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Romy Kasper has extended her contract with Human Powered Health through 2025. The extension takes the road captain and classics expert into her seventeenth year as a professional rider. She explains: “in general, I feel super happy with the team and my role as a road captain and to share my experience with the younger girls and guide them in the races is important.”

Demi Vollering has signed a personal sponsorship deal with Nike. This partnership not only benefits the Dutch rider but also contributes to the broader growth and recognition of women’s cycling, highlighting the potential for collaboration between top athletes and major brands in promoting sports and active lifestyles. “Together with Nike, I can achieve common goals and effectively spread my message. We want to inspire many people to start moving, and together, we will make dreams come true,” Vollering wrote in an Instagram post.

In the men’s peloton, it’s a common occurrence to see the race abruptly pause for a big nature break. However, in women’s cycling, it’s not as straightforward. La Vuelta Femenina, in partnership with the riders’ union CPA, has implemented a unique solution: the introduction of designated “puddle zones,” or urinary areas, in each stage where riders can comfortably take a nature break.

The weather and crash marred Vuelta Femenina took its toll on the peloton. After hitting the deck in the TTT, Ellen van Dijk suffered a wound on her chin which required stitches, as well as blows to her right shoulder and left knee. There was no sign of concussion and she continued onto the next stages. However, she had to abandon ahead of Stage 4 due to the effects of the crash. Accidents also disrupted a wet Stage 2 where Anna Henderson of Visma – Lease a Bike and Clara Egmond of EF Education-Cannondale went down and had to be taken to hospital, where it was confirmed that Henderson suffered from a collarbone fracture and Egmond sustained a fracture to her elbow. FDJ-SUEZ riders Marta Cavalli and Vittoria Guazzi, as well as Movistar Team’s Emma Norsgaard, all had to abandon the race due to injuries. AG Insurance-Soudal’s Justine Ghekiere was not able to start Stage 4 as she was not fit enough to continue. Ahead of Stage 6, Gaia Realini of Lid-Trek had to pull out of the race due to chest and elbow pain and a slight concussion, while Katarzyna Niewiadoma of Canyon//SRAM abandoned to due illness. After a crash on stage 6, Aniek van Alphen of Fenix-Deceunick broke her collarbone and was taken to hospital while Team Visama – Lease a Bike rider Eva van Agt had to abandon due to illness ahead of the final stage. We wish all riders a speedy and complete recovery.

Former MTB world champion Evie Richards has been suffering with concussion since her last race in Brazil and has decided to take time off to recover. She is working with British Cycling to improve her health but will unfortunately have to miss the European races until she is fully recovered. Get well soon Evie!

The multi-talented Lucinda Brand, who rides on the road for Lidl-Trek and also competes in cyclo-cross, has announced she will add gravel racing to her program, with the Gravel World Series in Aachen on 12 May being her first race in this discipline.

According to reports in Dutch newspapers, Amy Pieters, a former rider for SD Worx, who sustained a serious brain injury in an accident, has initiated legal action against her former team. Her legal team is seeking confirmation through the courts that she holds an indefinite employment contract based on her three consecutive rider contracts. If accepted by the court, this could entitle her to a lifetime salary.

An unexpected turn of events for the riders at the CERATIZIT Festival Elsy Jacobs: the second race of the event had to be shortened due to a fire on the route. The riders found out only around 3 km from the finish that the line had been moved forward, which did not give them much time to adjust their tactics for the finale.

This year’s Tour of Scandinavia has been called off due to insufficient funding. Nevertheless, plans are in motion to organise a revamped edition of the race for the upcoming year. Chairman Andreas Lervik explains: “it is with deep regret that we, along with the board, owners, and management, have decided that it would not be feasible to hold the Tour of Scandinavia this year.”

The 2024 Ford RideLondon Classique returns from 24 to 26 May for three days of racing, with stages in Essex and London, and offers a diverse and challenging course for the riders. The 397km event starts with the first stage from Saffron Walden to Colchester, and stage two takes the riders around Maldon, with the event culminating in the showpiece final stage in central London.

Research has revealed that mountain bikers may sustain head injuries even in the absence of crashes. Consequently, during last Saturday’s Mountain Bike World Series in Fort William, Scotland, which kicked off the European action, approximately 50 riders opted to wear a helmet device capable of monitoring head impacts and concussions. This innovative tool provided riders with insights into their safety levels, indicating whether they were fit to continue riding or required recovery.

 

Results

Vuelta Espana Femenina by Carrefour.es
Stage 1:
Lidl-Trek ahead of Team Visma – Lease a Bike and Canyon//SRAM Racing
Stage 2: Alison Jackson (EF Education-Cannondale) ahead of Blanka Vas (Team SD Worx-Protime) and Karlijn Swinkels (UAE Team ADQ)
Stage 3: Marianne Vos (Team Visma – Lease a Bike) ahead of Charlotte Kool (Team dsm-firmenich PostNL) and Olivia Baril (Movistar Team)
Stage 4: Kristen Faulkner (EF Education-Cannondale) ahead of Georgia Baker (Liv AlUla Jayco) and Marianne Vos (Team Visma – Lease a Bike)
Stage 5: Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx-Protime) ahead of Yara Kastelijn (Fenix-Deceuninck) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Lidl-Trek)
Stage 6: Evita Muzic (FDJ-SUEZ) ahead of Demi Vollering and Yara Kastelijn
Stage 7: Marianne Vos ahead of Kristen Faulkner and Elisa Longo Borghini
Stage 8: Demi Vollering ahead of Evita Muzic and Riejanne Markus (Team Visma | Lease a Bike)
GC: Demi Vollering ahead of Riejanne Markus and Elisa Longo Borghini

La Classique Morbihan: Eleonora Camilla Gasparrini (UAE Team ADQ) ahead of Marta Lach (CERATIZIT-WNT Pro Cycling Team) and Jade Wiel (FDJ-SUEZ)

GP du Morbihan Femmes: Silvia Persico (UAE Team ADQ) ahead of Victoire Berteau (Cofidis Women Team) and Marta Lach (CERATIZIT-WNT Pro Cycling Team)

 

Zwift Blog

Gearing up for the Traka 360! From thrilling races in Girona to conquering trails in the USA, our blogger Geerike Schreurs reports on her gravel adventure so far!⁠ Read all about her experience right here.

 

Race Preview

Coming hot on the heels of the first Grand Tour of the year, the peloton stays in Spain for Itzulia Women 2024, just five days after the conclusion of the La Vuelta Femenina. Learn about the top contenders as well as their strategies as they battle it out for victory – get the inside scoop in our comprehensive race preview right here!

 

This week in cycling history

Megan Guarnier

Born on 4 May 1985, Megan Guarnier is an exceptional athlete with a fascinating journey in sports. Her transition from swimming to triathlon, and finally to cycling, due to a shoulder injury showcases her resilience and adaptability. Guarnier’s steady climb to success culminated in remarkable victories at races such as the Giro Donne, Strade Bianche, and the Amgen Tour of California, alongside multiple national road championships. Her historic achievement as the first American to win a WorldTour or UCI series and to be ranked No. 1 at the end of a season, regardless of gender, is a testament to her talent and hard work. Beyond her athletic prowess, Guarnier’s academic background in neuroscience and her professional experience as a nuclear plant risk assessor also speak to her intellectual depth and versatility. Despite facing numerous injuries throughout her career, Guarnier’s impact on women’s cycling in the United States is undeniable, cementing her legacy as one of the best riders the country has produced.

 

WorldTour highlight videos

Catch up on all the action from the latest WorldTour races. Watch highlights of stage four of La Vuelta Femenina here.

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