How to follow the 2014 women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen

The Road World Cup has been really exciting, with two fantastic races, the Ronde van Drenthe and the Trofeo Alfredo Binda.  And it’s been a lot of fun watching them, with over an hour of Drenthe shown live, and an hour of Italian highlights from Binda (want highlights videos?  Drenthe and Binda).

BUT!  While round 3, the Ronde van Vlaanderen aka the Women’s Tour of Flanders on Sunday 6th April is one of the most anticipated races of the year, which pretty much all the peloton dream of winning, don’t get your hopes up about watching it live.  If we’re lucky, the coverage of the men’s race will include women’s race highlights – if we’re really lucky they’ll cut to the finish-line live for us – and there should be the usual video highlights after the race (short clip within a day and 26 mins within a week on the UCI youtube, other clips from Belgian tv stations).  There are other ways to follow it live, though, and I’ll tell you about that after these videos.  First, a course recon video from Rabobank-Liv:

and then, the video clip from last year’s race

Follow it live

The race starts at 11am CEST, and should finish around 14:45, and if you want to follow it as it happens, twitter comes to our rescue.    I have a twitter-list where I put all the accounts who update live from the race – and the four accounts I’ll especially be following are  the official UCI account @UCIwomencycling, two marvellous team mechanics – Richie Steege from Boels-Dolmans and Sem Versteeg from Rabo-Liv, and of course, the fabulous Karl Lima, manager of Hitec Products.

We’ll have a live-ish thread on Podium Café, where we’ll talk about what we’re finding from the race in the comments, as it happens.

If there are other ways to follow, let me know and I’ll update – and of course I’ll add anything more here, and on my twitter.

About the race

I’ve interviewed two of the big favourites about Flanders and more – Binda World Cup winner Emma Johansson (listen or read) and last year’s 2nd-placed rider Ellen van Dijk (listen or read).  And I absolutely LOVE this round-table preview with the ORICA-AIS team – it’s so full of gold, you have to read it!

There’s the usual great preview on Velofocus, a startlist on Cyclingfever and more information on the race website.  Here’s the course profile, thanks to Velofocus.

I’ll update with more as I find it – and post any videos here after the race


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