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DSM firmenich Post NL has revealed its 2024 kit, featuring some patches of orange as a reminder of its Dutch roots.
Canyon-SRAM has presented its new eye-catching kit. The jersey features geometric patterns which trace a path across the main body of the jersey and has been dubbed a “harmonic riff,” with the design based around the sounds and rhythms of a race.
AG Insurance Soudal has showed off its new kit, which has only very minor changes, featuring flowers on the arms of the jersey.
Lucinda Brand crashed heavily at the CX World Cup in Zonhoven and sustained a broken nose. We wish her a speedy recovery.
The U23 women are set to have a stand-alone road race at the Australian Championships in 2025, recognising that running this category within the elite race is not ideal.
Danish cycling apparel brand Pas Normal Studios continues to be involved in the global gravel scene with the launch of the PAS Racing Team. The brand new team of 18 international riders will line up at gravel races around the world in 2024. Anna Kollmann-Suhr, Karolina Migon, Klara Sofie Skovgaard Hansen, as well as Amity Rockwell, Emily Newsom, and Maude Farell are among the mixed gender team.
Australia’s first national championships for E-sports will take place in March this year in Queensland. The omnium-style multi-round event will be contested on Zwift and broadcast on TV.
Henrietta Christie of Human Powered Health Cycling suffered a crash during stage 1 of the Tour Down Under. As a result, the New Zealander was unable to start the next day. Team dsm-firmenich Post NL’s Maeve Plouffe had to abandon stage 2 as she was still suffering from a crash the day before. Kristyna Burlová of Lifeplus-Wahoo also had to abandon due to a crash on the first stage. We wish all riders well in their recovery.
Anniina Ahtosalo of Uno-X Pro Cycling has been voted Finnish Cyclist of 2023 by the Sports Journalists Association for the second time in a row.
The participating teams for the Geelong Classic on 24 January and the Road Race on 27 January (part of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race) have been published. 16 teams, including several WTT squads, will be at the start line.
Omloop van het Hageland, a UCI 1.1 race, will continue to provide 2 hours of live TV coverage for the race on 25 February.
The World Cycling Championships in Rwanda in 2025 will be organised by Belgian company Golazo, together with the A.S.O. The Rwandan Cycling Federation will be calling on the know-how of Golazo and A.S.O. to help set up the event.
The UCI Women’s World Tour was in action at the Tour Down Under, enforcing its new brake lever rule. Commissaires tested all the bikes ahead of the first stage and found two bikes to be non-compliant with the new rules. However, after mechanics made the necessary adjustments, the bikes were cleared to race.
Belgian track and road rider Shari Bossut, who was expected to partner with Lotte Kopecky for the Madison at the Olympics in Paris, has announced that she will not appeal her two-year suspension imposed by the French anti-doping agency. She says she has a chance to appeal but doesn’t have the strength or money to do so.
On a different note, but one that shows the power of cycling, 28 year-old Beth Aston, who had previously no interest in cycling, is set to ride to Paris from London in June in honour of her late father, who recently passed away after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. She will ride approximately 340 miles to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity, which helps families going through similar experiences to hers.
Tour Down Under:
Stage 1: Ally Wollaston (AG-Insurance Soudal) ahead of Georgia Baker (Liv AlUla Jayco) and Sofia Bertizzolo (UAE Team ADQ)
Stage 2: Cecile Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-SUEZ) ahead of Soraya Paladin (Canyon//SRAM Racing) and Sofia Bertizollo (UAE Team ADQ)
Stage 3: Sarah Gigante (AG Insurance-Soudal) ahead of Nienke Vinke (Team dsm-firmenich PostNL) and Neve Bradbury (Canyon//SRAM Racing)
GC: Sarah Gigante ahead of Nienke Vinke and Neve Bradbury
European Track Championships:
Team Sprint: Germany ahead of Great Britain and the Netherlands
Scratch: Ciara Copponi (FRA) ahead of Lani Wittevrongel (BEL) and Martina Fidanza (ITA)
Sprint: Emma Finucane (GBR) ahead of Lea Sophie Friedrich (GER) and Emma Hinze (GER)
Omnium: Anita Stenberg (NOR) ahead of Neah Evans (GBR) and Valentine Fortin (FRA)
500m TT: Katy Marchant (GBR) ahead of Taky Kouame (FRA) and Pauline Sophie Grabosch (GER)
Elimination: Lotte Kopecky (BEL) ahead of Lea Lin Teutenberg (GER) and Jessica Roberts (GBR)
Points Race: Lotte Kopecky (BEL) ahead of Yvonne Stenberg (NOR) and Jarmila Machacova (CZE)
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This week in cycling history
Born on 10 February 1973, the Norwegian mountain biker’s achievements include 10 World Champion and nine European Champion titles, Olympic Gold in Athens in 2004, as well as 30 UCI World Cup wins that range from 1996 to 2018. During her 20-year career, she overcame serious illness in 2007 but was able to step back onto the podium only two years later. From her early days of success, she used her platform to advocate for the sport of cycling, particularly amongst women, and as a sustainable way of transport in general. After her retirement in 2018, she took on the role of a bike brand ambassador, in addition to travelling the world to promote cycling as a sport and mode of transport. Recently, she picked up ultra-endurance cycling and e-mountain biking and still shows her competitive spirit at various cycling events.
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