This week we recap our highlights and best parts of the 2017 women’s road season. It’s been an amazing year of racing and there’s so much to celebrate. From the spring classics through to worlds in Norway, we’ve got opinions on them all! Get your best of the year opinions now! (1:32:44 MIN / 86.91 MB)
Saturday 26th August 2017
It’s the last big Classic of the women’s cycling season, and wow, I love this race. It’s got one of the ugliest tough climbs in the sport, the Côte du Ty Marrec, which is this tough, grinding dual big wide road that looks pretty benign, but is tough as hell. It was the site of what’s still one of my all-time favourite cycling moments, in 2010, when Emma Pooley, after sandbagging her heart out, caught Marianne Vos, Emma Johansson and Judith Arndt out on that last climb, attacking up the inside right just as Vos looked over her left shoulder. I’ll never get bored of that!
And then last year, after hundreds of attacks, catches, splits and reformations, a group of around 20 elite riders came to the line together, and definite underdog Eugenia Bujak started her sprint surprisingly – and won! The biggest result of her career, and for her team BTC City Ljubljana.
And that’s what makes a Classic classic to me – that feeling that we’ve got no idea what will happen right up til the last moment. Plouay, like all my favourite races, has been won every way from solo to small group to large bunch, and I love it for it. Who could win? Practically anyone!
Like last year, it’s 4 laps of the 26.9km circuit, and then one of 13.9km. I have to warn you, there’s pretty much no mobile phone coverage of the northern part of the big loop, because it’s running through beautiful forests, so we don’t get many updates on twitter, BUT part of it is live on TV!
How to watch and follow
The race starts at 13:40 European CEST (12:40pm UK BST; 9:40pm Australian AEST; 7:40am North American EDT)
TV coverage will start at 15:15 CEST (2:15pm BST; 11:15pm AEST; 9:15am EDT) on France 3 TV, which you can watch here if you’re in France (or via VPN). It’s also going to stream on the Eurosport Player, through maybe without commentary, and there could be more streams here and here – and I’ll tweet streams on the day.
To follow on twitter (with the caveat of the lack of mobile coverage on a lot of the course), the race twitter is a good one, last year’s hashtag was #GPPlouay, and of course there’s #UCIWWT too. And I have my usual list of live-tweeters.
Big thanks to my amazing Patreon supporters for funding me to do this kind of thing.
The penultimate round of the UCI Women’s WorldTour, and the last of the WorldTour Classics, the GP Plouay has always been a fantastic race, with really great media, and 2016 lived up to expectations – with a surprise winner to boot! I’ll edit more in as I see them – please do share anything else you find, in the comments, or on twitter.
Full stream replay:
G’day team, this week we catch up on the last World Cup race in Plouay! We also find out how the rest of the Trophee d’Or went and we discuss a bunch of news and announcements from teams, riders and the UCI. There’s a heap of great videos down below and a lot of exciting stuff. Sit back, crack a cold one and ignore the other commuters on the bus/train, and enjoy! (1:00:51 MIN / 58.43 MB)
Things we talked about this week
This week’s racing
All the videos and race reports etc are over here – this was one of the very best races of the season, WOW!
Other things we saw this week
The GP de Plouay-Bretagne is always one of the best races on the calendar, and the 2015 edition didn’t disappoint – NON-stop attacking, non-stop action, and we have a LOT of videos to watch!
Here’s the full last 50 kilometres on the UCI youtube – click through and watch, it’s glorious! And here’s the highlights – from the UCI and from Wiggle Honda.
Results and photos below, and I’ll add more videos as I see them – anything you see and like, leave me a comment, or tell me on twitter, and I’ll add them in
It’s the last round of the 2015 women’s Road Cycling World Cup, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne, on 29th August – and we can watch the last part of it live!
This is always a really exciting race, and part of a fantastic four day festival of cycling, the 4 Jours de Plouay. The route is 4 circuits of a 26.9 circuit (in red) and then a final run of 13.9k, the same course without the northern loop – 121.5k in total. You can read more about the course on Velofocus’ 2014 preview, as it’s the same. There’s a provisional startlist on the website, but that’s likely to change.
The race starts at 13:40 Euro CEST (12:40 UK BST; 7:40am N American EST; 9:40pm Aussie AEDT) but the tv starts later on France 3 (stream here, geo-restricted) and Eurosport at 15:30 CEST (2:30 BST, 9:30am EST, 11:30pm AEDT) and international Eurosport (not British)… and best yet for non-French people, on the UCI website – here’s the stream!
If THIS is blocked for you, or you want to watch the French stream, try Tunnelbear or another VPN solution (paying for Witopia is my recommendation) – if you use Tunnelbear, set yourself to somewhere like the UK, & then turn the TB off as soon as the stream starts, to save your allocation (use at your own risk of course)
To follow the first part of the race until the tv starts, I recommend twitter. The 4 Jours has a twitter here, and of course I’ve updated my live race tweeting list. The official hashag is #GPP15 for other updates too. The festival also has a great facebook, and they’ll put up videos on their Plouay TV page too.
Want more? Previews from ORICA-AIS and on Velorooms, and here’s what happened last year. Of course I’ll be back after the race with links to videos, photos, articles and more, so if you see anything you like, leave me a comment or ping me on twitter.
On the one hand, I love the end of the Road World Cup, because Crescent Vårgårda and the GP de Plouay-Bretagne are such consistently great races – but on the other hand it’s sad because this is the end of the season…. But at least it went out with a bang, such a great race! And we have videos, too – you can either watch the short UCI highlights, or the full last hour-and-twenty-ish coverage. And if you want to read something, I wrote a very short report for Cyclingnews, please click through and read it!