The UCI Women's WorldTour Chronicle
– What happened ? –
A lot has changed in the months leading up to the start of the 2017 UCI Women's WorldTour.
Olympic Champion Anna van der Breggen changed teams and rides for Boels Dolmans now, whilst her former teammate Marianne Vos built a new squad around herself and last year's winner of the Young Rider Classification, Katarzyna Niewiadoma, called WM3 Pro Cycling. Sprint stars also moved teams: Kirsten Wild from Hitec Products to Cylance Pro Cycling and Chloe Hosking from Wiggle-High5 to Alé Cipollini. Dutch Team Sunweb strengthened its composition by taking in Lucinda Brand and Ellen van Dijk.
Thanks to the growth of women's cycling, the UCI has added 4 new events for a total of 12 race days to the calendar of the UCI Women’s World Tour, and 44 women's elite teams are now registered with the UCI. Big names like Emma Johansson and UCI World Hour Record holder Evelyn Stevens have retired from racing, but many young riders will follow in their footsteps.
– What's next? –
Saturday March 4: Strade Bianche (Italy)
– Focus on Pauline Ferrand-Prévot –
She was the UCI World Champion on the road, in cyclo-cross and mountain bike cross-country in the late summer days of 2015, but went on to have a horrible 2016.
The 25-year-old, born in Reims, France, only got to start four races of the inaugural UCI Women's WorldTour and missed large parts of the season due to injuries. After a depressing outcome of the Rio Olympics on both, the road bike and the mountain bike, she even asked herself if she wanted to continue in professional cycling. But her love for the sport was too great, and Ferrand-Prévot signed with Canyon-SRAM Racing. Strade Bianche will be her first road race since Rio.