Women’s Cycling News Round-up 14-21.07.2014

Storey wins Essex Giro overall as Massey wins road race — Armitstead second overall at Thüringen — Russian Zabelinskaya fails dope test — Links — Upcoming British and UCI events

Laura Massey wins Essex Giro road race; Sarah Storey wins overall

Essex Giro road race (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Essex Giro road race (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Massey (Epic-Scott), having joined Gillian Taylor (Fusion-Gearclub Bike Science) in a two-rider break near the end of the race, proved strongest on the final climb and opened up a 10″ gap by the finish line.

Report with photos here.


Armitstead in second overall at Thüringen Rundfahrt

Otley-born Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) outsprinted Specialized-Lululemon’s Lisa Brennauer and Evie Stevens to win the first stage at Germany’s Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen on Monday. The British rider had previously finished eighth in the Prologue time trial, some 18″ behind winner Brennauer; her stage victory put her into second place overall with a deficit of 11″.

Third place in Stage 2, 29″ behind her team mate Romy Kasper who won with a 2″ lead on Reta Trotman of New Zealand, was sufficient to reduce Armitstead’s General Classification disadvantage still further, down to 6″.

Stage 3 is another time trial, which may push Armitstead back down the ranking. However, with three more mass-start stages after that, she has plenty of time to get back into contention should she lose significant time.

UCI results


Zabelinskaya fails anti-dope test


Olga Zabelinskaya (image: Diliff CC BY-SA 3.0)

Olga Zabelinskaya, a rider with the elite RusVelo team, reportedly failed an anti-doping test in the Spring when a sample was found to be positive for the stimulant octopamine.

Octopamine is believed to facilitate the release of fat from fat cells and as such is sometimes found in weight-loss supplements and appetite suppressants, despite the likelihood of released fat being absorbed by other cells and the risk of increased blood pressure, which might make it tempting to athletes in training. However, it also exists naturally in very small quantities in the bodies of mammals and in higher concentrations in some plants, including bitter orange which is used as a flavouring in certain foods and drinks, and has been found in the urine of people treated with anti-depression drug monoamine oxidase inhibitors. Its presence in Zabeliskaya’s sample is not, therefore, proof that the athlete deliberately ingested the agent.



Emma Pooley takes final Giro Rosa stage as Marianne Vos wins overall (Cycling Weekly)

Marianne Vos backs UCI’s Women’s Cycling Week (Road.CC)

Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth – and dealing with alopecia (Independent)

Cycling star Juniper onboard with Pershore team (Evesham Observer)

Girl Bike Love seeks funding for Women Race Bikes (Pez)

Annie Last makes successful return in round four of British Cycling MTB Cross-Country Series (British Cycling)


Upcoming British Events

Odd Down Summer Series #6
East Devon Circuit Series #6
Pembrey Circuit Series 2014 #7
Crystal Palace Crits #11
Total Cycle Coach Womens Series #14
Behind The Bikeshed Summer Series #8
Suffolk Cycle Racing Series 2014 – Week 6
Cycling Legacy Supporters League #2
Cornish Series 2014 #6
Mallory Park Thursday League #13
Castle Combe Summer Series #11
East London Velo Hog Hill Summer Series #11
Surrey League Dunsfold Park 4ths Series #11
East Yorkshire Classic Events 2014
Ryedale Women’s Grand Prix & National Junior Wonen’s Road Race Championship
Central Region Circuit Race Championships (Cancelled)
Sotonia Criterium
Army Cycling Union Ludgershall Summer Series #8

Upcoming UCI Events

Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen (ends 20.07)
Tour de Bretagne Féminin (ends 20.07)
BeNe Ladies Tour (ends 20.07)