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The Ford RideLondon Classique has announced the roster for the race starting on 24 May. British champion Pfeiffer Georgi, Charlotte Kool, Lorena Wiebes, Lizzie Deignan, Lotte Kopecky and Zoe Backstedt are just a few of the riders who will be at the start of the event. The full list of participants can be found here.

All four stages of the Tour of Britain Women have been announced, starting in Welshpool on the first day and finishing on day 4 in Leigh.

A dangerous incident took place at the French junior national championships, where a DS in a team car accidentally hit a rider. Fortunately, in this instance, the young rider fell away from the car and thus avoided further injury.

U.S. elite triathlete Taylor Knibb has qualified for the U.S. Cycling Olympic Team with her narrow victory in the Elite Time Trial at the 2024 USA Cycling Pro Road National Championships, in Charleston, West Virginia. Second in the TT was Kristen Faulkner (EF Education–Cannondale) and third was Amber Neben. Full list of results here.

Quinty Ton has made her racing debut with Liv AlUla Jayco at Vuelta a Burgos Feminas last week. The 25-year-old from the Netherlands has recovered from multiple fractures after being hit by a car in February. After being sidelined with injury during the spring classics, Australian Champion Ruby Roseman-Gannon was also back in action in Spain. She was eager to see where her form is at, and will use this race to get in form for the summer ahead.

Elisa Balsamo of Lidl-Trek crashed on the first stage of at the Vuelta a Burgos. Scans showed she suffered a fractured nasal bone, fractured second metacarpal and concussion. On the same stage, Sofia Bertizzolo of UAE Team ADQ also crashed in the final sprint and had to be taken to hospital with a fracture of the radius of the left forearm. When the accident happened, Lucinda Brand stopped to see what she could do to help. Brand then crossed the finish line more than three minutes later. The Dutch rider criticised the UCI for being given a 3-minute time loss after tending to her teammate within the final three kilometres. “Today I followed my human instinct and not my racing instinct. I stopped to check on my teammate after a nasty crash just meters from the finish. I didn’t think twice about doing it and I don’t regret it but, doing the right thing, lost me three minutes even with the line in view. If [Balsamo] had been able to finish, she would have gotten the same time as the group. So why should caring for others in that moment be treated any different in the eyes of the UCI?”

 

Results

Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria: Cedrine Kerbaol (CERATIZIT-WNT Pro Cycling Team) ahead of Evita Muzic (FDJ – SUEZ) and Thalita de Jong (Lidl-Trek)

Vuelta a Burgos Feminas

Stage 1: Lotta Henttala (EF Education-Cannondale) ahead of Carina Schrempf (Fenix-Deceuninck) and Lorena Wiebes (SD Worx-Protime)

Stage 2: Demi Vollering (SD Worx-Protime) ahead of Evita Muzic (FDJ-SUEZ) and Karlijn Swinkels (UAE Team ADQ)

Stage 3: Lorena Wiebes (SD Worx Protime) ahead of Clara Copponi (Lidl-Trek) and Maike van der Duin (Canyon//SRAM Racing)

Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic: Riejanne Markus (Visma| Lease a Bike) ahead of Barbara Guarishi (SD Worx-Protime) and Marthe Truyen (Fenix-Deceuninck)

 

Zwift Blog

In her Vuelta Diaries, Abi Smith provides behind-the-scenes insight into what it’s like to ride La Vuelta – from aero hairstyles in the TTT, to navigating a descent with a surprise cow encounter, to the daily life of being a ‘helper’ in one of the calendar’s most challenging races. Dive into the Vuelta action right here!

 

Race Preview

Get the scoop on the Ride London Classique. The three-stage race will see a star-studded lineup of sprinters battle it out for glory in this exciting race. Read all about it here.

 

This week in cycling history

Ruth Corset

This time in 2010, former Australian road champion Ruth Corset, won the ITT at the Tour Cycliste Feminin International Ardeche. Corset, one of the top Australian cyclists of her generation, started out as a runner specialising in cross-country and road running. She soon transitioned to triathlons, where she made her name as an elite athlete, but in 2006, she switched to road cycling. However, traveling frequently to Europe for races, competing at the top level, and being away from her family for extended periods was very challenging. The realities of the sport also made it hard to make a living. Returning to Australia, she ran her own sports massage therapy business while raising her children and racing on the Australian circuit. Corset quit international racing after not being selected for the London Olympics, but made a comeback as a force on the domestic scene. Her drive to excel has always been the catalyst for her motivation to race. Even at 46 years of age, she placed third at the 2023 Oceania Continental Championships, showing that age is really only a number.

 

WorldTour highlight videos

Catch up on all the action from the latest WorldTour races. Watch highlights of Itzulia Women here!

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