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

  • Ribble has become the official bike partner of DROPS-Le Col supported by TEMPUR. The U.K. based continental team has signed an initial 2-year deal with the 124-year-old bicycle company and is planning to show off their Ribble Endurance SLR and Ultra TT models at the Setmana Ciclista Valencia next month.
  • This year, the French Cycling Federation will issue licenses for top-tier female road cyclists for the very first time. Such a license will provide riders access to practical support such as health insurance and social security.
  • Sanne Cant, Alica Franck, Loes Sels, Ellen Van Loy, Laura Verdonschot, Karen Verhestraeten and Suzanne Verhoeven will represent Belgium at the UCI Cyclo-cross Worlds, while U23 riders Julie Brouwers, Kiona Crabbe, Julie de Wilde, Jinse Peeters, Marthe Truyen and Tessa Zwaenepoel will also ride at the UCI Wold Cyclocross Championships.
  • The team for the Cyclo-cross Worlds representing Great Britain consists of the U23 riders Hattie Harnden, Anna Kay and Josie Nelson and Elite rider Evie Richards.
  • Emma Trott and Jenny Gretton will be taking on team management roles at CAMS-Tifosi. Former pro-rider Trott will serve as Sports Director, while Gretton will work as Assistant Sports Director. Both women bring a wealth of experience to the British squad.
  • Four-time Australian champion Shara Gillow, who rode for four years for FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope and retired from racing last year, will be joining Team SDWorx as their nutritionist.
  • Four-time Canadian MTB champion Emily Batty has signed a deal with Canyon after having spent a lengthy time with Trek.
  • The first round of the National Road Series, the Klondike GP, scheduled for 18 April, has been cancelled due to health concerns.
  • Movistar Team will be introducing a five woman and five man Movistar E-Team as the first WT and WWT squad with a Zwift Racing League team. More information will be revealed in the forthcoming days.
  • The province of Groningen has banned all events until 1 June, which may have implications for the staging of the Healthy Aging Tour.
  • Canyon//SRAM has established a diversity and inclusion program aimed at introducing measures to promote awareness and education on the topic of inclusion, through training and team development. New recruit Christine Kalkschmidt will implement the program for the German team.
  • Velofocus, who has been covering women’s races since 2013, will not be returning this season. After capturing amazing photos of the women’s peloton for several seasons, they are now looking for new challenges. We wish them well for their future endeavours.
  • SDWorx sprinter Jolien D’hoore has indicated that she will retire at the end of the season, after her 15-year career. This season, however, she will continue to focus on the Tokyo Olympics.
  • Former British pro rider Amy Roberts is taking on the role of brand ambassador for the British brand Redchilli bikes. Roberts, who joined the Dutch team Hotel Valkenburg in 2018, was forced to take a break due to illness but is hoping to return to the top of the sport this year.

Results

Santos Festival of Cycling in Adelaide/Australia:

  • Stage 1: Peta Mullens, Ruby Roseman-Gannon, Nicole Frain
  • Stage 2: Sarah Gigante, Georgia Parker, Peta Mullens
  • Stage 3: Sarah Gigante, Carlee Taylor, Nicole Frain
  • Stage 4: Georgia Baker ahead of Ruby Roseman-Gannon and Peta Mullens
  • GC winner: Sarah Gigante ahead of Ruby Roseman-Gannon and Lucy Kennedy

Gravel and Tar race in New Zealand: Olivia Ray ahead of Sharlotte Lucas and Rylee McMullen

X²O Badkamers Trofee (Flandriencross) in Belgium: Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado ahead of Denise Betsema and Manon Bakker

Cyclocross World Cup at Overijse in Belgium saw an all-Dutch podium, consisting of Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, Lucinda Brand and Mannon Bakker.

Zwift Blog

  • In her latest blog, Christine Majerus reflects on the 2020 road season, the return of cyclocross, and starting the season in the colours of SD Worx.

The Voxwomen Podcast

  • Our latest podcast with the winners of the Voxwomen Sharon Laws Rider of the Year Awards is now available right here. Listen to Hannah Walker’s chat with Lisa Brennauer and Liane Lippert about how they tackled the unique 2020 season.
  • You can also catch up on our previous podcasts right here.

Video of the Week

  • Wondering how to get properly kitted out for your next ride? In this video, we show you the basics of heading out with the right clothing, so you can take on your ride with confidence!

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This week in cycling history…

  • Catherine Marsal turned 49 on 20 January. The French former rider is a four-time World Champion and represented her country at four Olympic Games, the first time at the age of 17 years. She is also the former holder of the Hour Record. After her retirement from competition in 2005, she worked as a Sports Director for several teams and became the coach of the Danish national women’s team. These days she works with young children and is enjoying the challenges of educating the next generation.
  • Ute Enzenauer celebrated her 56th birthday on 18 January. The German rider came to cycling at the age of nine when she was selected to participate in the sport at her school, and from then progressed quickly, culminating in her win at the World Road Championships in 1981 in Prague. At the time, she required a special starting permit as she was only 16 years old. With that victory, she became the youngest rider ever to win the event. Enzenauer also won the national road championships twice, and was on the podium at the Tour de France Feminin multiple times. She retired in 1987 at the age of only 23 years, after finishing third in the GC at the women’s Tour de France. Subsequent to her retirement, she trained to work in the pharmaceutical section of a hospital clinic in Ludwigshafen, Germany, where she still continues to work.
  • Luigina Bissoli turned 64 on 21 January. The Italian rider won two silver and two bronze medals at the road and track World Championships. She was also very successful on a national level, having won 13 titles on the track and two on the road, in addition to setting world records in the 200m, 500m and 1,000m sprint.

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