It was a bittersweet day – the launch on the Women’s World Tour, which the UCI promised us would transform women’s cycling, with one of the most exciting, instant Classics, the Strade Bianche – wow! The racing sounded so exciting from twitter, the bits we could find out thanks to people tweeting from team cars, but unfortunately the coverage wasn’t great, with the race not tweeting much, the UCI stopping their women’s cycling twitter, and a lack of pictures… BUT let’s celebrate what we do have. I’ll write more about the implications later, but the tl;dr will be that it was a glorious race, ridden really well, and deserved a lot more coverage. Luckily, there’s always home-made media! I’ve got a collection of videos, photos, results and more media.
1. Lizzie Armitstead (GBr) Boels-Dolmans, 3:30:13
2. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabo-Liv, + 00:03
3. Emma Johansson (Swe) Wiggle High5, + 00:13
4. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle High5, + 01:04
5. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabo-Liv, + 01:07
6. Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels-Dolmans, s.t.
7. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) ORICA-AIS, + 01:13
8. Claudia Lichtenberg (Ger) Lotto-Soudal, + 01:17
9. Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Hitec Products, + 01:21
10. Leah Kirchmann (Can) Liv-Plantur, s.t.
There’s an interview with Lizzie Armitstead at the end of Voxwomen’s video, and interviews with Kasia Niewiadoma and Emma Johansson
There are some great, typical-Lizzie quotes in the Cyclingnews race report (with photos), about being in that group of 3. Also on Cyclingnews, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio had a lot to say about being disqualified, after she and 14 other riders crossed a level-crossing that was coming down.
Race reports from Boels-Dolmans and their photos, Rabo-Liv, Wiggle High5 (with great Johansson quotes too), ORICA-AIS (with photos), Liv-Plantur, and Cervélo-Bigla. And here’s Wiggle’s video from the race:
UPDATE! InCycle feature with Armitstead and Sagan before Strade:
I’ll keep adding things to this as I find them, so if you see more, please do tell me in the comments or on twitter and I can share them widely. I’m funded to do this kind of women’s cycling work thanks to my wonderful Patreon supporters – thank you so much! If you want to join them from just £1.50/$2 a month, there’s more information here.