Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 23, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: France, at last! Bardet solos to stage win as Froome bloodied in wild day at Tour de France; Lagkuti solos to win on stage 6 of Tour of Qinghai Lake; Riis-Seier Project becomes Team Virtu-Pro Veloconcept; Jesse Sergent announces retirement; Shane Archbold after breaking his pelvis: ‘Give me the f***ing bike’; Herstory: Female Olympic winners past to present – Part 1; 45 more athletes from Beijing, London Olympic test positive; Flashback: American 6-day racing; Tour of Qinghai Lake, stage 5 highlights; Tour de France, stage 19 recap; Tour de France, stage 18 on-board highlights Tour de France, stage 19 on-board highlights OBE Backstage Pass, stage 18 Avanti Isowhey Sports at the GP Cerami

Herstory: Female Olympic winners past to present – Part 1

by VeloClub

The Rio Olympics are coming up and Ella CyclingTips takes an in-depth look the history of women’s cycling in past Olympic Games.

Here is an excerpt from part 1:

While men’s bike racing has been a part of the Olympic Games since the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, women’s cycling events weren’t added until 1984. The 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, USA, saw the addition of single women’s event, the road race, won by American Connie Carpenter.

Women’s track racing events were added in 1988, and the women’s individual time trial was added only as recently as 1996.

Fun fact: the 2012 Summer Olympics in London marked the first Games with an equal number of cycling events for men and women.

The first woman to ever win an Olympic cycling event, Connie Carpenter’s trip to the 1984 Olympic Games wasn’t her first. She’d been an Olympic speedskater who attended the 1972 Olympics as a mere 14-year-old, and finished seventh in the 1,500 meter event. She later would become a national champion rower before switching her attention to cycling. As a cyclist she has won 12 US national championship titles, four world championship medals –in both road and track cycling – and, of course, the Olympic gold medal.

The 1984 race ended in a sprint finish in which Carpenter outsprinted fellow American Rebecca Twigg.

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