New race manager for Ladies Tour of Norway, Energiewacht pull sponsorship of namesake tour, Lotte Kopecky aiming for Belgian Road title & more


Former pro Sondre Sørtveit has been appointed the new race manager for the Ladies Tour of Norway. The race is aiming for world tour status, and as the partner of Hitec’s Emilie Moberg he told

“It is exciting to work with women’s cycling. I see daily how hard women are working to achieve their goals, and how professional they are. I think it is particularly encouraging to help them get better terms.

I can not wait until we get to a real good race where riders give feedback that they like it, and that we get the praise of participants and the audience.”

If the race does achieve WT status then it will be the first Norwegian race to do so.

Energiewacht are to stop sponsoring the Dutch stage race, with 2016 as their last edition. The race management are optimistic that they will find a replacement by next year.

Lotte Kopecky (Lotto Soudal Ladies) has the Belgian Road title on her agenda this year. The team website quotes her:

“After the Worlds I will do some road races, after the Tour of Flanders I’ll take some rest. Then I’ll start preparing for the Belgian Road Championships. I have never started in the Tour of Flanders before, but I did do a recon of the course a few times during winter. I’m not aiming for a top ten place but I want to set a result that satisfies me. I will definitely learn a lot. I love riding on cobbles; I’m not a climber but the Flemish hills match my profile. I also marked the Belgian Road Championships in my agenda. I already finished second twice and want to conquer that title once, but it will be difficult the next years. I think if I can beat Jolien D’hoore (WiggleH5) one of the next years it should happen on this course, but it won’t be easy.”

Teammate Lieselot Decroix and D’hoore herself is quoted in a brief Sporza article on the lack of road racing development in Women’s racing. Lensworld Zannata Etixx manager Heidi Van De Vijver also voices her concerns in the article, which can be found here. (Lumping together CX, Track and Road together is a mistake for women’s cycling imo).

Lotte van Hoek of Lares Waowdeals was interviewed on her return to form by Jeanine Laudy, which you can read here.