Get your week started with the latest news in women’s cycling:
- Eugénie Duval and Clara Copponi have re-signed for two more seasons with FDJ – Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope.
- Cycling Vlanderen has announced that COVID-19 restrictions will continue to stay in place and therefore only the Elite competitions such as Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne will go ahead at this stage.
- Movistar Team will be hosting a talent camp on Zwift, with successful competitors joining its E-Sport cycling team. Held over five weeks, the Challenge will commence on 3 February with two qualifying races, catered to different time zones. The winning five women and five men will receive a Canyon road bike, Movistar team kit and equipment, access to team coaches, nutritionists and training camps, and a one-year contract in the Spanish team’s E-Sport squad.
- After the suspension of the 2020 USA Crit Series, racing is back on the calendar for 2021 with 10 women’s teams participating. The organisers are aiming to invest into women’s cycling hoping to assist in finding, forming and funding women teams. The Winton-Salem Cycling Classic International Crit challenge, held the day after the final of the Crit series in September, hopes to be able to once again invite international teams to race against domestic elites.
- DROPS-Le Col s/b Tempur has announced a new multi-year partnership with Mavic. This will be the first time that the French brand enters women cycling. The British squad will be supported by Mavic at selected races and team camps, and will have access to the company’s service course facility.
- The organisers of The Ronde van Drenthe have asked the UCI to move the spring race to October, hoping that by that time they might be able to run a safe 2021 edition of the Dutch WT event.
- Boels Rental and Dolmans Landscaping Group, both long-term title sponsors of the Dutch team now known as Team SD Worx, will continue their support of the team, with their logos featuring on the squad’s 2021 jerseys. Team owner Erwin Janssen will also remain on board with SD Worx.
- Setmana Ciclista Valenciana, scheduled for 18-21 February, has been postponed. The organisers of the event have asked the UCI for a re-scheduled date in May.
- The third edition of the Vuelta CV Feminas will not be taking place on the originally-planned date of 7 February.
- The inaugural edition of the Itzulia Basque Country Women, originally scheduled for 14-16 May, has been listed as “postponed” on the UCI’s calendar. No new dates have yet been proposed.
- RideLondon Festival of Cycling, an event run for amateur and professional riders, will no longer be occurring in May. Since its inception in 2013, the festival has motivated more people to get on their bikes and has also raised significant funds for charity.
- TalentNED, which currently runs a mountain bike team, is planning to establish a cycling team for junior Dutch women in 2022. The aim of the team, led by former pro rider Roxanne Knetemann, and coach Stefan van Klink, is to prepare young riders for future placement in top women’s cycling squads. TalentNED is also planning to establish an U23 team in the future.
- The Tour Series 2021 has been postponed until August this year, in the hopes that by that time, races will be able to safely go ahead.
- The British former Boels Dolmans rider and current Academy Coach for the GB Cycling Team, Emma Trott, has been selected for the UK Sport’s new female coach leadership program, together with 27 coaches from 15 different sports. The program aims to more than double the representation of female coaches in the Olympics and Paralympics by the 2024 Paris Games.
- Trek Segafredo has increased the base salary for their female riders to equal that of their male riders. The change came into effect this month, thereby moving quicker than currently required by regulations towards greater wage equality.
- Over the weekend, British Cycling hosted a race simulation event for 90 riders who are part of the Olympic Games podium program or talent pathways at the Manchester Velodrome.
- One of the most successful US pro riders, Bunki Bankaitis-Davis, sadly passed away this week. Born to Lithuanian parents, she started as a volleyball player and then switched to cycling, winning a gold metal in the TTT at the 1992 World Championships. After graduating with a PhD in organic chemistry, worked at Amgen in Colorado, and later on started her own company which provided molecular blood testing.