Your Monday Briefing


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

  • The six-time world champion in three cycling disciplines, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, will leave Canyon//SRAM after four seasons with the German squad. She has not yet announced her new team, but will be concentrating on Olympic mountain bike racing next year.
  • Katie Compton, a 15 time U.S. national cyclocross champion and winner of five medals at the UCI cyclocross championships will be retiring after the 2021/22 winter season.
  • New Zealand rider Mikayla Harvey has signed with Canyon//SRAM for two years. British champion Alice Barnes will also remain with the German squad until 2022, with Alena Amialiusik, Hannah Barnes, Hannah Ludwig and Omer Shapira continuing to ride for Canyon//SRAM next season.
  • Dutch rider Esmée Peperkamp will join Team DSM (formerly Sunweb) in 2021. The 23-year-old rider only started racing in 2019, but has already demonstrated significant strength on longer climbs and in the time trial discipline.
  • The UCI has announced that the 2021 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, originally scheduled for March, has been cancelled.
  • Pauline Ferrand-Prévôt has been voted the “Champion des Champions France 2020” by L’Equipe.
  • The famous National Hill Climb Championships will be held on the challenging Winnats Pass on 31 October next year.
  • The following teams have now been confirmed as UCI Women’s WorldTour teams: Ale BTC Ljubljana (ITA), Canyon/SRAM (GER), FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope (FRA), LIV Racing (NED), Trek-Segafredo (USA), Movistar Team Women (ESP), Greenedge Cycling (AUS), Team DSM (GER), Team SDWorx (NED)


  • At the Ethias Cross in Essen/Belgium, Marianne Vos (NED) took the victory ahead of French rider Clauzel Perine and Dutch rider Inge van der Heijden.
  • X2Obadkamers Trofee-Herentals saw Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado prevail ahead of Lucinda Brand and Denise Betsema, all of the Netherlands
  • At the Telenet Superprestige Heusden-Zolder, Lucinda Brand was victorious over her compatriots Ceylin de Carmen Alvarado and Annemarie Worst.
  • While a furious storm over Belgium and The Netherlands almost threatening the start of the Cyclocoss World Cup Dendermonde, the event organisers changed the course slightly and the race was able to go ahead, with Lucinda Brand taking the win ahead of Clara Honsinger of the USA and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado.

Zwift Blog

  • In her latest blog, Christine Majerus reflects on the 2020 road season, the return of cyclocross, and starting next year in the colours of SD Worx.
  • 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…

  • Irish rider Siobhan Dervan-Horgan was born on 22 December 1978. The now 42-year-old climber started out as a runner and came to cycling at the age of 24 while recovering from an injury. After only one year of cycling, she joined Lotto-Belisol and became Ireland’s first professional cyclist. She won seven national titles, becoming the first ever to do so in her country.
  • On Boxing day in 2013, Maria Leijestam became the first person to cycle to the South Pole from the edge of the continent in a 500 mile challenge, riding up to 17 hours a day and reaching her destination after 10 days.
  • Cross country rider Sabine Spitz was born on 27 December 1971 in Germany. Among her achievements are the bronze medal at the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics, silver at the 2012 London Olympics and gold at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. She also became the Cross Country Mountain Bike world champion in 2003. Earlier this year, she joined South African outfit Team Dormakaba as both a rider and mentor to the team’s younger members.
  • British rider Brenda Atkinson celebrated her 65th birthday on 27 December. She is a multiple-time national track champion, having won four British National Individual Sprint Championships and three national road race championship titles.

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