2016 Road World Championships – videos, photos & media from the Road Races

We haven’t had a flat Road World Championships since Copenhagen in 2011, so the sprinters were rubbing their hands with glee.  We’d seen the Team Time Trials and the Individual Time Trials on the course, but how would the peloton take it?  Find out with videos, photos, links and results from the Junior and Elite women’s road races – so exciting, and some amazing moments!

I’ll edit in more as I see it – if you have media you loved, please do let me know in the comments or on twitter.

Junior women’s road race

Highlights and full race replay:

If you don’t want to watch the whole thing,  click here for the final 1.5km, for a textbook sprint finish – high-speed, perfect lead-out.  Keep going until the last group crosses the line, because that was a really cute moment – but whatever you do, make sure you keep watching until the slo-mo overhead, it’s perfect racing.  I adore the final lead-out rider, Chiara Consonni, cheering for Elisa Balsamo’s win before she’s even crossed the line – so confident!  And I really, really love the Italians singing along with the anthem:

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Videos, photos & more from the 2015 women’s Road Race World Championships

When ever the women’s cycling peloton race Worlds, it’s always super-attacking, exciting, explosive racing, and Richmond 2015 was no exception, even if it wasn’t the hardest Worlds course.  There’s tons of video and race reaction, whether you watched live or are just catching up.

First, the UCI highlights

More highlights videos, from the BBC (UK), Universal Sports (USA), NOS (Netherlands), Sporza (Belgium) & SBS Cycling Central (24 mins, Australia) (these may be geo-restricted).   Next the last 35k:

Next, the full race replay, also from the UCI.  If you’re in the UK, the full BBC race replay or their highlights programme with half an hour looking at who’s who, and at the sport, are on iPlayer until 27th October.

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Sarah interviews… Chantal Blaak

Podcast interview logoThe 2015 cycling season has hardly started, but wow, Boels Dolmans are already the team to beat, with Ellen van Dijk and Lizzie Armitstead winning at the Ladies Tour of Qatar, Megan Guarnier winning Strade Bianche, and Chantal Blaak winning Le Samyn.  Blaak is such a huge talent – being part of the Team Time Trial squad that won the Open de Suède Vårgårda TTT World Cup last year, and then going on to win the Road Race, finishing the season with a gold in the TTT World Championships.  She’s one of those riders that epitomises Dutch-style Classics cycling, loving the rain, cobbles, wind, breakaways, and every time the race gets hard, so who better than to talk about the first Road World Cup of the season, the Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe World Cup?  She tells us what it’s like to race in Drenthe, how it was to win a World Cup and World Champs gold last year, how she got into cycling, and much more. (27:10 mins, 26.1 MB)

 

If you prefer to read your interviews, there’s a transcript of the first half of this interview over on Podium Café.

If you want to follow Chantal through the season, make sure you’re following her twitter and her instagram.  Check out her profile on the Boels Dolmans website, and follow their twitter too.

The Boels Rental World Cup on Saturday 14th March 2015 is one of three women’s races in Drenthe – starting with the Molecaten Drentse Acht on Thursday 12th, which Blaak won last year, and finishing on Sunday with the Novilon Eurocup on Sunday 15th.  Follow those links to find out more, and make sure you’re following the Ronde van Drenthe twitter.  There will be live streaming and tv of the World Cup on RTV Drenthe and on NOS.nl and I can give you all the details of following and watching live over here – and here’s the clip of Blaak at the 2014 Drentse 8:

Last week Chantal won Le Samyn des Dames, and you can see her beautiful long sprint in this Sporza video.  Her win at the Open de Suède Vårgårda World Cup was a gorgeous attacking moment, and all the videos are here.  And if you want to watch her as part of Specialized-lululemon’s gold medal winning team at the Vårgårda TTT World Cup and the 2014 TTT World Championships, click through those links.

I’m funded to do interviews like this by my wonderful Patreon supporters – thank you, so much, for everything you do

Sarah interviews… Vale Scandolara – Podcast 2015, episode 3

Podcast interview logoValentina Scandolara is a huge fan favourite because of her love of attacks, and her friendly personality, online and in races.  Continuing the recent Australian theme on the blog, she’s come from a block of training in Brazil to join her ORICA-AIS team-mates – cheering them on as they rode the Bay Crits and the National Road Championships before racing with them in the Tour Down Under, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and the Ladies Tour of Qatar.  We talked about what being on ORICA’s been like, going from being “a wild animal in the city” to re-learning some cycling basics, how it felt when heart problems forced her out of the 2014 Road World Championships, the difference between winning Worlds medals as a junior and elite, and a whole lot more, including why she is so vocal about riders not being paid, and where she goes wrong in the Army…

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Links for this podcast

Find out more about Vale through her twitter, and facebook, and through the Vale Scandolara fan club site – and read her profile on the ORICA-AIS site.  Vale and her team-mate Amanda Spratt did some daily Q&As with me during last year’s Giro Rosa, and you can read them on Podium Café: pre-Giro; after Stage 2; Stage 3; Stage 4; and Stage 5.

Here are the videos from the 2014 Team Time Trial World Championships, where Vale won silver, the Bay Crits, where her team-mate Gracie Elvin won Stage 2 with Loes Gunnewijk second, and Vale’s win in the 2014 Giro del Trentino:

and talking after the Sparkassen Giro World Cup, and coming second in the 2014 Italian National Road Championships

Vale’s first races of 2015 will be the Santos Tour Down Under on 17-20th January, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on 31st January, and then the Ladies Tour of Qatar, 3rd-6th February 2015.  Make sure you’re cheering for her online and in real life!

Big thanks to my Patreon supporters, who fund me to do these interviews – as always, I really appreciate you.

Lisa Brennauer interview

Last week I podcast-interviewed Specialized-lululemon/Velocio-SRAM‘s Lisa Brennauer, who ended the 2014 season with two National Champion titles, and two golds and a silver from the Road World Championships, making her by far the most successful rider in Ponferrada.  You can listen to that here, but thanks to my wonderful Patreon supporters, I’ve also transcribed it, for people who prefer to read interviews.

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You were obviously amazing at Road World Champs, and I wanted to start off by asking about that. You began by winning the Team Time Trial, which is not that surprising, because Specialized-lululemon have won for all three years.

Lisa: Yeah, it was obviously a big goal for us to win it again, but our competition was not sleeping, they’ve worked really hard at it, so in the end it was a lot of hard work to make it happen, and we were all so happy afterwards.

I’d been impressed at the Open de Suède Vårgårda Team Time Trial World Cup, where I’d thought maybe Rabobank-Liv would beat you – and then you broke the course record, even though the weather was appalling! How do you keep getting better and better every year?

For some of the riders, getting a routine that we work very hard on. We had a great camp in Sweden before the World Cup, and we were used to the course and the weather conditions there, and I think all the little parts play a big role in the end. To be honest, we were surprised as well!

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Podcast 2014 Special Feature Episode 50 – Sarah interviews Lisa Brennauer

It’s the 50th women’s cycling podcast on our site this year, and to celebrate, I interviewed a very special rider.  I’ve always said Lisa Brennauer was a rider to watch, and she’s such a friendly, nice person, it’s really easy to be a fan – and this year she’s taken the most amazing step up, winning gold medals in the Individual and Team Time Trial and silver in the road race at the 2014 Road World Championships.  She told me about that amazing week in Ponferrada, her journey here from winning the Junior ITT Worlds back in 2005, what her plans are for next year, and much more. (34:25 MIN / 33.06 MB)

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Thanks to my generous Patreon supporters, I’ve written this up, so if you prefer to read interviews, head over here.

Follow Lisa’s twitter to see what happens next and cheer her on, especially when she gets to race her first ITT in those rainbow stripes – and keep an eye out for her new website, brennauer.com, which she’s developing this winter.

If you want to relive Lisa’s 2014 World Championships, here are my collections of videos – Team Time Trial, Individual Time Trial, and Road Race.  Here’s her interview immediately after her win

and here’s that moment she finally knew for absolute certain, that she was World ITT Champion (that still makes me smile so much!)

Podcast 2014 Episode 43 – All Your Worldly Goods

Podcast logoHey team, what a huge week it’s been. Sarah and Dan are both on a bit of a comedown following all the action of worlds and, of course, the fact that there was some post-race polemica stuff. So, just to be fair, here’s a WARNING: This podcast may contain traces of rants (Sarah limits Dan to a maximum 5 minute rant, but he performs well in his race of truth, beating the clock with time to spare!). BUT we mostly talk about the Junior and Elite Women’s World Championship road races and a whole bunch of cool blogs, stories, videos and also the BMX Supercross World Cup at Chula Vista. Sarah also finally finds the ultimate justification for her default position of wanting everyone to win all the time. (1:15:34 MIN / 72.56 MB)

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Links to things we liked this week

Road World Championships

BMX Supercross World Cup – Chula Vista

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