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Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling:

  • The UCI announced that Denise Betsema, who was sanctioned with a six-month ineligibility period following an anti-doping rule violation for the presence of an anabolic androgenic steroid, is free to race again after her period of ineligibility ended on October 4, 2019.
  • La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège women’s race will be televised live this year.
  • Riders at the Tour Down Under have been generous in helping Australia’s bushfire relief efforts, including most recently Team TIBCO-SVB which donated $25,000.
  • As part of the introduction of the eight UCI Women’s WorldTeams, the UCI has decided to provide additional resources through their anti-doping program. Each of the eight teams will be given a total budget of EUR 20,000 which will allow for increased anti-doping screening.
  • While in Adelaide for the Tour Down Under, the UCI President David Lappartient told attending media that the UCI acknowledges the increased public interest in gravel racing and would therefore consider creating a gravel racing world championship.
  • Experza Pro CX announced that Anna Kay and Marion Norbert Riberolle have both extended their contracts for several more years with the team.
  • The 2020 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Dübendorf will feature a women’s junior race for the first time.
  • Belgian Cycling announced its team for the UCI CX World Championships. For the women, Sanne Cant, Ellen Van Loy and Laura Verdonschot will be heading to the start in Dübendorf on 1-2 February.
  • Beth Crumpton and Evie Richards will represent Britain in the UCI cyclo-cross world championships in Dübendorf, while Hattie Harnden and Anna Kay will be in the U23 team.

Results

  • At the New Zealand Track Championships Shaane Fulton took gold in the individual time trial ahead of Jaymie King and Sophie-Leigh Bloxham. The title in the individual pursuit went to Kirstie James ahead of Jaime Nielson and Nina Wollaston.
  • The U.S. team took the gold medal at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Milton/Canada in the team pursuit ahead of France and Canada. In the team sprint, Canada was victorious ahead of Poland and Lithuania. The Madison was taken out by Great British, second Belgium and thid USA. Laurine van Riessen (NED) won the sprint ahead of Kelsey Mitchell (Canada) and Madalyn Godby (USA).
  • Niamh Fisher-Black won the Gravel and Tar la Femme ahead of Samara Sheppard and Ella Bloor.
#ICYMI from Voxwomen

  • For our latest Sunday Supplement, Voxvomen met the formidable Ina Teutenberg, and you can read what she had to say right here: “You have to admit when you need help.”
  • Want to know how to swiftly and safely descend? Read our five tips on the skill of descending in our Vox Training Zone segment.
  • UCI women’s World Tour: What you need to know for 2020: Voxwomen has all the information for you: race dates, riders to watch, young riders classification and a preview of what to expect.
  • Listen to this bonus Christmas episode of the Rawvelo Voxwmoen Insider Podcast in which Laura Winter talks to Coryn Rivera, Leah Kirchmann and Alison Jackson at the Team Sunweb launch.
  • In her latest exclusive article, Tanja Erath tells us how she spends her off-season, which includes a well-deserved but rare holiday before starting the next year of training and racing.

This week in cycling history…

  • It was Inga Thompson’s birthday on 27 January. Thompson was a US rider who was active between 1984-1993, won 10 national championships, and came second in three World Championships. She also raced in the Tour de France Feminine, taking third in 1986 and also winning the polka dot mountains jersey. She was third again at the Grande Boucle in 1989. Thompson was inducted into the US Cycling Hall of Fame in 2014. Although now preferring a more quieter life on her ranch in Oregon, she is still active in supporting cycling, creating the Inga Thompson Foundation which assists competitive women cyclists through financial assistance, mentorship and promotion of ethical, drug-free competition.

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