This week’s women’s race videos…

The final week of women’s road cycling before the Road World Cycling Championships start in Richmond, and it went out with a bang, with video from the Lotto Belgium Tour, Giro Toscana and the Madrid Challenge crit-like day race.  And then we also have the final Para-cycling Road World Cup of 2015, in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa AND the latest attempt on the Hour Record by Molly Shaffer Van Houweling.  In chronological order…

The Lotto Belgium Tour

This has a really great parcours, with something for everyone, and the race pulled in the excellent Motomedia team to give us daily video.  If you only have time to watch one, make it the final 4th stage, over the hills and cobbles of Geraardsbergen, including, of course, the Muur – but really I’d settle in and watch them all…

Stage 1

This one was flat, but it’s Belgian-style racing, so attack!  And there’s another video too, from VoxWomen


1.   Natalie van Gogh (Ned) ParkHotel Valkenburg, 2:11:40, + 10″ bonifications
2.   Anna Plichta (Pol) Poland, + 00:02, + 6″ bonis
3.   Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Nor) Hitec Products, s.t., + 4″ bonis
4.   Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products, + 00:10
5.   Amy Pieters (Ned) Netherlands, s.t.
6.   Elena Cecchini (Ita) Lotto Belisol, s.t.
7.   Jip van den Bos (Ned) ParkHotel Valkenburg, s.t.
8.   Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Denmark, s.t.
9.   Emma Johansson (Swe) Sweden, s.t.
10. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Poland, s.t.

Photos from Velofocus, and race report from the website with photos.

Stage 2

Flat again, and loopy


1.   Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Denmark, 2:53:38, + 10” bonifications
2.   Amy Pieters (Ned) Netherlands, s.t., + 6” bonis
3.   Emma Johansson (Swe) Sweden, s.t., + 4” bonis
4.   Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Poland, s.t.
5.   Kelly Druyts (Bel) TopSport Vlaanderen – Pro-Duo, s.t.
6.   Sofie de Vuyst (Bel), s.t.
7.   Elena Cecchini (Ita) Lotto Belisol, s.t.
8.   Celine van Severen (Bel), s.t.
9.   Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands, s.t.
10. Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products, s.t.

Dideriksen’s first UCI win!

Photos from Velofocus, and race report from the website with photos.

Stage 3

Lumpy, and it was breakaway and attack all the way!

Final results

1.   Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Netherlands, 2:10:11, + 10” bonifications
2.   Emma Johansson (Swe) Sweden, + 00:22, + 6” bonis
3.   Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Denmark, s.t. + 4” bonis
4.   Elena Cecchini (Ita) Lotto Belisol, s.t.
5.   Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Poland, s.t.
6.   Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands, s.t.
7.   Amy Pieters (Ned) Netherlands, s.t.
8.   Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Hitec Products, s.t.
9.   Sofie de Vuyst (Bel), s.t.
10. Sara Mustonen (Swe) Sweden, + 00:45

Photos from Velofocus, and race report from the website with photos.

Stage 4

So many gorgeous cobbled Flandrian climbs…

1.   Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands, 3:02:27, + 10” bonifications
2.   Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Denmark, + 00:01, + 6” bonis
3.   Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Poland, s.t., + 4” bonis
4.   Emma Johansson (Swe) Sweden, s.t.
5.   Elena Cecchini (Ita) Lotto Belisol, + 00:05
6.   Amy Pieters (Ned) Netherlands, + 00:21
7.   Anna Plichta (Pol) Poland, + 01:42
8.   Anisha Vekemans (Ned) Lotto Soudal, + 01:48
9.   Silvija Latozaite (Ltu) Lithuania, + 01:49
10. Floortje Mackaij (Ned) Netherlands, + 01:51

Final General Classification

1.   Emma Johansson (Swe) Sweden, 10:18:02
2.   Amalie Dideriksen (Den) Denmark, + 00:06
3.   Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Netherlands, + 00:13
4.   Elena Cecchini (Ita) Lotto Belisol, + 00:15
5.   Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Poland, + 00:22
6.   Amy Pieters (Ned) Netherlands, + 00:35
7.   Anna Plichta (Pol) Poland, + 02:17
8.   Sofie de Vuyst (Bel), s.t.
9.   Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Lotto Soudal, + 02:43
10. Carlee Taylor (Aus) Lotto Soudal, s.t.

All the Stage 4 and overall resultsPhotos from Velofocus, and race report from the website with photos.


2015 Para-cycling Road World Cup #4: Pietermaritzburg

The whole events were all livestreamed, with studio commentary.  Day 1 was the ITTs, Day 2 was road races for the handcyclists and tricyclists, and Day 3 had road races for the tandems and road bikes.  If you want to find specific races in the coverage, here’s the competition schedule (scroll down).

All the results are on the UCI website, and there are photos on the Cycling South Africa facebook, with some British-flavoured ones on the British Cycling flickr (Day 1 and Day 3).  Blogs from Aussie Carol Cooke on her Tricycle wins in the ITT and the Road Race.

Country-specific race reports, from Cycling Australia, British Cycling (Day 1 and Day 3), Cycling Canada, and updates on the German Para-cycling team facebook, including photos.


Molly Shaffer Van Houweling’s Hour Record

The latest attempt at the women’s hour record, by USA law professor and rider Molly Shaffer Van Houweling.  Here’s video highlights and the full Hour attempt.

Here’s the race report from the UCI.


Giro della Toscana

Video from the Prologue and Stage 1

Prologue race report from Bigla


Madrid Challenge

Want to watch the full race?  Here’s the full coverage from British Eurosport, and below that, just the last 15k

All the results on the race site (it’s a bit minimal…  & just went up yesterday!) Photos and results on Cyclingnews.  And Wiggle Honda video


So what have I missed?  Tell me in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll edit it in!  Huge thanks to my wonderful Patreon supporters, who fund me to do this sort of thing!


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