Equivalenting 2015: Richmond too

Worlds week makes me so happy, especially because it’s so easy for people who aren’t hardcore fans to get engaged with women’s cycling.  It’s right there on tv, there’s tons of media around, so I like to do my bit to help, by giving people unfamiliar with the sport some riders to cheer for.  People tell me who their favourite male rider is, and why they like him, and I give them the equivalent rider in the 2015 women’s road race World Championships – or if they’re completely new to cycling, their favourite kind of sports/person.  I call this Equivalenting, and I’ve already made a Richmond 2015 post, full of riders who have fun, push themselves, are good team players and are underdogs, and you can see posts from previous years as well.

In this post, equivalents of Peter Sagan, Matti Breschel, Ian Stannard, Ed Clancy,

Peter Sagan

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Equivalenting for the 2013 Worlds

For the last couple of years, I’ve been playing a game on Twitter, where for the Cycling World Championships and Olympics, I’ve been finding people who are new to women’s cycling the riders they might want to follow in the races.

People tell me the name of male cyclists they like, & why, or the style of rider they enjoy following, and I’ll find them the equivalent women, with some little factoids and ways to find out more about them.  It’s a simple way to help people learn more about the peloton and enjoy watching Worlds, if they don’t usually follow women’s racing.

I wrote blogposts about this last year:

Equivalenting – with the 2012 women’s peloton versions of Jens Voigt, Fabian Cancellara, Tom Boonen, André Greipel, Samuel Sanchez, Alberto Contador and Sean Kelly.

Equivalenting too – Philippe Gilbert and Classics stars, Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan, Taylor Phinney and Ryder Hesjedal.

Equivalenting again – Vincezo Nibali, Bernie Eisel, Thomas Löfkvist, Damiano Cunego, Lance Armstrong and Riccardo Riccò.

Of course, that’s all about 2012…  If you, or anyone you know would like Equivalents for the 2013 Worlds, ask in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll give you my views….


With the Worlds Road Race nearly upon us, I’m playing my favourite game on Twitter again – if people tell me their favourite male riders, or types of riders, I’ll match them with a female pro cyclist, to cheer for on Saturday.  I always love this – I did it for the Olympics, and it’s always a fun way of sharing stories about some of my favourite riders – and hopefully it gives people who want to know more about women’s cycling a jumping off point.  So here are some of the riders I’ve matched up so far – if you want to play – or think you have better suggestions – tell me YOUR favourites in the comments, or tweet me at @_pigeons_ and you can get ready for Limburg!

So, who do I think is who?  Here’s part 1 – more to follow before the Worlds.


Loads of people have asked who the female Jens Voigt is, and my equivalents are Sharon Laws and Ellen van Dijk.  Both are  riders who will turn themselves inside out and upside down for their team-mates – if you were watching the Olympic road race, you’ll have seen Van Dijk Voigting the hell out of the peloton, attacking over and over and over again before the race got anywhere near Box Hill.  Wasn’t that race spectacular?  I’m going to have to read Dan’s Post-Coital Race Recap all over again!

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