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The route of La Vuelta Femenina will be revealed on 8 March. The race will be held between 24 April and 5 May, with the route presentation being live streamed on the race’s website and social media channels.

FDJ-SUEZ’s Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig suffered a sacral fracture after crashing at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. She missed Strade Bianche and will be out for an undetermined period. We wish her well in her recovery.

While riding up the Muur van Geraardsbergen at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last week, a spectator threw liquid onto Marianne Vos. The police acted swiftly and the culprit has been identified and taken in for questioning.

After several difficult years, Lotto Dstny rider Thalita de Jong is getting back to the top level of the sport. The now 30-year-old was cyclo-cross world champion in 2016 and in the same year won the final stage of the Giro. Physical problems marred her last few years but last week’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad saw her take fifth place and as well as eighth at Le Samyn.

The 2023-2024 cyclo-cross season came to a close on Sunday with the traditional International Closing Prize in Oostmalle. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado was the top female earner with 105,290 Euros spread over 25 competition days (this compares to the top earner in the men’s competition of 125,000 Euros) World champion Fem van Empel took out 95,000 euros, while Lucinda Brand is third with 76,770 Euros.

The Belgian Cycling Federation has expressed concerns over the safety of races held in the country and its president has suggested that classics should be organised in circuits as much as possible. With some of the races like Tour of Flanders and Flèche Wallone, this is already partly the case. The stated advantages are lower costs, better security and numerous commercial opportunities linked to Marketing and PR.

New UCI rules for cyclocross stipulate that UCI Professional Cyclocross teams must participate with at least three riders in all World Cup races, while UCI Cyclocross teams must have at east 1 rider in a minimum of 5 Elite World Cup races. Furthermore, all of the top 20 riders in the UCI World Ranking will be prohibited from competing in national series races, in order to encourage them to participate in World Cup events instead.

The UCI has sanctioned U.S. continental team Cynisca Cycling Team for masquerading a staff member as a rider and sending her to sign-on in order to meet the minimum required number of riders. The then-contracted Sports Director and the staff member were banned from working in cycling for a specified period. At the time of the events, team management was not aware of this incident and apologised for the incident, describing it as a “one-time mistake by a rogue director.”

Swedish former rider Emma Johansson, who retired 6 years ago after 12 years in the peloton, has taken on a role on the board of Uno-X Mobility Cycling.

British Cycling has appointed Helen Scott to the role of men’s Sprint Podium Potential Coach for Great Britain, replacing Justin Grace in the role. Scott initially gained her coaching qualifications while competing on the track herself, and has been part of the GBCT coaching team since her retirement in 2022.

 

Results

Strade Bianche Donne: Lotte Kopecky (Team SD Worx – Protime) ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Lidl-Trek) and Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx – Protime)
Le Samyn des Dames: Vittoria Guazzini (FDJ-SUEZ) ahead of Anniina Ahtosalo (UNO-X Mobility) and Christina Schweinberger (Fenix-Deceuninck)

Zwift Blog

Meet Geerike Schreurs, soigneur turned pro gravel rider!  ⁠ In her first exclusive blog, she explains the whirlwind journey from being a long-time staff member at Lidl-Trek to jumping on the saddle to race competitively. Check out her story here!⁠

 

This week in cycling history

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Last week, in 2006, the inaugural Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, formerly known as Omloop Het Volk, took place in Belgium. Its first winner was former national road champion Suzanne de Goede.

 

Caroline Alexander

Alexander celebrated her 55th birthday on 3rd March. The Lancashire-born mountain bike and road cyclist started out as a swimmer but decided to pick up competitive riding at the age of 20. In order to become a professional rider, she gave up her job as a draughtsperson at a shipyard and in the following years she represented her country at several Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Her achievements include winning the British Mountain Bike Championship six times, the National Cyclocross Championships four times and a gold medal at the European Cross-country championships in 1995. Alexander, who retired in 2005, was inducted into the 2009 British Cycling Hall of Fame. She continues to enjoy a life in sport, which includes volunteering at her local swimming club.

 

WorldTour highlight videos

Catch up on all the action from the latest World Tour races. Watch the recap of the 2024 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad right here.

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