Your Monday Briefing


Get your week started with the latest news from the world of women’s cycling.

Transfer and re-signing news

  • Julie Leth, two-time European Madison champion, and former Danish road and time trial champion, joins WNT-ROTOR Pro Cycling for 2020 and will continue to combine both track and road cycling.
  • Double British U23 champion Anna Henderson will be riding for Team Sunweb next season. The young rider, who was a junior champion slalom skier before changing over to cycling, was also the best British finisher at the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire, and formed part of the bronze medal winning mixed relay team.
  • Ella Harris, the winner of the 2018 Canyon/SRAM Zwift Academy, has re-signed with Canyon/SRAM for the 2020 season. The New Zealand rider won the youth classification at the Vuelta Burgos, was second in the youth classification at Emakumeen Bira, and finished fourth in the GC at the Colorado Classic.
  • Former triathlete Lone Meertens has signed with Lotto Soudal Ladies for 2020. She will be combining her engineering studies with riding for the Belgian squad.

In other news…

  • Bigla will be partnering with Katusha Sports in 2020. The Swiss-based company will be the official clothing supplier and a co-title partner. The team will race under the name Bigla-Katusha.
  • The Amgen Tour of California will not be holding a race next year. Without the Amgen Women’s Tour, there will be no North American Women’s WorldTour race left in the calendar. AEG Sports, the organisers of the event, are looking into a new business model that will allow them to have the race return after 2020.
  • The Six-Day Copenhagen 2020 track races have also been cancelled, with the organisers hoping to bring the event back to the Royal Arena in Copenhagen with a new set-up.
  • The organisers of the Women’s Tour are looking for a new headline sponsor to replace OVO Energy. The race has been running for five years and introduced equal prize money to that of the men’s Tour of Britain in 2018. It was the first UCI stage race to do so.
  • Olympic and World Champion Elinor Barker, Katie Archibald, Ellie Dickinson and Neah Evans will return to the track, racing the women’s endurance events, while Katy Marchant, Lauren Bate, Sophie Capewell and Milly Tanner will start in the women’s sprint events at the upcoming UCI Track World Cup, to be held from November 8-10 in Glasgow.
  • The organisers of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under have announced that all four stages of the event will be live streamed for the first time, thanks to the support of the race’s sponsor, Santos.
  • Trek-Segafredo was the first women’s team to announce their 2020 kit. The popular design was only changed minimally for the new season.
  • Formerly known as Brother UK-Tifosi, the team will race under the name CAMS-Tifosi in 2020, after having signed a three-year deal with the new sponsor. The team has applied for UCI status and is looking to race a full domestic and continental race calendar.


At the Tissot UCI Track World Cup series in Minsk, Belarus:

  • The United States took out the gold in the Team Pursuit, ahead of Germany and Italy.
  • In the women’s points race, U.S. rider Jennifer Valente placed first ahead of Maria Guilia Confalonieri (ITA) and Tatsiana Sharakova (RUS).
  • The scratch race was won by Kirsten Wild (NED) ahead of Martina Fidanza (ITA) and Jennifer Valente (USA).
  • Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters (NED) won the Madison ahead of Laura Kenny and Emily Nelson (GBR), and Clara Copponi and Marie Le Net (FRA)
  • Ekaterina Rogovaya and Daria Shmeleva (RUS) won the Team Sprint, with Natalia Antonova and Ekaterina Gnidenko (RUS) taking second, and Pauline Sophie Grabosch and Lea Sophie Friedrich finishing third.
  • Wai Sze Lee (HKG) won the Sprint ahead of Anastasiia Voinova (RUS) and Emma Hinze (GER)
  • The DVV Verzekeringen trofee Koppenbergcross was won by Yara Kastelijn (NED) ahead of Annemarie Worst (NED) and Alice Maria Arzuffi (ITA).
  • Pavla Havlikova (CZE) finished ahead of Anne Terpstra (NED) and Aniek Van Alphen (NED) in the Toi Toi CX Cup
  • Rina Matsumoto (JPN) won the Yowamushi-Pedal Makuhari Cross in Japan, with Miyoko Karami (JPN) and Aya Akamatsu (JPN) also finishing on the podium.
  • Sara Casasola (ITA) won the GP Citta di Jesolo Cross race ahead of Gaia Realini (ITA) and Silvia Persico (ITA)
  • The Gran Premi Les Franqueses in Spain was won by Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (ESP), with Joyce Vanderbeken (BEL) and Veerle Goossens (NED) finishing in second and third respectively.
  • Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (ESP) also won the Ciclocross Manlleu ahead of Joyce Vanderbeken (BEL) and Aida Nuno Palacio (ESP).
  • Katie Clouse (USA) won the Really Rad Festival of Cyclocross, with Rebecca Fahringer (USA) and Crystal Anthony (USA) finishing on the podium as well.
  • At the Canadian National Cyclocross Championships, Maghalie Rochette won the Elite ahead of Jennifer Jackson and Sandra Walter. The U23 race was won by Sidney McGill, ahead of Ruby West and Dana Gilligan, while the Junior category was taken by Emilly Johnston, with Nicole Bradbury and Kelly Lawson taking silver and bronze.
  • At the UCI BMX Freestyle Park and Flatland World Cup, the Elite Park was taken out by Hannah Roberts (USA) ahead of Perris Benegas (USA) and Charlotte Worthington (GBR). The Flatland was won by Misaki Katagiri (JPN), with Irinia Sadovnik (AUT) and Julia Preuss (GER) rounding out the podium.

Zwift Blog

  • Audrey Cordon-Ragot shares her worst travelling experiences of the season – some funny and some not so funny – in her last blog for the year entitled “Travelling Joys”.
  • Ella Harris writes about her unforgettable experience at the World Championships and tells us what she took away from this special event, in her latest blog “Descending with Vos and The World Champs.”
  • Want to find out who the Zwift Academy Semi-Finalists are? From almost 9,000 riders, we’re down to the final 10, and you can get all the latest info right here!

Rawvelo Voxwomen Insider Podcast

  • Laura Winter travelled to Girona to talk to Lizzy Holden from Drops Cycling, Ella Harris from Canyon/SRAM Racing and Brodie Mai of Team TIBCO who all just finished off their year of cycling. Fabulous insights into their season and more, so have a listen right here!

Voxwomen Announcements and Events

  • Annemiek van Vleuten was named Sharon Laws Road rider of the year at the Rouleur Classic 2019. If you missed it, you can catch the award ceremony right here.
  • We’d love to hear your thoughts of what you want us to cover in 2020. So we invite you to take our survey and tell us what content you’d like to see more of and what we can do better. Have your say and you can shape the future of Voxwomen and women’s cycling: click here to complete the survey.
  • It’s your last chance to grab one of the amazing Iris designed VoxTour jerseys from the February GoZwift VoxTour. This lightweight jersey, designed by Iris Slappendel, offers many features such as enhanced breathability, freedom of movement, three back pockets, and much more. We only have a limited number left, so head over to our online store now to avoid missing out on these stunning jerseys!

This week in cycling history…

  • The first recorded women’s road race took place on 1 November 1868 at Parc Bordelaise in Bordeaux, and involved four women. The winner, “Mademoiselle Julie,” was awarded a golden watch. The women raced on velocipedes made of iron with wooden wheels and iron tires. While riding on the velocipedes, their long dresses flowed behind them, revealing their legs, a sight that was considered in some circles as too risqué for the audience to see. In fact, pictures of the riders had to be altered to cover their legs.
  • The first major French road race led over 76 miles from Paris to Rouen and was held on 7 November 1869. 120 competitors, among them three women, entered the event with the best placed female, a British rider named “Miss America” taking 29th position at the end of the day.
  • Ina-Yoko Teutenberg’s birthday was on 28 October. The former German road racer was professionally active between 2000 and 2013. She won over 200 races during her career, including 11 stages at the Giro Rosa, and the 2009 Tour of Flanders, and was part of the World Team Time Trial Championship-winning team in 2012. She currently works as a Sports Director for Trek-Segafredo’s women’s team.
  • Jeanine Longo’s birthday was on 31 October. Longo is a 25-time French champion and 13-time world champion. She won her last title, the French Elite TT, at the age of 53 in 2011. She began her sportive career as a downhill skier, but switched to cycling, and competed on both road and track, winning her first road championship at the age of 21.
  • American rider Marianne Martin’s birthday was on 1 November. She won the first Tour de France for Women, an 18-stage race that was held at the same time as the men’s event. Despite having had anaemia that year and feeling poorly, she persevered and managed to win the title.
  • Margaret Gast was born on 2 November, 1876. At the age of 16 years, she immigrated from Germany to the U.S. and became a dominant force in the American cycling scene in the last decade of the 19th century, establishing several endurance race records. After her retirement, she trained as a physiotherapist and managed a pub at the same time.

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