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Elisa Balsamo will leave Valcar Travel & Service to join Trek-Segafredo for the next three seasons. The 23 year old has shown promising results on both the road and track recently.

Australian rider Lizzie Stannard has joined Valcar Travel & Service for the current season.

Marjolein Van’t Geloof will stay with DROPS-Le Col s/b TEMPUR for two more seasons while Eluned King will join the team for the next two years. Emilie Moberg has also extended her contract with the British team for another year.

Lourdes Oyarbide and Alicia Gonzáles will stay with Movistar Team until next year, while Barbara Guarischi and Sheyla Gutierrez have re-signed with the Spanish squad until the end of 2023.

Team DSM has signed three new riders: Dutch rider Charlotte Kool, who has a contract until at least 2022, as well as Léa Curinier from France and Italian Francesca Barale, who both will race until the end of 2023.

TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank has signed Veronica Ewers, who took bronze at the US Pro Cycling National Championships, for the next two seasons.Ann-Sophie Duyck, Valerie Demey, Lotte Kopecky, Lone Meertens, Jesse Vandenbulke, Sara Van de Vel, Julie Van de Velde and Fien Van Eynde will be representing Belgium at the UEC European Road Championships in Trento in September.

France will be sending Aude Biannic, Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Eugenie Duval, Victorie Guilman, Juliette Labous and Gladys Verhulst to the UEC European Road Championships.

Spain will be represented at the same event by Lourdes Oyarbide, Gloria Rodriguez, Sandra Alonso, Eukene Larrarte, Alica González and Ziortza Isasi.

AJ Bell, one of the UK’s leading online investment platforms, will become the title partner of the upcoming AJ Bell Women’s Tour, which will run from 4 to 9 October.

Amber Neben, Leah Thomas, Lauren Stephens, Coryn Rivera, Ruth Winder, Tayler Wiles and Kristen Faulkner have been selected to represent the USA at the World Championships.

On a slightly different note, WorldTour team Israel Start-Up Nation has provided an eight-day training camp for the Bugesera Women’s Cycling Team in Rwanda. The camp consisted of regular training sessions, skills classes, and cycling-based lectures in the hope to further women’s cycling in the African nation.

 

Results

GP de Plouay – Lorient- Agglomération Trophée CERATIZIT: Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) head of Gladys Verhulst (Team Arkea) and Kristen Faulkner (Team TIBCO-SVB)

CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta:

Stage 1: Marlen Reusser (Ale BTC Ljubljana) took the win ahead of Coryn Rivera (Team DSM) and Elise Chabbey (Canyon//SRAM)

Stage 2: Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team) won ahead of Marlen Reusser and Marta Cavalli (FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope)

Stage 3: Annemiek van Vleuten ahead of Liane Lippert (Team DSM) and Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon//SRAM).

Stage 4: Lotte Kopecky (Liv Racing) ahead of Elisa Longo-Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) and Elise Chabbey (Canyon//SRAM).

General classification: Vannemiek van Vleuten ahead of Marlen Reusser and Elise Chabbey.

The results of the Junior Track World Championships in Egypt can be found here.

Zwift Blog

Amalie Dideriksen tells us about her medal-winning experience at the Olympic Games, what her main goal was in Tokyo, and how she felt returning home. Read more about her story here.

Get your cycling hacks from Tanja Erath of TIBCO-SVB! The German rider gives you all the tips you need to know, including what to wear and advice on how to refine your skills and cycling etiquette in her latest blog.

 

This week in cycling history

Beth Heiden

On 30 August 1980, Beth Heiden won the Road World Championships in Sallanches in France. Prior to her cycling career, the American was a very successful speed skater, having won several world championship titles. A little known fact about the famous athlete: She was born in Wisconsin, the home to nearly a quarter of US dairy farms. When approached after winning the World title by the diary board of her home state to do some advertising, she accepted. During her two-year advertising stint, the well-known sportswoman had a major influence on the growth of yogurt and the national dairy promotion program, increasing the popularity and consumption of this diary product substantially.

Mandy Jones

On 5 September 1982, the British former rider won the Road World Championship title and hence became the first British women to win a World Championship title in 15 years. She said in one of her interviews that she felt embarrassed to ride in front of people when competing at the club level and that it took some persuading from coaches, who saw her talent, to finally get out and compete. The year after winning the title, she left the competitive side of the sport, but today still remains involved in her local club, where she raises money for young riders to enable them to race abroad. She also ran a mail-order cycling business and a bicycle shop in Oldham in the greater Manchester area.

Elsy Jacobs

The rider from Luxembourg won the inaugural Women’s Road World Championships on 30 August 1958. In recognition of her achievement, she had a race named after her (currently named the CERATIZIT Festival Elsy Jacobs), which has been part of the UCI Elite Women’s racing calendar since 2008.

 

Rides of the week

Zwift Academy is here!

Chase your cycling goals and break through to the next level. The groundbreaking training program designed by world-class coaches will get you on your way. Measure your progress during your journey and score in-game rewards. For one lucky rider, there’s a  pro contract with CANYON//SRAM on the line. Get after it! The program starts on August 30. Find out  more here!

Learn about Zwift Academy as you ride! There’s a short Orientation workout that will give you all the details of this year’s program. You can find it on the Zwift events schedule or in the Zwift Academy Road 2021 folder in the workout menu.

Plus, find out everything you need to know about this year’s Zwift Academy on this week’s World of Zwift!

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