It’s the first women’s Amstel Gold Race since 2004 – and the start of the first ever women’s Ardennes Week. 121km, with 17 climbs, including four times up the Cauberg, the last just over a kilometre from the finish. Everything suggested it was going to be a fantastic race, and the peloton didn’t disappoint.
If you missed the race, or want to re-live it, I’ve collected videos, photos, race reports, results and more. As always, I’ll edit more things in as I see them, and I’d love it if you could send things my way, via the comments below, or on twitter.
Let’s start with videos. Highlights and post-win reactions on NOS.nl (please watch, if you can, so they get the stats). More highlights, and the first podium ceremony, on Sporza. And for Australians (or those with a VPN set to Aus…) here’s the full 43 minute coverage from SBS Cycling Central.
The UCI highlights, final 13km (French commentary, and weirdly a splash image from… the 2008 World Championships) and full 45 minutes coverage with no commentary.
1. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels-Dolmans, 3:15:57
2. Lizzie Deignan (GBr) Boels-Dolmans, + 00:55
3. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Procycling, s.t.
3. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) ORICA-Scott, s.t.
5. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Wiggle-High5, s.t.
6. Coryn Rivera (USA) Sunweb, + 01:02
7. Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans, + 01:51
8. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Canyon-SRAM, s.t.
9. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Cervélo-Bigla, s.t.
10. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Sunweb, s.t.
Rider quotes from the very happy Boels-Dolmans race report.
“Hey Sarah”, I hear you cry, “you’ve made a mistake – that’s two third places!”. Yes, yes it is, because in the photo-finish, Kasia Niewiadoma and Annemiek van Vleuten were identical, so there should have been four riders on the podium, but Van Vleuten didn’t get the message in time, so had her own solo podium ceremony. I’m sad we didn’t get that great weird podium, but that was a nice touch.
Van der Breggen talks about her win (Dutch)
More videos – Janneke Ensing was followed by RTV Drenthe – cycling superstar, race director and former winner Leontien van Moorsel talks about the race (Dutch), Wiggle High5’s team report, fan’s-eye views from the roadside, and the last 12 minutes:
If you want to find out the next women’s races we can watch live, I have a collection here.
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