Your Monday Briefing


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

  • Bingoal-Wallonie-Bruxelles has announced that they will have a women’s team in 2021, which will be led by Ann-Sophie Duyck. The Belgian outfit already has a men’s ProTeam, a development program, and a para-cycling team. The new women’s team will focus on Lotto Cycling Cup races, including 12 UCI events, as well as the Women Cycling Series calendar across Belgium and the Netherlands.
  • The US Crit Series has announced its host cities. Although this year’s series had to be cancelled, the organisers are hopeful that the races will be able to be staged in 2021. All events will be live streamed for an international audience.
  • DROPS Pro Cycling has extended its partnership with the clothing brand Le Col, and added TEMPUR, a mattress and pillow manufacturer, to their sponsors. Next year, the squad will race under the new name Drops-Le Col supported by Tempur.
  • Neve Bradbury won the Zwift Academy finale. The young Australian rider from Melbourne will join Canyon//SRAM Racing in 2021.
  • Swiss rider Elise Chabbey has signed a two-year deal with Canyon//SRAM. The team also extended contracts with British rider Alice Barnes, US rider Alexis Ryan, Australian Tiffany Cromwell and German Lisa Klein.
  • A. R. Monex Women’s Pro Cycling team has added the Spanish rider Eider Merino, formerly of the World Tour Movistar Team, to their roster. The team will be lead by the Cuban rider Arlenis Sierra.
  • The 21-year-old Canadian rider Emilie Fortin will join Bizkaia-Durango in 2021. She has racing experience experience in Europe, Asia and America, and is a versatile rider on a variety of different terrain.
  • The director of the Vuelta a España, Javier Guillén, announced that the Ceratizit Challenge by la Vuelta – which was a three-stage race in 2020 – will be expanded to a race of five or seven days in the future.
  • Zwift has revealed that it will become a sponsor of the L39ION of LA team through to the 2022 season. The U.S. squad will also have a women’s team in 2021.
  • USA Cycling has announced its Olympic Development Academy with the aim of identifying and developing riders in the junior and U23 divisions. However, selected participants will have to pay US$10,500 to attend the program, which also includes the opportunity to participate in races at home and overseas.
  • The future of the EKZ Cross is uncertain, with the main sponsor EKZ having not extended its contract after supporting the event for seven years.
  • The Bay Crits in Australia have been cancelled due to COVID-19. The race, which is normally held in January and attracts a mix of domestic and international riders in preparation for the Tour Down Under, has been postponed until 2022.
  • In order to avoid clashes with WT races, The Healthy Aging Tour has been brought forward from April to the new date of 9 – 12 March 2021. No decision has been made yet on running the junior race, which was scheduled for 10 – 12 March 2021.
  • Despite the lockdown in the Netherlands, the UCI World Cup, de Vestingcross, de Wereldbeker Cycocross Hulst will be held on 3 January 2021.
  • Lotte Kopecky finished third in the Belgium Sportswoman of the Year category, an award that is decided by members of the Belgian Professional Association of Sports Journalists and past winners.
  • While some of the budgets for other sports has had to be cut, British Cycling has been granted £35.4m (39m Euro) to fund preparations for the Paris Olympics in 2024, representing a 12 per cent increase from the Tokyo Olympic Games budget.


  • At the Cyclocross World Cup in Namur, Lucinda Brand (Telenet Baloise Lions) won ahead of Clara Honsinger (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld) and Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauzen – Bingoal).
  • It was an all-Dutch podium at last week’s Telenet Superprestige cyclocross race in Gavere, with Lucinda Brand taking the honours ahead of Denise Betsema and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (Alpecin – Fenix).
  • At the Cyclocross Internacional ciudad Valencia, Lucia Gonzales Blanco of Spain won ahead of compatriot Aida Nuno Palacio and the French rider Olivia Onesti.

Zwift Blog

  • Junior Road Race World Champion Megan Jastrab has penned a new exclusive blog, in which she tells us about lost opportunities to race during her final year as a junior, and how she coped with this challenging situation.

The Voxwomen Podcast

  • Our latest podcast with the winners of the Voxwomen Sharon Laws Rider of the Year Awards is now available right here. Listen to Hannah Walker’s chat with Lisa Brennauer and Liane Lippert about how they tackled the unique 2020 season.
  • You can also catch up on our previous podcasts right here.

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…

  • Zulfiya Zabirova celebrated her birthday on 19 December. The Russian rider won the gold medal in the first ever women’s time trial event, at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and also took out the 2002 World Time Trial Championship title in Zolder. Originally from Uzbekistan, she emigrated to Russia in 1993, later became a citizen of Kazakhstan, and subsequently moved to Switzerland. After a long career of winning several national titles, The Tour of Flanders and several stages of the Grand Boucle and Giro Rosa, she eventually retired in 2008.
  • The Dutch former rider Minnie Brinkhoff-Nieuwenhuis was born on 19 December 1952. She was active between 1970 and 1978, winning a bronze medal at the World Road Championships, as well as two national track sprint titles.
  • Alison Powers celebrated her birthday on 14 December. The 41-year-old U.S. former rider won the national road championships in 2014 and was the national ITT champion in 2008 and 2014. After retiring from competition, she became the owner and head coach of ALP Cycles Coaching in Colorado, where she runs cycling camps and skills clinics.

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