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Shirin van Anrooij suffered a rib injury and bruising while involved in a crash during training last week, but continued racing. She has now, however, decided to rest up until she is fully recovered, and we wish her a speedy recovery.
Human Powered Health Cycling has introduced its new jersey for 2024, maintaining the warm-to-cool colour gradient, with some subtle changes. A larger version of the sponsor’s logo on the back of the jersey is aimed at helping fans identify its riders from overhead camera shots.
Multi-discipline rider Puck Pieterse, who just won the CX World Cup in Gavere, will be competing in more road races in 2024. Having already performed well in CX and MTB, her program will mainly centre around the Olympics and the cross-country MTB race where she hopes to make it onto the podium.
Ellen van Dijk, who took a break from the sport to give birth to her first child, will return to racing on 8 March in the Vuelta Extremadura. Her training level is already higher than expected and she is ready to take on new challenges.
The Women’s Tour Down Under has released the start list for the event in January, with 16 teams participating. Besides a large number of Australian riders, the event is expected to feature several international cycling stars.
Melissa Dennis née Hoskins, our friend and champion rider, will be missed. An Olympian and Team Pursuit World Champion, she also took several medals at various Track World Championship events, as well as on the road. Rest in peace, Melissa.
UCI CX Worlds Cup: Puck Pieterse (NED) ahead of Fem van Empel (NED) and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (NED)
Superprestige Diegem: Puck Pieterse ahead of Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado and Inge van der Heijden (all NED)
Exact Cross Loenhout: Sanne Cant (BEL) ahead of Kristyna Zemanova (CZE) and Manon Bakker (NED)
The always entertaining Abi Smith gives her top 10 tips for cold weather training in this blog from our best-of-archives. Check out her pro training tips here!
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!
This week in cycling history
Born on 27 December 1943, Cressari was the Italian road race champion in 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1973 and twice the pursuit champion. She also established a women’s new hour record in 1972 in Mexico City in the Olympic Velodrome. Her average speed was 41.471kph, and the record stood for six years. After her retirement from competitive sport, the now 80-year-old became the coach of the national track team until 1984.
Born on 27 December 1971, the German MTB rider won the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics, silver at the 2012 Olympics, gold in the 2008 Games and became World Champion in 2003. She is also a four-time European and 20-time German champion. She is still involved in the sport today, having joined a South African MTB team as manager and mentor, and running MTB camps and coaching clinics.
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