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No more podium girls at Tour Down Under

When the men’s UCI WorldTour kicks off in Australia in January, there’s one thing we won’t see: race winners flanked by podium girls. In the interest of creating a more positive image of women in sport, the South Australian Government withdrew its support of the use of podium girls at the Santos Tour Down Under, …

Carmen Small starts new career path, takes on rider-Sports Director role in Danish team

A recent graduate of the UCI Sports Director course, US national time trial champion Carmen Small will put her directeur sportif credentials to use at a Danish development team called Team Virtu Pro-VéloConcept in 2017. After a couple rocky years that saw Small change teams mid-season and controversially miss out on the US Olympic selection, …

Video: The best moments of the 2016 Women’s WorldTour

This year we saw the introduction of a women’s WorldTour. Replacing the former UCI Women Road World Cup, which was held from 1998 to 2015, the UCI Women’s WorldTour now serves as the leading series of races for professional women cyclists. And the racing sure did not disappoint. We already recapped the inaugural series in numbers, …

Newly retired Iris Slappendel as passionate about women’s cycling as ever

Armed with knowledge and a UCI certification in her back pocket, recently retired pro cyclist Iris Slappendel left the UCI World Cycling Centre in Switzerland last week with a head buzzing with information and ideas to further women’s cycling. Slappendel was among the 41 men and women completing the UCI Sports Directors course, which is …

Live coverage of women’s Cadel Evans Road Race, WorldTour status could be next

Cycling fans will get their first chance in more than six years to see a top level women’s cycling race in Australia televised in real time, with the news announced today that the Seven Network will broadcast live from the women’s event at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. The race, called the Deakin University Elite Women’s Race, …

The transfer carousel comes to a stop: could we see a more level playing field in the Women’s WorldTour?

As the year is coming to an end, so is the transfer season. Contracts have been inked, and by now most teams and riders have announced their 2017 plans. There have been a fair bit of rider switcharoos, the announcement of a new WorldTour team and some exciting changes in UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar. After …

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ASO says desire for new challenge, not repetition spurred La Course change

Earlier this month, the organisers of La Course by Le Tour, ASO, announced that they were changing up the format of their much celebrated women’s criterium, turning the fast-paced spectacle in the heart of Paris on the final day of the men’s Tour de France into a mountain stage up the Izoard. For three years …

Women’s race distance maximums increase in 2017 to accommodate ‘increased level of competitiveness’

The UCI’s Professional Cycling Council (PCC) met in Geneva, Switzerland, this week to discuss the rules and regulations for the 2017 season. The full and final rules and regulations are yet to be published, but the amendments that were made at the last UCI Management Committee’s meeting are available through the UCI. For the women’s …

Nikki Brammeier on her road to recovery: Concussion is a real injury

It was unseasonably warm in Pont-Château, France, when a small but highly competitive field of racers lined up for the UEC European Cyclocross Championships on October 30. The condition were dry, the course non-technical and fast. World Champion Thalita de Jong would power ahead and cross the finish solo ahead of compatriot Lucinda Brand and …

Did the inaugural Women’s WorldTour live up to expectations?

When the inaugural 2016 Women’s WorldTour (WWT) was announced last year it was greeted with much excitement and anticipation. Touted as a “major step forward for women’s cycling,” the series aimed to grow the profile and professionalism of women’s cycling by replacing the existing UCI Women’s Road World Cup with a season-long WorldTour, similar to the …

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