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Sanne Cant, 15-time Belgian cyclo-cross champion, took the silver medal at the recent national road championships, finishing behind winner Lotte Kopecky. Originally planning to retire from cycling after the Olympics, she hinted at a potential change of heart due to her recent success at the nationals. She stated: “there have been some recent developments in my life, which may alter my future plans slightly from what I had initially intended. Currently, my contract is nearing its end, and I have yet to receive any offers.”

Katarzyna Niewiadoma has signed a two-year contract extension with Canyon//SRAM Racing, after first signing with the team in 2018. The Polish rider continues to add to a long list of successes, including a GC podium at the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift in 2022 and 2023, a polka dot jersey in 2023, a Fléche Wallonne victory in 2024 and a host of other strong results.

British Cycling has unveiled its initial lineup of 20 riders who will compete for Great Britain at the Olympics. Notably, Evie Richards, the Commonwealth Champion, will be competing after having successfully recovered from recent injury. Meanwhile, newcomer Ella Maclean-Howell will make her Olympic debut, highlighting her rising status in the sport. In another significant achievement, the women’s track sprint team will participate in the team sprint event for the first time since London 2012. Katy Marchant will lead the squad for her third Olympic Games. She is joined by World and European individual sprint champion Emma Finucane and teammate Sophie Capewell. who will both make their Olympic debuts on the boards.

Dutch rider Mirre Knaven has joined EF Education-Cannondale with immediate effect, transitioning from AG Insurance-NXTG’s U23 team. Her debut race with her new squad was at the Thüringen Ladies Tour. Mirre comes from a family deeply rooted in the sport, with her father, Servais Knaven, having won 2001 Paris-Roubaix, and her mother, Natascha den Ouden, being a multiple-time Dutch national cyclocross champion.

The 2025 opening event of the WWT races, the Tour Down Under Women, has revealed more details of its three stages set for 17 to 19 January. Next year’s race promises tougher climbs, new challenges and longer stages compared to previous editions.

Ellen van Dijk is making remarkable strides in her recovery from her recent accident. Following surgery on her ankle, the healing process is progressing well, allowing her to engage in 2 to 3 indoor cycling sessions daily. With the aid of a specially-designed brace that fits into her regular cycling shoe, she has been able to intensify her training regimen. The next phase of her recovery will involve incorporating more interval training and increasing the intensity of her workouts. Despite the challenges ahead, the Dutch ITT specialist, who has her sights set on the Olympics, is committed to regaining peak form. We wish her continued success on the road to recovery.

Lani Wittevrongel, who took silver at the European Championships in the scratch race and Ilken Seynave, junior Belgian champion in cyclocross and ITT, have signed with Lotto Dstny Ladies Team for 2025.

 

Results

International Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour

Stage 1: Margot Vanpachtenbeke (VolkerWessels Women’s Pro Cycling Team) ahead of Ruth Edwards (Human Powered Health) and Linda Riedman (Team Visma | Lease a Bike)

Stage 2: Martina Fidanza (CERATIZIT-WNT Pro Cycling) ahead of Barbara Guarischi (SD Worx-Protime) and Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Uno-X Mobility)

Stage 3: Martina Fidanza ahead of Barbara Guarischi and Maggie Coles-Lyster (Roland)

Stage 4: Lucinda Brand (Lidl-Trek) ahead of Karlijn Swinkels (UAE Team ADQ) and Mischa Bredewold (SD Worx-Protime)

Stage 5: Mischa Bredewold (SD Worx-Protime) ahead of Brodie Chapman (Lidl-Trek) and Christina Schweinberger (Fenix-Deceuninck)

 

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

Check out Megan Jastrab’s latest blog about bouncing back from injury and finding confidence again, as she navigates her return to racing after injury. A powerful reminder that recovery is not necessarily a straight path. Have a read of it here.

 

This week in cycling history

Geneviève Gambillon

The French former professional rider, born in Normandy, celebrated her 72nd birthday on 30 June. Her cycling journey began unexpectedly during her daily commute to a boarding school in Granville, where she encountered the Durel brothers, notable figures in cycling themselves. Impressed by her strong pedal stroke, they encouraged Gambillon to pursue cycling seriously. This encounter inspired her to hone her skills, leading her to become the most successful French rider of the 1970s. She secured Road World Championship titles in 1972 and 1974, along with 22 national titles across road and track events. Retiring from competitive cycling in 1978, she transitioned to a career in nursing, working at a hospital near her hometown. Despite her significant contributions to cycling, Gambillon’s name gradually receded from public recognition over the years. In recent times, efforts have been made to honour her legacy. A multi-sport hall in Hudimesnil, her hometown, now bears her name – a fitting tribute to her outstanding career and enduring influence on French cycling.

 

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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