It’s a bit of a hectic podcast this week as there was only one short window where Sarah and Dan could coordinate their schedules to record. On the upside, it’s a bit of a hectic podcast this week! Anyway, it was cobbly and rainy in France, which kind of makes La Course a summer classic, right? In addition to recapping the multiple attacks, crashes and attempts in Paris, we also discuss the BMX World Championships and the Para-Cycling World Cup. Enjoy! (58:38 MIN / 56.3 MB)
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We didn’t talk about it, but we loved this video from Nettie Edmondson
All the videos, photos, tweets and more Sarah has found, here.
2015 BMX World Championships
So, La Course by Le Tour de France – the women’s race around the Champs Elysées, and one of the many reasons I love the women’s peloton is they fought all the way round, despite the rain, despite the utter carnage of all the crashes on the slippery cobbles – but especially, that they don’t believe in following the scripts. Champs Elysées is all about racing together and a bunch sprint? Not the way the women race! So exciting, right up to the line, and here’s my collection of videos, photos, race reports, tweets and much more.
But before I start, here’s why I love it most. For years, people would tell me how their daughters would ask them why girls can’t race the Tour de France, and while they’ve got a long way to go before we’re back to the women’s TdF of the 1980s and 90s, little girls of 2015 will never think that women can’t sprint on the Champs. That’s marvellous, and while of course I want to fight for more, it’s something to celebrate right now!
So let’s start with video. Three minute clip of the finish from ITV Cycling (could be geo-restricted to UK)- 12 minutes from SBS Cycling Central (note, their videos sometimes only last for a month) and more highlights from Le Tour:
Highlights geo-restricted to the USA,
And this is geo-restricted to Belgium, but I’m sure you can deal with that by now – an hour of footage from RTBF.be, seen via Matrix Procycling. And what was it like from a rider’s point of view? Here’s Vera Koedooder‘s bike-cam… or should that be attack-cam? Scary to see the crashing from this angle…
There’ll be more to follow (to go with everything below!), but if you see video – especially of the full race – please do let me know in the comments and on twitter.
1. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo-Liv, 2:05:01
2. Jolien D’hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda, + 00:01
3. Amy Pieters (Ned) Liv-Plantur, s.t.
4. Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans, s.t.
5. Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Bigla, s.t.
6. Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio-SRAM, s.t.
7. Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, s.t
8. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo-Liv, s.t.
9. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products, s.t.
10. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels-Dolmans, s.t
Video interview with Anna van der Breggen just after her win, on ITV Cycling. And highlights, geo-restricted to the Netherlands, on NOS.nl and interview with her afterwards. And video clip geo-restricted to Belgium.
Here’s the Wiggle Honda video, with D’hoore & the team’s reaction to her second place:
Post-race video interview with D’hoore on Sporza (may be geo-restricted) (If you’re frustrated with geo-restrictions, try adding something like Tunnelbear, set yourself to the country and try again – but at your own risk of course, and turn off your Tunnelbear as soon as the video starts playing)
Audio interviews on the ITV TdF podcast.
More videos! Alberto Celani‘s great point of view!
Photo galleries from Balint Hamvas on Cyclephotos.co.uk and Velofocus – love them both, especially Balint’s pre-race photos, there’s something about how they both make me want to be there. More photos from Bigla, Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, Matrix Procycling, Liv-Plantur, Rabo-Liv, and photos and report on Cyclingnews,
My very favourite video is Marianne Vos’ reaction on ITV4 – adorable!
Vos was also asked about her injuries and the state of women’s cycling right now – watch here. More video clips from ITV Cycling – Lizzie Armitstead on coming fourth on and Hannah Barnes on the ‘crazy’ conditions. What did the Aussies think of the race? Video from SBS Cycling Central with Melissa Hoskins, Gracie Elvin, Lizzie Williams, Amanda Spratt and a little bit of Emma Johansson – then Tiffany Cromwell
SO many crashes… If you like video of crashes (I hate it but I’m squeamish) here’s a compilation from SBS Cycling Central.
(and here’s what Tayler and the team looked like at that moment in Balint’s photo!)
I’m going to be collecting a post full of video from this year’s La Course by Le Tour de France, but here’s my favourite video so far…. first, some background – here’s the finish run-in video with Anna van der Breggen‘s solo win… and here’s my favourite thing, Marianne Vos, who was doing commentary work for ITV4, getting very excited at the finish in this little video. No one loves cycling more than Marianne Vos!
More videos, links, tweets, reports and more to follow tomorrow. More video clips from ITV4 over here, if you scroll down.
Hi team! There’s been heaps of racing to cover in the last week, so we recap the action in France, Belgium/Netherlands and Germany. It’s been a week of highs and lows with all sorts of interesting results. There are some pretty hectic diversions in this week’s episode (when are there not?) and a reasonable amount of speculation about what may happen on Sunday at La Course. Enjoy! (1:13:11 MIN / 70.27 MB)
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Things we talked about
And you can view videos of the stages here:
So, you may remember that a few weeks ago Sarah and I mentioned on the podcast the interesting story of Carmen Small racing with the men at the North Star Grand Prix this year. We thought it was an interesting story, particularly in terms of the race not being able to find enough women to ride this year and a creative solution to an unusual set of circumstances.
I thought it’d be interesting to get in touch with the race organisers to find out a little more about how this all came together and what it means for future editions of the North Star Grand Prix. Thanks to our mate Chris Rivera (who’s a big advocate for women’s cycling and a volunteer at the North Star Grand Prix himself) I was able to get in touch with David LaPorte, the Executive Director of the North Star Bicycle Festival and Promoter of the North Star Grand Prix to ask him a few questions.
ProWomen’sCycling: There’s been a fair bit of attention on the North Star Grand Prix and particularly on the fact that Carmen Small raced with the men. This is a marked difference to previous years when there was a separate women’s event. How has the response been so far?
Elena Cecchini became one of the latest young Italian rider to join a more international team this year, joining Lotto-Soudal, and proceeding to animate the races throughout the Spring Classics, then winning a stage at the prestigious Festival Elsy Jacobs. Last year she’d won the Italian National Road Championships, one of the very hardest of the road champs, and in June she became one of a very select set of riders to win twice in a row, which she followed by racing the Giro Rosa for the first time, and coming home with two podium places, and four stitches in her chin. I talked to her about all this and more, including the secrets of her season, and her advice to future first-time riders, and much more. She’s a really interesting rider, with a lot to say, so settle in, and either listen to her talk, or read the transcript below.
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You’ve just come back from finishing the Giro – how do you feel?
It’s quite nice when you finish a hard race, and you know that it’s all about recovery, so I’m just enjoying some rest days at home. I was missing my family so much, and my cat, and my grandmother and grandfather, so today I did a small training on my bike, just to restart, because next week I will race the BeNe Ladies Tour, and I have to be in form. It’s really strange to go slowly, because we had really fast and furious stages at the Giro, so it’s nice to be home and just wake up in the morning and have nothing to do!
And it was your first ever Giro!
The Giro Rosa 2015 is over (booooo!) but it was great (yayyyyy!) so Sarah and Dan have heaps to talk about this week. Mountains, time trials, climbs, breaks, chases, GC remixes and stories. They cover all ups and downs, their highlights and favourites, the best parts of the Giro Rosa 2015. Also, they crack wise and crack themselves up! (51:20 MIN / 49.29 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
The Giro Rosa!!!!!
- Stage 7 (downhill!) and Q&As after the stage with Lucinda Brand, Anna van der Breggen, Sharon Laws and Valentina Scandolara
- Stage 8 (ITT!)
- Stage 9 (the grand finale)
- Post-race interviews with Kasia Niewiadoma and Jessie Walker
- Our last podcast, with links to all the previous Giro content
Other racing last week….
The FULL race:
Tour Féminin de Bretagne, 16-19th July, France