Ladies Tour of Norway aims for World Tour status, Topsport Vlaanderen-Etixx-Guill D’Or join the top tier of funding for UCI teams, Strade Bianche line up plus other news

Sources: Procycling.no, Nieuwsblad.be, Gazzetta.itVelouk.net

The Ladies Tour of Norway, which was upgraded to a 2.1 last year, is seeking further promotion to World Tour status. The race manager Roy Moberg told Procycling.no he would like another stage added to make it a 4 day race, and since it already attracts many top riders and has live coverage he believes it will eventually succeed moving up a level.

TSVL-Etixx-Guill D’Or manager Christel Herremans revealed at the team presentation yesterday that they now have funding to the tune of 750000 euros, putting them into the top 3 or 4 teams in terms of financial backing. The all Belgian team will ride for Kelly Druyts and Ann-Sophie Duyck. Kelly Druyts (who has sisters Jessy, Demmy and Lenny in the team) told Nieuwsblad Sportwereld:

” I aim especially at the spring classics. I want to shine in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Tour of Flanders, though this is not easy. We are in an Olympic year, so the level is a lot higher.”

The line up for Strade Bianche on the 5th March has been announced: Wiggle High5, RaboLiv, Boels Dolmans, Canyon/SRAM, Cervelo Bigla, Orica AIS, Hitec Products, Cylance, Tibco-SVB, Liv Plantur, Poitou Charentes Futuroscope 86, BTC City Ljubljana, Bepink, Astana, Ale Cipollini, Lotto Soudal Ladies, Parkhotel Valkenburg, Lensworld Zannata Etixx, Servetto Footon Alurecycling, Inpa Bianchi, SC Michela Fanini, Aromitalia Vaiano and Top Girls Fassa Bortolo.

Laura Cameron of Drops Cycling is starting the season anew after breaking her leg last summer. Cameron has her sights on the Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche. Read the full interview here.

Lares-Waowdeals has a new sponsor, the Handy Home hardware chain.

Here’s a video of Ernesto Colnago on the Giro Rosa (Colnago are sponsoring the leaders jersey).

The Aviva Tour of Britain will reveal the Womens route next week.

A reminder that you can see a live review of the Cadel/Deakin race on Friday 29th January at 7.30pm UK time, 8.30CET on Cyclinghub.tv. And you might as well watch it because it doesn’t look like there’ll be any live coverage of the actual race.