Hi everyone! This week Dan’s sick and Sarah’s full of sympathy while we discuss the European National Championships weekend (which was full of doubles and triples and other amazing feats of cycling prowess). We also preview the Giro Rosa, the biggest stage race on the women’s calendar. We go through each of the stages analysing the route and discussing possible race scenarios. We do our best to highlight the most exciting bits of the race for you, which turned out to be really easy because the answer is that all of it is the most exciting bit! Seriously though, we highlight GC contenders like last year’s winner Mara Abbott and the indomitable Marianne Vos, but we also look at why they may not take out overall honours as there are several stages this year that under the right conditions will give big opportunities to other teams and riders to take out stage racing glory. Get ready to get excited (or to get the flu)! (1:18:12 MIN / 75.08 MB)
Links to everything we talked about this week – and a lot we didn’t get to
Last week’s racing – National Championships
We loved this advert – #LikeAGirl from Always
This is someone who once reckoned a lot of team managers found her a nuisance because of her honesty, and who eschews media training because “it makes you boring”. Eureka, a professional cyclist who gets it.
“If someone does ask me a question, although I know that it’s gonna have consequences if it’s misquoted, I do tend to speak my mind quite a lot,” she continues.
Another rider who spoke her mind very freely, was Nicole Cooke, whose Retirement Statement was completely explosive…. and she has a book, The Breakaway, coming out at the end of the month. Sarah’s pre-ordered it from Amazon.co.uk, and on the publisher’s description web-page there are links to retailers selling the actual book & e-book in the USA.
And another film – Bicycle had it’s first screening this week, find out more here, and watch the trailer.
Little UCI video asking various riders what their superstitions are
This made us happy – Optum-Kelly’s Courtney-Lowe, flying on her bike
You know we love Aussie BMX star Caroline Buchanan – here’s the latest instalment of her video series, following her winning and being a tourist in Berlin
And a bit more BMX talk, along with 4-Cross and MTB, in this great Specialized profile of Dutch rider Anneke Beerten
Giro Rosa 2014!
- How to follow the race live and watch tv
- Interview with Emma Pooley on the Giro and more
- Part 1 of rider Q&As with Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Tiffany Cromwell, Megan Guarnier, Alison Powers, Jolien D’Hoore and Lucy Garner
- Part 2 of rider Q&As, with Marianne Vos, Emma Johansson, Chloe Hosking, Alena Amialiusik, Jessie Maclean and Sharon Laws
- Part 3 of the Q&As, with Evelyn Stevens, Ellen van Dijk, Audrey Cordon, Hannah Barnes, Valentina Scandolara and Elena Cecchini
Look out for Sarah’s coverage on the Podium Café Giro story-stream