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The UCI is advocating for new cycling disciplines to be added to the Olympics, including cycling e-sports at the 2028 Los Angles games, mixed events such as a team time trial mixed relay, and snow bike races.

Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (Team SD Worx-Protime) has returned to racing for the first time after having her baby. In 2022, she initially decided to retire but then realised that she still has a passion for cycling and the desire to win, and lined up last week at Setmana Cicista.

Strade Bianche has released the list of participating teams. In addition to the WWT teams, eight wild cards, plus Cofidis and Tashkent City Women, will be at the start.

AG Insurance-Soudal has launched its 2024 team at a presentation in Brussels, where South African rider Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio announced that she will retire at the end of this year. Justine Ghekiere and Marthe Goossens have extended their contracts until the end of 2026, while Nicole Steigenga is on the way to recovery after concussion, and is hoping to be back racing in the second half of 2024.

Team Visma – Lease a Bike’s Margaux Vigie and Lidl-Trek’s Brodie Mai had a crash at Setmana Ciclista and had to abandon the race while Cedrine Kerbaol of CERATIZIT-WNT did not start the final stage due to illness. We wish them all the best in their recovery.

Bryony Botha, Michaela Drummond, Emily Shearman and Ally Wollaston combined to shatter the Oceania Championship record in the elite women’s team pursuit. The quartet stopped the clock in 4 mins and 9.210 seconds, nearly 10 seconds faster than the previous best mark at an Oceania Championships. Ally Wollaston also won the elite women scratch race.

Great Britain has a new UCI cycling team, Nouvelle Cycling. The squad aims to provide a suitable U.K. and European race program and performance pathway for athletes, mentored by senior riders.

The Ronde van Drenthe and Drentse8 will take place this year, but on shorter local laps, while the VAM-berg will still be included in the Ronde.

The official calendar for the 2024 UCI MTB eliminator world cup has been released. The season will consist of eight rounds starting on 20 April in Paris and finishing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 3 November.

British Cycling has announced that this year, four women’s teams have been granted status as an Elite Development Team for 2024. They are guaranteed eight riders’ entries into all National Road Series and National Circuit Series races, as well as support in the form of education and training.

After many months away from racing, Marianne Vos started her 19th season at Setmana Ciclista. The Dutch rider has scored 248 wins on the road so far in her career and has every intention of adding to her palmares this season.

The organisers of the Brittany Ladies Tour 2024 have had to adjust their race schedule. The Olympic Flame will be passing through the originally planned route and some host cities withdrew from the race. Rather than cancelling the event, the race will now take place from 22 to 24 May and consists of only three stages this year.

Life Time has announced it will partner with Flanders Classics to run a first-ever qualifier event for Unbound Gravel in 2025. Heathland Gravel, scheduled for 11 August in Maasmechelen, Belgium, will provide 50 qualifier spots for next year’s Unbound Gravel in Emporia, Kansas.

A provisional start list for the 2024 Omloop Het Niewsblad has been released, which includes Lotte Kopecky, Demi Vollering, Marianne Vos and Katarzyna Niewiadoma, among other participants.

Discussions have been held in the media that cycling might be on the verge of a Saudi-backed league, in the hopes of making cycling more financially sustainable. With that also emerged the possibility of creating new top-tier races outside of Europe. According to reports, women’s teams have been contacted in recent months and it is speculated that the new league could be formalised ahead of the 2026 season. A meeting with the UCI on February 20 might provide some more details about if and how women’s teams will be part of the new league structure.

 

Results

Setmana Ciclista Volta Femenina de la Comunitat Valenciana
Stage 1: Elisa Balsamo (Lidl-Trek) ahead of Marianne Vos (Team Visma – Lease a Bike) and Noemi Rüegg (EF Education-Cannondale)
Stage 2: Marlen Reusser (Team SDWorx-Protime) ahead of Marianne Vos and Evita Muzic (FDJ-SUEZ)
Stage 3: Niamh Fisher-Black (Team DS Worx-Protime) ahead of Gaia Realini (Lidl-Trek) and Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon//SRAM Racing)
Stage 4: Elisa Balsamo ahead of Arlennis Sierra (Movistar Team) and Nadia Quagliotto (Laboral Kutxa – Fundacion Euskadi)
General Classification: Marlen Reusser ahead of Katarzyna Niewiadoma and Niamh Fisher-BlackExact Cross Sint Niklaas: Lucinda Brand (NED) ahead of Laura Verdonschot (BEL) and Annemarie Worst (NED)

Zwift Blog

Megan Jastrab reflects on her crash during a recovery ride, which led to a broken pelvis, and the road to recovery. Have a read here.

This week in cycling history

Christiane Soeder

Last week was Christiane Soeder’s 50th birthday. The German-born Austrian road cyclist won the national Austrian road and time trial championships on several occasions. She also took the bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany in the ITT discipline and won silver at the 2008 World Championships in Varese, Italy. These days, together with her sister – also a doctor and former athlete – she manages her own sports institute in Vienna, assisting athletes to improve their performance.

 

WorldTour highlight videos

Catch up on all the action from the latest World Tour races. Watch the recap of the 2024 Women’s UAE Tour right here.

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