This is all you need to know from the world of women’s cycling to get your week started:
– Canyon-SRAM announced their final 2019 roster, which includes the likes of Kasia Niewiadoma, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Elena Cecchini, as well as Zwift competition winner Ella Harris. With their finalised roster, they are one of the youngest top 10 squads in the world.
– The UCI further outlined plans to increase prize money at women’s races, a change that will commence this season. This comes as part of a series of major reforms announced last year which also includes a minimum wage and a tiered racing system.
– Team Illuminate finalised a diverse roster for this season, consisting of 8 riders from 6 nations.
– TWENTY20 recently announced the international logistics firm Sho-Air as 2019 title sponsor.
– Drops announced the last rider in their 2019 roster, which consists of 9 women from Britain and one from New Zealand.
– Cyclance and Valcar have joined forces as co-title sponsors, and the team will feature an all-Italian lineup this season.
– Bigla released its striking new kit early this week, which features a completely re-designed jersey that also reflects the colours of its new bicycle sponsor.
Catch up on the latest and most important results of the week:
– Letizia Paternoster notched up the very first victory of her Trek-Segafredo team on the opening day of the Tour Down Under, with Amanda Spratt taking out the tough second stage, Grace Brown winning stage three, and Chloe Hosking taking the final stage on the Adelaide city circuit. An in-form Amanda Spratt took home her third consecutive win in the Tour Down Under general classification.
– Grace Brown took the title of Australian ITT Champion ahead of Gracie Elvin.
– Elena Cecchini is back for another year as one of our Zwift bloggers, and she has already penned her first piece of the season. Read all about her reflections on 2018 as well as her preparations for 2019 and insights into the world of women’s pro cycling right here.
– Check out this must-read blog about Jolien D’hoore’s move to Boels-Dolmans, the number one-ranked team in the world for the past two seasons, and how she’ll find a good fit within the talented squad.
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This week in cycling history…
On this day in 1974, Italian road racer Fabiana Luperini was born. Her palmarès includes a record five wins of what we now know as the Giro Rosa, with consecutive victories from 1995 through to 1998, followed by a fifth win in 2008. In the 1997 edition of the race, she became the inaugural champion atop Monte Zoncolan, one of the toughest mountain passes in professional cycling. Luperini retired in 2013 as one of the most decorated Italian cyclists.
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