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

  • The Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta 2020 will consist of an additional third stage, and will be run between 6-8 November, taking the peloton to Madrid and beyond.
  • A new continental women’s team, Ciclismo Mundial, in which cyclo-cross riders are aiming to also participate in a road race program, has been registered with the UCI. This would allow riders such as Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, Sanne Cant and Annemarie Worst to race alongside some of the best female road racers. The team will be led by Dutch sports director Camiel van den Bergh.
  • The Flanders Ladies Classic – Sofie de Vuyst has been cancelled. The race was scheduled for 15 August, but organisers felt it not completely safe to stage the race at that time, and decided to run the event again in 2021.
  • After publishing the 2020 International Road cycling calendar, the UCI announced the 2020 UCI International Calendar for other classes of events. This document includes women’s and men’s races for the UCI ProSeries, Class 1, Class 2, UCI Nations’ Cup, Under-23 and Junior categories, and criteriums.
  • The Danish cities that were going to host the national championships have decided to postpone their involvement in the event until next year, although the Danish Cycling Union is still trying to determine if it can still stage the championships some time later this year.
  • The RideLondon Classique, originally scheduled for August, has been been cancelled. In a statement, the race organisers said the decision had been made for the safety of those competing and spectating.
  • The IOC president Thomas Bach commented last week that if the Olympic Games cannot be held safely in 2021, the event would have to be cancelled. Postponement has already cost millions and it would not be feasible to continue to employ thousands of people in an organising committee and leave athletes in uncertainty.
  •  Lauren Kitchen and Brodie Chapman have re-signed for two more seasons with FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope.
  • Boels-Dolmans has re-signed European road champion Amy Pieters until 2022, as well as youngster Lonneke Uneken, who has extended her contract through to the 2024 season. The 20-year-old Dutchwoman joined the team this year after turning pro with Hitec products in 2019.

Videos of the Week: DYGERT & UTTRUP LUDWIG!

  • We’ve got not one, but two awesome featured videos this week, featuring superstar Chloe Dygert, and the one-and-only Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig!
  • Check out our in-depth interview with seven-time world track champion, world time-trial champion and Olympic silver medallist Chloe Dygert, about her winning mentality, her sensational time trial world title in Yorkshire, and her ambitions on the track.
  • During lockdown, we hosted a Q&A with the Danish dynamite, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig. Fans were able to send in their questions, ranging from avocados to her famed Fanta addiction, to her unforgettable post race interview at the Tour of Flanders in 2019. You won’t want to miss what Cecilie had to say, right here!

The Voxwomen Podcast

  • Our recent videoed interview are also available as podcasts, so be sure to check them out below.
  • Chloe Dygert chats about her ambitions for her track events, her attitude towards racing and her win at Yorkshire.
  • Laura Winter also chats to Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, who’ll be sure to make you laugh, on our latest podcast powered by Brother UK Cycling. Don’t miss it!

Zwift Blog

  • Ella Harris writes about her decision to return to New Zealand and her addiction to Zwift racing during the lockdown. You’ll want to check it out for yourself!
  • Jessica Pratt shares her experience of being home in Australia, her newfound love for cycling and an unfortunate event while riding out on the road.

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This week in cycling history…

  • 19th May is Charlotte Becker’s birthday. Becker is a German rider who has been on the circuit since 2000. Her achievements include several national championship titles on the road and track, as well as a gold metal at the team time trial World Championships in The Netherlands in 2012. The 36-year-old currently rides for the French Arkéa Pro Cycling Team.

Voxwomen Online Shop

  • With every Voxwomen jersey sold, you’ll get a free pair of IRIS socks worth £12!
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