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Female road cycling figures to follow closely in 2023

Female road cycling figures to follow closely in 2023

The women's Worldtour season is underway and here we present you to eleven cyclists that you should not lose sight of during the 2023 season. Who is who in the international squad? Take note because female cycling lives unprecedented growth and you need to be up to date. Don't catch you by surprise!


Lotte Kopecky is a cyclist who works on both the road and in the track mode. He has been several times national, European and world champion in this second discipline. On the road, he has in his record with triumphs in such important races as tour of Flanders or Strade Bianche. Without a doubt, it is one of the most consistent cyclists of the professional female squad in classical careers. His professional career at the WorldTour began in 2014, coinciding with his first sub-23 year. He finished second in the National Championships of Belgium, behind Jolien D'Ale, pointing good ways from the beginning. Kopeky signed with the SD Worx team in 2022 and its performance grew exponentially. He took the victory at Strade Bianche, surpassing Annemiek van Vleute in a closed duel. Shortly after he beat the Dutch cyclist again in the Flanders Tour. He would also end up podium at Ronde Van Drenthe, Nokere Korse and Paris-Roubaix, finishing with a fourth place in the Ghent-Wevelgem. In Spring he won Burgos, ending 4th in Ridelondon Classique and winning the Belgian title in the Modality of counterreloj. He finished second in the points of the Tour of France, with the same result in the Ceratizit Challenge of the Vuelta. Kopeky arrived as a clear candidate for the victory in the Wollongong World Cup. And with this script the race ran, until a final movement of Annemiek van Vleute shattered their aspirations.

Lorena Wiebes (Team Sd Worx)

[CAPTION ID = "Attachment_9759" Align = "Alignnone" Width = "744"]Lorena Wiebes Lorena Wiebes (A.S.O./Fabien Boukla).[/caption] Lorena Wiebes has become one of the untouchable sprinters of the cycling panorama. Despite his little size, he already has triumphs in the European Championship, Ronde Van Drenthe (twice), Bruges-La Panne, Ridelondon Classique (twice) and Simac Ladies Tour. In 2022 he obtained 23 victories, including the first stage of the Tour de France, where the first yellow jersey of the race was covered. For data lovers, their records in Strava show that it is able to move more than 1,200 watts in massive arrivals, although it is estimated that its maximum power reaches 1,400 watts. Throughout his professional career he has demonstrated his power. His final explosion came in 2019, with his victories in the European Games and in the National Championship of Netherlands, where he beat the very Marianne Vos. This propelled the Olympus of female cycling. In 2022, the Ridelondon Classique general and the Simac Ladies Tour won both in the World Tour races. These results allowed him to finish the 2022 season as the second broker with more UCI points, only behind Annemiek van Vleuten.

Elisa Long Borghini (Trek-Segafredo)

[Captation id = "Attachment_9757" Align = "Alignnone" Width = "744"]Elisa Long Borghini (Trek - Segafredo) Elisa Long Borghini (a.s.o./louis legon).[/caption] Elisa Long Borgini is one of the most successful female cyclists in the history of modern female cycling. In his debut as a professional, he made fifth in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, showing from the first day his talent for the classics He has huge victories in his record: Paris-Roubaix, Tour de Flandes, Strade Bianche, Plouay GP, two editions of the Alfredo Binda trophy, as well as general victories in races such as the Women's Tour and the Emakumeen Bira (return the Basque Country ). In 2022 he obtained an extraordinary triumph in the Paris-Roubaix, arriving alone after 30 km of escape. He also got the Italian Title of counterreloj, followed by a fourth place both in the Tour of Italy and in the Tour de France. It was also second at the Ceratizit Challenge of La Vuelta In short, a versatile cyclist that adapts well to all land. The Tour of France 2023 could be within its reach since it has a 22 km chrono that could give it a certain margin.

Demi Vollering (Team Sd Worx)

Fearsome in the classic and consummated climbing, Demi Vollering has become one of the most versatile and powerful cyclists of the platoon, yielding to the highest level in the tests that have good unevenness. In her record, races such as the Course by Le Tour de France, Lieja-Bastogne-Lieja, the Women's Tour and Itzulia Women stand out. It is one of the most promising runners. Their numbers are spectacular. It is estimated that in the Planche des Belles Filles, during the celebration of the Tour de France 2022, he averaged 5.33 w/kg, In fact, Vollering presented himself as one of the final victory candidates, but little could do Annemiek van Vleute in the high mountain stages. However, he achieved second place in the general classification, in addition to two seconds put in the stages that ended up. He also ended 3rd at the Ceratizit Challenge by the return, another good result to round his season.

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team)

[Captation id = "Attachment_9760" Align = "Alignnone" Width = "744"]Annemiek van Vleuten Annemiek van Vleuten (A.S.O./Fabien Boukla).[/caption] The 40 -year -old Dutch cyclist is number 1. Annemiek van Vleute debuted in professionals with 26 years and has 100 victories. For sample, a tour of its record of the last five years: Olympic champion (Tokyo, 2021), a Tour de France (2022), four rainbow jerseys (two in CRI in 2017 and 2018, and two on route in 2019 and 2022 ), A Flanders Tour (2021, ten years after winning for the first time), three turns from Italy (2018, 2019 and 2022), two Lieja-Bastña-Lieja (2019 and 2022), two Strade Bianche (2019 and 2020 ), And much more. Annemiek Van Vleuten's trajectory has also been sown with important injuries, such as the double pubis fracture that he suffered in the Paris-Roubaix 2021, or the fracture of wrist in the Italian turn in 2020, which he had cattle. A week later, it reappeared with the banded arm to conquer the world championship. In 2022 he completed an unmatched season: after his counterreloj gold in Tokyo, he took the three rounds in the most representative stages of the calendar (the new Tour of France, the turn and the ceratizit challenge by the return). To all this, he added the most unexpected title: his second world online championship, only four days after suffering an elbow injury that seemed to rule out.

Elisa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo)

[Captation Id = "Attachment_9758" Align = "Alignnone" Width = "744"]Elisa Balsamo Elisa Balsamo (A.S.O./Pauline Ballet).[/caption] Elisa Balsamo is one of the best sprinters in the platoon. His popularity rose as the foam after his extraordinary and surprising victory in the World Leading World Championship 2021, where he surpassed Marianne Vos, taking over the rainbow jersey. It also has victories in tests of one day like Gante-Wevelgem, Alfredo Binda Trophy or the classic Witch-La Panne, as well as stages in several high-level races. 2021 was his great year, winning in the World Leuven World Cup. He won in a sprint reduced to Marianne Vos after an arrival in a slight climb to become world champion. In 2022, the season started with a victory in the Tour of the Valencian Community, which gave way to a spring of successes, with consecutive victories in the Alfredo Binda trophy, the classic witches-La Panne and the Ghent-Wevelgem, demonstrating its talent For classics. He won in the Italian championship and won stage victories in the Tour of Switzerland and the Giro de Italia. Balsamo was second in the European Championship behind Lorena Wiebes, but won a victory at the Ceratizit Challenge of La Vuelta to complete her season before delivering her rainbow jersey.

Liane Lippert (Movistar Team)

Liane Lippert has proven to be a very solid cyclist. German champion en route, is one of the best It returned humans and climbers of the Worldtour, One of his great days was the victory in the 2016 Junior European Route test, held in Plumelec (France). With 18 years, he won a more than promising Elisa Balsamo, who was second. Already as a professional, with 22 years, he was second at Santos Women’s Tour Down Under, surpassing the local Amanda Spratt for a second in the final general. It was the year 2020, but since then Liane has not stopped growing. In 2021 he was second in the third stage of the Ceratizit Challenge by the return, where only Van Vleute could overcome the German. Fifth in the general and the feeling that the careers in stages could be their own. In 2022 he ended up demonstrating it. A 2022 without victories, but with very good positions: fourth in the Route race of the UCI World Championship, champion of Germany en route, third in the Amstel Gold Race and Arrow Brubanon. All of them, tests of one day where he could demonstrate his speed tip. He was also second at the Tour de Scandinavia, behind the Danish Ludwig and fourth in the Ceratizit Challenge by the return, just 20 seconds of third place. In the Romandía Tour, already in the final stretch of his season, he was fourth in the final general. The classics should be within their reach, but not only should it beat their rivals, but first win the leadership of the team, which Emma Norsgaard is currently held.

Silvia Persico (UAE Team Adq)

Silvia Persico is a multidisciplinary cyclist, which develops wonderful both on the road and in the Modality of Ciclocross. In fact, he won a bronze medal in the last two world championships. He has won a stage and the points classification in the Ceratizit Challenge by the return and is one of the most regular cyclists of the current platoon. Her talent in different disciplines, her speed in arrivals and her potential for classics have made her one of the great future corridors of Italy. In the Ceratizit Challenge by the return 2022 won the fourth stage in Segovia. He took the classification by points in the race and finished 12th in the general. Her career made her one of the favorites for the World Championship. And he did not disappoint, being at the end of bronze medal.

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-SUEZ)

Specialist in both one day and big races, it is strange to see Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig out of the top10 in a classic. He has also successfully played great laps, occupying the sixth place in the Tour of Italy, the fifth in the Ceratizit Challenge of the Vuelta and the seventh place in the Tour of France 2022, where he won a stage victory in Epernay. It is also very popular for its energetic interviews and its frequent demonstration of emotions. But Cecilie is not missing Palmarés. This is demonstrated by its victories in the Tour de Scandinavia, the Dell'emilia Giro and the aforementioned stage victory in the return of the Tour. A runner attacks, climbing and lover of the classics. In 2022 he became a champion of Denmark of Cycling en route after a solo attack. That same year, as we have pointed out, he won the queen stage and the general classification in a test of the highest level such as the Scandinavia tour. In addition, in the Wollongong World Championship it reached fifth place.

Marta Cavalli (FDJ-SUEZ)

Marta Cavalli debuted as a professional in 2017 and soon caught attention upon reaching the Italian national title the following year. He also also uncovered his potential in the classics, with a second place in the Brabanzona arrow, in 2019. That same year he won a gold medal in the European Games of Minsk, in the modality of team persecution. Cavalli enjoyed a great year 2022, with victories at the Amstel Gold Race and Vallea arrow, in addition to posts among the top ten in Lieja-Bastogne-Lieja (6th) and Paris-Roubaix (5th). In June, Cavalli won a great victory in the female inaugural edition of Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge. He was second in the general of the Italian turn, behind the untouchable Annemiek van Vleuten. Unfortunately, an accident forced her to leave the Tour de France in the second stage.

Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma)

[Captation id = "Attachment_9765" Align = "Alignnone" Width = "744"]Marianne Vos Marianne Vos (A.S.O./Fabien Boukla).[/caption] Marianne Vos is considered the best cyclist in history. Over three different decades and four disciplines (road, track, cyclocross and MTB), you have been an Olympic, world, European and Dutch champion. In addition to being the cyclist who has achieved the most victories, he holds several Records related to the age at which he has conquered some of them. Marianne Vos has an unabarcable record that is approaching 250 victories as a professional road cyclist. Their numbers are really incredible: 12 stage victories in the Tour de Scandinavia, 32 stages in the Italian turn, 5 editions of the Vallea arrow, 3 times world champion ... He achieved his first world title in the season of his debut as a professional, with only 19 years. Then he obtained the same title in 2012 and 2013, with an almost incredible streak of second places in five different consecutive occasions from 2007 to 2011. Its 32 victories in the Tour of Italy constitutes a record It will be difficult to overcome. In the Tour de France 2022 he won two stages, demonstrating still at the top of the cycling ladder. At 35, you will continue to lead the Jumbo-Visma team until the end of 2025. Until then, it still has the capacity to further enlarge its legend.
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