11th September 2016
It’s the final round of the first ever 2016 Women’s WorldTour – the Madrid Challenge, which gives the women a little bit of a chance to ride La Vuelta, sprinting in Madrid. It’s the third of the “Crit-like” races, after La Course by le Tour de France, and the Ride London Classique (click the inks for videos), and just like those, it’s much shorter than a normal road race. No one can topple Megan Guarnier as the first ever WorldTour winner, but it’ll still be hard fought, and give us the last sprint race before the world Championships.
The race starts at 14:45 Euro CEST (1:45pm UK BST; 10:45pm Aussie AEST; 8:45am North American EDT), and it’s all live on Eurosport in the UK, Spain, and most European countries. If you don’t have TV where you are, find a stream here, here or here.
It’s 15 laps of this 5.8km course, and the roads are all very wide, so those U-turns aren’t as technical as London. There’s a bit of a drag down to Gran Vía, then back up again, but it’s not a technical course at all. You can find the timings for the race, and a startlist that doesn’t look especially convincing, on the very basic race website.
I’m saying it now, my favourite to win is Kirsten Wild, but check out what Ella Cycling Tips think too!