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

  • The UCI has published a protocol, featuring procedures that need to be followed when racing recommences, including travelling in team bubbles, hygiene measures and testing for Covid-19. Detailed information about these measures can be found here.
  • Bigla-Katusha has announced a long-term partnership with French fashion house Paule Ka, which will be the main sponsor until 2024.
  • Jolien D’hoore and Christine Majerus extended their contracts with Boels-Dolmans / SD Worx for the next two years.
  • Jade Wiel extended her contract with FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope until 2023.
  • Canadian Cyclo-cross rider Ruby West will ride for the Belgian team Proximus-Alpha Motorhomes-Doltcini until 2022.
  • Australian track cyclist Amy Cure has announced her retirement. During her racing career, she earned three rainbow jerseys, two Commonwealth Games gold medals, three Australian Olympic Team selections and 10 national titles. Cure is the only track cyclist in history to win a medal in six different world championship events – the individual and team pursuits, points and scratch races, the Madison and the omnium.
  • As it stands at the moment, the Spanish cycling championships will be held between 21-23 August in the province of Jaen, the Netherlands will host their ITT championships in Emmen on 7 October, while the French are still looking for a suitable location to hold their championships, planned for 20-23 August. The Italian national championships have been confirmed for 21 and 23 August.
  • Greenedge Cycling has announced that they will not proceed with sponsorship with the Manuela Fundación. Team founder Gerry Ryan noted that staff and riders will receive full pay once races begin in August.
  • Canadian mountain biker Marie-Hélène Premont has been selected for induction into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame. Premont has won an Olympic silver medal as well as six World Cups, and was the overall World Cup champion in 2008.
  • Accomplished British Paralympic rider Sophie Thornhill announced her retirement at age of 24. She had always intended to retire after the Tokyo Olympics but as the games have been postponed, she has decided to concentrate on her studies at Manchester University.
  • Cycling apparel brand Rapha has announced its support of British Cycling’s relaunched #ChooseCycling campaign, which aims to get more people riding bikes. It will provide funding as well as assistance through its cycling club members.
  • All French amateur cycling races are now permitted to run, according to the French Cycling Federation, with special hygiene measures and social distancing being put in place.
  • Proximus will be a new partner of Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport. The team will now be called Doltcini – Van Eyck Sport – Proximus.

Race results

  • Boels-Dolmans’ Amalie Dideriksen won the Danish national championships in Scratch and Points Race.
  • The first stage of the V-Women’s Tour to Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk was won by Lotto Soudal rider Dani Christmas. Leah Dixon of Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank took the second stage. NXTG Racing’s Cathalijne Hoolwerf won stage 3, with Leah Dixon taking out the overall title.
  • Sarah Gigante of Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank won the opening time trial at the Virtual Joe Martin Stage race.

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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This week in cycling history…

  • Tracey Gaudry was born on 17 June 1969. She is a former professional cyclist who represented Australia at two Olympics. Gaudry started cycling in 1992 after recovering from a life threatening illness and won the national time trial championships in 1995, as well as the national road championships and multiple UCI one-day races and stage races during her career. After her retirement, she became a sports administrator and was Vice President of the UCI from 2013 to 2017. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Respect Victoria, an agency dedicated to the primary prevention of all forms of family violence. She is also a member of the Management Committee of the UCI and president of the Oceanian Cycling Confederation.
  •  Denise Hampson, a Welsh track rider and former 2001 British women’s sprint cycling champion, competed for Team GB more than 20 times between 1999 and 2004. Her career focus, however, was always the Athens Olympics and when she wasn’t selected, she decided she did not want to continue for another four years until the next Olympic Games, and subsequently retired from the sport. Since then, she has established herself as a motivational speaker, behavioural expert, author and innovator.

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