American Evelyn Stevens has announced her attempt at the women's UCI Hour Record recently set by Australian Bridie O'Donnell.

The 2012 Olympian and five-time UCI Road World Championships medallist who rides for the Boels Dolmans professional team will ride for the record on 27 February at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome.

The 333.3-metre banked cement track sits at just over 6,000 feet above sea level and is covered by a newly-constructed winter dome.

Stevens will attempt to beat the current record of 46.882km set by Bridie O’Donnell (AUS) on 22 January 2016 in Adelaide.

“While attempting to break the UCI Hour Record is exciting for me and my career, I’m also proud to help shine a light on women’s cycling,” Stevens said. “This will be a special day, and it’s an honour to make my record attempt under the new dome at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome.”

Stevens will the the fourth woman, after O’Donnell, Molly Shaffer Van Houweling (USA) and Sarah Storey (GBR), to tackle the hour Record since the UCI changed the rules governing an attempt.

“The current Women’s UCI Hour Record will be only five weeks old when Evelyn Stevens tries to establish a new mark,: UCI President Brian Cookson said.

"Bridie O’Donnell set a tough mark last month and I am looking forward tremendously to following this next challenge. It is clear that the excitement surrounding the iconic UCI Hour Record will be just as high in 2016 as it was last year when we saw six attempts on the men’s record and two on the women’s record.”

Tuesday 9 Feb 2016

The Chinese Goverment’s vision for sport in China may be local, with companies like Alisports targeting already-popular sports like football and basketball, but the impact of value accretion will be felt globally and across many sporting disciplines. One of the preferential treatments offered by the Government to qualified sports companies is a reduction in the corporate income tax rate from 25 per cent to 15 per cent – surely an incentive in itself to start investing in sport.

Professional cycling events may not yet be a prime target for Wanda or Alibaba, but neither are those two companies the only ones in China capable of entering the sports market and making a move. The ASO/UCI stoush and overall lack of consensus about a plan for professional cycling’s monetisation may be an embarrassment to people inside the sport, but the uncertainty created by this also makes cycling events and teams a ‘cheap buy’ for a cash-rich company with commercial acuity.

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As interesting and impressive as the rise of Colombian riders like Nairo Quintana, Rigoberto Uran and Esteban Chaves has been, it's worth noting that the international press and fans alike knew little about them as they entered the top ranks of the sport (sometimes interestingly so).

That's not the case with Fernando Gaviria, whose arrival to Europe this year is easily the most anticipated of any Colombian cyclist, perhaps ever. Gaviria, already very successful on the track, rose to prominence at the Tour de San Luis last year, where he beat Cavendish twice (nearly three times), instantly getting interest from the press and European teams alike. Riding as a stagiaire for Etixx-Quick Step last year, he won a stage at the Tour of Britain, beating out the likes of Greipel, Boasson Hagen, Viviani and Ciolek, thus proving that his San Luis performance was not a fluke.

Having signed with a team that will be able to help him develop and grow as a sprinter, Gaviria's performances in Europe could help redefine the landscape of Colombian cycling, which up until now has been highly focused on mountain top finishes, and the riders who excel in that type of racing. There's a great deal of anticipation surrounding Gaviria, given his talent and abilities. It's a monumental amount of pressure for a young rider who seems to be taking it all in stride. 

More at Alps & Andes.

The Volta Marina Benidorm was hit by gale force winds forcing the race to be abandoned.