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Annemiek van Vleuten wins the Ceratizit Challenge after the Giro and Tour, final stage won by Balsamo

Annemiek van Vleuten wins the Ceratizit Challenge after the Giro and Tour, final stage won by Balsamo

Annemiek van Vleuten secured the win at the Ceratizit Challenge today after not losing any time, with Elisa Balsamo winning the final stage. In her final race in this spell in the rainbow bands, Elisa Balsamo comfortably took the sprint, arms aloft as she crossed the finish line. The centre of Madrid saw the final …

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Grace Brown wins Stage 3 with an attacking ride, Van Vleuten remains leader

Grace Brown wins Stage 3 with an attacking ride, Van Vleuten remains leader

Aussie Grace Brown won the 3rd stage of the 2022 Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta. The FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope rider beat Elise Chabbey in a head-to-head sprint for the finish line. Behind them, Elisa Balsamo was 3rd, leading the peloton home. Annemiek van Vleuten finished safely in the group and is still the leader in the general …

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Lorena Wiebes beats Elisa Balsamo to become European Champion

Lorena Wiebes beats Elisa Balsamo to become European Champion

Dutch rider Lorena Wiebes has won her first European Women’s Cycling Championship in today’s race in Munich. She finished around half a wheel ahead of Elisa Balsamo on the finishing line as the other nations took the race to the Netherlands. Rachele Barbieri was 3rd after continuing her lead out for Balsamo to the line. …

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Women’s European Championships Road Race 2022 Race Preview

Women’s European Championships Road Race 2022 Race Preview

Women’s European Championships Road Race History The European Championships is one that the Dutch national team have a strong hold over. They’ve won 5 of the 6 races that have taken place, with only Marta Bastianelli in 2018 the outlier. Strangely for such dominance, no rider has ever won more than once. The different parcours …

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Tour de France Femmes 2022 Race Preview

Tour de France Femmes 2022 Race Preview

The Tour de France Femmes has a long and convoluted history. The first race that could be considered a Women’s Tour de France was the La Grande Boucle Féminine Internationale, held in 1955. That race was won by the Brit Millie Robinson, who would also go on to be a women’s hour record holder. Held over 5 stages, the race ended up being a one-off event.

How the Giro Donne 2022 GC battle looks after Stage 1

How the Giro Donne 2022 GC battle looks after Stage 1

Kristen Faulkner took an amazing victory in the short 4.7km time trial that opened the Giro Donne yesterday. She was 4 seconds ahead of her teammate Georgia Baker and 6 seconds ahead of the next competition in Elisa Balsamo and Lotte Kopecky. On a short stage, like yesterday’s, that’s a huge margin of victory. Giro …

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