Watch the 2017 Ladies Tour of Norway LIVE!

17th-20th August 2017

Norway is beautiful, and of course getting to race here is a great taster of what will happen at the World Championships – although we’re down in the south-east for the Ladies Tour of Norway.

It’s a lovely race, and the fourth year is part of the Women’s WorldTour – and the last parts of the road race stages are live too!

In Norway, it will be broadcast on mainstream TV, and for North America it’s streamed on FloCycling – but for everyone else, we can watch live on the UCI YouTube – here are the links:

  • Stage 1, Friday 18th August, from 16:40 CEST (3:40pm UK BST; 10:40am USA EST; 00:40 Aus AEST)
  • Stage 2, Saturday 19th August, from 16:40 CEST (3:40pm BST; 10:40am EST; 00:40 AEST)
  • Stage 3, Sunday 20th August, from 13:30 CEST (12:30am BST, 7:30am EST, 9:30pm AEST)

Of course, the Prologue isn’t streamed, and you can find the full programme, in European CEST, here.  We can follow all the race on twitter, with the #LToN17 and #UCIWWT hashtags, and with the race twitter too.

There’s lots of information on the excellent race website, as well as on their instagram and youtube – and find out how the Moberg family are behind this race!

Watch the 2017 Crescent Vårgårda Road Race live

13th August 2017

The Women’s Cycling Road WorldTour is in Scandinavia, this time in Sweden, and we can watch the Crescent Vårgårda WorldTour live in full!

The race starts at 09:35 Euro CEST (8:30am UK BST, 5:35pm Aussie AEST/03:35am EDT) and it’s live in full on Swedish TV station SVT1 & SVT Play (people outside Sweden may need a VPN to access).  Then, an hour into the race, from 10:30 CEST/9:30am UK BST, it’s live on the Eurosport Player and on Eurosport 2 in some countries including UK, with more TV here.   You can also look for streams here, here and here.

I love this race, especially with the new gravel sections.  You can also follow on twitter with the #VargardaWWT and #UCIWWT hashtags, and of course the race twitter.

More info on the race site, including startlist, and here’s the Team Time Trial highlights:

Watch the 2017 Prudential Ride London Classique LIVE!

Saturday 29th July 2017

The WorldTour moves on, and Round 14 is just for the sprinters, a short 66km race on a 5.5km circuit taking in some of the top tourist attractions of London.

This is the biggest money race on the women’s road calendar – a total prize pot of €100,000, with €10,000 for the winner, and €1,000 for the first rider across the line at each of the 3 intermediate sprints plus an extra €3,000 for the overall sprint competition winner.

But best of all, the whole thing is live on TV!

It starts at 5pm UK BST (18:00 CEST; midday USA EDY and 2am Aussie AEST) and the first hour is on the BBC Sport website, on this page (or via the BBC Sport Cycling page), and “web-enabled red button” – then the last 45 minutes will be live on BBC 2.  You can also see BBC2 on Filmon, and there could be streams here, here or here.

There is some information on the race website, but frustratingly, not that much, so I’m using the Cycling Fever startlist.

If you can’t watch live, it should be updated on the #RideLondon and #UCIWWT hashtags, with updates from the UCI WWT and Ride London twitter accounts – and of course you can ask me anything in the comments below, or on twitter.

Watch the 2017 La Course by Le Tour de France LIVE!

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:

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Sarah interviews… Marianne Vos, on healing, 2017 goals and her most memorable Giro moments

Marianne Vos‘ life in cycling just keeps on as a roller coaster.  After a well documented bad couple of years with injury and recovery issues, she had a fantastic cyclocross season, but narrowly missed out on winning the 2017 CX World Championships, after an ill-timed chain slip, then had a frustrating Classics season.   She was back on top, winning Gooik in incredible style, and came second behind her team-mate Kasia Niewiadoma in Stage 1 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour… but then crashed in Stage 3, breaking her collarbone, forcing her to miss some huge goals, the Dutch National Championships and the Giro Rosa.

This week she returns to racing at the BeNe Ladies Tour, and she told me all about how her recovery has gone, and what it was like, watching the team she owns, WM3 Procycling, win the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, and struggle in the Giro.

We also talked about some of her most memorable Giro Rosa moments, and what it’s like to deal with some of the race’s frustrations, with advice for wannabe Giro winners on how to approach it.  I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as I did.

 

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You can find out more about Marianne Vos on her website, and follow her on her twitter, instagram and facebook.

The BeNe Ladies Tour runs from 13th-16th July, and there’s a lot of information on the race website, and facebook, and we can follow on their twitter and the #BNLT17 hashtag.

We talked about some incredible Giro Rosa moments – click through the stage links for lots more videos and links to how the stages went down.

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2017 Giro Rosa Stage 10 – the last chance! Videos, photos, media and more

The final stage of the 2017 Giro Rosa, and the last chance for General Classification hopefuls to take aim at Anna van der Breggen, and for everyone else to go for that final moment of glory.  Nine flat-ish laps, and a stage final going up then don Mount Vesuvius, before screaming into the finish.

It was pretty much non-stop attacks, especially from the sprinters, who hoped that if they could get enough room, they could hit the top of Vesuvius before the climbers overwhelmed them, and still be in with a chance.  And of course, all kinds of riders were making moves.  Boels-Dolmans were ready for everything the rest could throw at them…. but would it be enough?

As aways, I’ll add in more videos as I see them – and remember, I’ll be talking about the Giro at Look Mum No Hands! in London on 19th July – please do join me, if you can.

Ever wondered how the UCI highlights videos are made? Listen to Rose Manley talk about her amazing work, in this podcast-interview.

If you are in Italy, or have a VPN, please do watch the highlights on RAI – but if not….

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2017 Giro Rosa Stage 9 – videos, media, more

With Anna van der Breggen holding the maglia rosa since Stage 2, the chances to take it from her were ticking down, and not only were Boels-Dolmans so strong, but Stage 9 looked pretty much a sprinters’ stage – if the sprinters could get up onto the plateau.

Those first climbs split everything up, with all the big sprinting names dropped, it seemed – and we never heard if they came back.  A trio of Lauren Kitchen, Anna Trevisi and Malgorzata Jasinska escaped but they didn’t have much of a lead – just over a minute at 10km, but the peloton were charging….

 

I’ll add in more videos as I see them – and remember, I’ll be talking about the Giro at Look Mum No Hands! in London on 19th July – please do join me, if you can.

Ever wondered how the UCI highlights videos are made? Listen to Rose Manley talk about her amazing work, in this podcast-interview.

If you are in Italy, or have a VPN, please do watch the highlights on RAI – but if not….

And of course, we’re all still thinking of Claudia Cretti, who crashed on Stage 7, and is still in a very serious condition.

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