Women to watch in 2014

Deciding which cyclists to follow is much like going to a candy store. There is an overwhelming choice but it’s probably not practical to have it all. And so, weighed down by the pressures of social convention you’re forced to only pick a few of your favourite lollies rather than them all (unless it’s the off season).

PezCycling News released a great list of female cyclists to watch in 2014 yesterday. So if you’re keen to learn more about the female cyclists who make up the pro peloton but are poor on time and can only pick a few let this list act as your social conventions and guide you.

Up and coming riders like Aussie Tiffany Cromwell who made the switch from Orica-AIS to Specialized Lululemon this year and the enormously talented Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen are two of my standouts on the list.

Two riders not featured but who deserve to be added to your google alerts hit list however, are Lisa Brennauer (Specialized Lululemon) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Hitec Products).

Lisa Brennauer

The young German had a fantastic year in 2013. Previously juggling two disciplines — track and road cycling — she switched her attention to the road in 2013, worked hard on her time trialling, and reaped the rewards. She was an integral member of Specialized Lululemon’s World Championship winning Team Time Trial squad in Florence last year.

Climbing the Murr at Lotto-Belisol Belgium Tour

Climbing the Murr at Lotto-Belisol Belgium Tour

A scattering of great, consistent results throughout the 2013 season will be a huge confidence boost for her in 2014 and the departure of Ellen van Dijk from Specialized Lululemon to Boels Dolmans should give Lisa more opportunities.

Elisa Longo Borghini

Disclaimer; I am not at all swayed by the fact that I race on the same team as her.

Elisa is just 22 but the fiery Italian knows how to race her bike.

Elisa has had a whirl wind progression through the professional ranks and really came into  her own half way through the 2012 season. She went on to claim the bronze medal at the Valkenburg World Road Race Championships that year.

Since then she has gone from strength to strength. Last year she was the only individual other the Marianne Vos to win a World Cup.

Watch out for her in the tough Spring races like Het Nieuwsblad, La Flèche Wallonne, and the Tour of Flanders.

If you think there’s another rider deserving of the google alerts hit list please post their name in the comments and what you’re expecting from them in 2014!

3 Comments on “Women to watch in 2014”

  1. I’m really excited to see what Anna van der Breggan does in the GCs and Classics – she’s had fab results racing for a very small team, so now she’s racing for Rabobank, it’s going to be interesting…. especially with Vos saying she wants to race for AvdB’s chances in races this year!

    Plus, always Elisa! So gutting for her her to break her hip and miss the Giro, and not be 100% for Worlds, but I bet she’ll make up for it!

  2. I’ll be watching Chloe because I always do but I’ll also be watching Lauren Kitchen after a great Australian summer and with a new team.

  3. Chloe Hosking. Look out for her whenever it comes down to a bunch sprint with stompers like Julie Leth and Emilie Moberg to lead her out 😉

    Similarly Amy Cure and Kimberley Wells, two of the fastest sprinters in the world

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