Thursday 20th July
Saturday 22nd July
After the stage races, the Women’s WorldTour is back to day races, and not exactly a Classic, more of a hill climb, with La Course by Le Tour de France – and on Saturday, a Pursuit day for the winners of the WWT race, which is a whole new format.
The WorldTour race is on Thursday, and it starts at 10:00 European CEST (9am UK BST, 4am North American EDT and 6pm Australian AEST). It will be a fantastic showcase for the climbers, a short 67km run up the famous Col d’Izoard, before the men take it on later that day.
The top 20 finishers, or all those within 5 minutes, depending which number is smaller, will race the Pursuit, on the men’s TdF ITT course, on Saturday. This will start at 13:00 CEST (midday UK BST, 7am EDT, 9pm AEST). This doesn’t have any UCI points, but will be interesting as it’s a new format, with the riders starting at the same time intervals they finished on Izoard – so if a rider finished 1:30 behind winner Annemiek van Vleuten, she starts the Pursuit 1:30 after AvV – and the first rider across the finish line wins. You can find the startlist here:
I’ll be commentating on ITV4, with Rochelle Gilmore, which you can watch here from in the UK (or with a VPN) – or if you can’t do that, try via Filmon. but there will be TV pretty much everywhere. Per the race website, here are other channels that will show it:
If you, like me, love women’s cycling, or even have followed a little bit, you’ve probably seen the Vélofocus pictures – on their site, the UCI facebook, and in the race reports from Canyon-SRAM, Boels-Dolmans, Cylance Procycling and Cervélo-Bigla. They have around 48 hours left on the kickstarter for their 2017 book, which will have their gorgeous photos, and articles (including by me). If you want to know more, I interviewed them recently about their work and the book – and if you can, please do support them – but every little helps, even just sharing or RTing their tweets. Let’s see if we can make this happen!