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Italian puncheur Giada Borghesi has signed with Human Powered Health, effective immediately. She transferred from BTC City Ljubljana Zhiraf Ambedo and was at the start for her new team at the Giro d’Italia. Borghesi had some impressive results in the U23 category, including a stage win at the Giro Mediterraneo Rosa and fourth place at La Classique Morbihan.

U.S. based DNA Pro Cycling Team, which was the top-ranked UCI Continental women’s team in the Americas last year, has announced that this season will be its last. Over the past 12 years, the team has recruited riders from eight countries (USA, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Germany, and Brazil) and competed in 12 countries across the Americas, Europe, and Oceania. The squad produced numerous elite and U23 national champions such as 2017 British TT champion Claire Rose, Columbian champion Diana Penuela and Canadian road and criterium champion Maggie Coles-Lyster. Four current and former members will also be representing their country at the Paris Olympics. The decision to discontinue the team was due to the growing demand on time and resources to run a UCI team based in North America.

Fem van Empel of Visma | Lease a Bike is still suffering from an injured hip after being hit by a driver on a training ride. She did not sustain any fractures but her preparation for the Giro d’Italia has been impeded. Announcing her injury, she stated: “Thanks to the man who hit me head-on with his car. Fortunately, no fractures, but a lot of pain in the hip.”

The athletes who will compete on the road and track at the Olympics for Australia have been selected: Grace Brown, Ruby Roseman-Gannon, Lauretta Hanson, Kristina Clonan, Georgie Baker, Alexandra Manly, Maeve Plouffe, Sophie Edwards and Chloe Moran.

The British Olympic Association has named the final riders who will make up the 30-strong squad to represent Team GB at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The 12 female and male athletes announced include seven Olympic medallists and five debutants from the BMX racing, BMX freestyle park, track and road disciplines, with parity in the number of male and female riders representing Team GB across the full squad.

Teniel Campbell produced a dominant performance at the 2024 Trinidad and Tobago national championships by claiming victories in both the time trial and road race. The 26-year-old Liv AlUla Jayco rider began the championships with a win in the 25.2km time trial, followed by the 147km road race. This will be Teniel’s second time wearing the national jersey in both disciplines after winning them both the last time she competed in the event in 2022.

Marta Cavalli (FDJ-SUEZ) was taken to hospital last Friday after the driver of a motor vehicle struck her while on a training ride near her home in northern Italy. The Italian rider took a heavy fall and was taken to hospital, but no fractures were disgnosed. We wish Marta all the best for her recovery.

The Cyclists’ Alliance has launched the “It’s Right to Say No” campaign. The initiative aims to create a culture of respect, safety, and empowerment within the professional cycling community. By recognising, addressing, and reporting boundary violations, it is hoped that every female cyclist can pursue her passion for cycling with confidence and dignity. More details can be found here.

 

Results

Volta a Portugal Feminina

Stage 1: Michaela Drummond (Arkéa – B&B Hotels Women) ahead of Maurene Tregouet (Arkéa – B&B Hotels Women) and India Grangier (Team Coop – Repsol)

Stage 2: Mara Roland (Cynisca Cycling) ahead of Francesca Hall (DAS-Hutchison-Brother UK) and Ashley Frye (Cynisca Cycling)

Stage 3: Michela Drummond ahead of India Grangier and Marie-Morgane Le Deunff (Arkéa – B&B Hotels Women)

 

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

Connie Paraskevin-Young

Born on 4 July 1961, in Detroit, Michigan, Paraskevin-Young embarked on her cycling journey at a young age and quickly rose to prominence through her exceptional talent and determination. One of her most notable accomplishments was winning the bronze medal in the sprint event at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. She captured numerous titles at the U.S. National Championships and excelled in World Championship events. After retiring from professional cycling, she transitioned to a life dedicated to promoting and supporting the sport. She founded the Connie Cycling Foundation, an organisation focused on introducing young people to cycling and providing them with resources and opportunities to develop their skills. In addition to this work, Connie has also been actively involved in coaching and mentoring. She has also been a vocal advocate for women’s cycling, working to elevate the sport and ensure equal opportunities for female athletes.

Francesca Galli

Galli turned 64 on 5 July. Born and raised in Italy, she discovered her love for cycling at a young age, inspired by the scenic routes and the spirit of the Italian cycling culture. Her journey began with local races, after which she joined a professional cycling team in her early twenties, marking the beginning of her career at the elite level. Throughout her career, she was particularly known for her prowess in time trials and her strategic acumen in road races. Her achievements include winning the national road title in 1979, Trofeo Alfredo Binda in 1980, and the team time trial at the World Championships in Ronse in 1988. Off the bike, she is a vocal advocate for the promotion of women’s cycling. She is actively involved in mentoring young cyclists, sharing her experiences and insights to inspire the next generation. Her efforts also extend to supporting initiatives that aim to provide better training facilities and opportunities for female cyclists.

 

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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