The UCI Women's WorldTeams and Continental Teams, which make up the new two-tiered system in professional women's cycling, are gathering at training camps ahead of the 2020 season.
There were some significant transfers and trades and so the main objective will be for the riders on each team to get acquainted with another, to distribute new clothing and gear, and to put in some long hours on the bike during team training sessions.
Cyclingnews will keep you up to date on the teams' camp dates and locations, along with news, features, rider interviews and the latest equipment, kit and gear that each team will be showcasing at the start of the season.
There were eight applications to become Women's WorldTeams: Alé BTC Ljubljana, Canyon-SRAM Racing, CCC-Liv, FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, Mitchelton-Scott, Movistar Team Women, Team Sunweb and Trek-Segafredo.
Meanwhile, teams like Boels Dolmans, Ceratizit-WNT, Bigla, Parkhotel Valkenburg, Rally UHC and Tibco-SVB, among many others, will remain part of the second-tier Continental Teams.
Trek-Segafredo were the first of the Women's WorldTeams to unveil the new jersey for the 2020 season. Lizzie Deignan showed off the new kit at the Rouleur Classic in London in October.
Trek-Segafredo women's jersey is similar to this year's version, keeping its blue hues. A panel across the top torso that showcase the title sponsors is dark blue. The bottom section is a criss-cross of various shades of blue from light to dark. The jersey keeps the white sleeves with dark blue stripes on the cuffs. The collar is now dark blue instead of white.
Some of the riders travelled to the Trek headquarters in Wisconsin, but the entire team reunited at a first official training camp from December 9-16 in Syracuse, Italy.
The men's and women's team combined blocks of hours in the saddle with massage, bike fitting sessions, base testing planning and preparation for the rapidly approaching 2020 season.
Trek-Segafredo Women's complete roster for 2020: Lucinda Brand, Elynor Bäckstedt, Lizzie Deignan, Ellen Van Dijk, Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Lauretta Hanson, Lotta Henttala, Elisa Longo Borghini, Letizia Paternoster, Anna Plichta, Abigail Van Twisk, Tayler Wiles, Ruth Winder, Trixi Worrack
- Deignan, Ciccone reveal Trek-Segafredo 2020 team kit
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- Recycled fabrics used for 2020 Trek-Segafredo jerseys
Ale BTC Ljubljana will be an exciting team to watch on the WorldTour in 2020. The team formed following the merger of teams Ale Cipollini and BTC City Ljubljana.
They signed proven sprinter and Italian road champion Marta Bastianelli to the team after her previous team Virtu Cycling folded last year. Bastianelli is a former road race world champion and she won the Tour of Flanders in 2019.
Alé BTC Ljubljana revealed their new yellow and orange kit at a team presentation in December. The riders next met at a team training camp beginning on December 12 through December 19 in Spain.
Alé BTC Ljubljana complete roster for 2020: Marta Bastianelli, Mavi Garcia, Tatiana Guderzo, Eugenia Bujak, Jutatip Maneephan, Anastasiia Chursina, Urša Pintar, Maaike Boogaard, Urška Žigart, Urška Bravec, Eri Yonamine, Anna Trevisi,
- Bastianelli will return to Alé team for 2020
- Alé Cipollini adds BTC Ljubljana as new title sponsor
- Bastianelli reveals new Ale BTC Ljubljana kit at team launch
Canyon-SRAM brought their riders together for an opening team training camp from December 4-16 in Malaga, Spain. The team announced that they re-signed 15 riders from last year, and the newest Zwift Academy winner.
The team also announced that they hired former Dimension Data director Rolf Aldag in 2020. Aldag will direct the women's team as it embarks on its first season as a WorldTeam.
Canyon-SRAM revealed a new and even more lively kit ahead of the 2020 season. Rapha has added bright yellow to go along with the existing shades of purples, turquoises, blues, oranges and reds splashed across the dark purple and black background.
Canyon-SRAM complete roster for 2020: Alena Amialiusik, Alice Barnes, Hannah Barnes, Elena Cecchini, Tiffany Cromwell, Tanja Erath, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, Rotem Gafinovitz, Ella Harris, Lisa Klein, Hannah Ludwig, Kasia Niewiadoma, Christa Riffel, Alexis Ryan, Omer Shapira and Jessica Pratt.
- Hannah Barnes and Tiffany Cromwell back with Canyon-SRAM in 2020
- Canyon-SRAM re-sign Zwift Academy winner Ella Harris in 2020
- Rolf Aldag joins Canyon-SRAM after leaving Dimension Data
- Canyon-SRAM confirm 15 returning riders in 2020
- Canyon-Sram reveal colourful new team jersey for 2020
CCC-Liv will once again be led by Women's WorldTour winner and multi-time world champion Marianne Vos. The team will step away from a Dutch registration, and instead register as a Polish team in 2020. The move brings the team closer to its co-title sponsor CCC, which is footwear company based in Poland.
The team united for an opening training camp from December 9-19 in Denia and again from February 15-24 in Calpe.
They announced during camp that they hired Sofia Bertizzolo to the team for the 2020 season.
CCC-Liv complete roster for 2020: Soraya Paladin, Marta Jaskulska, Aurela Nerlo, Marianne Vos, Valerie Demey, Evy Kuijpers, Sabrina Stultiens, Riejanne Markus, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Agnieszka Skalniak, Inge van der Heijden, Sofia Bertizzolo
- CCC-Liv ready to take 'big step' as women's peloton prepares for a tiered-team system
- Marianne Vos: Four-year sponsorship guarantee required for WorldTeams is good for stability
- Bertizzolo lands at CCC-Liv after Movistar contract problems
FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope will make the jump up to WorldTeam status in 2020. They are set to make an impact after signing the versatile Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, who is a contender in both the Spring Classics and summer stage races like the Giro Rosa.
The team met for an opening training camp from December 9-15 at the Cambrils Park Resort in Spain, where Uttrup Ludwig showed off her new team jersey for the first time.
FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope complete roster for 2020: Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Brodie Chapman, Stine Borgli, Clara Copponi, Eugenie Duval, Emilia Fahlin, Maelle Grossetete, Victorie Guilman, Lauren Kitchen, Marie Le Net, Evita Muzic, Jade Wiel, Shara Gillow
- FDJ to apply for Women's WorldTeam status in 2020
- Uttrup Ludwig joins FDJ Nouvelle Acquitaine-Futuroscope for 2020
- Uttrup Ludwig shows off new FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope kit
Mitchelton-Scott brought their women's and men's teams together for an end-of-season training camp in the fall of 2019. New riders joined the team for a chance to meet their teammates and staff members.
The women's team will focus on the Australian block of racing in January and February before returning to Europe to start the season.
A select group of riders will meet for an opening team training camp from February 13-17 in Spain. A second group of riders will unite for a training camp from March 2-12 ahead of the Classics.
Mitchelton-Scott Women complete roster for 2020: Jessica Roberts, Sofie De Vuyst, Janneke Ensing, Annemiek van Vleuten, Grace Brown, Lucy Kennedy, Moniek Tenniglo, Gracie Elvin, Jessica Allen, Georgia Williams, Sarah Roy, Amanda Spratt
- World champion Van Vleuten prepares for three-pronged campaign in 2020
- Kennedy re-signs with Mitchelton-Scott for 2020
Movistar Team Women will embark on their third season co-existing alongside the men's WorldTour programme. In 2020, they will also make the step up to the top tier of women's racing after the UCI approved their licence to become a WorldTeam.
The team announced that it had signed Italian Sofia Bertizzolo, however, legal constraints due to employment laws in Italy and Spain prohibited her from racing with Movistar.
Movistar revealed their 2020 kit at a team presentation in Madrid on December 19.
Movistar Team Women complete roster for 2020: Katrine Aalerud, Jelena Eric, Barbara Guarischi, Aude Biannic, Alicia Gonzalez Blanco, Sheyla Gutierrez, Eider Merino, Laurdes Oyarbide Jimenez, Paula Patino, Gloria Rodriguez, Alba Teruel,
- Merino, Teruel and Biannic stay with Movistar in 2020
- Legal constraints prohibit Sofia Bertizzolo from signing with Movistar
- Bertizzolo inks two-year deal with Movistar after Virtu folds
- Movistar reveal 2020 men's and women's WorldTour colours in Madrid
- Movistar prepare for Women’s WorldTeam debut in 2020
Sunweb launched their women's and men's WorldTour teams along with their development roster in a team launch held in Amsterdam in December. The team unveiled the full rosters and the new kit that will be worn during the 2020 season.
The jersey will stay the same red and black colours for the new season, with what they describe as the 'Keep Challenging' stripes.
Cyclingnews attended the camp and spoke with Coryn Rivera about her goals for the 2020 Spring Classics.
The women's team then met for a training camp in Calpe that begins on December 11.
Team Sunweb Women complete roster for 2020: Alison Jackson, Wilma Olausson, Anna Henderson, Susanne Andersen, Floortje Mackaij, Pernille Mathiesen, Julia Soek, Coryn Rivera, Leah Kirchmann, Liane Lippert, Juliette Labous, Franziska Koch, Pfeiffer Georgi
- Team Sunweb to keep challenging in 2020 despite loss of Dumoulin
- Team Sunweb sign Anna Henderson
- Sunweb sign Jackson and Olausson in 2020
- Coryn Rivera: There's no formula for a perfect spring
Boels Dolmans once again ended the season as the top ranked women's team in the world, but was denied its application to become a top-level WorldTeam in 2020.
Team manager Danny Stam told Cyclingnews that the UCI denied his application because the team could not offer a four-year sponsorship guarantee. Boels Rental and Dolmans will end sponsorship of the team in 2020 but Stam says he will find a new sponsors and that he intends to continue to build the program.
Anna van der Breggen has already hit the wind tunnel at the Specialized headquarters in Morgan Hill, California.
The full Boels Dolmans team then met for a team training camp from December 8-18 in Spain where they revealed a new orange and black 'abstract motif' jersey for 2020.
Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam: Lonneke Uneken, Anna van der Breggen, Chantal Blaak, Karol-Ann Canuel, Skylar Schneider, Amy Pieters, Christine Majarus, Jip van den Bos, Jolien D'hoore, Katie Hall.
- Van der Breggen and Van den Bos fine-tune time-trial positions at Specialized wind tunnel
- Boels Rental and Dolmans to end sponsorship of number one women's team in 2020
- Boels Dolmans not among eight applicants for Women's WorldTour licences
- Boels Dolmans reveal new orange and black 'abstract motif' jersey for 2020
Lotto Soudal Ladies
Lotto Soudal Ladies revealed a brand new kit design for the 2020 season. Both men's and women's team will, once again, wear a similar jersey design but this year's edition will feature a new black panel across the arms and upper chest.
Lotto Soudal Ladies: Lone Meertens, Christina Siggaard, Arianna Fidanza, Teuntje Beekhuis, Jesse Vandenbulcke, Abby-Mae Parkinson, Lotte Kopecky, Thi That Nguyen, Julie Van De Velde, Annelies Dom, Dani Christmas, Danique Braam, Alana Castrique, Cameron Vandenbroucke
Rally UHC Cycling gathered in Minnesota in early December for their first get together of the team's 2020 rosters, culminating with two team presentations of the men's and women's teams.
The team's major sponsors are headquartered in Minneapolis, and the program run by Circuit Sports presented the team to the United Health Group in the afternoon at the Optum headquarters building in Eden Prairie, and then again in the evening at the Rally HQ in downtown Minneapolis.
The women's team will united at a training camp in Oxnard, California in January before beginning the racing season in Australia.
Rally UHC Cycling complete roster for 2020: Chloe Hosking, Leigh Ann Ganzar, Lily Williams, Allison Beveridge, Kristabel Doebel-Hickok, Heidi Franz, Megan Jastrab, Sara Poidevin, Emma White, Sara Bergen
WNT-Rotor Cycling Team announced in December that Ceratizit Group will replace Rotor as the co-title sponsor of the team in 2020. Ceratizit is the parent company of WNT and the two sponsors will provide the financial backing of the newly named Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling team as it heads into its fifth season competing in women's professional cycling
Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling: Julie Leth, Maria Giulia Confalonieri, Claudia Koster, Kirsten Wild, Lisa Brennauer, Aafke Soet, Laura Asencio, Ane Santesteban, Erica Magnaldi
- Ceratizit Group to co-title sponsor WNT-Rotor in 2020
- Carmen Small moves to Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling
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Parkhotel Valkenburg revealed a new team kit in December that keeps its traditional Salmon-pink/peach tones but moves to an all-white background. The new design showcases a chevron-style graphic across the torso that are shades of peach and the jersey includes turquoise/peach along the sleeve cuffs, and turquoise and black along the base of the jersey.
The team is home to the number one ranked rider in the world, Lorena Wiebes. After a highly publicised contract dispute, she will continue to race with the second-tier programme until the transfer window opens in June.
Parkhotel Valkenburg: Romy Kasper, Anouska Koster, Hanna Nilsson, Karlijn Swinkels, Nancy van der Burg, Amber van der Hulst, Lorena Wiebes, Ann Sofie Duyck, Demi Vollering, Femke Marcus, Esther van Veen, Sylvie Swinkels, Nina Buysman, Belle De Gast, Marit Raaijmakers, Sofie De Boer, Fleur Nagengast,
- Lorena Wiebes and Parkhotel Valkenburg reach settlement in contract dispute list
- Parkhotel Valkenburg takes Lorena Wiebes contract conflict to court
- Lorena Wiebes hopes for contract clarity before January 1
Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank
Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank is the longest-running professional women’s cycling team in North America. 2020 marks the 15th year title of title sponsorship by Tibco Software Inc. The team originated out of the Palo Alto Bicycles women’s team in 2004. Tibco Software became a title sponsor for 2006 and Silicon Valley Bank for 2007. For 2020, the team will compete in the UCI North American calendar and will also continue its international racing calendar.
"2020 marks a milestone for our Team” said Linda Jackson, Founder of Team Tibco Silicon Valley Bank. "We have been title sponsored by Tibco Software for 15 years now and have been working with Silicon Valley Bank for 14 years. I am delighted to be adding Cannondale and Shimano as partners. We are building our team up for World Tour licensing, and partnering with these two companies is a huge step forward."
Team Tibco-SVB’s new Voler Apparel team kit will be in action at the Santos Women's Tour Down Under.
Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank complete roster for 2020: Erica Clevenger, Jenelle Crooks, Kristen Faulkner, Sarah Gigante, Diana Peñuela, Nicolle Bruderer, Leah Dixon, Nina Kessler, Sharlotte Lucas, Shannon Malseed, Emily Newsom, Kendall Ryan and Lauren Stephens
Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits news and writes features. Currently the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten coordinates global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.
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