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In this week’s internet roundup, we explore the riders with the most ‘character’. We also want you to meet Rebecca Werner, who’s currently riding from Adelaide to Brisbane in the bike tracks of her parents, and take a trip to Rio with the Dutch national team. And as always, we catch up on latest race news. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

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Personalities are aplenty in pro cycling

Image: Wiggle Honda
Image: Wiggle Honda

When Italian cyclist Claudio Chiappucci publicly stated that Sagan was the only rider in the pro peloton with character, Michelle Arthurs-Brennan was quick to respond, profiling 10 women to prove that personalities are aplenty in pro cycling.

From women’s cycling advocate and cross racer Helen Wyman to Downhiller Rachel Atherton to multi-world champion Marianne Vos, Arthurs-Brennan argues that there are plenty of characters worth following in cycling.

What do you think? Who are your favourite women cyclists with ‘character’?


Rebecca Werner

Rebecca Werner ready to set off

Meet Rebecca Werner. In 2012 Loren Rowney and Rebecca Werner were both on the cusp of becoming professional cyclists. Werner had had a successful run in Australia, and early season in US, and Rowney got herself a guest spot –and eventually a contract– with Specialized-Lululemon. But while Rowney’s career started to take shape, thing went south for Werner. Due to medical issues and consequent poor performances, Werner did not get a contract and decided her chance had come and gone. What happens now?

Read Loren Rowney’s intro –Life after trying to become a pro –here  And Rebecca’s story of following her parents bike track, here.



Lucinda Brand visits Rio


Lucinda Brand – one of the best bike handlers in the women’s peloton – reports from Rio where she and fellow Dutch riders previewed the Olympic courses.


Pauline Ferrand-Prévot breaks her leg, out for cx season

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Photo by Cor Vos

“Adieu à ma saison de cyclo-cross,” Cyclocross World Champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot tweeted following a bad crash during a training session.

Sustaining a tibial plateau fracture, Ferrand-Prévot is likely out for the remainder of the cyclocross season. The injury will take at least six weeks to heal, Rabo-Liv announced.

Lisa Jacobs wins in Japan

Australian national champion, Lisa Jacobs, had a successful weekend in Japan absolutely dominating both days of the Rapha Super Cross Nobeyama. 


Thirty-six-year-old Nicole Brändli returns to racing after six-year absence

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Nicole Brandli in 2006. Photo by Cor Vos.

One of Switzerland’s most successful cyclists, Brändli announced she’s planning a comeback after a six-year absence. The three-time Giro Rosa winner has signed a contract with the Italian team Footon Servetto –alongside compatriot Jolanda Neff – and is aiming to line up at the Olympic Games in Rio next year.

Neue Luzerne Zeitung has the story.



+ Video (in Dutch): Vos has something to work towards again

+ Brazilian rider Uênia Fernandes da Souza (Ale Cipollini) has reportedly tested positive for EPO and has been provisionally suspended for 30 days while she decides whether to request her B sample be tested.

+ UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships: The 2015 UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships took place in Johor Bahru, and the German women dominated.

+ Behind the lens with Irish photog, Karen Edwards.

+ Helen Wyman wins Flandrien Cross. Helen Wyman was in her element in the thick, slick mud of  FlandrienCross and won the third round of the Bpost Bank Trofee series, Flandriencross, over Sanne Cant.

+ Curious about power data, elevation and distance of a pro cyclist? Lucinda Brand just published her numbers: http://www.raboliv.com/news/het-seizoen-van-lucinda-in-cijfers-8454


This week’s feature image by photographer Veeral Patel was taken at the inaugural Giro della Donna. We had a wonderful time at the event and we hope you did, too! 

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