The final stage – a crit-like stage in London that 2 hours before the race was shortened to 10 laps of a 6.2km course for reasons I’m still not sure of.
The big questions were could Katarzyna Niewiadoma keep her General Classification leader’s jersey, or would the teams in second or third, Boels-Dolmans and Sunweb, attack her and steal her win? And would the rest of the GC stay static, or with so many riders so close together, would there be a shake up? With intermediate and finish-line bonus seconds, there was all to play for, and that was before we could factor in the sprinters’ teams, and other teams who really needed the win so they could claim some of the race glory.
The stage didn’t disappoint, with the first major breakaway in pretty much the first kilometre, and I’ve got videos, photos, results and media for you. There’s not much up, yet, but I’ll add in more as I see it.
First, the 40-minute highlights from ITV4, which will be here for 30 days (you may need a VPN). If you can, please watch on ITV, for the viewing figures, but if you can’t they’re also here on YouTube.
More highlights, from the UCI, from the race, and Wiggle High5’s view of the day:
Wow, this stage was completely thrilling! So hard to keep up with the action, and with Kasia Niewiadoma going in with a weakened team to defend her General Classification lead against the massed peloton of ravenous, attacking, ferocious big squads, it was always going to be nail-biting.
And wow, they didn’t disappoint! On the short, sharp climbs and descents, it was attacking at every opportunity, with the Leader’s jersey being passed back and forth – where would it end?
As usual, videos first, then the final Look Mum No Hands! #RiderResults game – and then results, reports, more videos, photos and the usual media. As always, I’ll edit more in as I see it.
First, the 40 minute highlights from ITV4 – and yes, if you’re not in the UK, you’ll need a VPN – or watch them here (please do try to watch on ITV if you can, though)
Next, shorter highlights from the race organisers and the UCI.
Stage 3 was the longest we’ve ever seen in a women’s stage race, at 151km long, and it always looked like it would be a battle between escapees and bunch sprint teams, especially with the finish, a long, swooping drag absolutely perfect for power sprinters. But with this year’s race being so unpredictable, what would happen?
I’ve got the highlights videos for you, then the rider for the Look Mum No Hands! Stage 4 #RiderResults competition, and then Stage 3 results, photos, reports and rider tweets for you. As always, I’ll add in more as I see it.
First, the 40 minute highlights from ITV4, available for the next 30 days (you may need a VPN to see these).
Highlights from the UCI and the race organisers:
Stage 2 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour was billed as the Queen Stage, and at 144km long, in wind and rain, was a brutal day. But how did it play out?
I’ve got video highlights, and then I’ll tell you about the rider I’ve picked for the Look Mum No Hands! #RiderResults competition, and after that, give you the full results, photos and other media.
I’ll add in more videos as I see them – and watch out for spoilers just below, because what we have now gives away the results!
Here are the 40 minute highlights from ITV4. These will be available for 30 days, but if you’re not in the UK, you might need a VPN to see them. I really want people to try ITV first, for the stats, but if you can’t see them, they’re also here on YouTube.
Highlights from the race, the UCI, and the race’s press conference videos:
I have to admit, I spent the entire evening laughing about how Stage 1 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour went down. I know, I know, Schadenfreude is a bit mean, but that was a really fun stage to “watch” online. I’m not going to spoiler it, watch the highlights below – and then I’ll tell you who I’ve picked for the Look Mum No Hands! #RiderResults Stage 2 competition, and then share the results, photos and more social media I’ve enjoyed from day 1. As always, I’ll add in more highlights as I see them.
First the 40 minute highlights from ITV4. These will be available for 30 days now, but if you’re not in the UK, you might need a VPN to see them. Of course I recommend watching them on ITV, but if you can’t do that, watch them here:
Next, very short highlights from the race, 5 minutes from the UCI, Wiggle High5’s take, and then the UCI highlights (with spoiler on the video cover, sorry!) and then the winner’s interview:
Isabelle Clement is the director of Wheels for Well-Being, a charity dedicate to helping disabled people cycle more, through both their sessions giving people in London with a hug range of disabilities try a massive range of bikes, and through their national campaigning work. She told me all about these aspects of her work, and talks about barriers to disabled people cycling, both physical, in terms of infrastructure, and emotional, as well as the charity’s successes, plans for the future, and what we can all do to help support disabled people’s cycling.
Listen here, or download on Soundcloud.
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Watch these films of Isabelle riding her wheelchair cycle around London and read her article from the Guardian last year about disabled people’s cycling.
Hopefully you listened to the recent BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour programme dedicated entirely to women’s cycling, and set at the London Bike Kitchen. If you did, you will have heard LBK Director Jenni Gwiazdowski talking about their work teaching people to repair their own bikes – or maybe you’ve heard the Wheel Suckers’ podcast Jenni runs with Look Mum No Hands’ Alex Davis, which I was on that same day.
You can imagine, being in the LBK space, and being on the podcast made me want to know a whole lot more – how and why did Jenni set up LBK in the first place, and what do they do? Why’s she podcasting? What’s her superhero secret origin story? There’s only one way to find out – by asking her!
Listen to us here, or download directly from Soundcloud.
Watch Jenni teach Woman’s Hour presenter Jane Garvey to change a puncture, and get a good look at the London Bike Kitchen too, here on the BBC website.
To find out more about the London Bike Kitchen, head over to their website, and follow them on twitter, instagram and facebook. There’s information about their Women And Gender-Variant Night here, and the WAG twitter and facebook too – and if you, like me, love the LBK’s work, you can support their work through donating to them, or buying things from their online shop.
Jenni and Alex’s Wheel Suckers podcast can be found on Soundcloud and iTunes (here’s the episode I was on, where I tried to convince Jenni she’d love bike racing…)
To follow Jenni herself (and get all the news about that forthcoming book) head over to her twitter and instagram.
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