Your Monday Briefing


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

  • Team Sunweb will ride under the new name “Team DSM.” The news was revealed at the team’s online presentation in DSM’s Virtual Innovation Centre in the Netherlands. Team DSM will be continuing both their men’s and women’s squads, with their women’s team including the likes of junior World Champion Megan Jastrab.
  • An update on Shirin van Anrooij: the Dutch rider sustained an injury to her arm as well as broken a finger during a crash in the opening round of the UCI Cyclo-cross Cup in Tabor. The junior cyclo-cross World Champion has now returned to the Netherlands after having surgery in the Czech Republic. We wish her a speedy recovery.
  • Continental UCI team Bizkaia-Durango has announced the contract renewals of Lucía González, Irene Loizate, Ariana Gilabert, Lizzie Holden and Yurani Blanco. These riders will continue to represent the Basque team until December 2021. They will also welcome new riders June Herrera, Julia Sánchez and Marina Garau to the team in 2021.
  • The Norwegian Cycling Federation and the Ladies Tour of Norway have entered into an agreement to offer sponsors a joint package, providing an opportunity for partners to not only provide funding, but also gain increased visibility at a range of cycling events.
  • Astana Women’s Team will be changing their name to A. R. Monex Women’s Pro Cycling Team. The squad will be sponsored by a Mexican foreign exchange company.
  • Experienced climber Clara Koppenburg has joined Rally Cycling. The German rider is aiming for Olympic selection next year and is looking forward to racing some events in the U.S.A.
  • Biehler Krush Pro Cycling will soon ride under a new name. From 2021, the team will be known as Grant Thornton-Krush Bikes-Tunap Sports.
  • Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport-Proximus will be taking another sponsor on board. Masita, a company that specialises in the development of team sportswear, will partner with the Belgian squad.
  • The Belgian government has announced the continuation of strict COVID-19 measures until mid-January of next year. As a result, the UCI has had to cancel the women’s junior World Cup in Namur on 20 December and Dendermonde on 27 December. The elite women’s races will not be affected by these measures.
  • Recently retired Australian rider Rory Sutherland will be working as elite road coordinator for the Australian Cycling team. In this Europe-based role, he will be supporting female riders, including the likes of Mitchelton-SCOTT’s Amanda Spratt, with a focus on preparing for events such the Olympics and World Championships.


  • The Telenet Superprestige was taken out by Lucinda Brand (Telenet Baloise Lions), with Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin – Fenix) in second and Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal) in third.
  • At the Slovak national cyclo-cross championships, Tereza Kurnicka took the title, followed by Janka Keseg Stevkova and Erika Glajzova.
  • The GP Topolcianky in Slovakia was won by Anaïs Morichon of France, followed by Karla Stepanova of the Czech Republic and Sophie Wright of Great Britain.


Zwift Blog

  • All the way from New Zealand, Canyon//SRAM’s Ella Harris talks injury rehab, a late season comeback and quarantine in her latest piece for us.
  • In her blog, Team Sunweb’s Leah Kirchmann talks about the unusual 2020 season, her new perspective on the role of sport in times like these, and the importance of teamwork.

Videos of the Week

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

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This week in cycling history…

  • It was in this week in 1879 that first women’s race was held on a wooden track, in San Francisco. One of the standout riders from the event was Louise Armaindo, who became the dominant bike racer of her time and one of Canada’s very first pro female athletes. Born into a circus family in 1861, she started out under the big top, switched to the very popular but grueling sport of marathon walking and then became a very successful high wheel racer. At the event in San Francisco, Armaindo broke every record there was and went on to earn considerable money through her racing. However, when the new safety bikes became popular in the late 1890’s, and at almost 40 years old and unwilling to change to the new bikes, her star faded and the Canadian sport pioneer passed away shortly afterwards.
  • While the U.K. had already published several cycling magazines, on 1 December 1892, the first French cycling newspaper, Le Velo, came on the market. Women’s racing was popular at the time, and their stories featured in print, although, it must be said, with quite a hefty dose of skepticism about their athletic and sportive capabilities.

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