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

  • The French national road championships will now be held in the town of Grand-Champ, after Plumelec, which was originally to host the event, did not agree to the organisation of the races in August.
  • The European road championships will now be held in Plouay, with the women’s elite race on 27 August and the mixed relay on the following day.
  • Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig has extended with FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope until 2022.
  • Drops Cycling is looking for an ambitious sponsor that can drive the development of the team and help it to become a UCI Women’s WorldTour team.
  • Former pro rider Emma Pooley has set a new women’s Everesting world record, completing the event in 15 minutes less than the previous mark set last month. She took 8 hours 53 minutes and 36 seconds to set the record time in Switzerland.
  • Despite the cancellation of events nationwide in the USA, the organisers of the Colorado Classic presented by VF Corporation continue to plan to hold the four-stage race from August 27-30. With crowd control and rider testing, organisers are still hopeful to put on the race which will be live streamed.
  • China has announced it will not allow major sporting events to go ahead this year, opening up the possibility that The Tour of Chongming Island will not take place.
  • The Les Gets (France) round of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, scheduled for 19-20 September, has been cancelled at the request of the organisers. The Mont-Sainte-Anne round in Canada and Val di Sole round in Italy, have also been cancelled and will not be rescheduled this year.
  • Due to budget constraints, the UCI has decided to stand down its Technical Fraud Manager, but vowed to resume controls once races start back again.
  • Start fees are set to disappear in cyclocross. As compensation the prize money will increase and will be equalised for male and female riders. It is hoped that this will reduce the cost for organisers and make it easier to put on an event.
  • La Course by TDF has announced the teams that have received invitations for the event. Eight WT teams and 15 UCI Continental teams will be at the start of the race that will cover 96 km and two climbs over the Cote de Rimiez.
  • The Women’s Festival of Cycling is on from 10-31 July. It offers virtual events, from showing how to fix a puncture, to motivational sessions, in order get more women into cycling.
  • Cycling Australia has established a renewed Ethics and Integrity Committee that will work on issues such as athletes’ well-being, social media and gender. The committee includes former pro riders Dr Bridie O’Connell and Mark Renshaw.
  • Mitchelton-SCOTT is the first team to publish guidelines for media activities for the restart of the 2020 season, limiting access to riders pre and post race, to only journalists and TV crews.
  • According to the RAI Sport calendar, the Giro d’Italia Femminile will not be live on TV, but will only feature on a delayed broadcast. This will not match the new UCI WWT rules that oblige Women Elite races to have a certain time of live images on TV.

Race results

  • In the Swiss ITT championships, Marlen Reusser took gold, Elise Chabbey took silver and Kathrin Stirnemann claimed bronze. All riders are from Équipe Paule Ka.
  • In the Virtual Tour de France, Tanja Erath (Canyon/SRAM) took out the win on Stage 3 ahead of Chloe Dygert (Sho-Air TWENTY20) and April Tacey (Drops Cycling). April Tacey (Drops Cycling) took out Stage 4 ahead of Anna Henderson (Sunweb) and Lauren Stephens (TIBCO-SVB).

Videos of the Week

  • In our “How to…” series Laura Winter talks about what to wear while riding.  If you are new to the sport or if you just want some helpful ideas check out our YouTube channel
  • Megan Jastrab shows you how to best use your rollers in our “How to…” series.
  • 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.

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  • In our newest podcast Hannah Walker talks to Amy Cure about her experiences in sport, her retirement and her plans for the future.
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This week in cycling history…

  • Alla Jakovleva was born on 12 July 1963. The Russian road cyclist was third at the 1986 Worlds in Colorado Springs, USA, and was part of the winning Russian team trial squad in Villach in 1987 as well as the team trial squad that won silver in Ronse in 1988.
  • It was also Patsy Maegerman’s birthday on 11 July. The Belgian rider won the silver medal at the Worlds in in Italy in 1994. Her career was cut short due to her struggles with bulimia, from which she eventually recovered.

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