So, La Course by Le Tour de France – the women’s race around the Champs Elysées, and one of the many reasons I love the women’s peloton is they fought all the way round, despite the rain, despite the utter carnage of all the crashes on the slippery cobbles – but especially, that they don’t believe in following the scripts. Champs Elysées is all about racing together and a bunch sprint? Not the way the women race! So exciting, right up to the line, and here’s my collection of videos, photos, race reports, tweets and much more.
But before I start, here’s why I love it most. For years, people would tell me how their daughters would ask them why girls can’t race the Tour de France, and while they’ve got a long way to go before we’re back to the women’s TdF of the 1980s and 90s, little girls of 2015 will never think that women can’t sprint on the Champs. That’s marvellous, and while of course I want to fight for more, it’s something to celebrate right now!
So let’s start with video. Three minute clip of the finish from ITV Cycling (could be geo-restricted to UK)- 12 minutes from SBS Cycling Central (note, their videos sometimes only last for a month) and more highlights from Le Tour:
Highlights geo-restricted to the USA,
And this is geo-restricted to Belgium, but I’m sure you can deal with that by now – an hour of footage from RTBF.be, seen via Matrix Procycling. And what was it like from a rider’s point of view? Here’s Vera Koedooder‘s bike-cam… or should that be attack-cam? Scary to see the crashing from this angle…
There’ll be more to follow (to go with everything below!), but if you see video – especially of the full race – please do let me know in the comments and on twitter.
1. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo-Liv, 2:05:01
2. Jolien D’hoore (Bel) Wiggle Honda, + 00:01
3. Amy Pieters (Ned) Liv-Plantur, s.t.
4. Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels Dolmans, s.t.
5. Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Bigla, s.t.
6. Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Velocio-SRAM, s.t.
7. Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, s.t
8. Lucinda Brand (Ned) Rabo-Liv, s.t.
9. Kirsten Wild (Ned) Hitec Products, s.t.
10. Christine Majerus (Lux) Boels-Dolmans, s.t
Video interview with Anna van der Breggen just after her win, on ITV Cycling. And highlights, geo-restricted to the Netherlands, on NOS.nl and interview with her afterwards. Video clip geo-restricted to Belgium, and a little interview with her after the race by Felix Matthis:
Here’s the Wiggle Honda video, with D’hoore & the team’s reaction to her second place:
Post-race video interview with D’hoore on Sporza (may be geo-restricted) (If you’re frustrated with geo-restrictions, try adding something like Tunnelbear, set yourself to the country and try again – but at your own risk of course, and turn off your Tunnelbear as soon as the video starts playing)
Audio interviews on the ITV TdF podcast.
More videos! Alberto Celani‘s great point of view!
Photo galleries from Balint Hamvas on Cyclephotos.co.uk and Velofocus – love them both, especially Balint’s pre-race photos, there’s something about how they both make me want to be there. More photos from Rapha, Bigla, Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, Matrix Procycling, Liv-Plantur, Rabo-Liv, and photos and report on Cyclingnews,
My very favourite video is Marianne Vos’ reaction on ITV4 – adorable!
Vos was also asked about her injuries and the state of women’s cycling right now – watch here. More video clips from ITV Cycling – Lizzie Armitstead on coming fourth on and Hannah Barnes on the ‘crazy’ conditions. What did the Aussies think of the race? Video from SBS Cycling Central with Melissa Hoskins, Gracie Elvin, Lizzie Williams, Amanda Spratt and a little bit of Emma Johansson – then Tiffany Cromwell
SO many crashes… If you like video of crashes (I hate it but I’m squeamish) here’s a compilation from SBS Cycling Central.
(and here’s what Tayler and the team looked like at that moment in Balint’s photo!)