Get your week started with the latest news from the world of women’s cycling.
- 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.
- 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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