Watch the 2017 La Course by Le Tour de France LIVE!

Thursday 20th July

Saturday 22nd July

After the stage races, the Women’s WorldTour is back to day races, and not exactly a Classic, more of a hill climb, with La Course by Le Tour de France – and on Saturday, a Pursuit day for the winners of the WWT race, which is a whole new format.

The WorldTour race is on Thursday, and it starts at 10:00 European CEST (9am UK BST, 4am North American EDT and 6pm Australian AEST). It will be a fantastic showcase for the climbers, a short 67km run up the famous Col d’Izoard, before the men take it on later that day.

The top 20 finishers, or all those within 5 minutes, depending which number is smaller, will race the Pursuit, on the men’s TdF ITT course, on Saturday.  This will start at 13:00 CEST (midday UK BST, 7am EDT, 9pm AEST).  This doesn’t have any UCI points, but will be interesting as it’s a new format, with the riders starting at the same time intervals they finished on Izoard – so if a rider finished 1:30 behind winner Annemiek van Vleuten, she starts the Pursuit 1:30 after AvV – and the first rider across the finish line wins.  You can find the startlist here:

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2017 Giro Rosa Stage 10 – the last chance! Videos, photos, media and more

The final stage of the 2017 Giro Rosa, and the last chance for General Classification hopefuls to take aim at Anna van der Breggen, and for everyone else to go for that final moment of glory.  Nine flat-ish laps, and a stage final going up then don Mount Vesuvius, before screaming into the finish.

It was pretty much non-stop attacks, especially from the sprinters, who hoped that if they could get enough room, they could hit the top of Vesuvius before the climbers overwhelmed them, and still be in with a chance.  And of course, all kinds of riders were making moves.  Boels-Dolmans were ready for everything the rest could throw at them…. but would it be enough?

As aways, I’ll add in more videos as I see them – and remember, I’ll be talking about the Giro at Look Mum No Hands! in London on 19th July – please do join me, if you can.

Ever wondered how the UCI highlights videos are made? Listen to Rose Manley talk about her amazing work, in this podcast-interview.

If you are in Italy, or have a VPN, please do watch the highlights on RAI – but if not….

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2017 Giro Rosa Stage 9 – videos, media, more

With Anna van der Breggen holding the maglia rosa since Stage 2, the chances to take it from her were ticking down, and not only were Boels-Dolmans so strong, but Stage 9 looked pretty much a sprinters’ stage – if the sprinters could get up onto the plateau.

Those first climbs split everything up, with all the big sprinting names dropped, it seemed – and we never heard if they came back.  A trio of Lauren Kitchen, Anna Trevisi and Malgorzata Jasinska escaped but they didn’t have much of a lead – just over a minute at 10km, but the peloton were charging….

 

I’ll add in more videos as I see them – and remember, I’ll be talking about the Giro at Look Mum No Hands! in London on 19th July – please do join me, if you can.

Ever wondered how the UCI highlights videos are made? Listen to Rose Manley talk about her amazing work, in this podcast-interview.

If you are in Italy, or have a VPN, please do watch the highlights on RAI – but if not….

And of course, we’re all still thinking of Claudia Cretti, who crashed on Stage 7, and is still in a very serious condition.

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2017 Giro Rosa Stage 7 – into the hills, again – videos, media & more

Stage 7 was into the hills again, with another very hot day on a tough, Classics-style course.  We didn’t have much information about the race, again, but it was breakaways, with a group of 12 getting over 2 minutes before the halfway mark, with no riders from Boels-Dolmans, Wiggle High5 or ORICA-Scott, and the highest placed GC rider Sabrina Stultiens, who started 5:52 back.  But shortly after that, the climbing would start again… Could the break make it?

The stage was marred by the really awful news that  Claudia Cretti crashed at 90kph on one of the descents, and was airlifted to hospital after suffering severe head injuries.  My thoughts with her family, friends and team, and of course Claudia, for a full recovery.  It’s really horrible news, though, and a reminder of how much the riders risk, racing for our entertainment.

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Ever wondered how the UCI highlights videos are made? Listen to Rose Manley talk about her amazing work, in this podcast-interview.

If you are in Italy, or have a VPN, please do watch the RAI highlights on the official video.  But if not…

If you’ve missed out on any of the Giro Rosa so far, catch up with Stages 1-6 in Dan‘s and my latest podcast, with links to the previous video posts.  And I’ll be talking about the Giro at Look Mum No Hands! after the Giro, on Wednesday 19th July – please do come along!

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2017 Giro Rosa stage 6 – videos, photos, media, more!

The sprinters, domestiques and pure stage hunters had hoped the Stage 5 ITT would be a rest day, but wow, they were wrong!  It was more like a Hill Climb than an ITT course, and pretty much insane – the organisers trolling the riders with their, erm, “misleading” profile.

So when we came to Stage 6, 4 laps of a course, no one trusted that it really would look like this:

And the descent looked especially hairy.  We did have a lot of crashes throughout the race, and the heat was huge – a really tough day.  There were lots of attack attempts, but there were enough teams ready to chase, and it was very active.  Would any manage to escape?

Check out the videos – and I’ll add more as I see them – with photos, media and results below.  And if you want to catch up with the race so far, listen to the latest podcast from Dan and me.

If you are in Italy, or have a VPN, please do watch the highlights on RAI, for their audience figures.  But if you can’t…

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2017 Giro Rosa Stage 5 – the ITT. Videos, photos & more media

After the Giro Rosa Stage 1 Team Time Trial, and then the General Classification shake-ups of Stage 2 and Stage 4, Stage 5 was a 12.7km ITT.  It had a typically Giro profile, looking pretty benign, but in real life?  No flat roads have switchbacks like that!  This was going to be brutal….  and brutal was the word used in pretty much every media article/tweet after we saw the stage!

Here was Kasia Niewiadoma’s pre-race course preview:

The climbs were insane, to the point that I think the race organisers were actually trolling the riders and teams.  The videos we saw on twitter were crazy, and the photos ridiculous….  and of course, it shook up the General Classification again!

I’ve got videos, photos, results – and I’ll add more videos as I see them.  Watch the RAI highlights on this link, if you can – but if you’re not in Italy or don’t have a VPN….

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Rose Manley tells the secrets of cycling TV highlights

It’s the Giro Rosa this week, ten days of grueling racing in Italy, the biggest women’s stage race in the world, and one of the best ways to keep up with the action is the daily highlights videos on the UCI YouTube.

These are part of their commitment to supporting the Women’s WorldTour, and this year, they’re made by Rose Manley, of InCycle TV.  I’ve always enjoyed Rose’s work, so I was delighted when she came on the podcast and told me all about the effort that goes into producing these, and the features she’s been making on various riders throughout the season.

It’s a hard job, for sure, but one that’s so valuable, and I loved her walking through what her (VERY long) day at a race is like, and the highs and lows of working on the WorldTour this season.  Here’s hoping she’s able to get some sleep in Italy!

Listen here, or download from Soundcloud.

 

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You can find all of Rose’s 2017 WorldTour highlights and features on the UCI YouTube, and more  within the InCycle TV programmes.  Make sure you’re watching the Giro Rosa features every day!

Rose is also on twitter and instagram, and I recommend you follow her there too.

We talked about three specific features that were highlights of Rose’s 2017 so far – the profiles of Kasia Niewiadoma before Strade Bianche, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio talking about her recovery from her horrible accident, and hanging out with Coryn Rivera at home in California:

Big thanks to my amazing Patreon supporters, who fund me to do this kind of work.  You can join them over here for as little as 2 £/$/€ a month.