Your Monday Briefing


Get your week started with the latest news from the world of women’s cycling.

  • Drops Cycling has signed 20-year-old Portuguese rider Maria Martins, who won the bronze medal at the Scratch Race European Championships this year. After finishing sixth at La Madrid Challenge this year, Martins was still searching for a team for 2020, but was determined to find a new squad, and handed out her printed CV to prospective teams after the race.
  • CCC-Liv has signed two young Polish riders to their 2020 squad. The 21 year old national time trial U23 champion Aurela Nerlo, and the 19-year-old Marta Jaskulska, who sprinted to sixth place at the national road championships, will strengthen the team next season.
  • Bigla has completed its 2020 roster with the signing of the former World and European MTB Champion Kathrin Stirnemann.
  • CAMS-Tifosi has signed Charmaine Porter, a rider with several top 10 finishes in Tour Series races, and who used to be part of the squad in previous years. The team has also signed Jessica Finney, who has many podium results to her name in the domestic road racing scene.
  • Arkéa Pro Cycling is launching a women’s team in 2020. They hope to participate in races in France at the highest level, with the aim of a possible place in the WorldTour down the road.
  • Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-SCOTT) won the Keetie van Oosten-Hage Trophy in honour of the best female Dutch rider of the year, while Lorena Wibes (Parkhotel Valkenburg) received the Gerrie Knetemann Trophy for the best young Dutch rider
  • The UCI has confirmed the number of places that each nation will receive for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. A total of 67 women will be allowed to participate in the road race, while 25 places have been allocated for the time trial.
  • The course for one of 2020’s first races, the third edition of the Women’s Herald Sun Tour in Australia, has been revealed. The first stage will be held on 5 February and will be a course for the sprinters, while the second stage will be a summit finish, the first for the newly promoted UCI 2.1 race.
  • Letizia Paternoster (Trek-Segafredo) was hit by a car at a roundabout near Trentino, Italy, resulting in a fractured left scaphoid and a broken front tooth. Fortunately, she did not require surgery and a full recovery is expected within 30 days


  • At 4 Jours de Genève, the Omnium was won by Emily Nelson (GBR) ahead of Maggie Coles-Lyster (CAN) and Katarzyna Pawlowska (POL). Nelson also took the Scratch, with Pawlowska in second and Coles-Lyster in third. The Madison was won by Emily Nelson and Jenny Holl, with compatriots Amelia Sharpe and Ella Barnwell (GBR) finishing second, and Floriane Huet and Victoire Berteau (FRA) in third. The U23 Scratch was won by Berteau ahead of Coles-Lyster, with Erin J Attwell (CAN) taking third.
  • In Koksijde, the Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup was taken out by Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (NED), followed by Lucinda Brand (NED) and Yara Kastelijn (NED).
  • At the Ambiancecross in Wachtebeke, Yara Kastelijn (NED) finished first, while Sanne Cant (BEL) and Laura Verdonschot (BEL) followed behind on the podium.
  • Miho Imai was the winner of the Rapha Supercross Nobeyama in Japan ahead of US rider Taylor Kuyk-White and Aya Akamatsu from Japan.
  • Over in Slovakia, the Grand Prix Kosice was won by Janka Keseg Stevkova (SVK), with fellow Slovak riders Tereza Kurnick and Tatiana Jasekova rounding out the podium.
  • The North Carlolina Grand Prix saw Carlone Nolan (USA) prevail ahead of Raylyn Nuss (USA) and Hannah Arensman (USA).
  • At the Polish Bryksy Cross Gościęcin, the win was taken by Katerina Mudrikova (CZE), ahead of fellow Czech riders Kristyna Zemanova and Nikola Bajgerova.
  • In China, at the Qianjiang BMX Freestyle Competition, Xianfen Ou (CHN) finished in first place ahead of Xinyue Li (CHN) and Xiaolan Lian (CHN).

Zwift Blog

  • In her latest exclusive article, Tanja Erath tells us how she spends her off-season, as she allows herself a holiday before starting the next year of training and racing.
  • Audrey Cordon-Ragot shares her worst travelling experiences of the season, some quite humorous and some not so humorous, in her last blog for the year “Travelling Joys”.

Rawvelo Voxwomen Insider Podcast

  • In the final episode for 2019 Laura Winter talks to Emily Chappell, Seb Piquet (the voice of Radio Tour), Joscelin Ryan, Rachel Jary and Isabella Stone at the Rouleur Classic, and you can check it out here.
  • Laura Winter takes you behind the scenes at the Rouleur Classic as she speaks to Cecile Ludwig Uttrup, Anna Henderson and Christine Majerus and introduces the Voxwomen Sharon Laws Road Rider of the Year Award.

#ICYMI from Voxwomen

Voxwomen Announcements and Events

  • Next February, we’ll be running the Zwift x Voxwomen VoxTour, and we are delighted to be partnering with I R I S – I Ride In Style to create another special jersey design. We’re giving you the chance to help put the finishing touches on this fantastic jersey. Tell us here in your own 10 words or less an inspirational statement that can go on the pocket, which will encourage those who will wear it. The best one will be selected to appear on the pocket, and the winner will receive a jersey.

This week in cycling history…

  • This week in November, in 1930, Mien van Bree, a European and World champion, founded The Netherlands’ first women’s cycling club.
  • In 1890, a group of female cycling enthusiasts from Hammersmith, London, formed the Ladies Cycling Club, making it one of the earliest all-female cycling organisations in the world. Women’s-only cycling clubs provided some relief from the gender inequalities that female riders experienced in mixed clubs. Aside from cycling, these types of organisations also held political interests in areas such as dress reform, anti-vivisection, charitable causes and of course suffrage.

Voxwomen Online Shop

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