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Team SD Worx kicks off the 2023 season in the UAE Tour (9-12 FEB). Lorena Wiebes will defend Team SD Worx colours in the United Arab Emirates for the first time, as will Femke Markus and Barbara Guarischi. Also featuring Lonneke Uneken, the sprint train will roll out for the first time in the flat stages. Niamh Fisher-Black and Anna Shackley will get a change in the climbing stage. "I'm at the start to win," said motivated Lorena Wiebes.
Sovereignly, Team SD Worx defended the number one position in the UCI rankings for teams last season. For the sixth time in seven years, the team also managed to win the WorldTour classification. No fewer than 20 victories were recorded, including 11 wins at WorldTour level. Sports manager Danny Stam therefore looks back on the 2022 season with satisfaction.
Christine Majerus has extended her contract with Team SD Worx by two years until 2024. Next year, the 35-year-old Luxembourger will start her tenth year within the team. This makes her the record holder within Team SD Worx.
Team SD Worx has two Italian riders within the selection for next season. Barbara Guarischi is new to the team, while Elena Cecchini has extended her contract for 2023.
Team SD Worx has strengthened its ranks for the coming two seasons with the talented Dutch riders Mischa Bredewold and Femke Markus. The two riders follow Demi Vollering and Lorena Wiebes, who previously rode for Parkhotel Valkenburg and made the switch to Team SD Worx.
Examinations showed that Christine Majerus has suffered a luxation of the clavicula-sternum as a result of the crash in the first stage of Simac Ladies Tour. She will undergo a surgery in the following days. Speedy recovery, Christine.
For the GP of Plouay, Team SD Worx will field Elena Cecchini, Roxane Fournier, Anna Shackley, Blanka Vas and Chantal van den Broek-Blaak. Between 2017 and 2019, this team managed to win in Plouay three times in a row with Elizabeth Deignan (2017), Amy Pieters (2018) and Anna van der Breggen (2019). "This is a special race. The organisation often makes changes to the course, but it is always tough," says sports director Anna van der Breggen.
The European championships are over. The Team SD Worx riders were successful, and Marlen Reusser and Lotte Kopecky collected three European titles. Click here for an overview of the European championships for Team SD Worx riders.
Demi Vollering will not race in the European Championships on Sunday. The 25 years old Dutch rider is taking rest due to concussion symptoms after her crash in the Tour of Scandinavia.
From 11 to 21 August, the European Championships will take place in Munich. Team SD Worx is also well represented in the national delegate selections. With Lonneke Uneken, the first rider of this team will be in action today. The Dutch rider will participate in the team pursuit. Here is an overview of who will be in action when.
A week after her fall in the Tour de France Femmes, Marlen is feeling a little better. The concussion she sustained in the fall is slowly easing, but the silver medallist of the Tokyo Olympics is still easily fatigued, suffers from headaches when exerting herself and can currently only train on the rollers in a light and darkened room. Racing would be pointless and Marlen and Team SD Worx have therefore decided to cancel the planned start in Vargarda (6 and 7 August) and in the Tour of Scandinavia (9 - 14 August). Her next race is the European Championships in Munich, scheduled for 18 - 21 August. "I am still recovering from my concussion. I wish my teammates all the success and fun in the Team Time Trial. Thank you for all the kind messages. I hope to compete again at the European Championships to defend my title in time trial."
Na een moeilijke juni met het opgeven in de Women's Tour (na een val op haar hand) en het missen van de Tour de Suisse Women (omwille van covid), keert Marlen Reusser deze week terug naar de Women's World Tour. Zondag begint de tweevoudig Europees kampioene tijdrijden aan de Tour de France Femmes in Parijs. "Benieuwd naar hoe mijn vorm zal zijn in deze etappewedstrijd, maar de benen voelen alvast weer goed aan."
Our rider Amy Pieters had just before Christmas an unfortunate crash during a training ride on the bicycle with the Dutch national selection in Spain. She suffered severe brain damage and fell into a coma. In Spain she was immediately operated and we feared for her life. The first weeks have been very difficult for her and her loved ones. But thankfully Amy is still here!
Team SD Worx has signed a partnership with Brides-les-Bains. The charming town in the French Alps is known for its thermal baths and is an ideal base for an altitude training session. Demi Vollering, Lotte Kopecky, Lonneke Uneken, Niamh Fisher-Black, Blanka Vas and Anna Shackley will prepare themselves here for the Giro Donne and Tour de France Femmes. The team stays here in Les 3 Vallées at an altitude of over 2000 metres.
The condition of Amy Pieters has changed. There is consciousness. This means that she can communicate slightly non-verbally. Amy recognizes people, understands what is being said and is able to carry out more and more assignments.
The first Worldtour race is just around the corner with Strade Bianche. After an extremely successful 2021, expectations for Team SD Worx are high. Last year many important races were won and the season ended in a convincing first place in the UCI ranking. However, last winter multiple winner Anna van der Breggen traded in her bike for the team car. Nevertheless, Team SD Worx will not start the race dismantled. "Certainly not, we are very strong across the board. This season you won't be able to get around us either," assures sporting director Danny Stam.
With the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Team SD Worx officially kicks off its new cycling season. The course has been redesigned, with the riders doing the same last 55 kilometres as the men. That does not change anything about the ambitions: Team SD Worx is looking for a second consecutive victory. Anna van der Breggen - who won last year's opening race - will accompany her teammates in the team car.
Chantal van den Broek-Blaak has reconsidered her earlier decision to stop cycling after the spring of 2022. The 32-year-old former world champion has now decided that she will continue as a rider until the end of 2024. She did also indicate that she may have to take a break at some point as she is planning to have children. The Team SD Worx management welcomes Blaak's proposal and is looking forward to keeping her on the team.
Demi Vollering's contract with Team SD Worx has been renegotiated and extended until the end of 2024. Vollering's victories in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, La Course and the Women's Tour last season have shown that she is one of the best cyclists in the peloton.
Rider Amy Pieters is still being treated at a Dutch hospital after a fall during a training session in Spain right before Christmas several weeks ago. The Pieters family has received many questions about her condition, but for now they can report little change and they see the situation as uncertain. The cyclist is breathing independently, but is currently still unconscious.
Team SD Worx heeft het contract met Niamh Fisher-Black verlengd tot eind 2024. Daarmee heeft de ploeg een van de grootste talenten uit het vrouwenpeloton voor de komende drie seizoenen weten vast te leggen. De 21-jarige Nieuw-Zeelandse won in 2021, haar debuutjaar in de kleuren van Team SD Worx, het jongerenklassement in de WorldTour.
For the second consecutive year, Team SD Worx is on altitude training camp in Brides-les-Bains towards the major grand tours Giro Donne and Tour de France Femmes. Brides-les-Bains is now one of the partners of the best women's cycling team in the world. The team is extremely successful this year and has already booked 33 victories.
Brides-les-Bains is a lively and charming town in the French Alps known for its thermal baths and is an ideal base for an altitude training trip. For the second consecutive year, Demi Vollering is also attending this training camp, which is important for her. Vollering is currently number one in the UCI-ranking. This spring she scored victories in Strade Bianche, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Amstel Gold Race, Dwars door Vlaanderen, Fleche Wallonne and Itzulia Women.
"Brides-les-Bains has kind of become our home in terms of altitude stages," indicated Vollering, who finished second in the first edition of the Tour de France Femmes last year and managed to win the mountain classification. "Last year's altitude training went very well. The big advantage of this place is that you can go in all directions and indeed find long climbs everywhere. Furthermore, there are plenty of traffic-free roads where you hardly encounter any cars. That always makes cycling a lot more pleasant."
In addition to Demi Vollering, Niamh Fisher-Black, Blanka Vas and Femke Markus are now in Brides-les-Bains. Coach Anna van der Breggen, herself an Olympic champion in 2016, will join the group later.
Brides-les-Bains lies at the foot of the popular Les Trois Vallees area. It is known for its thermal waters, spa, health cures and healthy food. The Alpine village now also has a strong profile as a friendly cycling destination for men and women.
Brides-les-Bains is also called the Cycling Basecamp in Les Trois Vallees, as many climbs start from here. For example, this is where you start the climbs to Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens, and you can climb the Col de la Loze from two sides. The foot of the Col de la Madeleine and the climb to Valmorel are also just around the corner.
Brides-les-Bains is also the starting point (kilometer zero) of the already famous car-free Col de la Loze, which this year is once again included in the Tour de France on July 19. The Tour passes through Brides-les-Bains for the toughest stage of this tour with the ascent of the Col de la Loze. In the 2020 Tour, Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic fought a bitter duel on this climb with gradients as high as 24%.
The 2304-meter Col de la Loze (summit of the Tour de France 2023) is the spearhead of Brides-les-Bains' renewed cycling strategy. On July 16, the Alpine town is organizing a cyclosportive race, Gran Fondo Col de la Loze. This Gran Fondo is being organized for the fourth time and features a separate start for women. Several routes are proposed to climb the Col de la Loze. Brides-les-Bains therefore presents itself as an ideal base camp for all cycling enthusiasts. Its location and the surrounding mountains allow many cyclists to ride on well-maintained roads with beautiful views.
The town and its lodging providers do their best to welcome cyclists from all over the world. That is why Brides-les-Bains is in the process of obtaining the "accueil vélo" label, which guarantees cyclists that they will be welcomed in the best conditions with, among other things, adapted meals, bike rooms, repair kit in the establishments, bike store nearby, etc.
In addition to their training sessions, the riders of Team SD Worx will also visit the thermal baths of Brides-les-Bains and enjoy a special sports recovery massage here. Brides-les-Bains has the largest thermal baths in the Alps (2700m²). After a day on the road, cyclists can recharge in the thermal baths. There can also be made a tour on a e-bike.
"Heading into the two most important tours of the year, the Giro Donne and the Tour de France Femmes, this is an important altitude training," Anna van der Breggen looks ahead. "In Brides-les-Bains we can take several long climbs above 2000 meters. This is ideal for us because we are staying here for three weeks and then the variety in the training routes is welcome. With the Col de la Loze, which is specially built for cyclists and where you don't encounter any car traffic, we are at the foot of an ideal col for doing certain training sessions."
Team Sd Worx will stay in Brides-les-Bains through June 14.