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

  • British rider and time trial specialist Gabriella Shaw has re-signed with CAMS-Tifosi for next season.
  • Sofia Bertizzolo, who was supposed to ride for Movistar next year, will be unable to join the team due to her contractual relationship with the Polizia di Stato. With Movistar team aiming for WorldTour status in 2020, the team is bound by regulations regarding UCI Women’s WorldTour teams which prevent the existence of dual work contracts.
  • Canyon//SRAM has confirmed that the team will be retaining Tiffany Cromwell and Hannah Barnes for 2020, both riders who have been with the team for several years.
  • Charlotte Becker, former German time trial champion and road champion, has left FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope after one season and joined Arkéa-Samsic’s newly-formed women’s team in 2020.
  • Emily Kay will be staying with Torelli-Assure-Madison next year.
  • With the popularity of eSports, the CPA has asked the UCI to protect and regulate the disclosure of sensitive data about riders, arguing that athletes should have the choice whether to share such data and on what terms.
  • WNT-ROTOR Pro Cycling will be changing its name next season. CERATIZIT Group, the parent company of WNT, joins as co-title sponsor, and from 2020 the team will be called CERATIZIT – WNT Pro Cycling team.
  • USA Cycling has revealed its 2020 Pro Road Tour calendar, and you can have a look at all the races scheduled right here,
  • British rider Rhona Callander of NXTG Racing has decided to retire from the sport, citing that she has slowly lost her passion for cycling and needs to have a change.
  • Belgian rider Sofie de Vuyst has been suspended by her team Parkhotel Valkenburg after she provided a positive sample at a doping control in September.
  • Hammer Limburg has plans underway to organise an elite women’s and men’s Hammer series in Limburg in 2021. For 2020, an expanded Hammer Youth event is being planned, in which girls and boys across all categories will be able to race the Hammer format.


At the UCI Track World Cup in Hong Kong:

  • The Madison was won by Julie Leth and Trine Schmidt (DEN) ahead of Nicole Shields and Jessie Hodges (NZL) and Vittoria Guazzini and Chiara Consonni (ITA).
  • Germany won the Team Sprint ahead of China, which fielded teams that finished in both second and third place.
  • New Zealand won the Team Pursuit ahead of Belgium and Korea.
  • The Scratch was taken out by Anite Yvonne Stenberg (NOR), with Verena Eberhardt (AUT) and Maria Martins (POR) finishing second and third respectively.
  • Yumi Kajihara (JPN) defeated Maria Martins and Jolien D’hoore (BEL) in the Omnium.
  • Hyejin Lee (KOR) won the Keirin ahead of Luibov Basova (UKR) and Yuka Kobayashi (JPN).
  • Wai Sze Lee (HKG) took out the Sprint ahead of Emma Hinze (GER) and Kelsey Mitchell (CAN).
  • At the BMX Race of Champions in the USA, the Elite race was won by Alise Willoughby (USA), ahead of Lauren Reynolds (AUS), and Brooke Crain (USA). The Junior category was taken out by Payton Ridenour (USA), with Molly Simpson (CAN), and Daleny Vaughn (USA) rounding out the podium.
  • At the Flückiger Cross Madiswil in Switzerland, Pavla Havlikova (CZE) defeated Noemi Rüegg (SUI) and Lara Krähemann (SUI).
  • At the Cyclo cross du Mingant Lanarvily, Amandine Fouquenet (FRA) finished in first place ahead of fellow French riders MArine Strappazzon and Maeva Squiban.
  • At the International Ciclocross selle SMP, it was an all-Italian podium with Sara Casasola, Rebecca Gariboldi, and Francesca Baroni.
  • In Belgium. at the Lampiris Zilvermeercross, Laura Verdonschot (BEL) defeated the two Dutch riders Shirin van Anrooij and Inge van der Heijden.
  • The Toi Toi Cup in the Czech Republic saw Pavla Havlikova finish first, ahead of Katerina Mudrikova and Tereza Vanickova, all Czech riders.
  • In the United States, at Ruts ‘n’ Guts, Ellen Noble (USA) defeated Sunny Gilbert and Crystal Anthony, meaning there was an all-American podium at the race.
  • At the Gran Premio Guerciotti, the podium consisted of the Italians Francesca Baroni, Rebecca Gariboldi, and Sara Casola.
  • In Spain, at the Abadiñoko Udala Saria, Lucia Gonzalez Blanco (ESP) finished first, ahead of fellow Spanish riders Sandra Trevilla Samperio and Olatz Odriozola Mugica.
  • At the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee Kortrijk, Lucinda Brand (NED) took the win, with Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (NED) finishing in second place, and Annemarie Worst (NED) taking third.

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.

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…

  • Anna Millward’s birthday was on 26 November. The now 48-year-old former rider was one of Australia’s most successful cyclists, and was active between 1994 and 2002. After having commuted to and from university by bike, Millward decided to enter the Great Victorian Bike Ride, a nine-day recreational tour. After this adventure, she developed a passion for cycling and built an illustrious sporting career. At the 1998 Commonwealth Games, she won gold in the time trial and bronze in the road race. She then came second in the World Championships in 1999, and won the overall UCI points title and became the UCI overall World Cup points champion in 2001. During her cycling career, she also completed a law degree and returned to work as a lawyer in Melbourne/Australia after retiring from the sport.

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