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The Tour de l’Avenir Femmes has revealed the course for its second edition, which will be held from 21 to 24 August. The event will feature two stages in France and two in the Piedmont area of Italy.

AI is entering the cycling world in more than one way. It can be used in the prevention of cycling accidents, analysing traffic data and identifying hazards, and minimising bonking by predicting a rider’s calorie needs. Find out more here.

Cycling New Zealand has announced its squad for the Paris Olympics: Kim Cadzow and Niamh Fisher-Black (road), and Bryony Botha, Emily Shearman, Nicole Shields, Ally Wollaston, Ellesse Andrews, Shaane Fulton and Rebecca Petch (track).

After her crash last week, Elisa Balsamo has undergone maxillofacial surgery.

After knee surgery in March, Ally Wollaston of AG Insurance-Soudal Pro Cycling has been able to resume racing at RideLondon. It’s good to see the New Zealand rider back in action.

Kristen Faulkner of EF Education-Canondale fell short of an automatic bid for the Olympics but she could still make the road discipline event. The U.S. rider has therefore decided to try her luck on the track to make it onto the team pursuit squad for Paris.

As a result of a recent Covid infection, Ella Harris of Lifeplus Wahoo has been suffering from myocarditis and has not been able to return to racing. She expects to be sidelined for the foreseeable future. We wish her a speedy and complete recovery.

Lizzy Banks, who was with EF Education-TIBCO-SVB until last year, has revealed she had been fighting a doping allegation. She received a ‘No Fault or Negligence’ ruling after a positive anti-doping sample last year. Her full story can be found here on her website.

On 26 May, ultra-endurance cyclist Lael Wilcox set off on a quest to pedal her way into the history books yet again as she aims to set a new Guinness World Record by circumnavigating the world in just 110 days. The rules state that the rider may make their own route, and air and sea travel is allowed to jump between continents as long as at least 18,000 miles are actually ridden by bike.

Smaller cycling teams are facing financial difficulties because of ever increasing costs. Due to unexpected costs brought on by Brexit, a British Continental women’s team which will be racing at the upcoming Tour of Britain Women has turned to crowdfunding for financial support. The Lincoln-based UCI Continental squad, Pro-Noctis – 200º Coffee – Hargreaves Contracting aims to raise £10,000 to cover race expenses this season. The team had ambitions to participate in more international events, but the costs of crossing to the continent have risen since Brexit, along with the overall running costs of maintaining a UCI Continental team this season.

A day ahead of the 2024 edition of RideLondon, a study was released highlighting the impact of the 2023 RideLondon event. The race and surrounding activities had a significant economic effect, with spectators in Essex spending an estimated £640,000 over the three days, while participants raised an estimated £5 million for charity. The event also prompted notable behaviour changes, with 81 percent of spectators surveyed feeling inspired to become more physically active, with 66% specifically motivated to cycle more.

Take part in Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift Challenge on 18 August! From Bourg d’Oisans, you’ll set off with your race number and your Santini jersey on the ascent of 21 legendary turns, 14km and 1,120m elevation to Alpe d’Huez. By electric bike, tandem, mountain bike or road bike, come and enjoy the experience with friends or family in the atmosphere of the decisive stage that will decide the winner of Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift 2024! More information can be found here.

 

Results

US National Road Championships: Kristen Faulkner (EF Education-Cannondale) ahead of Ruth Edwards (Human Powered Health) and Coryn Labecky (EF Education-Cannondale)

GP Mazda Schelkens: Martina Fidanza (CERATIZIT-WNT Pro Cycling) ahead of Daria Pikulik (Human Powered Health) and Sara Fiorin (UAE Development Team)

 

Continental Pan-Am Championships:

ITT: Amber Neben (USA) ahead of Lauren Stephens (USA) and Aranza Valentina Villalon (Chile)

Road: Lauren Stephens (USA) ahead of Wellyda Regisleyne Dos Santos (BRA) Catalina Soto (Chile)

 

RideLondon
Stage 1:
Lorena Wiebes (Team SD Worx – Protime) ahead of Letizia Paternoster (Liv AlUla Jayco) and Clara Copponi (Lidl-Trek)

Stage 2: Lorena Wiebes ahead of Charlotte Kool (Team dsm-firmenich PostNL) and Lotte Kopecky (Team SD Worx)

 

Bretagne Ladies Tour

Stage 1: Grace Brown (FDJ-SUEZ) ahead of Amber Kraak (FDJ-SUEZ) and Marie Le Net (FDJ-SUEZ)
Stage 2: Sarah Roy (Cofidis) ahead of Alessia Vigilia (FDJ-SUEZ) and Sanne Cant (Fenix-Deceuninc)
Stage 3: Grace Brown ahead of Thalita de John (Lotto Dstny Ladies) and Fien Van Eynde (Fenix-Deceuninck)
GC: Grace Brown ahead of Alessia Vigilia and Amber Kraak

 

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!

 

This week in cycling history

Charlotte Becker

Becker celebrated her 40th birthday on 19 May. The German former rider has been in pro cycling since 2000. Her achievements include several national championship titles on the road and track as well as a gold medal at the TTT at the World Championships in the Netherlands in 2012. She concluded her career with the French outfit Arkéa Pro Cycling Team. In her final years in the peloton, the avid horseback rider also joined the German police force, where she continues to work.

 

WorldTour highlight videos

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

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