|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.