Your Monday Briefing


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

  • The new calendar for 2021 has been released by the UCI. One major talking point is that the Giro Rosa will no longer be a WorldTour race in 2021, having been relegated to the ProSeries level.
  • U.S. rider Chloé Dygert sustained lacerations to her left leg during a crash at the ITT Worlds and was taken to hospital for surgery. She is expected to make a full recovery and we wish her all the best.
  • European 2019 junior road champion Ilse Pluimers has signed a two-year contract with NXTG Racing, the U23 development team. She won a silver medal in the Dutch road championships in 2019 and silver this year in the time trial discipline at the national championships.
  • Basque rider Ane Santesteban has signed with Mitchelton-SCOTT for next year.
  • Spanish rider Sara Martin has signed with Movistar until the end of 2022. Besides being a pro-rider, she is currently also a graduate student in Chemistry.
  • Zoe Backstedt will be riding for Tormans CycloCross Team for the upcoming cyclocross season.
  • Swiss Cycling has announced that the Swiss national road championships will be held on 31 October in Märwill. The race will take place on a 10km long circuit, which the elite women will race eight times.
  • The women’s Paris-Roubaix route has been revealed. It includes 116km of racing, consisting of 17 cobbled sections and 29.2km of cobblestones, starting in Denain and finishing in Roubaix. The race will be held on 25 October.
  • Lucinda Brand will be switching to cyclocross full time, with Paris-Roubaix being her final road Classic.
  • Mieke Docx, who has been with with Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport Proximus for four years, has extended with the team for another year
  • The World Cup Koksijde in Belgium has been cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19.
  • After 12 years as a pro, Australian rider Shara Marche will be retiring at the end of this season.

Race Results

  • In the ITT World Championships race, Anna van der Breggen (NL) won gold ahead of Marlen Reusser (SUI) and Ellen van Dijk (NL).
  • Anna van der Breggen also won the World Championships Road Race title ahead of Annemiek van Vleuten and Elisa Longo Borghini.
  • The new Belgian road champion is Lotte Kopecky, who won ahead of Jolien D’hoore and Shari Bossuyt.
  • At Rapencross Lokeren, Aniek van Alphen took the win ahead of Manon Bakker and Lucinda Brand.

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.

Zwift Blog

  • In her latest blog, “Warp Speed Season,” Leah Kirchmann writes about COVID-19 testing woes, safety concerns at races, and the rescheduling of the World Championships.
  • Jess Pratt writes her first Voxwomen blog from Europe after having spent the first 7 months of the year at home in Australia. Read it here!

Exclusive from Voxwomen…

The Voxwomen Podcast

  • Check out our newest podcast… Laura winter talks to Elisa Longo Borghini about her intentions for the shortened season and how she deals with the various unique challenges in the life of a professional rider.
  • You can listen to all our previous podcasts right here!

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This week in cycling history…

  • Anna Meares, born on 21 September 1983, is a former Commonwealth and Olympic gold medallist as well as track cycling world champion, making her one of the most decorated track cyclists of all times. She retired from the sport in 2016 and now is on the speaker circuit and involved in TV commentary.
  • Mirjiam Melchers-van Poppel’s birthday was on 26 September. The now 45-year-old Dutch rider was one of the leading cyclists of her time. She was not only an accomplished road cyclist, winning several one-day races, but also was successful in cyclocross.

Voxwomen Online Shop

  • New in store: The limited edition VoxTour x Iris jersey. We have only very few of these beautifully crafted cycling jerseys left, so head over to our online shop and check it out. As a bonus, we’re offering free delivery with these jerseys!
  • Also why not have a look at our shopping bags, sweatshirts, hoodies and much more. We are also currently having a sale on selected items. All are available from our online shop, so don’t miss out!

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