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

  • Lizzie Deignan and Italian champion Elisa Longo Borghini have extended with Trek-Segafredo until the end of 2022. Deignan, the UCI WT leader, had originally planned to retire, but has decided to extend her career for a further two years. Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Ellen van Dijk, Letizia Paternoster and Tayler Wiles will stay with the team for two additional years while Trixi Worrack, and Lauretta Hanson have also each renewed their contracts for one year. This will finalise the team for 2021.
  • Slovenian time trial champion Urska Zigart will join Mitchelton-SCOTT next year.
  • Dutch rider Claudia Koster has signed with Team Hitec Products. The 28 year old will bring experience to an otherwise very young team.
  • U.S. rider Leah Thomas, previously with Équipe Paula Ka, will ride for Movistar next year.
  • Dutch rider Pien Limpens will ride for Team Parkhotel until the end of 2022.
  • Team Alé BTC Ljubljana had signed two promising young Italian riders. 21-year-old Laura Tomasi and 18-year-old Alessia Patuelli will make their debut with the team next year.
  • The 8th edition of La Course by Le Tour will take place on 27 June 2021.
  • The UCI has announced the new Track Championships League starting in November 2021, in which athletes race across six cities on six consecutive weekends. Host cities are still to be decided but the event will consist of both men’s and women’s events in the individual sprint, Keirin, scratch race and elimination race.
  • As per UCI regulations, 8 Women’s teams have applied for registration as a UCI WT team, with Team SD Worx having applied for a WT license and registration as a WT team.
  • CCC will no longer feature as head sponsor of CCC-Liv next season, and the team will race under the new name Liv Racing.

Race Results

  • At the last race of the reason, the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta, Lorena Wiebes (Sunweb) took the opening stage ahead of Elisa Balsamo (Valcar Travel & Service) and Lisa Brennauer (Ceratizit – WNT). The second stage was won by Lisa Brennauer, ahead of Trek-Segafredo riders Elisa Longo Borghini and teammate Ellen Van Dijk. The final day was taken by Elisa Balsamo (Valcar – Travel & Service) ahead of Lorena Wiebes and Marta Bastianelli (Alé BTC Ljubljana). The general classification was won by Lisa Brennauer, followed by Elisa Longo Borghini and Lorena Wiebes.
  • Canyon//SRAM’s Omer Shapira is the new Israeli ITT champion.
  • At the UEC Cyclo-Cross European Championships in Rosmalen, Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado won the title ahead of Annemarie Worst and Lucinda Brand, all Dutch riders.

Videos of the Week

  • As part of 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, then check out our YouTube channel
  • Megan Jastrab shows you how to best use your rollers in another feature of our “How to…” series.

Zwift Blog

  • Jess Pratt discusses the condensed season, and also compares Girona to Brisbane and how life differs in the two places.
  • Have a read of Ella Harris’ blog about injury, recovery and finding motivation to keep going despite misfortunes.

Exclusive from Voxwomen…

The Voxwomen Podcast

  • Check out our newest podcast… Laura winter talks to Elisa Longo Borghini about her intentions for the shortened season and how she deals with the various unique challenges in the life of a professional rider.
  • You can listen to all our previous podcasts right here!

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This week in cycling history…

  • Margaret Gast, born 2 November 1876, was a German-born American cyclist. During the final decade of the 19th century, she was the dominant racing cyclist in the U.S., having estalbished several endurance records. After her retirement from cycling, Gast turned to motorcycle racing, specialising in stunt driving at fairs and carnivals. In 1920, she left this behind and trained as a physiotherapist, working for many decades in her own practice. She passed away in 1972 and was inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in 1993.
  • Antonella Bellutti, born 7 November 1968, is an Italian two-time Olympic champion on the track. She won the pursuit at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the points race at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, in addition to taking 16 national titles and several Track World Cups. She also competed at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002 in the two-women bobsleigh with her former Olympic and world gold medallist compatriot Gerda Weissensteiner, taking seventh place. After her retirement, she served on ministerial commissions on equal opportunity and doping and worked as a motivational speaker, encouraging others to incorporate sport into their lifestyle.

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