Stage 2 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour was billed as the Queen Stage, and at 144km long, in wind and rain, was a brutal day. But how did it play out?
I’ve got video highlights, and then I’ll tell you about the rider I’ve picked for the Look Mum No Hands! #RiderResults competition, and after that, give you the full results, photos and other media.
I’ll add in more videos as I see them – and watch out for spoilers just below, because what we have now gives away the results!
Here are the 40 minute highlights from ITV4. These will be available for 30 days, but if you’re not in the UK, you might need a VPN to see them. I really want people to try ITV first, for the stats, but if you can’t see them, they’re also here on YouTube.
Highlights from the race, the UCI, and the race’s press conference videos:
This week we’re back after Sarah’s been working doing the commentary for the television coverage of the Aviva Women’s Tour. We discuss all things British stage racing. We also catch up on the Giro del Trentino and the North Star GP. We take a quick look ahead and start to prepare ourselves for the excitement of the Giro Rosa. Our title this week is a tribute to the amazing Alison Tetrick who raced most of the Women’s Tour with four cracked ribs. (1:11:19 MIN / 65.3 MB)
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This week we catch up on all the action from Trofeo Binda, including the Trofeo da Moreno which is part of the new Junior Nations Cup. There’s heaps of action from the para-cycling world championships and some big announcements about upcoming races. We’ve inverted the usual time of day and Dan’s struggling to cope with being awake in the morning. He does remember his name though. (1:09:50 MIN / 63.9 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
This week’s racing
And over in the Dutch Crits – the Ronde van Oud-Vossemeer
It’s a bit of a hectic podcast this week as there was only one short window where Sarah and Dan could coordinate their schedules to record. On the upside, it’s a bit of a hectic podcast this week! Anyway, it was cobbly and rainy in France, which kind of makes La Course a summer classic, right? In addition to recapping the multiple attacks, crashes and attempts in Paris, we also discuss the BMX World Championships and the Para-Cycling World Cup. Enjoy! (58:38 MIN / 56.3 MB)
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*Not an actual guarantee, definition of summer may vary, results may vary.
We didn’t talk about it, but we loved this video from Nettie Edmondson
La Course by Le Tour de France
All the videos, photos, tweets and more Sarah has found, here.
2015 BMX World Championships
So, La Course by Le Tour de France – the women’s race around the Champs Elysées, and one of the many reasons I love the women’s peloton is they fought all the way round, despite the rain, despite the utter carnage of all the crashes on the slippery cobbles – but especially, that they don’t believe in following the scripts. Champs Elysées is all about racing together and a bunch sprint? Not the way the women race! So exciting, right up to the line, and here’s my collection of videos, photos, race reports, tweets and much more.
But before I start, here’s why I love it most. For years, people would tell me how their daughters would ask them why girls can’t race the Tour de France, and while they’ve got a long way to go before we’re back to the women’s TdF of the 1980s and 90s, little girls of 2015 will never think that women can’t sprint on the Champs. That’s marvellous, and while of course I want to fight for more, it’s something to celebrate right now!
So let’s start with video. Three minute clip of the finish from ITV Cycling (could be geo-restricted to UK)- 12 minutes from SBS Cycling Central (note, their videos sometimes only last for a month) and more highlights from Le Tour:
Highlights geo-restricted to the USA,
And this is geo-restricted to Belgium, but I’m sure you can deal with that by now – an hour of footage from RTBF.be, seen via Matrix Procycling. And what was it like from a rider’s point of view? Here’s Vera Koedooder‘s bike-cam… or should that be attack-cam? Scary to see the crashing from this angle…
There’ll be more to follow (to go with everything below!), but if you see video – especially of the full race – please do let me know in the comments and on twitter.
I posted a lot of videos, photos and links from the first round of the 2015 Road World Cup, the Ronde van Drenthe, and now we have the long highlights video from the UCI, commentated by Rochelle Gilmore & Ant McCrossan
So many videos from the Ronde van Drenthe! Read my race report on Cyclingnews, and then you can either choose the short UCI highlights, or the full last hour of the race before watching everything else.