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VN news ticker: World’s top teams confirmed for 2021 Women’s Tour, Fausto Masnada fractures vertebra in crash

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World’s top teams confirmed for 2021 Women’s Tour

SD Worx, Trek-Segafredo and Canyon-SRAM are among a heavy-hitting list of teams set to line up for the 2021 Women’s Tour.

All nine WorldTour teams, home team Drops-Le Col and U.S. squad Tibco-SVB are all on the 16-squad list that race organizers have confirmed will start its six-stage event this October.

The race was canceled last year due to the pandemic and was shifted from its typical June this year date to avoid continued COVID restrictions in the UK. Lizzie Deignan won the 2019 edition.

The 2021 Women’s Tour is focused in the south of England and includes a 16km time trial. The race will roll out October 4.

Teams confirmed for the 2021 Women’s Tour:

  • Alé BTC Ljubljana (Italy)
  • AWOL O’Shea (Great Britain)
  • CAMS-Basso Bikes (Great Britain)
  • Canyon SRAM Racing (Germany)
  • Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling (Germany)
  • Drops-Le Col s/b TEMPUR. (Great Britain)
  • FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope (France)
  • Liv Racing (Netherlands)
  • Movistar Team (Spain)
  • Parkhotel Valkenburg (Netherlands)
  • SD Worx (Netherlands)
  • Team BikeExchange (Australia)
  • Team DSM (Germany)
  • Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank (USA)
  • Trek-Segafredo (USA)
  • Valcar-Travel & Service (Italy)

Fausto Masnada fractures vertebra in crash

Fausto Masnada has suffered a non-displaced fracture of his S3 vertebra after he crashed at the Settimana Ciclistica Italiana on Friday.

Masnada was able to finish the stage but was taken to the hospital for a further check-up where he was diagnosed with the injury. The Deceuninck-QuickStep rider was competing for the first time since the Italian national championships in June, where he finished second to Sonny Colbrelli.

“Fausto will now take a recovery period and will be followed up by the team’s doctors,” Deceuninck-Quick-Step wrote in an update on the team website.