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  • This week the Tour of Norway announced that Denmark, Sweden and Norway will join together and introduce the new WorldTour race “Battle of North” in 2021. This new tour will consist of 10 stages over 11 days. This new concept is supported by the Ladies Tour of Norway, the WorldTour-race in Vårgårda Sweden and the Danish Cycling Union. The race will probably have three stages in Denmark, three in Sweden and four in Norway as the final. The Ladies Tour of Norway and the World Cup in Vårgårda will then be a part of Battle of North. The tour is scheduled for a start in August and as Roy Moberg, race director of the Ladies Tour of Norway announced it will be a major sporting event showcasing women’s cycling.
  • And over on the other side of the world, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race announced the launch of the 2020 Towards Zero Race on the surf coast in Victoria. This event will feature world-class racing with both male and female riders competing on a dynamic and challenging course around Torquay for equal prize money.
  • The ASO has announced that it would pull two of their marquee one-day races, Flèche-Wallone and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, out of Women’s WorldTour in 2020 because it will not provide the required 45 minutes of live TV coverage from the two events.

Recent results

  • Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) took a solo win on the first stage of the Amgen Tour of California, ahead of Elisa Balsamo (Valcar Cylance Cycling) and Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women’s Team). The second stage win went to Kate Hall (Boels-Dolmans), ahead of teammate Anna van der Breggen and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv). Stage 3 winner was Elisa Balsamo (Valcar Cylance Cycling), while Arlenis Sierra (Astana) and Leigh Ganzar (Hagen Berman-Supermint), rounded out the podium. Anna van der Breggen took out the overall win of this year’s Tour of California ahead of Katie Hall and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio.
  • The first stage of the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas was won by Karlijn Swinkels (Alé Cipollini), in second place was Marissa Baks (Biehler Pro Cycling) ahead of Silvia Magri (Bepink).The second stage was won by Soraya Paladin (Ale Cipolini), while Margarita Garcia (Movistar) and Katia Ragusa (Bepink) took the remaining podium places. Soraya Paladin was again successful on stage 3 ahead of Stine Borgli (Norges Cyckleforbund) and Urska Pintar (BTC City Ljubljana). Lourdes Oyarbide (Movistar) won the 4th stage ahead of Jelena Eric (Ale Cipolini) and Sandra Alsonso Dominguez (Bizkaia Durango).
  • Kate Courtney (USA) won the Mercedes-Benz UCI MTB World Cup XC Short Track opening event in Albstadt. Jolanda Neff and Kathrin Stirnemann both from Switzerland took second and third place respectively.

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Voxwomen announcements and events

  • Voting is now open for the first part of Voxwomen’s 2019 Sharon Laws Rider of the Year Award. In partnership with the Rouleur Classic, the world’s finest road cycling exhibition, and named in honour of the British cycling champion. As last year the award will be decided after two public votes to find the riders of spring and summer. The two riders with the most votes from each round will then go through to a final round poll to find the overall winner. The riders who have been shortlisted in the spring period of are: Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu Cycling), Annika Langvad (Boels Dolmans), Annemiek van Vleuten Michelton-Scott), Demi Vollering (Parkhotel Valkenburg), Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) and Kirstin Wild (WNT-Rotor Pro Cycling). Cast your vote for your Voxwomen rider of the spring here
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This week in cycling history…

  • 13 May is the birthday of Marianne Vos the renowned Dutch racer, who currently rides for CCC-Liv. Among a long list of other achievements, she has held world championship titles in cyclo-cross and road racing, and won Olympic gold and multiple World Road Race and World cyclo-cross championships.
  • 14 May is the birthday of Amanda Coker, a US ultra-cyclist and the current record holder of the World Endurance Record for Distance in a Calendar Year. On July 11, 2017, Coker broke the 77- year-old record held by Tommy Goodwin by reaching 100,000 miles after having raced for 423 straight days.

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