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The organisers have announced this week that the following fifteen UCI Women’s WorldTour teams were automatically invited to this year’s La Course by Le Tour de France: Ale Cipollini. Bigla, Boels Dolmans, Canyon/SRAM Racing, CCC-Liv, FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, Mitchelton-Scott, Movistar Team Women, Park Hotel Valkenburg, Team Sunweb, Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank, Team Virtu Cycling, Trek-Segafredo, Valcar Cylance Cycling, WNT- Rotor Pro Cycling Team. In addition to these fifteen teams, the organisers have awarded the five following wildcards: Astana Women’s Team, BTC City Ljubljana, Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team, Lotto Soudal Ladies and Rally UHC Cycling.
Leigh Ann Ganzar (Hagens Berman-Supermint) won the Winston Salem Cycling Classic ahead of Arlenis Sierra (Astana) and Chloe Dygert-Owen (Sho-Air Twenty20)
The first stage of the Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour was won by Barbara Guarischi (Team Virtu Cycling), while the second stage went to her teammate Marta Bastianelli. Stage 3 was taken out by Vita Heine (HITEC Products – Birk Sport) and stage 4 by Lisa Klein (Canyon/SRAM). The fifth stage went to Ellen van Dijk (Trek Segafredo), while Stage 6 was won by Elena Cecchini (Canyon/SRAM). Kathrin Hammes (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling) won the overall classification.
Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans) won La Classique Morbihan ahead of Sofie de Vuyst (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Tatiana Guderzo (Bepink)
The GP de Plumelec-Morbihan was won by Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla), ahead of Mavi Garcia (Movistar) and Sheyla Gutierrez (Movistar)
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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…
Juliana Buhring’s birthday was on 2 June. She is a British-German ultra-endurance cyclist, who the first world record for the fastest woman to circumnavigate the globe by bicycle. She took just 152 days in 2012 to complete a total of 29,000 kilometres.
Maria Leijerstam, a British polar adventurer became the first ever person to cycle to the South Pole in 2013. She cycled on average 14 hours each day with no rest days and covered a total distance of 638km, combatting snow and ice and temperatures below -29 degrees.
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