Get your week started with the latest news from the world of women’s cycling.
- The organisers of the 2019 Colorado Classic have announced the four host cities for the UCI 2.1 and USA Cycling Pro Road Race Tour. The four-stage race will take place between 22 – 25 August and start in Steamboat Springs, continue to Avon and Holden and finish in Denver. Because of its new 2.1 designation, increased prize money, more challenging course, and daily live TV streaming coverage, it is expected to draw top teams and riders to participate in this year’s edition and thereby put women’s racing on a more global stage.
- Lucy Kenedy (Mitchelton-Scott) was the winner of the Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria in Spain ahead of her teammate Amanda Spratt and Soraya Paladin (Ale Cipollini).
- At the Austrian time trial championships this week Anna Kiesendorfer (Team Bikeexpress) took out the title.
- Jolien D’Hoore (Boels Dolmans) won the first stage of Emakumeen Bira, Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-SCOTT) took the second stage, Tayler Wiles (Trek Segafredo) won Stage 3, with Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek Segafredo) winning the last day. The Italian rider also went on to take the overall title.
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- Sophie Wright talks about her unforgettable experience at the Elite European Road Championships in Glasgow and joining Bigla last year.
- Leah Kirchmann gives you a rundown of her experience at the Tour of California and some differences between American and European racing.
- Christine Majerus has penned an inspirational blog about the things in pro cycling that are more important than watts and victories. You’ll definitely want to have a read of this one here.
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- Find out about the 2018 New Zealand U23 Champion and Santos Tour Down Under White Jersey winner, Grace Anderson’s move to Europe and her future aspirations.
- Hannah Payton tells us: “I’d never question missing a training session and I’m beyond lucky every single day to be able to turn pedals on a bike.” See what else she had to say here.
- What was Manon Lloyd’s best day on the bike, as well as her worst day in the saddle? Find out right here.
- Lucy Shaw talks with us about cycling idols, getting into cycling, racing memories and her role within the Drops team in 2019.
- Want to find out a couple of things about Lizzie Holden that you probably didn’t know yet? You’ll find them all here in this video.
Voxwomen announcements and events
- Voting is now open for the first part of Voxwomen’s 2019 Sharon Laws Rider of the Year Award. In partnership with the Rouleur Classic, the world’s finest road cycling exhibition, and named in honour of the British cycling champion. As last year the award will be decided after two public votes to find the riders of spring and summer. The two riders with the most votes from each round will then go through to a final round poll to find the overall winner. The riders who have been shortlisted in the spring period of are: Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu Cycling), Annika Langvad (Boels Dolmans), Annemiek van Vleuten Michelton-Scott), Demi Vollering (Parkhotel Valkenburg), Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) and Kirstin Wild (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling). Cast your vote for your Voxwomen rider of the spring here
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This week in cycling history…
- At this time in 1924, Alfonsina Strada, an Italian cyclist born in 1891, was the only woman to ever ride the Giro d’Italia, after the organisers mistook her for a man. Strada entered her name as ‘Strada, Alfonsin’ and so she was assumed to be a man. Although she was later excluded from the race because she fell short of the time limit, the organisers allowed her to continue to ride, paying her bills but excluding her from prizes. Only 38 men completed the race and Strada, although no longer officially in the running, finished more than 20 hours ahead of the last rider.
- 24 May was the birthday of Danish rider Amalie Dideriksen, who currently rides for Boels – Dolmans. She is an accomplished road and track rider, a twice Danish national road champion, and winner of the 2016 World Road Championship in Doha.
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