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Team Visma | Lease a Bike Women has signed Femke de Vries. The 30-year-old Dutch doctor, who has been riding for the Continental team GT Krush Rebellease, came to cycling rather late. Unlike a lot of riders, she did not grow up cycling. “It wasn’t until I was 23 that I sat on a road bike for the first time,” De Vries said about her first encounter with cycling. “That was in 2016. I started cycling as a student while studying medicine. My uncle lent me a road bike, and I was immediately hooked. The love of racing started there and never left.”

Lara Gillespie, from the UAE Development Team, will step up to the WorldTour team. The 23-year-old Irish champion will race in the UAE Team ADQ team jersey starting on 9 June 2024. She already won the Antwerp Port Epic Ladies in Belgium as well as two stages and the final classification at the Giro del Mediterraneo in Rosa.

Marlen Reusser will miss the Tour de Suisse due to an infection. The Swiss rider has been suffering from illness for more than two weeks and is not expected to recover in time to defend her title in Switzerland. Once fully back to health, the three-time European ITT champion will focus on the upcoming Olympics.

Ellen van Dijk was involved in a crash during training last week. After the accident, she was taken to hospital where, along with some other minor injuries, scans revealed the presence of a fracture to her right ankle, which will require surgery. She hopes to return to training two weeks after the procedure, and continue with her preparation for the Olympics.

Lifeplus-Wahoo’s Kate Richardson was involved in a serious accident while training, when she was hit by a car. The incident left her with a fractured scapula and a bruised, swollen right hip, forcing her to withdraw from the Tour of Britain. This marks Richardson’s fourth serious crash within a year. In light of her recent injuries, she expressed the need for both physical and mental recovery before considering a return to competitive cycling.

Natalie Grinczer of Roland Cycling, who suffered serious injuries at La Vuelta Femenina, has embarked on a gruelling rehabilitation journey aimed at rebuilding strength and regaining mobility. Although she still faces some lingering health challenges, she is slowly improving with daily physio sessions.

The French Team for the Olympic MTB competition has been announced, with Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Loana Lecomte representing their country in Elancourt.

Before the start of stage 2 of the Tour of Britain Women, the UCI Continental outfit Lifeplus-Wahoo were dealt the bitter blow of having their bikes stolen overnight. The team was shocked to discover that all 14 of their Ribble Bikes had been taken from their mechanics’ van. In a display of solidarity, some of the other teams generously donated their spare bikes to the team, enabling them to continue racing.

A few weeks before the start of the Thüringen Women’s Tour, the international cycling race is on the brink of cancellation due to a lack of course marshals. Sufficient volunteers must register by June 14 to prevent a cancellation. The race, featuring 20 teams from twelve nations as well as European, World and Olympic champions, is scheduled to begin on June 25 and was set to be livestreamed.

The organisers of Omloop van het Hageland have chosen to discontinue the women’s race. With the departure of key staff members within the organisation, the remaining team found themselves under overwhelming pressure, leading to the decision not to stage the race next year.

With one month until the start of the Giro d’Italia, organised for the first time by RCS Sport in partnership with the FCI, the stage locations have coloured their benches red and pink to support Scarpetta Rossa, the Charity Partner of the Corsa Rosa, as a sign of solidarity against gender violence. The 22 teams of 7 athletes each have also now been made official. Read more here.

This year, the Tour of Britain had an overall prize fund of nearly 60,000 euros (£51,045). This is proportionately the same as the men’s race – albeit accounting for the women’s tour being two days shorter this year, at four stages. The Tour of Britain’s decision to allocate a similar proportion of prize money to both the men’s and women’s races is a positive step towards achieving greater gender equality in the sport. Looking ahead to 2025, British Cycling CEO Jon Dutton’s goal of expanding the women’s Tour of Britain to six stages is another exciting development for racing in Britain.

The UCI has published the 2023 Cycling World Championships Sustainability Report. The organisation used the Sustainability Impact Tracker to undertake an environment, social and governance assessment mapped against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainability Report provides useful insights and recommendations that will help deliver sustainable events and encourage innovation in the future. Details can be found here.

 

Results

Tour of Britain

Stage 1: Lotte Kopecky (Team SD Worx-Protime) ahead of Letizia Paternoster (Liv AlUla Jayco) and Pfeiffer Georgi (Team dsm-firmenich PostNL)
Stage 2: Lotte Kopecky ahead of Anna Henderson (Great Britain) and Lorena Wiebes (Team SD Worx-Protime)
Stage 3: Lorena Wiebes ahead of Charlotte Kool (Team dsm-firmenich PostNL) and Georgia Baker (Liv AlUla Jayco)
Stage 4: Ruby Roseman-Gannon (Liv AlUla Jayco) ahead of Christine Majerus (Team SD Worx-Protime) and Lorena Wiebes
GC: Lotte Kopecky ahead of Anna Henderson and Christine Majerus

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Femenina 

Stage 1: Ally Wollaston (AG Insurance-Soudal Team) Marianne Vos (Team Visma | Lease a Bike) and Arlenis Sierra (Movistar Team)
Stage 2: Marianne Vos ahead of Riejanne Markus (Team Visma | Lease a Bike) and Katrine Aalerud (Uno-X Mobility)
Stage 3: Ally Wollaston ahead of Marianne Vos and Vittoria Guazzini (FDJ-SUEZ)
GC: Marianne Vos ahead of Riejanne Markus and Katrine Aalerud

 

Elmos Dwars door het Hageland: Lucinda Brand (Lidl-Trek) ahead of Thalita de Jong (Lotto Dstny Ladies) and Karlijn Swinkels (UAE Team ADQ)

 

The Women’s Cycling Podcast p/b Liv

Did you catch this month’s episode? Powered by Liv, it’s now available on your favorite podcast platforms! In this first episode, Rebecca Charlton is joined by Olympian and Team DSM-Firmenich PostNL pro rider Megan Jastrab as her co-presenter. They chat with Abi Smith about life on the road and her impressive art skills, meet photographer Becky Mursell, who is working on an exciting project showcasing personalities who ride bikes, and talk with Liv AlUla Jayco DS Shawn Clarke to gain insight into preparations for the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. Catch it here on Apple Music or here on Spotify!

Zwift Blog

Lizzie Stannard dives into the Eurocentric nature of the WorldTour and explores the geography, economics, and politics behind this, in her latest blog. ⁠It’s a must-read, so check it out here.

 

This week in cycling history

Maria Canins

Born on 4 June 1949, Canins is a former Italian rider and Nordic skier renowned for her versatility and achievements in both sports. She initially excelled in cross-country skiing, becoming a 15-time Italian national champion. She transitioned to cycling at the age of 32, encouraged by the Italian Cycling Federation to take up road racing during the off-season. She achieved significant success early in her cycling career. Canins won the women’s version of the Tour de France, known as the Grande Boucle Féminin Internationale in 1985 and 1986, and also claimed victory in the inaugural Giro d’Italia Femminile in 1988. Throughout her career, she earned numerous national titles and podium finishes in prestigious races, making her one of the most decorated female riders of her time. Despite retiring from professional racing in 1990, Canins has remained active in sports. She continues to enjoy skiing and cycling in her native region of Alta Badia.

Lucy Tyler-Sharman

Born on 6 June 1965, Tyler-Sharman is a distinguished track cyclist, originally from the United States but later competing for Australia. Her cycling career is marked by remarkable achievements, including winning a bronze medal in the women’s points race at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and a World Championship title in the 3000m individual pursuit in 1998. After a successful career as a pro rider, she transitioned to coaching where she is helping to nurture and develop new talent in the sport​.

 

WorldTour highlight videos

Catch up on all the action from the latest WorldTour races. Watch the action from the Lloyds Bank Tour of Britain Women here!

 

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