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Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

This year’s Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta has had an extra day added and moves away from Madrid too. The Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta will finish in Santiago de Compostela in the north-west of Spain to match up with the men’s Vuelta a Espana taking place on the same final day. Before the final …

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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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Women’s San Sebastian Klasikoa 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s San Sebastian Klasikoa 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The San Sebastian Klasikoa returns in 2021 as a Women’s WorldTour race after a first edition in 2019 at 1.1 level. The race mirrors the men’s San Sebastian which is a major classic. The course sees riders take on a lot of climbing and anyone racing here after the Tokyo Olympics may struggle. The first …

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Women’s Liege Bastogne Liege 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Liege Bastogne Liege Femmes is another relatively new race on the women’s calendar. First held in 2017, it gives riders the chance to cover roads raced by the men’s peloton in one of their monuments. Although the race is called Liege Bastogne Liege still, the women’s race starts in Bastogne and before heading to Liege. …

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

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

The Women’s Tour of Flanders holds bona fide monument status in the women’s calendar. Taking place each year since 2004, De Ronde has seen a host of major riders take victories. The female version of the race doesn’t include the long flat section out of Antwerp but starts in Oudenaarde and gets straight into things. …

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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 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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Women’s Omloop het Nieuwsblad 2021 Race Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Omloop het Nieuwsblad 2021 Race Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Omloop het Nieuwsblad is here, the start of the proper 2021 season and the introduction to the spring classics too. The first preview of the season is the hardest to write mind. Riders have changed teams, the form book is wide open and we have no idea who is raring to go! This year’s Omloop …

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Women’s Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta 2020 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta was born in 2015 from the same idea that saw La Course become a part of the women’s calendar. With a big men’s grand tour taking place, there should be some event for the women’s peloton at the same time. Particularly in France where the women’s grand tour equivalents …

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