Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling:
- The UCI has announced its revised calendar for 2020, including a women’s Paris-Roubaix, which is planned for 25 October. The new UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar will start on 1 August with the Strade Bianche and finish on 8 November with the Ceratizit Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta in Spain. The season will include 13 one-day races and five stage races.
- Christian Prudhomme, race director of the Tour de France, indicted that a women’s Tour de France would be possible as soon as 2022. It would be run separately from the men’s Tour. Commenting to AFP, he said: “step by step, we want to increase the number of women’s races. The UCI has clearly paved the way for women’s cycling. We must continue to adapt.”
- The Women’s Tour has announced its cancellation for this year and is planning the next edition for June 2021.
- Italy announced that it would provide a subsidy per person of up to 500 Euro for purchases such as bicycles and e-bikes.
- The UCI will make a decision in late June whether the 2020 World Championships will go ahead in Aigle and Martigny. All public gatherings of more than 1,000 people are prohibited in Switzerland until at least the end of August, however organisers still hope that the event can be staged as planned from 20 and 27 September.
- Acknowledging the difficult situation that women’s teams may face this season, the UCI has confirmed an agreement between CPA Women and UNIO to determine salary cost-cutting measures. This also includes an allowance for the teams to access their UCI bank guarantee to pay salaries.
- The UK government announced a £2 billion cycling investment, including new bike paths, bike repair vouchers and much more.
Virtual race results
- Three-time road world champion Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) won the first stage of the women’s Zwift Tour for All. Teammate Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio took stages 2 and 3, while Leah Dixon was victorious on day four. Moolman-Pasio then took out the queen stage of the race. Team Tibco-Silicon Valley won the overall series classification, and Canyon//SRAM finished second, while CCC-Liv took third.
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- Leah Kirchmann gives tips and helpful advice on maintaining physical and mental well being while staying at home, such as keeping a routine and staying active despite being house-bound.
- In her blog, Chloe Hosking shares the lessons she learned over her 11 seasons in the pro peloton.
Exclusive from Voxwomen…
- Read Laura Winter’s report on the UCI’s press release regarding the release of the new racing calendar.
- Need some extra motivation for training at home? This week Luxembourg champion and Boels Dolmans rider Christine Majerus shares her favourite tunes with us on Vox Turbo Tunes. Listen to the playlist here on Spotify!
- In our recipes from the women’s peloton, two-time British TT champion Hayley Simmonds makes a simple and “healthy-ish” chocolate mousse. Don’t forget, if you try the recipe, make sure you tag us and Hayley in your photos on social media!
- We’re offering free classes with former racing cyclist Charline Jones to keep you fit and active. Everyone from all sporting backgrounds is welcome to join us on Monday mornings on our Facebook! You can also sign up directly with Charline to her online sessions from anywhere in the world if you’d like something more regular, with over 30 sessions a month to choose from for only £10. Visit her website to find out more and sign up.
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This week in cycling history…
- Peugeot Cycles produced a hydro-cycle, essentially a bicycle on water skis. To promote the craft, the company hired 22-year-old Aimee Pfanner to cross the English Channel. On 5 May 1929, the French fashion model became a sensation when she pedalled her way from Calais to Dover on the hydro-cycle. She took around nine and a half hours to complete the journey and her feat was celebrated at the time as proof that women were able to complete endurance races of this nature.
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