It was a fantastic weekend of women’s racing, with 8 or 9 different race streams, but the biggest was the 2017 Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire, with the huge crowds and non-stop action from the gun. What had looked like a sprinters’ course on the race profile turned out to be FAR tougher, with only one categorised climb, but barely any actual flat – and of course the peloton made it even harder, which is why it was so good to be able to see it right from the start.
If you missed it, or want to re-live the glory, I’m here to help, with lots of videos, photos, and more media.
The FULL ITV4 STREAM and HIGHLIGHTS, commentated by Rochelle Gilmore and Ned Boulting, are on the ITV Hub, if you’re in the UK or have a VPN. Now, these often only run for 30 days, so it might disappear after 28th April, but if you come after that, keep reading!
If you’re in the USA, or via VPN, you can watch the full coverage, 30 minute highlights, short highlights and rider reactions all on Cycling TV, but this may be pay-per-view. I think this is commentated by Iris Slappendel and Anthony McCrossan.
The race’s own mini-highlights:
And there’s more!
The last 68km are on YouTube
1. Lizzie Deignan (GBr) Boels-Dolmans, + 3:09:36
2. Coryn Rivera (USA) Sunweb, + 00:55
3. Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Wiggle-High5, s.t.
4. Amy Pieters (Ned) Boels Dolmans, s.t.
5. Hannah Barnes (GBr) Canyon-SRAM, s.t.
6. Katrine Aalerud (Nor) Hitec Products, + 00:59
7. Sheyla Gutiérrez Ruiz (Esp) Cylance, s.t.
8. Shara Gillow (Aus) FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope, s.t.
9. Roxane Knetemann (Ned) FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope, s.t.
10. Dani King (GBr) Cylance, s.t.
Race reports and photos from Cyclingnews and team reports from Sunweb, Wiggle-High5, Canyon-SRAM (with gorgeous Vélofocus pictures) and another Vélofocus photo gallery from Cylance Procycling. There’s another gorgeous photo gallery by Thomas Maheux on the FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope facebook. British domestic rider-based report and interviews on Cycling Shorts.
Photo gallery on the race website (you may need to click through some men’s pics!)
British team WNT’s video from the day
This is possibly one of the best use of sponsors in any race, and knocks all the swords/live pigs/cheese/body-weight in rice or apples etc etc off the top of the “weirdest things to win” list – a trophy made of Aunt Bessie’s Yorkshire Puddings!
If you, like me, enjoyed the race, please do thank the race organisers, ITV Cycling for showing the race in full, and of course, click through to the race sponsors page, and then click on each of the sponsors, as that really helps the metrics.
If you take a couple of minutes to contact them in what every way suits you best, and thank them for making the race possible (flagging in the race social media if you can – eg with the #WTDY hashtag & @LeTourYorkshire on twitter, or tagging in LeTourYorkshire on instagram, or the race name on facebook), it will really make a difference – and I have more simple tips for how fans can help grow women’s cycling here.
More social media
Great finish to the spring European campaign with winning the field sprint for 2nd at Tour de Yorkshire 🇬🇧 Full teamwork was on display to chase down the leaders – we were close, but no cigar. Tried my luck to follow the strongest on the climb but they tapped away and proved to be strongest on the day despite a big team effort to chase them down. I owe it to the girls who helped bring me to the finish line! They are my heroes suffering for me! Wish I could bring them on the podium with me 😜…but now, I am really ready to head back home! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 . . . . . #keepchallenging #creatingmemories #WTDY #HowWeLiv #livbeyond #actuallyican #RideLikeKing #ridelife #ifeelborn #cycling #womenscycling #uci #yorkshire #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #dontcallmejustasprinterbutdontcallmeaclimbereither
If that makes you want to watch more live women’s cycling, I have a list of the races we should get to see, which I regularly update as I find more information.
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