Podcast 2017 Episode 14 – The Treble

This week’s episode covers a lot of historic moments in the midst of a very dynamic 2017 season. There’s Tour of the Gila in the US and Omloop van Borsele to cover off, along with the first ever women’s edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege in all it’s conTEXT and glory. There’s some interesting articles from during the week including the latest edition of Ella’s SHE-cret Pro which seems to have stirred up a bit of controversy. In addition to which we take the time to appropriately thank the UCI for their help with making La Course more La Course-y than ever before.

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This week’s women’s cycling news, videos and links

This week’s racing

Videos, photos and more from the first ever women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

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The Tour of the Gila

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Nations Cup #4 – Junior Omloop van Borsele Stage Race

Scroll down here for full results of each stage. Photos from Stage 2 and Stage 3, and videos from the finishes:

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Videos, photos and media from the 2017 women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège

It was a doubly historic women’s cycling day – the climax of the first ever women’s Ardennes Week, the first ever Liège-Bastogne-Liège (or if you’re a Dutch-speaker, Luik-Bastenken-Luik).  It’s pretty much impossible to stress how important this week is – it really is a pivotal moment for women’s cycling, the first time they’ve had the same opportunities as the men to ride this, the oldest monument of them all.

The start of the Ardennes, the Amstel Gold Race, had signaled a major shift in dynamics of the Women’s WorldTour.  After the first five rounds had been shared around the peloton, Boels-Dolmans, who had dominated the peloton last year, with an unprecedented 40 UCI wins, had shaken off their early-season bad luck, as Anna van der Breggen had won the first two Ardennes races, Amstel Gold and Flèche Wallonne.  But could that luck last?  Could the reigning Olympic champion make even more history and do what only two men have done before her, and win the triple?

Sadly, just like the women’s Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday, we couldn’t watch the race live, to see the answer, and had to rely on twitter.  There was 20 seconds of highlights during the men’s coverage, and there have been a few sets of highlights (of course, if you click through, be careful, as the titles will give away the winner).

Here’s what I’ve found, in terms of videos, photo galleries, race reports and other media.  As always, if you see any more, please do share it in the comments below, or let me know on twitter, and I’ll edit it in.  Please do click the official highlights, to demonstrate the audience, because it’s a huge shame we got so little.

The longest video is 8 mins from the UCI (just a warning – the quality of the footage InCycle were given is not the best…)

Highlights on NOS.nl, including a winner’s interview if you scroll down.

More highlights on Sporza (Dutch) and on host broadcaster RTBF (French, may be geo-restricted) and 1:46 on Australia’s Cycling Central.

Wiggle High5’s team video:

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Follow the 2017 Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Omloop van Borsele live

It’s the last full Spring Classics weekend, and it goes out with a bang!  There’s the first ever women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the climax of the first ever women’s Ardennes Week, but before that, the EPZ Omloop van Borsele: a cobbley sprinters’ Classic, with an ITT for the elite women, and a three-stage Junior women’s race, the last round of the UCI’s Nations Cup.

Of course, Liège is the biggest race, but sadly we can’t expect a livestream.  We can hope for highlights to be shown in the men’s race coverage, and a Periscope view of the finishline, but I’ll tell you how we can follow the race live… But first, Borsele.

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Podcast 2017 Episode 13 – It Was SO Attacky!

We’re in the middle of the Ardennes week which means there’s heaps of racing and heaps of climbs around. This week Sarah and Dan talk through how Amstel Gold and Fleche Wallonne both unfolded (they were amazing!), and what this might mean for Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday. There’s also time to catch up on some of the main results from the recent Track World Championships, and to find out a bit more about Lizzie Deignan’s new book “Steadfast” which is out now. Of course there’s plenty more in the podcast and even more in the post! (1:12:03 MIN / 65.98 MB)

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This week’s collection of women’s cycling links and news

This week’s racing

Click to see the videos, photos and media from the 2017 Amstel Gold Race and Flèche Wallonne.

Tour of the Gila

Full results of Stage 1, race report and photo gallery

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2017 Track World Championships

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Videos, photos, media and more from the 2017 Flèche Wallonne

Mid-way through the first ever women’s Ardennes Week, and the penultimate Spring Classic round of the UCI’s Women’s WorldTour, it was Flèche Wallonne, aka Waalse Pijl.  In the cycling world, the men’s race is a bit of a byword for predictable racing, but when it comes to women’s cycling, the peloton don’t let that script play out easily, and despite the reduction in climbs, they hit this one hard….

…which made it all the more disappointing that we couldn’t see anything of the race, which is always baffling, because with fixed cameras covering every inch of the final climb, the Mur de Huy, it’s the easiest race to show the finale of, out of the whole calendar, and around 5 years ago, it was standard to get the women’s finish live during the men’s coverage.  But, between host broadcaster RTBF and the race organisers, the ASO (the biggest race organisers in the world, mind you), it feels like there’s a general disinterest in showing the race.  It’s always a bizarre choice, as yet again, it was an incredible race.

So what can we see? I’ve got video highlights, photo galleries, race results and more in this post, and I’ll edit in anything else I see.  If you want to share anything you’ve seen, please do let me know in the comments or on twitter.

Apparently there was a bit of coverage before the men’s race, on the Australian SBS Cycling Central men’s Flèche Wallonne replay, and they also have a clip of the women’s race, which you can watch if you’re in Aus, or have a VPN.  Then, there are highlights on RTBF (restricted to Belgium), and highlights and post-race winner’s interview on NOS.nl (restricted to the Netherlands).  Then, there are UCI highlights, Wiggle High5‘s team video, and a fan’s-eye view of the race

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Follow the 2017 women’s Flèche Wallonne live

Wednesday 19th April 2017

2017 has been an incredible year for live women’s cycling, with more racing to watch than ever before.  In the first five rounds of the 2017 Women’s WorldTour, we have had around an hour of video from Strade Bianche and Ronde van Vlaanderen, around 40 minutes from Amstel Gold, and the most from the Ronde van Drenthe and Trofeo Alfredo Binda.  On top of this, we’ve had the entire Healthy Ageing Tour stage race and Omloop van het Hageland day race streamed fully live, which is even more impressive as they’ve both very small race organisations.  And it seems like finally, after years of fan frustration, we’ll also get to see more of the Flèche Wallonne than every before.

Now, before you get too excited, it doesn’t look like the race will be streamed live, as the timings don’t match exactly, but we can hope.  SBS Cycling Central say their Flèche coverage will start with 50 minutes of the women, so I’m crossing my fingers that at least we will see the final sprint up the Mur de Huy, one of those perfectly Classics icons that transforms from an ordinary (albeit very steep) street in a small town into something out of legend.  It’s not just the gradient, it’s that it’s narrow, and full of twisting corners – and lined with ecstatic fans leaning over the barriers to cheer their hearts out.   Karl Lima took me to the race with his team Hitec Products took me to the race in 2013, and it’s one of the best races you can experience live, anywhere in the world.

So how do we watch?

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Videos, media and more from the 2017 women’s Amstel Gold Race

It’s the first women’s Amstel Gold Race since 2004 – and the start of the first ever women’s Ardennes Week.  121km, with 17 climbs, including four times up the Cauberg, the last just over a kilometre from the finish.  Everything suggested it was going to be a fantastic race, and the peloton didn’t disappoint.

If you missed the race, or want to re-live it, I’ve collected videos, photos, race reports, results and more.  As always, I’ll edit more things in as I see them, and I’d love it if you could send things my way, via the comments below, or on twitter.

Let’s start with videos.  Highlights and post-win reactions on NOS.nl (please watch, if you can, so they get the stats).  More highlights, and the first podium ceremony, on Sporza. And for Australians (or those with a VPN set to Aus…) here’s the full 43 minute coverage from SBS Cycling Central.

The UCI highlights, final 13km (French commentary, and weirdly a splash image from… the 2008 World Championships) and full 45 minutes coverage with no commentary.

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