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Erica Magnaldi and Lara Vieceli will remain with WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling Team for 2020. Magnaldi has achieved multiple top ten results in stages of the Giro Rosa, Setmana Ciclista Valenciana and Tour of Ardèche, while Vieceli rode to 4th place at Grand Prix International d’Isbergues and 7th position in the prologue at the Premondiale Giro Toscana Femminile.
Sofia Bertizzolo has been signed by CCC-Liv after she was unable to ride for Movistar due to complications involving UCI and national laws.
Franziska Brauße was selected as the female rider of the year in Germany, taking over from Kristina Vogel, the winner of last year’s event. The German, who rides for the WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling, had a very successful year on the track, having taken out the European Championship title in the individual pursuit.
Two-time Australian champion Amanda Spratt was named Female Road Cyclist of the Year at the Cycling Australia Awards.
Astana Women’s Team has confirmed that Colombian champion Liliana Morena and Mexican rider Yareli Salazar will stay with the team in 2020.
The inaugural Dubai Women’s Tour will be held from 17-20 February 2020. 14 international teams, plus Team UAE, will be competing at the four-day event.
The Transport Authorities of Sweden have rejected the Swedish Cycling Association’s request to run the national championships around the municipalities of Lindvallen because of high volume of traffic on particular stretches of road. The event may be cancelled if no other solutions can be found.
Emily Meakin will join Drops Cycling and is expected to play an important role in the team’s Classics and TT squad.
Biehler Pro Cycling will ride Krush bikes from next season onwards, with the company also coming on board as a co-sponsor. The team will be named Biehler Krush Pro Cycling.
Despite its success, the cyclo-cross world cup in Bern will not go ahead next year. The organisers have reported that the new reforms to the world cup series would add significant costs to the event that would be unsustainable within an already tight budget.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot has decided not to compete in road racing next year. She will instead be concentrating on mountain biking and cross-country. After surgery this year, she won three cross-country World Cup races and the World cross-country title in Canada.
It was an all-Dutch podium at the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup in Namur, with Lucinda Brand emerging victorious, followed by Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado and Annemarie Worst.
The US National Cyclo-cross Elite Championship title was won by Clara Honsinger ahead of Rebecca Fahringer and Katherine Crompton.
Sanne Cant of Belgium won the Rectavit Cyclocross Waaslandcross in her home country, ahead of Dutch rider Anniek van Alphen and Blanka Vas from Hungary.
In her latest exclusive article, Tanja Erath tells us how she spends her off-season, which includes a well-deserved but rare holiday before starting the next year of training and racing.
Lizzie Deignan reflects on this year’s World Championships and talks to us about her expectations for the Olympics in Tokyo next season. Read all about it here.
Missing your weekly dose of race coverage? We’ve got all the episodes of the Voxwomen TV show available to watch and download. Revisit races and interviews from the past few seasons right here on our channel.
Re-live and reflect on a year of fantastic women’s cycling here. In a review of the highlights of the 2019 season, we look at the new teams, outstanding riders, memorable victories and year-end rankings of a season to be remembered.
Take a look at our new segment Vox Training Zone. If you want to get faster and stronger on your climbs, check out the five training tips for climbing that will help you to improve your cycling ability in the mountains
This week in cycling history…
19 December is the birthday of Minnie Brinkhoff-Nieuwenhuis. The Dutch rider was active between 1970 and 1978, winning a bronze medal at the World Road Championships, as well as two national track sprint titles.
Zulfiya Zabirova also celebrated her birthday on 19 December. The Russian rider won the gold medal at the first ever women’s time trial event staged at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and also took out the 2002 World Time Trail Championship. Originally from Uzbekistan, she emigrated to Russia in 1993, later became a citizen of Kazakhstan, and following that moved to Switzerland. She rode for the Bigla Pro Cycling team during the last three years of her career, and retired in 2008.
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