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In a dramatic Olympic road race, the gold medal went to Anna Kiesenhofer. The Austrian rider had an unusual path to gold in Tokyo. After leaving the sport, she returned in 2019 as an amateur rider, winning the Austrian national road race and time trial championship titles, and then entering the Olympics without a contract with a trade team. In addition, she is also a holder of a PhD in mathematics and studied in Vienna and Cambridge before completing her doctorate in Catalonia in 2016. She currently combines teaching and research at the University of Lausanne. Read more about her Olympic victory, and her post-race reactions, here.

The organisers of the seventh edition of the CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta  have announced the teams that will be at the start of the event, scheduled from 2 to 5 September.

The Ladies Tour of Norway has announced the 16 teams which will be participating at the four-day event from 12 to 15 August.

The Tour du Limousine has revealed the squads, including two WT teams, which will be participating in La Périgord Ladies 2021.

The full stage routes for this year’s Women’s Tour, scheduled from 4 to 9 October, have been released. Oxfordshire will host the Grand Départ, and for the first time ever an individual time trial will be held at the Women’s Tour, to be hosted by the town of Atherton.

The biggest women’s stage race in the Netherlands, the Simac Ladies Tour (formerly the Boels Ladies Tour) has revealed the route for their six-day event, planned from 24 to 29 August. The race will cover a total of 584 km and includes flat stages, an individual time trial and two selective stages.

CANYON//SRAM Racing has announced that in 2022 it will start a new development team as part of its long-term diversity and inclusion program. This will be a stepping stone for young talents to the Women’s WorldTour. Scholarships will be offered to eight riders, which also include supervised training, individual coaching, and mentorship, structured racing programs and stagiaire opportunities at CANYON//SRAM Racing as well as access to the team’s Diversity and Inclusion program. Recruitment of riders will also focus on Africa, Asia, and South America.

Montreal has put in a bid to host the 2026 World Championships. The last time it hosted the event was in 2003.


Olympic road race:  Anna Kiesenhofer (AUT) ahead of Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) and Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA)

Zwift Blog

Ella Harris

In her latest blog, the New Zealand rider from CANYON//SRAM reflects on her season so far, training and life in Girona, and recent races.

Megan Jastrab

The American rider from Team DSM writes about recovering from COVID-19, the phone call that told her she had been selected for the Olympics, and the lead-up to the event.

Café Talk with…

In our latest Café Talk, presented by Liv, we talk with LIv Racing rider Alison Jackson. The Canadian chats about joining the team, her season so far… and making TikToks!

Product Review

Former professional rider Jessie Walker puts the new women’s collection launched by La Passione to the test. Catch her product review of this new cycling apparel here!

This week in cycling history

Connie Carpenter-Phinney

The first female cyclist to win a gold medal in the Olympic women’s cycling debut event in Los Angeles in 1984 was the U.S. rider Connie Carpenter-Phinney. She won the sprint on the 79km long course over fellow U.S. teammate Rebecca Twigg and Italian Jeannie Longo.

Judith Arndt

The German rider’s birthday was on 23 July. Arndt participated in five editions of the Olympic Games, winning three medals in three different disciplines. She has been World Champion four times and won a further twelve silver and bronze medals at World Championships on the road and track. She was also German Champion twenty-one times in six different disciplines. After retiring in 2012, she moved to Melbourne, Australia, yet still stayed active in the cycling community. She went back to university to obtain a Bachelor’s degree and most recently has taken on a coaching role.

Lilian Dredge

The British rider was the female trailblazer of the Land’s End to John O’Groats record. On 19 July 1938, the 32-year old set off on her 6-speed Claud Butler bike. Three days, 20 hours and 54 minutes later, she became the first female record holder of the ‘End to End’ ride. After heavy criticism and scepticism from the public that she could handle such a feat, she showed great determination and athleticism to achieve this record, which was only one of many of her records that followed.

Rides of the week

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