Your Monday Briefing


Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling:

  • The 2020 UCI Road World Championships, originally scheduled to take place in Switzerland, have been cancelled. The Swiss Federal Council decided that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ban on events consisting of more than 1000 people will stay in force until 30 September. The UCI is currently working towards finding an alternative location, preferably in Europe, to ensure the 2020 World Championships can still take place. A final decision will be made by 1 September.
  • Doltcini – Van Eyck Sport – Proximus has extended the contracts of Kathrin and Christina Schweinberger, as well as Minke Bakker.
  • The Tour of Guangxi has been cancelled. The organisers maintained that there are still certain risks involved in hosting international sports events at this stage. The Tour of Chongming Island has also been cancelled for the same reason.
  • The Belgian squad for the European Championships has been announced. The time trial will be contested by Julie de Wilde and Marith Vanhove (juniors), Shari Bossuyt and Britt Knaven (U23) and Sara Van de Vel and Julie Van de Velde (elite). The mixed team relay will consist of Britt Knaven, Sara Van de Vel and Julie Van de Velde. The road race will be taken on by Katrijn De Clercq, Julie De Wilde, Fien Masure, Jolien Van Coninckxloey, Marith Vanhove and Gloria Van Mechelen (Juniors), as well as Amber Aernouts, Shari Bossuyt, Britt Knaven, Lone Meertens, Marthe Truyen and Fien Van Eynde (U23) and finally Sanne Cant, Valerie Demey, Lotte Kopechy, Jesse Vandenbulcke, Kelly Van den Steen and Julie Van de Velde (Elite).
  • The Giro Rosa has released the stage routes for the 2020 event. Notably Stage 4, at 170km, is one of the longest courses for women of any WorldTour race.
  • Dutch Cycling has selected their riders for the European championships: Amy Pieters, Chantal van den Broek-Blaack, Ellen van Dijk, Anna van der Breggen, Annemiek van Vleuten, Demi Vollering, Marianne Vos and Loren Wiebes for the road and Ellen van Dijk and Anna van der Breggen for the time trial.
  • Drops Cycling Team has announced that they have partnered with the Women’s Sport Group to help secure funding with the intent of applying for a WorldTour license beginning next year.
  • The UCI announced that the 2020 Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championshipswhich were to take place in Leogang, Austria on 9 October, have been cancelled.

Race Results

  • Lena Gerault won the French XCM national championships ahead of Margot Moschetti and Pauline Ferrand Prevot.
  • At the second edition of La Périgord Ladies, the win was taken by Sheyla Gutiérrez (Movistar Team) ahead of Sandra Levenez (Arkéa Team) and Tanja Erath (CANYON//SRAM).

Videos of the Week

  • As part of our “How to…” series, Laura Winter talks about what to wear while riding. If you are new to the sport or if you just want some helpful ideas, then check out our YouTube channel
  • Megan Jastrab shows you how to best use your rollers in another feature of our “How to…” series.

Exclusive from Voxwomen…

The Voxwomen Podcast

  • In our latest podcast Hannah Walker talks to Amina Lanaya, the UCI’s Director General about her role in the organisation, her strategies and plans to move cycling forward and many more interesting topics.
  • You can listen to all our previous podcasts right here!

Zwift Blog

  • Leah Kirchmann writes about the symbolic nature of returning to racing at Strade Bianche and the particular problems facing teams while racing during the current situation.

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This week in cycling history…

  • Born on 11 August 1972, Joane Somarriba Arrola is a former Spanish rider. She won she Grand Boucle three times and became a World Champion in the time trial discipline in 2003 in Canada. She is also the holder of numerous national road championship titles and winner of several WorldTour races.
  • 11 August is also Kristin Armstrong’s birthday. The now 46-year-old former pro-rider is the most decorated U.S. female rider. She is a winner of three Olympic gold medals in the time trial discipline, in 2008, 2012 and 2016, a two-time World Champion and holder of six U.S. National Championship titles. Armstrong became the oldest female rider to ever win an Olympic medal, when she won in Rio a day before her 43rd birthday. She has a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and is now engaged in public speaking and serves as a Manager of Community Health in Boise, Idaho. She has also been involved as an endurance performance director with USA Cycling, assisting the new generation of athletes to achieve their potential at the next Olympics.

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