Valentina Scandolara

Ella Picks: Women’s cycling content we loved this week

In this week’s internet roundup we have some heavily discussed topics like race radios, car-bike collisions and whether or not there should be gendered products. Meanwhile we’re applauding Rwanda’s Jeanne D’Arc Girubuntu appearance (and consequent media attention) as well as Kris Auer’s push for equal prize money in cyclocross. And of course, we’ve got plenty of videos, […]


Orica-AIS: What I know now that I wish I knew then

The tip section on the homepage just below the featured stories and newsletter sign-up is populated by responses to the question: “What do you know now that you wish you knew then?” It’s a question we ask repeatedly in interviews. We ask professional cyclists. We ask industry leaders. We ask the women we met on […]


My first bike race with Orica-AIS

Ella CyclingTips spent an afternoon with Orica-AIS last month before the start of the Tour of Flanders. We sat down with the Australian-registered squad to talk first bike races. In a roundtable format, we listened as Melissa Hoskins, Valentina Scandolara, Amanda Spratt, Loes Gunnewijk, Gracie Elvin, Emma Johansson and Lizzie Williams regaled us with tales […]


Daily News Digest

In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Team Sky wins Tour de Romandie TTT, Geraint Thomas claims yellow; Davide Rebellin wins stage 3 of the Presidential Tour of Turkey; The curious case of Alejandro Valverde; Ted King to retire at end of 2015 season; Tracey Gaudry leaves the Amy Gillett Foundation; “The […]


Giorgia Bronzini wins Drentse 8 as spectator brings down Loren Rowney

Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle Honda) won Molecaten Drentse 8 from a breakaway of eight riders to take her first European victory of the season. The two-time world champion beat out Valentina Scandolara (Orica-AIS) and Annemiek van Vleuten (Bigla) to the top step of the podium. Bronzini’s victory has been overshadowed by a crash in the closing […]


Daily News Digest

In this morning’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Astana doctor defends team’s anti-doping measures; Conflicting reports about possible deal between Dekker and Lampre-Merida; Sagan and Contador to race together for the first time at Tirreno-Adriatico; Elisa Longo Borghini and Valentina Scandolara preview Strade Bianche; Marianne Vos to miss Strade Bianche and possibly the […]


Elisa Longo Borghini and Valentina Scandolara preview Strade Bianche

Strade Bianche is a race full of history. It began as an amateur fondo called l’Eroica, which is held in October in Tuscany each year following the Road World Championships. The ride is a throwback to earlier days. All participants ride bicycles built before 1982. Many wear vintage clothing and accessories. The professional event began […]


Mama Scandolara’s sbrisolona (Italian cookie) recipe

Last week I wrote about making cookies with Orica-AIS rider Valentina Scandolara and her mother Giovanna. You asked for the recipe – and we’re happy to share it. Whilst Valentina has kindly agreed to allow us to pass along the recipe, she wanted to make sure we told all of you that no one makes […]


Visiting the home of Valentina Scandolara from Orica-AIS

When my former boss signed off on my attendance at Milan-Sanremo and a team training camp last March, I reached out to Valentina Scandolara to see if I might be able to head out to Italy a day or two early and spend some time with her family in Tregnago. My bucket list included “visiting […]


Valentina Scandolara’s behind-the-scenes Ladies Tour of Qatar videos

Here’s Valentina Scandolara’s video from the final stage of the 2015 Ladies Tour of Qatar. It offers great insight at what the Qatar experience is like for the riders. The hotel the peloton stays at in Doha is the best the riders will see for the whole season, and the hospitality extended by the race […]