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

  • The number-one ranked rider and current Dutch champion Lorena Wiebes has signed a 4-year contract with Team Sunweb.
  • Stine Borgli and Emilia Fahlin have extended with FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope until 2022.
  • British rider Hannah Rhodes set a new women’s Everesting world record, taking 9 hours 8 minutes and 31 seconds to cover 8,848 m of elevation gain, nearly 50 minutes faster than the previous record set by Lauren De Crescenzo.
  • After a year-long investigation, the UCI announced that its Ethics Commission had found Health Mate-Cyclelive team manager Patrick Van Gansen guilty of violations of its Code of Ethics. Any sanctions will now be handled by the Disciplinary Commission.
  • Australia now has its own virtual racing squad, with the AERO (Australian E-Sports Racing Organisation) team recently launching, with the goal of seeing Australians racing in the top online races in the world.
  • Germany’s first cyclo-cross team is ready to start this coming winter. The team, which was able to attract a title sponsor (yet to be named), will consist of 6 riders including one female rider.
  • The Val di Sole round of the 2020 UCI Mountain Bike Cup has been cancelled, as any gathering over 1,000 people in the Trentino region of Northern Italy is prohibited until 15 October.
  • After much deliberation between organisers and the government, the Ladies Tour of Norway has been cancelled, because restrictions are not expected to be lifted by the planned start date of 13 August.
  • The British Secretary for Transport announced that levels of cycling in the UK had increased by as much as 200% on weekends, with a 100% increase on weekdays during the pandemic. Some cities, such as London, have restricted certain parts to bicycles and public transport only, or have fitted areas with temporary cycle lanes. Other countries have also experienced an increase in the use of bicycles, with authorities designating more areas as cycle paths.
  • BBC Sport will broadcast the new ŠKODA V-SERIES Women’s Tour live from 17-19 June. The event will be on air from 19:00 BST for each of the three stages via the BBC Sport website, app and BBC iPlayer. Following each stage, members of the public will be able to ride the same route with a suggested donation of £5 to raise money for Breast Cancer Now and Mind.
  • British Cycling asks for your vote on the Great Britain Team cycling kit design. Click here to see the choices and give your opinion.
  • L’Etape du Tour 2020 has been postponed due to health concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic, with a possible new date being announced by the end of this month.
  • Zwift and the organisers of the Tour de France are said to be staging a virtual Tour for both men and women in July. Full details are yet to be released.

Videos of the Week

  • In case you missed it, check out our awesome featured videos, featuring superstar Chloe Dygert, and the always-entertaining Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig.
  • Watch our in-depth interview with seven-time world track champion, world time-trial champion and Olympic silver medallist Chloe Dygert, who talks 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 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!

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Zwift Blog

  • Leah Kirchmann tells you everything she wished she knew before she first started cycling!
  • Megan Jastrab shares her tips for those looking to start racing.
  • 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!

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This week in cycling history…

  • Edwige Pitel, born on 4 June 1967, is a French rider who is still competing for Cogeas-Mettler-Look. She was the winner of the 2003 ITU Duathlon world Championships, an event that involves a continuous run-cycle-run course. After that victory, she concentrated on road cycling and at 52, she is the oldest competitor on the circuit. She races without a salary but purely because she is still very passionate about riding and competing.
  • Maria Canins’ birthday was on 4 June. The 71-year-old Italian was a talented athlete, excelling as a champion skier, runner and cyclist. She twice won the Grande Boucle after only taking up riding at the age of 32. Maria also won the Trofeo Alfredo Binda four times – a feat that has only been matched by Marianne Vos. These days she still rides her bike and works as a cycle tour guide in the Dolomites where she lives.

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