Dutch women dominate in today’s peloton. But there are still top-level riders from all over the world to take into account during the UCI World Tour women’s races. Here are five non-Dutch names worth keeping an eye out for.
Australian veteran Amanda Spratt has been in the peloton for quite a while now. She was 2nd behind Anna van der Breggen during the road race at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships. She is often particularly strong during the first half of the European road racing season, and has won the women’s Tour Down Under three years in a row. She has also won a stage in the Giro d’Italia, and was 2nd to Marianne Vos in the 2019 edition of the Trofeo Alfredo Binda.
Marta Bastianelli is also among the ranks of the very experienced women road racers. Her biggest success was in 2007, when she won the road race at the World Championships. Although it’s some time ago now, Bastianelli is still a really strong rider. In 2019 so far she has already won the Ronde van Vlaanderen and the Ronde van Drenthe. She has ended in the top five of virtually every important race this year so far, and is the reigning European road racing champion.
Coryn Rivera is one of the new generation of talented riders in the women’s peloton. This Californian rider has been at Team Sunweb for around three years. She won the Ronde van Vlaanderen in 2017 and in 2018 she won the OVO Energy Women’s Tour. She is a strong sprinter, but is also a potential general classification winner for stage races. So far this year she has yet to shine, but in 2018 she featured regularly alongside the best riders in the rankings.
Elisa Longo Borghini
We know this Italian rider Elisa Longo Borghini primarily as the woman who won the bronze medal behind Anna van Breggen at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. Longo Borghini also got 3rd place during the road race at the World Championships in 2012, on top of a good list of other victories: in 2015, she won the Ronde van Vlaanderen; in 2013, the Trofeo Alfredo Binda; and in 2017, she won the Strade Bianche. She seems to be a little bit passed her prime, but can still be regularly found in the top ten of just about every race she enters…
The final rider on our list is the South African Ashleigh Moolman. At 33 years old, she is a veteran and rides alongside another well-known name in the peloton: Marinanne Vos. Although she regularly has to ride support for Vos, she has a list of impressive victories to her name. She won the Grand Prix de Plumelec–Morbihan Dames twice, the Telekom 947 Cycle Challenge twice, and has also twice won the general classification of the Giro della Toscana Int. Femminile – Memorial Michela Fanini.