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Lesser Known Road Racing for Women Thread

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The team that was Trek Drops before Trek went solo has announced it will continue next year. Not much detail yet, and most of the 2018 team have new homes already, so I imagine there is work to be done there. There are quite a few Wiggle riders with no 2019 team announced... Grace Garner seem an obvious one to return to Drops but they may also pick up GB trackies like Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker.

The other Wiggle riders with no known destination for 19 are Julie Leth, Rachele Barbieri and the Aussie track posse, Nettie Edmondson, Amy Cure and Macey Stewart. Who knows... it's possible that these track-focussed riders will not want much of a road program in pre-Olympic 2019 anyway, despite many of them being successful roadies too.
Aug 18, 2017
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Jonny Bellis to take on director role as Drops continue as Britain’s only UCI women’s team.
Team confirm they will not pay riders unless new backers are found.
“We are very sad and very embarrassed to say we will not be paying riders next year unless we get additional funding. It wasn’t a decision that we took lightly, it was something we did in communication with our riders, it was a collective decision. We wouldn’t have been able to run the team with salaries. We are actively seeking additional funding and they will get paid if we find the funding, but they will get a good race programme, they will get first class equipment and they will be getting full expenses. It is disappointing, but we would rather have a team than not.”
The team is yet to reveal the names of the 10 riders Bellis will have under his charge when Drops begin their 2019 campaign.
I'd assume Guarnier going back on her retirement announcement is because with TIBCO she'll get a US-based calendar and can ride a reduced amount, which is only fair.

Virtu have signed a couple of prominent Italians, WWT U23 winner Sofia Bertizzolo from Astana and veteran sprinter and former World Champion Marta Bastianelli. They've also signed Anouska Koster from WaowDeals, so their squad is starting to look like a genuine threat.

Canyon-SRAM have picked up the two most prominent Israeli cyclists in the pro péloton, Rotem Gafinovitz from WaowDeals and Omer Shapiro from Cylance. Speaking of Cylance, the company will re-enter the péloton, but not as its own team going forward. Canyon have also signed 20-year-old Ella Harris, from New Zealand, via the Zwift Academy.

The general face of the women's pro péloton seems likely to change with the significant changes this off-season. Much as the previously-dominant Rabobank team eventually became too top heavy for its own good, it seems like the domination of Boels may not be quite so outright in the 2019 season as, while they will undoubtedly still win plenty with the extremely strong squad they've got, they may not be quite so dominant as the days where they could stick their whole team into a group of 15 at the end of a major classic may be over. While they've replaced pretty well - they've lost Deignan and Guarnier, they've brought in Hall and d'Hoore - other teams seem to now be strong enough to provide a more significant threat. Mitchelton-Scott already were the biggest threat, with van Vleuten and Spratt, but having lost d'Hoore to Boels they'll be less of a season-long challenge I assume, as they are now almost completely set up with their strongest riders in the hillier and mountainous races. They will also hope Lucy Kennedy can stay healthy for more of 2019 than she managed in 2018. Sunweb may have lost van Dijk and Winder, but they still have Brand, Kirchmann, Rivera and a very strong group of youngsters with Lippert, Labous, Mackaij and Mathiesen, and they've also added Susanne Andersen plus more veteran strength with Janneke Ensing. Canyon are mostly unchanged from last year in terms of their key riders, obviously Niewiadoma is their big threat, depending on if we ever see 2013-14 era PFP again, but also Alexis Ryan and the Barnes sisters will be a year older too and Cecchini has the smarts to maximise results too. But definitely the most on-paper dangerous opposition will be Trek - a brand new team with a formidable leadership group. While Deignan's post-childbirth shape has yet to be determined and how quickly she gets back up to speed is not known, even if she has a slow start to the season, the team already has plenty of sources of results to take the pressure off her, seeing as they also have Elisa Longo Borghini and Ellen van Dijk, just for starters. With Lotta Lepistö as lead sprinter, youth phenom Letizia Paternoster, established veteran road leaders like Audrey Cordon-Ragot and wildcard climbers like Jolanda Neff, their squad looks like it could go straight to the head of the péloton.

Meanwhile, others will undoubtedly be shuffled down the pack. Alé-Cipollini have lost one of their two key sprinters (Bastianelli), their most durable and all-round rider (Ensing) and their strongest GC climber (Santestebán). They've signed some decent riders but not that replace the hole that those three will leave, and they will become fairly heavily reliant on Chloe Hosking for results, I'd wager. Astana losing Paternoster and Bertizzolo more or less tears the strongest future riders out of that team and in fact they now have no Italian base at all. Again, they will become heavily reliant on one rider, Arlenis Sierra on this occasion. Cervélo are the biggest example of this - they have lost a small number of riders and gained many, but that small number of riders included 2 of their 3 main results-getters - Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, who has gone to CCC-Liv to fill the Niewiadoma-shaped hole in their results from 2017 to 2018, and Lotta Lepistö who moves to Trek. The pressure on Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig to provide the results to plug that gap will be significant, though they have surrounded her with friends and compatriots like Marie Vilmann and hotly-tipped teenager Emma Norsgaard, as well as Czech climber Nikola Nosková, and adding veteran road leader Julie Leth.
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Jonhard said:
Tim Booth said:
Zinoviev Letter said:
Van dijk to Trek
Trek are starting to look as though they mean business

Ellen Van Dijk
Elizabeth Deignan
Elisa Longo Borghini
Trixi Worrack
Audrey Cordon-Ragot
Ruth Winder
Abi Van Twisk
Tayler Wiles
Lotta Lepistö
Lauretta Hanson
Letizia Paternoster

and the new Trek Factory Racing Cyclocross team with
Ellen Noble
Evie Richards
Emma Swartz

Fair play to Trek for putting an interesting lineup together, but only EvD is currently ranked inside the top 20. ELB and Lotta don't win that often.

There may be more to come. Someone's got to be in for Lorena Wiebes from Parkhotel, shirley.

Italian Letizia Paternoster gave the new Trek-Segafredo women's team their first victory in the first UCI race of 2019 when she won the opening stage of the Santos Women's Tour Down Under in Birdwood, South Australia, on Thursday.
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Why do they change their surnames when they get married? Seems Birgitte Krogsgaard is Birgitte Andersen. RedheadDane, keep track of your fellow Danes!
I suppose athletes change their surnames upon getting married for the same reason "normal" people do; wanting to have the same surname as their spouse.
However, I'm not so sure she changed her name because she got married, or if her name simply is - and has always been - Birgitte Krogsgaard Andersen, her husband's name is Morten Brammer. Of course it's also possible she got the Andersen from him, but they both are just primarily known by their middle name.
In fact, that really seems to happen a lot around here, there are so many guys doing that I'm not even going to bother listing them here, but on the women's side there's Emma Norsgaard (Jørgensen), and an odd case; Louise Norman Hansen, I actually assumed that since her brother is just known as 'Norman' the same would apply to her, but then again; maybe she prefers using either her full name, or just 'Hansen' in order to not constantly be known as "Lasse's sister".
And then there's the - admittedly rather creepy - question of what Emma Norsgaard will be known as once her and Mikkel Bjerg get married.