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After a three-year hiatus from racing professionally, Anna van der Breggen will make her comeback with Team SD Worx-Protime, starting on 1 January 2025. The Olympic champion and two-time Road World Champion has inked a contract with the team until the end of 2026. Since 2022, the now 34-year-old has been serving as a DS for the Dutch team. However, over the past year, she rediscovered her motivation to compete in races again.

Grace Brown has announced she will be retiring at the end of the season. A difficult decision to make for the highly successful Australian rider, she cites distance from family and friends back home as a major factor. We wish Grace the best in her next chapter.

Victoire Berteau has extended her contract with Cofidis until the conclusion of the 2026 season. Since joining the French outfit in 2022, she has not only excelled in road cycling but has also achieved success as a track rider with the national team. Berteau is set to compete for her country at the Paris Olympics.

Canadian rider Magdeleine Vallieres has renewed with EF Education-Cannondale. The young rider started as a domestique but has since taken on different roles within the team. She earned her first professional win on her second race day of the season, soloing to victory at Trofeo Palma Femina.

Magdalene Lind, Sigrid Ytterhus Hagset, former U23 Norwegian champion Mari Hole Mohr and India Grangier have extended with Team Coop-Repsol for another two years.

Katie Archibald tripped over a step in her garden, resulting in a dislocated ankle, broken tibia and fibula, and two torn ligaments. Unfortunately, these injuries will prevent her from competing at the upcoming Olympic Games. We wish Katie all the very best in her recovery.

Floortje Mackaij had a mechanical issue in a recon ride and crashed hard on her knee and elbow, requiring stitches. As a result, the Movistar Team rider missed the Dutch ITT championships. Heal up soon Floortje!

Kirstie van Haaften of Cofidis has been dealing with health issues since the start of the season and will now require brain surgery. We wish the Dutch rider all the very best for a complete recovery and hope to see her back on the road again soon.

Dutch ITT specialist Ellen van Dijk has resumed training after recovering from a broken ankle, while teammate Elisa Balsamo is also progressing well with her rehabilitation. Despite their strides in training, both riders are facing a tight timeline to reach the fitness level necessary for the Paris Olympics. However, their focus remains on preparing for the Games amidst the challenges of recovery.

Former British champion Alice Wood, who is currently riding for Human Powered Health, will retire at the end of 2024. She started riding her bike at 8 years old and progressed to making a time-trial and road race double at the 2019 National Road Championships, a world TTT title at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships, as well as multiple appearances for Great Britian on the international stage in four different disciples. We wish Alice all the best for her future endeavours.

32-year-old French rider Roxane Fournier has spent the last 15 years competing in the peloton with teams including FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope, Team SD Worx, Movistar, and most recently St Michel-Mavic-Auber 93. Last weekend, she announced her retirement during the French National Road Championships, citing her struggle with arterial endofibrosis as the reason for stepping away from cycling.

Veronica Ewers of EF Education – Cannondale has made the decision to take a break from racing and training for the remainder of the 2024 season. She is currently recovering from RED-S (relative energy deficiency in sport), compounded by a stress fracture in her heel. Recent DEXA scans and blood tests revealed significantly low bone density. Supported by her team and family, the American rider is now prioritising her recovery. We send our best wishes to Veronica and hope to see her back on the road soon!

USA Cycling has finalised its riders for the Olympics. Chloé Dygert will compete on the road, track and in the time trial. Taylor Knibb qualified for the road and time trial competitio,n while Olivia Cummins, Jennifer Valente, Kristen Faulkner and Lily Williams will be representing the USA on the track. Haley Batten and Silvia Blunk will tackle the mountain bike events, while Felicia Stancil, Daleny Vaughn and Alise Willoughby will compete in BMX racing.

At last week’s national road championships, Elisa Longo Borghini was penalised 25 seconds as her follower car was too close to her in the race. The victory was subsequently given to Vittoria Guazzini, who initially finished 0.95” behind Longo Borghini.

After 21 years of competitions on the Mount Buninyong circuit in Victoria, the 2025 Australian Cycling Road National Championships will be held in Perth, Western Australia, from 8 January to 12 January. It will be the first of three consecutive Road National Championships to be held in Perth in partnership with the WA Government, through Tourism WA and the City of Perth.

Next year’s Tour de Suisse Women will be held from 12 to 15 June. Küssnacht will host the final day of the women’s race, as well as the finish of Stage 3. The start and finish locations of the first two stages are not yet known but the organisers are in negotiations with several host cities.

The UCI Track Champions League is back later in the year, starting on 23 November in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, then moving to Apeldoorn and London which also hosts the Grand Finale on 7 December.

AG Insurance-Soudal Pro Cycling has welcomed Fien Delbaere as a new DS, who made her debut in this role at the Belgian ITT Championships. The former professional rider holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Management and Policy. After enduring multiple injuries over the past two years, Delbaere opted for a new challenge in her career and is looking forward to embarking on this new role.

 

Results

Tour de Suisse

Stage 3: Neve Bradbury (Canyon//SRAM Racing) ahead of Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon//SRAM Racing) and Femke de Vries (Team Visma | Lease a Bike)

Stage 4: Demi Vollering (SD Worx -Protime) ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Lidl-Trek) and Neve Bradbury

GC: Demi Vollering ahead of Neve Bradbury and Elisa Longo Borghini

 

NC Great Britain

ITT elite: Anna Henderson ahead of Claire Steels and Elinor Barker
Road elite: Pfeiffer Georgi ahead of Anna Henderson and Lizzie Deignan

 

NC Netherlands

ITT elite: Riejanne Markus ahead of Lieke Nooijen and Demi Vollering

 

NC Norway

ITT elite: Katrin Aalerud ahead of Mie Bjorndal Ottestad and Sigrid Ytterhus Haugset

Road elite: Mie Bjorndal Ottestad ahead of Emma Dyrhovden and Katrine Aalerud

 

NC Switzerland

ITT elite: Elena Hartmann ahead of Noemi Rüegg and Lea Stern

Road elite: Noemi Rüegg ahead of Linda Zanetti and Caroline Baur

 

NC Belgium 

ITT elite: Lotte Kopecky ahead of Marthe Goossens and Marion Riberolle Norbert
Road elite: Lotte Kopecky ahead of Sanne Cant and Justine Ghekiere

 

NC France

ITT elite: Audrey Cordon-Ragot ahead of Cedrine Kerbaol and Marion Borras

Road elite: Juliette Labous ahead of Gladys Verhulst-Wild and Jade Wiel

 

NC Italy

ITT elite: Vittoria Guazzini ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini and Elena Pirrone

Road elite: Elisa Longo Borghini ahead of Chiara Consonni and Eleonora Gasparrini

 

NC Spain

ITT elite: Mireia Benito ahead of Sandra Alsonso and Mavi Garcia

Road elite: Usoa Ostalaza ahead of Iurani Blanco and Mavi Garcia

 

NC Denmark

ITT elite: Emma Norsgaard ahead of Rebecca Koerner and Alberte Greve

Road elite: Rebecca Koerner ahead of Amalie Dideriksen and Emma Norsgaard

 

NC Germany

ITT elite: Mieke Kröger ahead of Antonia Niedermaier and Lisa Klein

Road elite: Franziska Koch ahead of Liane Lippert and Antonia Niedermaier

 

NC Austria

ITT elite: Anna Kiesenhofer ahead of Chrisitna Schweinberger and Anna Kofler

 

NC Poland

ITT Elite: Marta Jaskulska ahead of Marta Lach and Agnieszka Skalniak-Sojka

Road elite: Dominika Wlodarczyk ahead of Marta Jaskulska and Zusanna Chylinska

 

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

Dive into Sarah Gigante’s latest blog on the power of self-belief and a supportive team environment. “Believing in yourself is not just a cheesy motto, but a catalyst for success!” She shares her thoughts about the importance of belief here.

 

 

This week in cycling history

Tracey Gaudry

Born on 17 June 1969, Gaudry is a former pro rider with an illustrious career. She took victories in the Australian time trial and road national championships, as well as several prestigious UCI one-day races and stage races. Following her retirement from competitive cycling, Gaudry transitioned into administrative roles within government and private sectors. Notably, she served as the vice president of the UCI from 2013 to 2017 and held the position of President of the UCI Women’s Commission. Additionally, Gaudry presides over the Oceania Cycling Federation and has been leading an agency dedicated to combating family violence and violence against women in Victoria, Australia, since 2018.

Marianne Berglund

Marianne Berglund, the former skier turned pro road rider, recently celebrated her 61st birthday on 23 June. A standout athlete from Sweden, she achieved remarkable feats early in her career, winning the UCI World Road Championships in Switzerland at just 20 years old. Throughout her cycling journey, Berglund secured the Swedish national championship title 10 times and participated in the Olympics twice. Then transitioning from sports, she embarked on a successful career as a management consultant in the United States, where she also earned a PhD in Organisational Leadership. Today, Berglund channels her extensive expertise into coaching and mentoring young athletes on nutrition and training. Her primary focus, however, lies in consulting with businesses to enhance their performance.

 

WorldTour highlight videos

Catch up on all the action from the latest WorldTour races. Watch the race recap of the Tour de Suisse here.

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