Get your week started with the latest news from the world of women’s cycling:
- It has been revealed that the OVO Energy Women’s Tour will feature a hill-top finish for the first time in Burton Dassett Country Park on Stage 4. Organisers anticipate that the stage will take on a feel similar to that of the Belgian one-day classics and that it will prove critical in deciding who will win the race’s green jersey.
- Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu Cycling) won Ronde van Vlaanderen, with Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-SCOTT) and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Bigla) rounding out the podium.
- Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) took out Dwars door Vlaanderen, ahead of Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu Cycling) and Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb).
- At the Joe Martin Stage Race, Chloe Dygert (Sho-Air Twenty20) won the first stage, while Shannon Malseed (Team Tibco – Silicon Valley Bank) triumphed on Stage 2, and Andrea Ramirez Fregoso (Swapit Agolico) took the honours on the third stage.
- Audrey Cordon-Ragot has penned another thought-provoking blog about the formation of a new national riders’ association that is envisaged by female French professional cyclists.
- World champion track rider Amy Cure has written an exclusive blog for Voxwomen, in which she talks about the courage that she needed to deal with adversity and return stronger, to win the world team pursuit championships in Pruszkow.
- Did you catch Ella Harris’ latest exclusive piece for us? You’ll want to find out how the 2018 Zwift Academy winner has adapted to life in Girona: “I feel like I’ve rediscovered that little bit of extra motivation that was lost when riding back in NZ on roads that became too familiar.”
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- Our second podcast is now out! Podcast host Abby Mickey discusses with Laura Winter the races which we’ve seen so far. You can also hear exclusive rider interviews direct from the races, right here via the podcast!
- Our latest exclusive video, features our own Abby Mickey: “The reason I love cycling is because of the people, people who completely changed my life. I met the love of my life through this sport.” Get to know more about our podcast host right here in this not-to-be-missed video!
- South African national champion, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, talks about her new team, CCC-Liv, her aims for this season, and what it’s like to ride alongside Marianne Vos. Watch the exclusive interview here.
Voxwomen announcements and events
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This week in cycling history…
- Juliana Furtado celebrated her birthday on 4 April. The former professional mountain biker, who started out as a skiier, won the US National Road Championships, as well as five national titles in MTB within her relatively short six year long career. The held a Guinness World Record for the most number of first place finishes in MTB racing, by either a male or female athlete. She notched up more wins than the most successful man and second-most successful woman put together. In 1999, the first ever women’s specific mountain bike was released, and it was named after her.
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