Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling:
The UCI has announced that it has been awarded the EDGE Certification Seal, the international benchmark for the certification of organisations in terms of professional gender equality. The UCI is planning to take appropriate steps towards obtaining the second level of certification, EDGE Move, within two years. In order to be granted this award, the organisation plans to implement measures on achieving work flexibility, equal pay for men and women, prevention of all forms of harassment in the workplace, and the promotion of diversity and integration.
Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado has announced she will race with the elite riders at next month’s Cyclocross Worlds in Switzerland, instead of in the under-23 field.
American Jack Seefahrer joins Boels-Dolmans as the team’s second DS for 2020. He previously worked as the women’s national team road coach and program director for USA Cycling.
Michaela Drummond will miss the New Zealand nationals next months as she is suffering from an autoimmune virus.
The Women’s Tour will be returning to Suffolk in 2020, hosting the final stage between Haverhill and Felixstowe on 13 June. It is the first time since 2014 that the county that aims to be England’s most active has welcomed the riders on the final stage.
A nice gesture from rival mechanics at the Women’s Tour Down Under: When three French riders from FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope arrived late after having been stuck in Dubai due to flooding, for four days, mechanics from other women’s teams came together to make sure their bikes were ready.
The route for the ASDA Tour de Yorkshire women’s race has been announced. It will take place between the 1st and 2nd May. As with last year, both stages will be raced on exactly the same routes as the men’s.
Santos, the race headline sponsor of the men’s and women’s Tour Down Under, has donated AU$600,000 to causes such as the South Australian Bushfire Appeal and the Adelaide Koala Rescue. The race led through some of the areas in the Adelaide Hills that have been severely affected by the bush fires.
Prudential RideLondon will continue to address the gender gap in the professional peloton by making further improvements to the women’s Classique race. The organisers have designed a new and challenging city centre circuit and are committed to paying the women’s teams the same participation fees as the men’s teams.
An agreement of intent to hold the first edition of the UEC Super Cycling European Championships in Minsk 2021 was signed by the President of the European Cycling Union (UEC) and the Chairwoman of the Belarusian Cycling Federation. These championships will include the disciplines of road cycling, mountain biking, track, BMX racing, BMX freestyle as well as Gran Fondo.
Alicia Franck took the victory at the Otegem Cyclocross race ahead of Ellen Van Loy and Anna Kay.
At the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under, the first stage was won by Chloe Hosking ahead of Lotta Henttala and Matilda Raynolds. Australian champion Amanda Spratt took the second stage ahead of Ruth Winder and Liane Lippert. On the following day Ruth Winder won ahead of Liane Lippert and Lauren Stephens. Simona Frapporti won the final stage from the breakaway, while Lauren Stephens came second and Rushlee Buchanan finished third. The overall win of the Women’s Tour Down Under went to US champion Ruth Winder.
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.
#ICYMI from Voxwomen
We spoke with Teniel Campbell from Trinidad and Tobago. She is an amazing cyclist with an extraordinary story who is not only an ambitious rider but also wants to develop the sport in her own country.
Lisbeth Simper’s birthday was on 14 January. She was a Danish rider active in the1990s and very early 2000s. Between 1999 and 2003, Simper became a 5 time national time trial champion and three time national road race champion of Denmark.
This week was also Christina Soeder’s birthday, on 15th of January. A German-born Austrian road cyclist, she won the national Austrian road and time trial championships multiple times. She also took the bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart in Germany in the ITT discipline, and won silver at the 2008 World Championships in Varese, Italy.
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