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Women’s Tour of Britain 2021 Race Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Tour of Britain 2021 Race Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Officially this race is just called the Women’s Tour, but with the Tour de France Femmes coming, it all feels just a little too vague. The Women’s Tour is another race affected by COVID last year, with no race taking place. This season’s race was postponed from its usual spot in June for the same …

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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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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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SPAR Flanders Diamond Tour Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

SPAR Flanders Diamond Tour Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The SPAR Flanders Diamond Tour is the next round in the Lotto Cycling Cup, the year-long national competition in Belgium. The race is set at the 1.1 level, so a healthy amount of WorldTour talent can mix it up against domestic talents. It takes place around the town of Nijlen, situated just outside the major …

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Dwars Door de Westhoek 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Dwars Door de Westhoek 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Dwars Door de Westhoek takes place in the corner of Belgium, next to the French border, called Heuvelland. It’s the area most commonly associated with the Gent Wevelgem races. Starting and finishing in Boezinge, the riders are treated to 3 ascents of the Rodeberg before heading back into town. The Rodeberg is just under 1km …

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Ceratizit Festival Elsy Jacobs 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Ceratizit Festival Elsy Jacobs 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The Festival Elsy Jacobs is the first race to take place after the Spring Classics part of the season has come to a close. This race is a homage to Luxembourger Elsy Jacobs, the first-ever women’s world road race champion. The second stage is hosted by her own town of Garnich and the country is …

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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 Driedaagse Brugge De Panne (Oxyclean Classic) 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Driedaagse Brugge De Panne (Oxyclean Classic) 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Driedaagse Brugge De Panne, despite the name isn’t a 3 day race. For the women’s peloton it never has been. Since its inception in 2018, the race has seen 3 big bunch sprints. The parcours is super flat with nothing of note to worry about. The wind is about the only hazard for the riders. …

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Women’s Omloop van de Westhoek 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Omloop van de Westhoek 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The Omloop van de Westhoek is another young race on the calendar. Originally held in 2018, the race was cancelled in 2019 due to storms and then due to the pandemic in 2020. This year, thankfully, it seems to have the go ahead to take place. The parcours sees the riders in West Flanders, where …

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