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We’re excited to announce the five Voxwomen Ambassadors! Welcome to Shayna, Yannika, Katheryn, Julia and Shiqi. We hope you’ll join them in our Zwift rides and other upcoming initiatives to promote women’s cycling. Discover more about each of our ambassadors here.

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, currently the only female rider for INEOS Grenadiers, is poised to join Visma | Lease a Bike in 2025, marking her eagerly anticipated comeback to road racing after over a decade since her win at the World Championships road race. The French rider is expected to ink a three-year deal, spanning from 2025 to 2027. Visma | Lease a Bike is banking on the 32-year-old’s racing prowess to bolster their lineup in the forthcoming seasons. Meanwhile, INEOS Grenadiers appears to have opted out of launching a women’s team for the 2025 season.

Kim Cadzow, the reigning New Zealand time trial champion, has extended her contract with EF Education-Cannondale. Despite being in just her second full season as a professional rider, Cadzow’s remarkable achievements have also earned her a spot in the New Zealand Olympic squad for both the road race and time trial events.

Mischa Bredewold has extended her contract with Team SD Worx – Protime until the end of 2027. Bredewold made her debut in the Dutch squad in 2023. Throughout this period, she has clinched notable victories, including the European Road Championship title and Classic Lorient Agglomération, and has also triumphed in two stages of Itzulia Women.

During the first stage of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio was unfortunately involved in a crash that resulted in a back injury. She will now embark on a journey to rebuild her training routine, taking it week by week. Over the upcoming weeks, she will work closely with her medical team to evaluate her progress and gradually reintegrate training sessions. Unfortunately, this means the South African rider will be unable to participate in upcoming races such as the Giro Donne. We wish Ashleigh a quick and complete recovery.

In 2025, Le Tour de Frances Femmes avec Zwift will kick off with its Grand Départ in Vannes, situated in the Brittany region of Northwest France. The following day, the race will traverse the Finistère region before returning to Morbihan for the third stage. Excitingly, next year’s edition will feature an expansion to a total of nine stages, promising even more action for participants and spectators alike.

The UCI has released its race calendar for 2025, featuring the UCI Women’s WorldTour. Spanning 29 events across twelve countries and three continents, the season will offer a total of 84 days of racing action. Commencing with the Santos Tour Down Under in Australia from 17 to 19 January, the racing will run until 19 October, culminating with the Tour of Guangxi in China. Notably, the calendar welcomes a new addition: the Copenhagen Race on 21 June. Additionally, a new division, the UCI Women’s ProTeam category, will be introduced, ensuring that riders receive a minimum salary of 20,000 Euros per year, teams meet staffing requirements, and also secure WWT level insurance. Further details can be found here.

In sad news for women’s professional cycling, the Ford RideLondon Classique won’t take place in 2025. The UCI has rescheduled the event on the Women’s WorldTour calendar to a date that clashes with other events in London, rendering it unfeasible. The Event Director of Ford RideLondon and CEO of London Marathon Events expressed surprise and disappointment, noting a lack of consultation or prior warning from the UCI regarding the change, which was communicated only in March of this year.

The UCI has implemented a series of measures aimed at enhancing the safety of riders, both male and female, during road races. These initiatives encompass the introduction of a yellow card system, limitations on the use of earpieces during races, adjustments to the 3km rule, and streamlining the method for calculating time differentials in stages featuring bunch sprints. Additionally, a new role, the SafeR Safety Analyst, will be established to evaluate the security protocols implemented by race organisers, with a particular focus on addressing challenges posed by specific sections of race routes. For more information on these new safety measures, click here.

Following safety concerns surrounding the 2023 CIC-Tour Féminin, a new management team has assumed control, resulting in the race being rebranded as the Tour des Pyrénées. In the aftermath of the previous year’s safety issues, the race now features a less robust start list, reflecting the lingering effects from last year’s event.

Demi Vollering has opted for a new approach during her recon of the final stages of the 2024 Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, choosing to travel in a campervan instead of staying at a hotel. She elaborated, saying: “Between races, you’re in hotels so much, so I love getting away with the RV and getting back to basics.”

USA Cycling has revealed its Olympic track team, which includes three-time World Champion and Olympic Champion Jennifer Valente, Olympian medallist Lily Williams, two-time Olympian Chloe Dygert, and 2024 Road Race National Champion Kristen Faulkner, as well as Olivia Cummins, who is making her Olympic debut. The 2024 Olympic MTB team includes Olympian Haley Batten and first time Olympian and US national champion Savilia Blunk.

An opiate-based painkiller, reportedly more potent than tramadol and currently not banned, has raised concerns within both the UCI and the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC). Members of both organisations are advocating for its prohibition. Presently, four Women’s WorldTeams are members of the MPCC: Team dsm–firmenich PostNL, FDJ-SUEZ, Human Powered Health, and Uno-X Mobility.

Several countries are scheduled to hold their national road championships in June. Here are some dates for the events:
15-23 June: The Netherlands
19-23 June: Great Britain, Poland
19-30 June: Italy
20-23 June: Norway, Switzerland
20-24 June: France
20-28 June: Belgium
21-23 June: Denmark, Austria, Canada, Spain, Germany



Tour de Suisse Women
Stage 1: Demi Vollering (Team SD Worx – Protime) ahead of Gaia Realini (Lidl-Trek) and Elise Chabbey (Canyon//SRAM Racing)
Stage 2: Demi Vollering ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Lidl-Trek) and Kim Cadzow (EF Education – Cannondale)

Tour Féminin International des Pyrenees

Stage 1: Vittoria Guazzini (FDJ-SUEZ) ahead of Josie Talbot (Cofidis) and Marcela Prieto (Pato Bike BMC Team)
Stage 2: Usoa Ostolaza (Laboral Kutxa – Fundación Euskadi) ahead of Valentina Cavallar (Arkéa – B&B Hotels Women) and Iurani Blanco (Laboral Kutxa – Fundación Euskadi)
Stage 3: Josie Talbot (Cofidis Women Team) ahead of Lotte Claes (Arkéa – B&B Hotels Women) and Giada Borghesi (BTC City Ljubljana Zhiraf Ambedo)
GC: Usoa Ostolaza ahead of Valentina Cavallar and Iurani Blanco


Women Elite XCC in Val di Sole: Puck Pieterse (NED) ahead of Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (FRA) and Savilia Blunk (USA)

Finland Road Race (Elite): Anniina Ahtosalo ahead of Wilma Aintila and Ursula Lindén
Finland Road Race (Junior): Anni Teronen ahead of Viivi Turpeinen and Elisabet Kapanen
Lithuania Road Race (Elite): Olivija Baleisyté ahead of Skaiste Mikasauskaite and Egle Dubauskaite
Lithuania ITT (Junior): Gabija Jonaityte ahead of Miglé Daneikaité and Mante Bidvaité
Germany ITT (Junior): Kjara Reckmann ahead of Messane Bräutigam and Julia Servay
Netherlands Road Race (Junior): Puck Langenbarg ahead of Megan Arens and Esmee Blok

Voxwomen Club!

Calling all cycling enthusiasts. The Voxwomen Cycling Club is hosting a series of exciting rides on Zwift with our ambassadors and we’re inviting YOU to join. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or just starting out, let’s pedal together, have fun and stay fit! More information can be found here.


The Women’s Cycling Podcast p/b Liv

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

Erika Salumäe

Born on 10 June 1962 in Estonia, Salumäe began her cycling career in the Soviet Union, where she quickly rose to prominence as one of the most dominant sprinters of her time. She achieved remarkable success, including winning two Olympic gold medals in the sprint events at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Salumäe’s prowess on the track and her strategic racing tactics earned her widespread admiration and cemented her legacy as one of the greatest sprint cyclists. Following her retirement from competitive cycling, Salumäe transitioned into various roles within the cycling community, including coaching and mentoring young athletes. She also delved into business ventures, leveraging her experience and expertise to contribute to the development of cycling infrastructure and sports management.

Félicia Ballanger

Born on 12 June 1971, she was named Félicia by her cycling-mad family, after the Italian Tour de France winner Felice Gimondi. She began her athletic career as both a cyclist and handball player, but success did not come easy as she suffered a severe injury that impeded her progress. However, once recovered, Ballanger was invincible in the velodrome between 1995 and 2000, dominating the individual sprint and 500m time trial events at the Olympic Games and the World Championships. She won five World Championship titles in the sprint and 500m-time trial and was also a triple Olympic champion. In 2001, she became Vice-president of the Fédération Française de Cyclisme, a position that she held for quite some time. She has been living in New Caledonia for the past 20 years and has managed doping controls at cycling races in Oceania and at the last Olympics.


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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