Stage 2 was one of those typically Giro “Classics” stage, with a whole rang of short-sharp hills and tough descents towards the end of the race. There were a couple of early escape attempts, and then towards the end, Carlee Taylor and Flavia Oliveira broke away together, only to be chased by an elite group that could very well be the final GC, from the quality of riders…. Here’s the very short RAI highlights:
and the hour-long video from RAI
After Friday’s 2km prologue, Saturday was all about the peloton today, racing through Slovenia in a stage that had breakaways, but came down to a bunch sprint.
Short race highlights:
and 50 mins highlights from Italian tv
Sarah and Dan quickly catch up on the big weekend of the national championships before getting stuck into a good long look at the Giro Rosa. We’ve had the prologue and first stage but there’s a week of epic racing to come! Join us for all the discussion of teams, profiles, stages and excitement. (56:16 MIN / 54.02 MB)
To stream the rosiest of rosa podcasts this week, click here (right-click, save-as to download).
I’m behind right now, but if you want to catch up with who won what at this year’s Road Champs from around Europe and further afield, here are some videos…
The race has begun! A 2km evening prologue in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Missed it? I’m here to help, with videos, photos, articles & more
Short race highlights
and the full results are here.
There’s only one Grand Tour for women, only one race allowed to run for over a week, and only one race that really gets into the Italian mountains, and it’s almost time…. are you ready for the Giro Rosa?
The race starts with a 2km evening prologue on Friday 3rd July in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and finishes with a Queen Stage from Verbania to San Domenico on Sunday 12th.
UPDATE! The team presentation on Thursday 2nd July will be streamed on livestream from 19:00 Euro CEST (6pm UK BST, 1pm North American EDT, 4am Aussie AEDT) – and maybe more from the first 2 stages in Slovenia will be shown there too? UPDATE! There’s not, but if you missed the team presentation, it’s still there at that link. I saw that via Yolanda Álvarez, thank you!
The prologue will be streamed live, at 19:30 Euro CEST (6:30pm UK BST, 1:30pm North American EDT, 4:30am Saturday Australian AEDT)
UPDATE! While the prologue was scheduled to be live, as of today (Friday) it’s off the schedule again, and we’ll get highlights only, at 22:35 Euro CEST (9:35pm UK BST; 4:35pm North American EDT, 6:35am Saturday Aussie AEDT) on Italian tv station RAI Sport 2 (different link here), which is geo-restricted, but you can watch with your favourite VPN solution (you can use something like Tunnelbear set to Italy, or buy a VPN like WiTopia for just $5.99 a month). Many apologies if you, like me, were looking forward to seeing it live, but the moral of the story is keep a very close eye on the schedules….
Then, the rest of the race has hour-long highlights every day on RAI Sport 2. The times change, so check out the RAI TV guide (scroll down to RAI Sport 2 on the left hand side) – times are in CEST, so BST +1, EDT + 6, AEDT -8 . The videos tend to appear on Youtube, and there are usually short highlights on the Giro Rosa’s youtube – and I’ll put up daily posts with all the videos I find, if you want to catch up, and put them into my 2015 Giro Rosa playlist (here’s the one I made last year).
If you want to follow the racing action live, there are various ways to do it.
You might have already listened to my podcast talking about my experiences working on the 2015 Aviva Women’s Tour, one of the biggest women’s cycling events of the year – and we’re still on the same theme, because I’ve also interviewed Guy Elliott, who works for SweetSpot as one of the race controllers. We talked about the highs and lows of this year’s race, how it compared to last year, and Guy answered questions sourced from twitter as well. I probably laugh too much, and we definitely get confused about which breakaway was on which stage (sorry Stage 1 escapees!) but in our defense, we’re still in that post-Tour giddy zone!
Listen to the podcast interview here (Right click, save-as to download)
If you want to follow Guy on twitter, he’s here – and you can find out more about SweetSpot, who run the race, on their website, youtube and instagram. Of course, make sure you follow the Aviva Women’s Tour on their website, twitter, and like them on facebook (can we get them to over 5,000 likes?). Want to show their sponsors that women’s cycling has an audience? Click on the Aviva Women’s Tour partner page, and click through to each of their sponsors (buy some Soreen malt loaf, Adnam’s beer, or even a Skoda car, you won’t regret it!).