Cycling Weekly September 30, 2021

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Cycling is stepping into the future this weekend as the women’s peloton takes a step into the unknown. The women’s edition of Paris-Roubaix has been a long time coming and while we rued its postponement earlier this year, its place this weekend should make for a fantastic finale to the season. It promises to be quite the spectacle as no one knows exactly what to expect, not even the riders. While they will have recced the sectors of cobbles, it’s impossible to know what they’re really like until you’ve hit them at 90%, hanging on to the wheel in front, in the weather conditions that appear on the day. I raced on Flemish cobbles (they hurt enough), but never the cobbles of northern France. But I remember an old team-mate – a…

bäckstedt’s rainbow win marks her for greatness

Zoe Bäckstedt marked herself out as a superstar in the making after her rainbow jersey winning ride in the junior women’s race capped an outstanding World Championships for Britain’s young riders. The Welshwoman won from a two-up sprint on the streets of Leuven, Belgium, on Saturday to go one better than her silver medal winning ride in the time trial the Tuesday before. “I’ve never cried so much after a race. I crossed the line and I realised I was world champion. It just means so much to me that I can wear this jersey next year,” Bäckstedt said. “My sister and mum were both crying at the finish as well, they were so happy for me and I’m so glad I could see them beyond the line.” Her father, Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus…

alaphilippe does the double in flanders

Julian Alaphilippe produced what might have been the ride of his life to win the World Championship road race for a second year in a row in Flanders on Sunday. Attacking three times in the last 50km, the Frenchman ultimately broke clear on the Sint-Antoniusberg and soloed to victory from 17km out. It was justification for missing the Olympic Games road race in Tokyo – a move which provoked considerable raising of eyebrows – and also all the hard work of his French team-mates, who began setting the race alight in the early stages. “His team-mates set the race alight in the early stages” The podium was completed by Dylan van Baarle (Netherlands) and Michael Valgren (Denmark), who led in a four-man chase group 30 seconds back. The expected challenge from Alaphilippe’s main rivals…

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RWANDA TO HOST 2025 WORLDS The capital city of Rwanda, Kigali, will host the 2025 UCI Road World Champs, the UCI has confirmed. The African nation’s home race, the Tour of Rwanda, has gained a cult following with huge crowds flocking to watch the race, with unforgettable images emerging from the race’s cobbled ‘Wall of Kigali’. Along with the World Championships, the Rwandan cycling federation (FERWACY) has made an agreement with Belgian Cycling to help Rwanda in cycling development, including school trips to Belgium and sending Belgian experts to Rwanda. UCI UNVEILS GRAVEL WORLDS The UCI has unveiled plans for a World Series of gravel cycling in 2022, including a World Championship as the popularity of the discipline booms. As part of its changes in offroad disciplines, the UCI plans to introduce a cyclo-cross team…

smith and scott wrap up national series titles in style

Rounding off the National Road Series in style, both Abi Smith and Jacob Scott won the last round in Northumberland and with it the overall women’s and men’s titles. Nineteen-year-old Smith also won the opening round, the CiCLE Classic, with an individual breakaway, but this time she showed her track speed in Northumberland, winning a bunch sprint. The Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank rider escaped earlier with five other riders but was caught, resulting in a sprint – Smith led the bunch of 53 riders out from 500 metres to go, holding the front to claim victory. Charlotte Berry (Pro-Noctis Redchilli Bikes) finished second in the dash for the line, while April Tacey (Drops-Le Col) completed the podium positions. “I was surprised to be honest, I really didn’t want to leave it to a sprint…


BOB VARNEY The future of British women’s racing is bright The future of British women’s racing is very bright indeed. I was lucky to be in Leuven last weekend and privileged to witness a super-professional performance by the GB junior women’s team. The quartet of Zoe Bäckstedt, Millie Couzens, Maddie Leech and Flora Perkins rode with a maturity beyond their tender years, delivering a masterclass on how to ride as a team – including the art of defending the breakaway by disrupting the chase. Huge congratulations and much respect to Emma Trott, the architect of the victory, in coaching and drilling her riders to deliver such a proficient victory. Each of the four riders kept their nerve and followed the plan, none more so than Bäckstedt, one of the youngest riders in the race. She…