Women’s Cycling News Shorts and Links 15-22.02.2014

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This Week’s Races

 

Cross

A wonderful weekend for Wyman

British and European Champion had a superb weekend with a brace of victories, winning the Superprestige NoordzeeCross and the Boels Classic in Heerlen. Sanne Cant was second at NoorzeeCross with Jolien Vershueren taking the lowest step on the podium, but the Belgian Champion was unable to match Wyman or her fellow Brit Nikki Harris as Heerlen and had to settle for third.

Neutral Service’s race reports, with full results, are here.

Shorts

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Road

Vos will ride Women’s Tour

Marianne Vos is coming to Britain (image credit: Flowizm, CC BY 2.0)

Marianne Vos is coming to Britain (image credit: Flowizm, CC BY 2.0)

World Champion Marianne Vos has announced that she is planning to compete at the Women’s Tour, taking place in Britain from the 7th-11th of May.

As the one female rider that everyone with even a passing interest in competitive cycling has heard of, the news is a boost for the race. The Tour is already one of the most talked-about events in the cycling world for some years and the organisers’ determination to offer equal prizes to the men’s Tour of Britain guaranteed the event would be popular with fans and riders alike, but the presence of Vos, who is widely considered to be the most successful cyclist of her generation (and by some, of all time), is likely to attract spectators who might not usually have considered turning out to see a women’s race.

Last week, Vos revealed that she planned to maintain a more “balanced” calendar in 2014, after racing mountain bikes in addition to road and cyclo cross the previous year. Now that the ‘cross season is coming to an end, she’ll take a slightly longer break than usual from racing before returning for La Fleche Wallonne on the 23rd of April, and will then race at the Festival Elsy Jacobs from the 2nd-4th of May before coming to Britain.

 

Women’s race at Tour of California

Following news that the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana are to establish women’s races, the Amgen Tour of California has revealed plans to hold a women’s criterium-style road race which will take place on the 11th of May, starting shortly after the men set out on Stage 1.

A similar event took place during the first edition of the Tour in 2009. More recently, the race has been inviting a small number of women to take part in the time trial stage, a policy that has met with varying degrees of success. This will be the case again for 2014, in addition to the criterium which will take place on a 2km parcours in Sacramento.

 

Shorts

What is the challenge facing British Cycling and Sir Dave Brailsford? (Chasing Wheels)

Winds of Change: Giant-Shimano rider Marijn de Vries has her prejudices blown away at the women’s Tour of Qatar (Rouleur)

Insight into the importance of the Ladies’ Tour of Qatar, by Lauren Kitchen (Cycling News)

New York’s Red Hook Crit adds a women’s race (BusinessWire)

Victoria Grimmer is newest recruit – and the first woman – at Paramount Performance Racing Team (ShropshireLive.com)

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Track

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