Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling:
The UCI announced that Denise Betsema, who was sanctioned with a six-month ineligibility period following an anti-doping rule violation for the presence of an anabolic androgenic steroid, is free to race again after her period of ineligibility ended on October 4, 2019.
While in Adelaide for the Tour Down Under, the UCI President David Lappartient told attending media that the UCI acknowledges the increased public interest in gravel racing and would therefore consider creating a gravel racing world championship.
Experza Pro CX announced that Anna Kay and Marion Norbert Riberolle have both extended their contracts for several more years with the team.
At the New Zealand Track Championships Shaane Fulton took gold in the individual time trial ahead of Jaymie King and Sophie-Leigh Bloxham. The title in the individual pursuit went to Kirstie James ahead of Jaime Nielson and Nina Wollaston.
The U.S. team took the gold medal at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Milton/Canada in the team pursuit ahead of France and Canada. In the team sprint, Canada was victorious ahead of Poland and Lithuania. The Madison was taken out by Great British, second Belgium and thid USA. Laurine van Riessen (NED) won the sprint ahead of Kelsey Mitchell (Canada) and Madalyn Godby (USA).
Niamh Fisher-Black won the Gravel and Tar la Femme ahead of Samara Sheppard and Ella Bloor.
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.
This week in cycling history…
It was Inga Thompson’s birthday on 27 January. Thompson was a US rider who was active between 1984-1993, won 10 national championships, and came second in three World Championships. She also raced in the Tour de France Feminine, taking third in 1986 and also winning the polka dot mountains jersey. She was third again at the Grande Boucle in 1989. Thompson was inducted into the US Cycling Hall of Fame in 2014. Although now preferring a more quieter life on her ranch in Oregon, she is still active in supporting cycling, creating the Inga Thompson Foundation which assists competitive women cyclists through financial assistance, mentorship and promotion of ethical, drug-free competition.
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