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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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Marianne Vos reunites with team director Jeroen Blijlevens

The continuation of the Rabo-Liv team, WM3 Pro Cycling, today announced that former pro cyclist Jeroen Blijlevens has signed a two-year contract to join Marianne Vos’ team as Directeur Sportif. This is a reunion for Vos and Blijlevens, who worked together in 2010 and 2011 when Blijlevens was the team director of Nederland Bloeit and …

With sights set on 2020 Olympics, Marianne Vos’ team signs five-year deal with new title sponsor

As previously reported, the continuation of what’s left of the Rabo-Liv team will take on a different format and unique business model starting January 1, 2017. Its current title sponsor; Directeur Sportif, Koos Moerenhout; and big named riders like Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen, cyclocross world champion Thalita de Jong and two-time Dutch national …

Seven retiring riders we’ll miss seeing in the women’s peloton

As the 2016 road season has come to an end, cyclists return to their homes for some vacation before preparing for the next season again. Some cyclists, however, will not be returning to the peloton next year, using the end of an Olympic year as an opportune time to call it quits and head into …

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Video: Behind the scenes with Rabo-Liv on their last race weekend together

Italy-based filmmaker Coreen Spahr Mazzocchi spent a day filming the Rabo-Liv women’s cycling team at the 2016 Giro dell’Emilia in late September, hoping to give cycling fans an inside look on the team’s last season. Rabobank, a fixture in cycling sponsorship since 1996, announced last December that it is refocusing its sponsorship and ending its relationship …

The 2016 Ella Awards: celebrating the best of the season

Thanks to a later than usual world championships, us cycling fans got to enjoy a few extra weeks of racing, but for the riders it’s been a long and taxing season, and now that a new world champion has been crowned, the season has finally come to a close. But what a season it was! From …

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La Course moves away from Paris and into the Alps

Rumours regarding a possible expansion of the Women’s WorldTour event, La Course, circulated earlier this month, after organisers of the Thuringer Rundfahrt der Frauen stage race posted a rant on their facebook page. In it, organisers lashed out at the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) –the organisers of La Course –for forcing them to change their …

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Photo gallery: the women’s world championship events in Doha

The 2016 UCI road season came to close with a spectacle in the Middle East last weekend where Qatar hosted the 2016 UCI World Road Championships. Despite the delayed timing of the event, the brutal heat, the spectator-less roads and flat course, the riders were there to give it their all in the battle for …

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UCI expands women’s WorldTour with four new races

The UCI announced this weekend that four new races have been added to the UCI Women’s WorldTour, expanding the calendar by 30 percent. This year saw the inaugural season for the UCI Women’s WorldTour, which replaced the UCI Women Road World Cup, and featured 17 events across nine countries in Europe, North America and Asia. …

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