Alice Barnes

Simac Ladies Tour 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Simac Ladies Tour 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The Simac Ladies Tour is the new name for the Boels Ladies Tour in 2021. Boels pulled back from their sponsorship of the race at the same time as they reduced their involvement in the now SD Worx team. The sponsorship was ended positively, with Boels saying that their involvement in women’s cycling had been …

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Ladies Tour of Norway 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Ladies Tour of Norway 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The Ladies Tour of Norway is back in 2021 after being another major race to suffer a forced COVID postponement in 2020. The undoubted queen of the race is Marianne Vos who has won the last 3 editions in a row, although it feels like a 4th victory will be tough. Stage 3’s climb to …

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Baloise Ladies Tour 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Baloise Ladies Tour 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The Baloise Ladies Tour has also been known as the BeNe Ladies Tour in the past. First run in 2014, that year’s race was won by Emma Johansson. Jolien d’Hoore finished 2nd that year before taking a pair of wins and Marianne Vos a pair of victories herself. Lisa Klein won in 2019, a year …

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Lotto Belgium Tour 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Lotto Belgium Tour 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The Lotto Belgium Tour will have its 9th edition in 2021 after taking a year off because of Covid. The race still holds its 2.1 level designation but its winners list has some big names on it. Some are listed below but Ellen van Dijk and Emma Johansson have also taken victory here. Most editions …

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Women’s Scheldeprijs 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Scheldeprijs 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

This is the first-ever Women’s Scheldeprijs! Flanders Classics who organise many of the top spring classics in Belgium at this time of year have added a women’s race to the existing men’s race in 2021. The men’s race is well-known as an unofficial sprinter’s world championships (along with the Champs Elysees) due to the winner’s …

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Women’s Gent Wevelgem 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Gent Wevelgem 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The women’s Gent Wevelgem has a little bit more history than many of the other Spring Classics in the women’s calendar. One of the first major spring classics to get a women’s race in modern times, the race has been held each year since 2014. As a new race, it spent 2 years at the …

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Women’s Nokere Koerse 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Nokere Koerse 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Nokere Koerse is still a new race on the women’s calendar. The first edition took place in 2019 and saw Lorena Wiebes power up the Nokereberg to take the overall win. Canyon’s Lisa Klein and Lotto Soudal’s Lotte Kopecky joined Wiebes on the podium. 2020’s race was cancelled amid the COVID pandemic but we’re lucky …

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Women’s GP Oetingen 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s GP Oetingen 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The GP Oetingen is a new race for 2021 but isn’t a completely new idea. It’s a new version of the Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik race held between 2011 and 2018. The finishing circuit of that race has been largely reused for the GP Oetingen. A slightly longer triangle forms the route this year whereas previously it was …

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Women’s Healthy Ageing Tour 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Healthy Ageing Tour 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The Healthy Ageing Tour is 10 years old in 2021. After unfortunately missing out on 2020’s edition due to COVID-19, the race is back albeit in a reduced, controlled way. 2019 saw the riders tackle 5 stages (technically 6 with Stage 4 split in 4a and 4b). Whereas the 2021 edition sees just 3 stages …

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