This is a very, very special week for women’s cycling – the first women’s stage race to be streamed live on live, and shown on TV stations – so it’s no surprise it’s the Energiewacht Tour, who make a point of being more ambitious every year.
I have to admit bias here – the race is hosting me so I can be part of their huge volunteer team that runs it – you can find me on their social media throughout 8th-12th April. But that’s happened because I love it, not the reason why I do.
It’s so “women’s cycling”: on paper it always looks like flat, easy stages, but this race is always about the peloton using the wind to rip each others’ legs off. It’s all about how well riders can echelon, how they can use tactics to outsprint the bunch sprinters – or how the sprinters can foil the endless attacks. It has a Junior women’s race on the same roads as the elite women, one of only 3 or 4 women’s team time trials, and it always has great tv, but this year they’re going one better, going live.
You can watch it on Podium.tv, live, repeated and on demand – and there’ll be highlights shows and a documentary too – check out the tv schedule. If you’re in the Netherlands you can watch it on Dutch tv channel 12, ZIGGO.
There are 6 stages over 5 days, and here’s the schedule:
- Prologue Wednesday 8th April – live 19:00-22:00 Euro CEST (6-9pm UK BST; 1-4pm N American EDT; 3-6am Aussie AEST)
- Stage 1, Thursday 9th April – 14:00-17:00 CEST (from 1pm BST; 8am EDT, 11pm AEST)
- Stage 2a, the TTT & Stage 2b, Friday 10th April – from 14:00
- Stage 3, Saturday 11th April – from 12:00 CEST (11am BST; 6am EDT; 8pm AEDT)
- Stage 4, on the German island of Borkum, Sunday 12th April, from 12:00
Click through to each link for stage details, or check out Velofocus’ great race preview.
You can also keep up with the action on the race twitter, twitter hashtag #EWT15 and through their facebook. If you miss my interviews, I’m putting little short ones up on the race Soundcloud. If you’ve any questions about it while I’m here, I’m @_pigeons_ on twitter, or you can ask me below. Can’t wait for this, it’s going to be great!