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The UCI is aiming to make major changes to the Esports World Championships. This will include open qualifying and a three-stage race that is expected to bring exciting racing to the very end. The fourth edition will be held on 26 October in Abu Dhabi.

The route and profile of Strade Bianche has been revealed. The race is scheduled for 2 March and features a 137 km long course around Siena.

Tiril Jørgensen of Team Coop-Repsol had a crash at the Women Cycling Pro Costa De Almería and needed surgery for a broken collarbone. We wish her well in her recovery.

The women’s Tour of Britain has been removed from the UCI website. However, British Cycling has launched a new vision for major cycling events in Britain, beginning with the ambition to deliver Tour of Britain events for women and men in 2024. Although delivering the events in 2024 will be incredibly challenging, the organisation has already commenced positive discussions with partners across all areas of commercial, broadcast and local delivery.

Sadly, the British cycling scene is losing more races. The 2024 National Road Series is now six rounds for the women’s peloton, and the Tour of the Reservoir will not return this year.

The UCI has approved the appointment of women’s cycling representatives to the Professional Cycling Council (PCC), and is taking new measures to improve riders’ health and safety. Until now, only those involved in men’s professional road cycling (riders, teams and organisers) sat on the PCC. U.S. rider Ruth Edwards will be representing female riders on the PCC. The PCC is involved in drafting rules, drawing the WorldTour calendars, and other decisions that are key to the sport.



2023/24 Elite CX World cup: Celylin del Carmen Alvarado ahead of compatriots Puck Pieterse and Lucinda Brand

Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup Adelaide: Team Sprint: Great Britain ahead of China and New Zealand
Team Pursuit: New Zealand ahead of Great Britain and Australia
Elimination: Ally Wollaston (NZL) ahead of Jennifer Valente (USA) and Jessica Roberts (GBR)
Madison: Great Britain ahead of Australia and the USA
Sprint: Emma Hinze (GER) ahead of Mina Sato (JPN) and Mathilde Gros (FRA)
Omnium: Ally Wollaston (NZL) ahead of Katie Archibald (GBR) and Jennifer Valente (USA)
Keirin: Mina Sato (JPN) ahead of Katy Marchant (GBR) and Lauriane Genest (CAN)

CX World Championships:
Mixed team relay: France ahead of Great Britain and Belgium
Junior: Celia Gery (FRA) ahead of Cat Ferguson (GBR) and Viktória Chladnova (SLO)
Elite: Fem van Empel ahead of Lucinda Brand and Puck Pieterse (all NED)


This week in cycling history

UCI Cyclocross World Championships

The UCI Cyclocross World Championships were held last week in Tabor. First taking place in 1950, the women’s elite event was only added in 2000, with Hanka Kupfernagel from Germany being the inaugural winner ahead of British rider Louise Robinson and Dutch rider Daphny van den Brand. Marianne Vos, with eight wins, is the most decorated cyclocross world title holder, while the Netherlands has so far won 14 gold medals, sitting ahead of Germany and France with each four gold medals.

Anna Turvey

5 February was Anna Turvey’s birthday. The now 43-year-old Irish rider came to cycling quite late, after initially competing in triathlon events. She held the Irish National records for the 10, 25 and 50 mile individual time trials. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she represented Scotland (by virtue of her Glasgow-born mother) and placed in the top 10 in the road time trial. At the RTTC National Team Time Trial Championships in 2015 she took the title together with teammates Katie Archibald and Ciara Horne. A year later, after switching allegiances and riding under the Irish flag, she became the Irish ITT cycling champion and took bronze at the European Track Championships in the individual pursuit. All throughout her sporting career, she was able to combine her cycling with her profession as an optometrist, a job she still holds today.


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