Follow the 2017 Boels Rental Ladies Tour live

29th August – 3rd September 2017

It’s the final stage race of the 2017 Women’s World Tour, and the final big Dutch race of the season – the Boels Rental Ladies Tour.  Expect killer tactics, with attacking every day, and a surprisingly hilly race for such a flat country.  It’s in the south and central area of the Netherlands.

It starts with a 4.3km Prologue, then Stage 2 starts flat, with hills at the end; Stage 3 is an 18km ITTwith some technical parts to the course; Stage 4 looks great for breakaways, mostly flat but with some small inclines; Stage 5 starts in a valley and finishes with Classics-style loops; and the final stage is really tough, 159km up and down all day.

We can’t see this one live, but there’ll be twitter updates and daily video highlights from the race youtube and from the UCI.  I’ll be there tweeting from the race account, and we can follow on the #BLT2017 hashtag.

Tuesday’s Prologue and the Thursday’s ITT will both have live-timing, on Cyclingonline.info.

The Netherlands is in European CEST: 1 hour ahead of UK BST, 6 hours ahead of USA EDT and 8 hours behind Australian AEST.  So when the Prologue on Tuesday 29th starts at 14:30 CEST, that’s 1:30pm BST, 8:30am EDT and 10:30pm AEST.

Lots of information about the route, and videos of previous years on the race website, and provisional startlist here – and here are the highlights from last year, when Chantal Blaak won her first ever stage race.  Tons more videos on the YouTube!

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Podcast 2017 Episode 27 – Polemica On Toast

This week Sarah and Dan talk through the polemica and outrage of Dan’s whisky choices. Also discussed is each of the stages from this year’s Ladies Tour of Norway, including a bit of race-related polemica. Then there’s a look ahead to the Boels Rental Tour next week and the implications of current races for Worlds which is coming up quickly indeed now. We also wax rhapsodical about the GP Plouay which is on live tomorrow! And there’s an interesting bit of news from around the place with retirements and some fascinating new projects from retired riders. Beware, the swearing abounds this week. (46:38 MIN / 42.72 MB)

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Watch the 2017 GP de Plouay LIVE!

Saturday 26th August 2017

It’s the last big Classic of the women’s cycling season, and wow, I love this race.  It’s got one of the ugliest tough climbs in the sport, the Côte du Ty Marrec, which is this tough, grinding dual big wide road that looks pretty benign, but is tough as hell. It was the site of what’s still one of my all-time favourite cycling moments, in 2010, when Emma Pooley, after sandbagging her heart out, caught Marianne Vos, Emma Johansson and Judith Arndt out on that last climb, attacking up the inside right just as Vos looked over her left shoulder.  I’ll never get bored of that!

And then last year, after hundreds of attacks, catches, splits and reformations, a group of around 20 elite riders came to the line together, and definite underdog Eugenia Bujak started her sprint surprisingly – and won!  The biggest result of her career, and for her team BTC City Ljubljana.

And that’s what makes a Classic classic to me – that feeling that we’ve got no idea what will happen right up til the last moment.  Plouay, like all my favourite races, has been won every way from solo to small group to large bunch, and I love it for it.  Who could win?  Practically anyone!

Like last year, it’s 4 laps of the 26.9km circuit, and then one of 13.9km.  I have to warn you, there’s pretty much no mobile phone coverage of the northern part of the big loop, because it’s running through beautiful forests, so we don’t get many updates on twitter, BUT part of it is live on TV!

How to watch and follow

The race starts at 13:40 European CEST (12:40pm UK BST; 9:40pm Australian AEST; 7:40am North American EDT)

TV coverage will start at 15:15 CEST (2:15pm BST; 11:15pm AEST; 9:15am EDT) on France 3 TV, which you can watch here if you’re in France (or via VPN).  It’s also going to stream on the Eurosport Player, through maybe without commentary, and there could be more streams here and here – and I’ll tweet streams on the day.

To follow on twitter (with the caveat of the lack of mobile coverage on a lot of the course), the race twitter is a good one, last year’s hashtag was #GPPlouay, and of course there’s #UCIWWT too.  And I have my usual list of live-tweeters.

The provisional startlist is here, and there is the great Cycling Fever one too.  Tons more information, including about the full 4 days of Plouay cycling festival, on the race website.

Want more?  Collections of videos of Marianne Vos winning 2013, 2014‘s solo win by Lucinda Brand;   2015, won by Lizzie Deignan from a small group.

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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!

Podcast 2017 Episode 26 – A Finn for the Finish

This week we cover the results from Sweden with the Vargarda Team Time Trial, and the Road Race. We also have an interesting diversion into how the calendar shift of this race has changed the way it’s raced and the results. Ella CyclingTips this week had a really interesting interview with Leah Thorvilson, the Canyon-SRAM rider who was the winner of last year’s Zwift Academy. We discuss that interview and the broader impact of Zwift Academy on the sport, especially interesting as the second year of the program is due to start in September. As always, lots more fun, laughter and Australian weather updates included! (47:28 MIN / 43.50 MB)

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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:

Podcast 2017 Episode 25 – There’s No Rest for the Wonderful

This week we catch up on the Prudential Ride London GP, which was surprisingly held in London this year. We also cover the full results for Juniors, Under23s and the Elite Women at the European Championships in Denmark. We’ve got a great block of live races coming up with Vargarda and then the Ladies Tour of Norway, GP Plouay all coming up. There’s heaps to get across along with all the usual hilarity, swearing and awesomeness! (1:00:34 MIN / 55.47 MB)

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