Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling:
The date and stages for the Women’s Tour have now been confirmed. The stage race is scheduled between 7 and 12 June 2021, starting with the first stage in Bicester in Oxfordshire and finishing on the last day in Felixstowe.
Danish MTB rider Anika Langvad, world champion in XC and marathon, announced her retirement. In 2019, she also participated in road races, placing second at Strade Bianche, third at Flèche and fourth at Amstel.
Two-time Australian road race champion Gracie Elvin from Mitchelton-SCOTT will be retiring at the end of the season.
Kirsten Wild was unable to defend her 2019 victory of Gent Wevelgem due to having tested positive to COVID-19.
Jolien D’hoore of Boels-Dolmans won Gent-Wevelgem, with Lotte Kopecky of Lotto Soudal Ladies in second, and Lisa Brennauer of Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling in third.
Grace Brown of Mitchelton-SCOTT won the Brabantse Pijl ahead of Liane Lippert and Floortje Mackaij (Team Sunweb).
The women’s U23 MTB (XCO) world championships in Leogang in Austria was won by Loana Lecomte of France ahead of Dutch riders Kata Blanca Vas and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado.
French rider Pauline Ferrand Prevot won the UCI XCO World title in Leogang, Austria, while Eva Lechner (Italy) took second and Australian Rebecca McConnell was third.
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.
Have a read of Ella Harris’ blog on injury, recovery and finding motivation to keep going despite misfortunes.
Lauren Kitchen explains the reasons why she rides, and how she keeps herself motivated in challenging times.
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Dede Barry is a former rider from the U.S. whose birthday was on 8 October. She is a six-time US champion, won World Cups and two World Championship medals and the silver medal in the time trial at the Olympics in Athens. Originally a speed skater, she then made the switch over to cycling. After completing a MBA in Barcelona, she began working at Mariposa Cycling, a family run business in Ontario, Canada. She often returns to Girona, where she previously lived before moving back to Canada to lead cycling tours.
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