Women’s Cycling Weekly: Issue 29

Women’s Cycling Weekly: Issue 29

Hello! Welcome to Women‚Äôs Cycling Weekly issue 29 ūüöī‚Äć‚ôÄÔłŹ

I think I‚Äôm not alone in saying that the excitement of last week‚Äôs brilliant¬†Tour de Suisse¬†left me wanting more ‚ÄĒ more stages, and more races on the calendar overall. It was truly a nail-biting race that came down to just one second and a real showcase of how gripping women‚Äôs racing is when we get to watch it live.¬†

By the time the¬†2.1 Lotto Belgium Tour¬†comes around on the 22nd we‚Äôll have gone more than two weeks without live racing. Sure, there are a million national championship races coming up (some of which will be broadcast live, but more on that next week) but it‚Äôs not quite the same, is it? Then, there‚Äôs everyone‚Äôs favourite sideshow in the form of the next WWT race,¬†La Course,on the 26th which was ‚ÄĒ for reasons of sexism‚ÄĒ moved a day forward due to local elections (while the men‚Äôs TdF stage on the same day in the same place stayed in tact.)¬†

Anyway rather than end on that note, here’s a preview of this week’s news and content which includes; a game of Team Staff Musical Chairs, the USA Olympic team selection, an update to WWT team regulations, and further details on those promising ethics updates from everyone’s favourite governing body. Scroll down for more!

  • Last week we heard that¬†Lars Boom¬†would be leaving his role as¬†Liv Racing‚Äôs Performance Manager immediately after he signed up to work for another team in 2022. That team is‚ĶSD Worx¬†‚ÄĒ where star ride¬†Lotte Kopecky¬†happens to be going next season, too. The team said in a¬†press release¬†that Boom would be coaching Hungarian cyclocross rider¬†Kata Blanka Vas¬†during the winter before moving into a technical staff role from the 1st January 2022 where he will work alongside¬†Anna van der Breggen¬†and¬†Chantal van den Broek Blaakin their new behind-the-scenes roles.
  • USA Cycling¬†have announced their¬†Olympic¬†squad for the¬†Tokyo Games¬†for road, track, and MTB.¬†Ruth Winder,¬†Coryn Rivera,¬†Leah Thomas, and¬†Chloe Dygert¬†will race the road race while Dygert will contest the ITT alongside¬†Amber Neben.¬†Chloe Woodruff¬†will join pre-selected riders¬†Haley Batten¬†and¬†Kate Courtney¬†for MTB. Dygert,¬†Megan Jastrab,¬†Lily Williams, and¬†Emma White¬†will make up the team pursuit squad on the track while Maddie Godby will contest the Keirin.¬†Payton Ridenour,¬†Felicia Stancil,¬†Alise Willoughby¬†will race BMX.¬†Perris Benegas¬†and¬†Hannah Roberts¬†will race BMX freestyle.¬†
  • In other selection news¬†¬†Valerie Demey,¬†Lotte Kopecky, and¬†Julie Van de Velde¬†will represent¬†Belgium¬†in the road race and Van de Velde will also race the time trial.¬†Githa Michiels¬†will race MTB and¬†Elke Vanhoof¬†BMX. The track selection will be announced on the 3rd of July.
  • Afghan rider¬†Masomah Ali Zada¬†was selected as part of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team to race the ITT at the Tokyo Games on the 28th July.
  • Team Uno-X¬†have revealed¬†that they will apply for¬†Women‚Äôs WorldTeam¬†status for 2022. They will be able to do this¬†via a loophole in the UCI regulations¬†that was updated this week in which new teams will be able to enter at WWT level if fewer than 15 existing WWT or Continental teams apply.
  • After originally saying that she was ‚Äėunsure‚Äô as to whether she would race the¬†Giro d‚ÄôItala Donne¬†and¬†La Course,¬†Annemiek van Vleutenconfirmed¬†via her personal website¬†that she would be sitting the two races out to focus on building form for Tokyo. Writing from an altitude camp in Andorra she did confirm, however, that she will be racing the Dutch national championships in both the time trial and the road race before she heads back for another block of altitude ‚ÄĒ this time in Italy.

  • Has everyone stopped holding their breath after stage two of the¬†Tour de Suisse women¬†last weekend? I‚Äôve covered¬†a full breakdown of what happened, so check that out if you want more detail¬†but it was great to see such a tactical race that came down to bonus seconds.Elise Chabbey¬†of¬†Canyon//SRAM¬†took the first stage, out-sprinting¬†Lizzie Deignan¬†of¬†Trek-Segafredo¬†after forcing her into going early when the two came to the line together,¬†Marlen Reusser¬†(Ale BTC Ljubljana) took third 24‚ÄĚ back.¬†Going into the second and final stage Chabbey‚Äôs advantage stood at four seconds and Deignan and her Trek team made it their mission to line up their rider to take bonus seconds at the intermediate sprints. After both Canyon//SRAM and Trek-Segafredo tried every tactic in the book against each other it was Deignan who managed to claw back five seconds to win the race by one solitary second.¬†Marta Bastianelliof¬†Ale BTC Ljubljana¬†took the stage ahead of¬†Tereza Neumanova¬†of¬†Burgos¬†and¬†Hannah Barnes¬†of¬†Canyon//SRAM.Stage one highlights¬†here. Stage two highlights¬†here.
  • It was yet another¬†SD Worx¬†double at¬†Dwars door het Hageland¬†1.2¬†with¬†Chantal van den Broek Blaak¬†taking the win ahead of her teammate¬†Christine Majerus.¬†Lorena Wiebes¬†of¬†Team DSM¬†took third.¬†
  • Wiebes went on to take the victory the next day at¬†Dwars door de Westhoek 1.1¬†ahead of¬†Jolien d‚ÄôHoore¬†of¬†SD Worx¬†and¬†Barbara Guarischi¬†of¬†Movistar.
  • Loana Lecomte¬†won her first short track race this afternoon in¬†Leogang, Austria at the¬†MTB World Cup. Rebecca Mcconnell¬†took second and¬†Jolanda Neff¬†third.¬†Jenny Rissveds,¬†Haley Batten,¬†Pauline Ferrand Prevot,¬†Sina Frei, and¬†Janika Liov¬†also earned front-row starts for Sunday‚Äôs XCO race.
  • Leonie Daubermann¬†won the¬†German national XCO¬†title while her sister¬†Luisa¬†took the U23 title.¬†
  • Dame Sarah Storey¬†won the 39th world title of her career in Portugal at the¬†UCI Para-Cycling World Championships¬†taking gold in the WC5 25.2km time trial, fellow GB rider¬†Crystal Lane-Wright¬†took second and Germany‚Äôs¬†Kerstin Brachtendorf¬†third. More results and details on the Para-Cycling World Championships can be found¬†here.

  • Sunday, 13th June, is the¬†SPAR Flanders Diamond Tour 1.1. The race will cover 11x 12.4km laps totalling 136.4km. It starts at 14:00 but there is no live coverage unfortunately. Startlist¬†here.¬†
  • We‚Äôre in¬†national champs¬†season which means there are LOADS of races on. I‚Äôm sure you don‚Äôt want to read (and I certainly don‚Äôt want to write out) a full breakdown of every nation‚Äôs race schedule but there are races going on in pretty much every European, and many South American, countries next week. Most of those events are time trials with the road races happening next weekend.¬†
  • Elsewhere, the¬†MTB World Cup¬†continues in¬†Leogang, Austria. This is the third round of the XCO but the first world cup downhill event of the season. The women‚Äôs XCO race is on¬†Sunday at 12:00 CEST. The downhill final is¬†12:30 CEST¬†on¬†Saturday¬†and you can watch it all live on¬†Red Bull TV.¬†
  • There‚Äôs more MTB action over in¬†S√ľdtirol¬†in the Dolomites for the¬†UCI Marathon Series¬†happening tomorrow with a 60km one-day event with 3,200m elevation. The race is available to watch live on Rai or the race¬†website.
  • If you like crit racing (and staying up late if you live in Europe) then you can also catch the action at¬†Tulsa Tough¬†this weekend.¬†

Another video about some cool women shredding together and doing completely terrifying things that I am in awe of.

The story behind my lack of a proper microphone, and the cold that has rendered my voice so nasal on this week’s Freewheeling is a whole newsletter in itself. Sadly, Abby has also fallen foul of an unseasonable (and NOT COVID!!) cold and sounds just as rough so Loren holds the audio fort as we talk about Tour de Suisse, the Giro d’Italia Donne, USA Olympicselection and more.

It’s the time of the month (no, not that one) where I get to plug another women’s cycling podcast that isn’t the one I’m on, which makes me feel less biased. So, when you’ve listened to Freewheeling (not entirely unbiased) tune into this month’s Cycling Podcast Féminin which features an interview with woman of the hour Elise Chabbey, plus Pauliena Rooijakkers, and Unbound winner Lauren De Crescenzo. 

Half the SD Worx team bumping into a rider from a rival team (Juliette Labous of DSM) on altitude camp, letting her join and show them a new route? Love to see it.

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Until next time,

Amy x

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