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French rider Lucie Jounier has announced her retirement after being unable to find a UCI team for the 2024 season. The 25-year-old has been with Arkea Pro Cycling team since 2020.

Shirin van Anroij had to end her CX season early due to bruising and a broken rib she sustained in training. We wish her well in her recovery.

After taking 14 wins from 16 appearances so far this season in cyclocross, Fem van Empel will take a break from the discipline for the next two weeks until after Visma-Lease a Bike training camp in Spain to participate in the Benidorm World Cup on January 21.

After a bout of Covid, which interrupted her training, Marianne Vos is back in Spain to train for racing this season.

Evita Muzic, who has been with FDJ-SUEZ since 2018, will continue to ride for the French team until 2027.

Two-time Irish champion Alice Sharpe has moved from Israel-Premier Tech Roland to Das-Hutchinson-Brother UK for this season.

With the start of the new year, several teams have revealed their kits for the new season. Liv AlUla Jayco launched its new jersey featuring a dash of blue tones inspired by the Australian ocean, the Jayco blue jay bird and Giant Bicycles, and the red-hot desert sands of the outback mixed in with hints of deep aubergine found in the AlUla night sky.

EF Education-Cannondale has also presented its new 2024 kit with its trademark pink with some yellow interspersed.

FDJ-SUEZ has shown off its new kit, featuring a refreshed jersey with a combination of style and innovation.

Movistar team has revealed its 2024, kit featuring a garment with advanced technical fabrics that offer breathability, aerodynamic fit and comfort for long hours on the bike.

New WWT team CERATIZIT-WNT Cycling has launched its new kit this week as well with the familiar blue and red colours.

Lotto Dstny has presented its 2024 kit, a very similar design to last year’s but with some subtle changes.

Lidl-Trek has decided to stay with their current jersey, which its riders have worn since mid-2023, when Lidl came on board.

Alison Jackson was awarded best female Canadian rider of 2023 and also awarded the best performance award for winning Paris-Roubaix, as the first male or female rider from Canada.

Organisers of the 2026 World Cyclocross Championships had planned to stage the event in Hulst but will now not be able to obtain a permit to organise at that location. An alternative is considered but it will be a race against time to get everything in order in time as the course is in the middle of the city, which in terms of accessibility for the large number of spectators expected will be rather challenging.

It has been quite the year for Lotte Kopecky of Team SD Worx, who was voted Belgian of the year 2023 for all her achievements and contributions by readers of HLN and viewers of VTM.

The UEC Track Championships will start next Wednesday in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. British Cycling published the list of its participants which includes Elinor Barker, Emma Finucane and Katy Marchant. The Belgian squad has also been announced and features Lotte Kopecky in the 8 rider strong women’s team.

The 8th edition of the Setmana Ciclista – Volta Femenina de la Comunitat will feature four exciting stages from February 15 to 18 in the area of Valencia and will offer a chance for all types of riders, from sprinters to climbers.

Jessica Allen, who retired from professional cycling, recently will continue to stay with Liv AlUla Jayco, doing some press work and also working as a sports director for the new Liv AlUla Jayco Continental Team.

 

Results

X2O Badkamers Trofee Baal: Fem van Empel (NED) ahead of Lucinda Brand (NED) and Ava Holmgren (CAN)

Australian road championships:

Elite ITT: Grace Brown ahead of Brodie Chapman and Georgie Howe

Criterium: Ruby Roseman Gannon, Georgia Baker and Alex Manly

Road: Ruby Roseman Gannon ahead of Loretta Hanson and Alex Manly

 

Zwift Blog

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

Lyli Herse

The French rider was born on 6 January 1928. She competed in the first Women’s Tour de France in 1955 where she finished in fourth place. Herse also became a nine-time national road race champion between 1956 and 1967. After retiring from her cycling career, she passed on her knowledge and skills as a coach, training Geneviève Gambillon to take two world championships in 1972 and 1974. Later on, she took over the running of father’s bicycle factory. She passed away at the age of 89 years.

The Women’s Tour Down Under

This week in 2011, women were participating for the first time at the Tour Down Under with a series of criterium races around Adelaide, with Chloe Hosking the inaugural overall winner. After an absence of two years, the Women’s Tour Down Under returned in 2023 with its status elevated to Women’s WorldTour, and thereby opened the year on the UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar. It was the first cycling event in the world to offer women the same prize money as the male riders.

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