896 penned an article in The Lady’s Realm, writing that cycling’s utmost danger comes from the unfettered liberty that lies in this activity. It was this freedom however, that was the principal motivation for women at the end of the 19th century to take up cycling. At the time, despite the criticism from certain circles, it became very popular among women of all ages as a means of transport and as a recreational activity and a sport..

 

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