Riders show ‘overwhelming desire’ for standalone under-23 women's road race at World Championships

TRENTO ITALY SEPTEMBER 10 Hannah Ludwig of Germany leads the peloton during the 27th UEC Road Cycling European Championships 2021 U23 Womens Road Race a 808km race from from Trento to TrentoPiazza Duomo UECcycling on September 10 2021 in Trento Italy Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images
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The overwhelming majority of Women’s WorldTeam and Continental Team riders believe there should be a separate under-23 women's road race at the World Championships, a survey by The Cyclists’ Alliance (TCA) has concluded. 

The survey, conducted in November 2021, polled 96 elite, under-23 and junior riders and found that 97 per cent would be in favour of a standalone under-23 road race at the World Championships.

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Matilda Price is a freelance cycling journalist and digital producer based in the UK. She is a graduate of modern languages, and recently completed an MA in sports journalism, during which she wrote her dissertation on the lives of young cyclists. Matilda began covering cycling in 2016 whilst still at university, working mainly in the British domestic scene at first. Since then, she has covered everything from the Tour Series to the Tour de France. These days, Matilda focuses most of her attention on the women’s sport, writing for Cyclingnews and working on women’s cycling show The Bunnyhop. As well as the Women’s WorldTour, Matilda loves following cyclo-cross and is a recent convert to downhill mountain biking.