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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2017 Giro Rosa Stage 2 – videos, photos & more

After the Stage 1 Team Time Trial, Boels-Dolmans started in a super-strong position, 19 seconds ahead of their nearest rival.  But Stage 2 looked perfect for riders to try to disrupt that narrative – pretty flat and uneventful for the first 94km, and then, at 30km to go, a 2nd Category climb, followed by a difficult, technical descent that looked perfect for breakaways.  Would anyone get away from Boels?

I’ve got highlights videos, then the results, and below that reports, photos and even more videos and media.  If you don’t want spoilers, scroll down carefully!  As always, I’ll add more as I see it – and there will be a lot more to come!

 

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Podcast 2017 Episode 20 – The 2017 Giro Rosa Preview

This week we preview all the stages of the 2017 Giro Rosa, from the Team Time Trial all the way through to the climb of Mount Vesuvius. There’s stages to suit the sprinters, the puncheurs, the roleurs and the climbers. Who is suited to each stage? Which teams have the strongest rosters? Who are the riders to watch? How is the race likely to unfold? We answer all of these questions and more. We even unlock the age-old secret of how to interpret the race book (It’s Idiosyncratic, Unless It’s the Exact Opposite). (50.05 MIN / 45.86 MB)

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Here’s our guide to following the race live!

Podcast 2017 Episode 18 – and how to watch the OVO Energy Women’s Tour

This week marks the beginning of the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour, the United Kingdom’s best known (only) women’s UCI stage race. We run through a full preview of each stage, the riders that are likely to do well and the teams who have very clearly come prepared for this year’s contest. Following that we also take a quick look at the recent downhill mountain bike event at Fort William, with a bit of a surprise result. (52.14 MIN / 47.77 MB)

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How to watch the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, 7-11th June 2017

The race stage information is on the excellent race website, including the start times.  The UK is in he BST timezone, one hour behind European CEST and 9 hours behind Australian AEST, and 5 hours ahead of USA EDT.  So if a stage starts at 11am BST, that’s 12:00 CEST, 8pm AEST and 6am EDT.

Follow me on twitter to see the things I like from the race, and my own updates – and I’ll put up daily posts here with stage video, media and more, including each #RiderResults rider…. which reminds me…

Join in the Look Mum No Hands! daily #RiderResults game

Every day, excellent London cycling café chain Look Mum No Hands! will be offering prizes in their #RiderResults competition.  I’ll be picking a rider for every stage, and telling you a bit more about them, and you need to tell Look Mum where you think they’ll place in that particular stage, on their fantastic twitter, with the #RiderResults hashtag – if you’re right and they pick your name out of their hat, you’ll win something great from their shop (which you should check out, there are gorgeous things).  The cutoff point is 5km to go in each stage.

For Stage 1, I’m picking Marianne Vos, who has the most interesting race history.  In the first year, she won 3 stages and the overall GC; in 2015, she couldn’t race as she was having injury issues, but presented the TV highlights (I interviewed her about that here); then last year, she “only” won one stage and came 4th in the GC.

This year she had a great cyclocross mini-season, winning the first race of the year on New Year’s Day, and coming second in the most thrilling World Championships we’ve ever seen – but her Spring Classics were disappointing to her, and her best result was 7th in Ronde van Drenthe WorldTour race, as she was injured again. She was especially disappointed to miss two of the first ever women’s Ardennes Week races, especially Amstel Gold.  She seems to be feeling better in May, winning a couple of smaller day races, and then winning Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik in a classic, exhilarating Vos style.  But is she back?

In her time, she’s won, well…..practically everything!  Olympic golds on the track and road, and 13 World Championships across road, track and CX.  But more than that, she lives for cycling, and loves it passionately.  She has run her own team for years – this year as WM3 Procycling – and the scariest thing about her is that as good as she is at winning, she’ll also work her heart out for her team-mates as well, as in the Rio Olympics.

Fans are desperate to see her back on top – but is she?  Where do YOU think she’ll finish Stage 1?

Find out more about Marianne on her website, and follow her on twitter and instagram.

 

 

 

Podcast 2017 Episode 17 – Schroedinger’s GC

This week’s podcast is a little bit of a catchup as we cover off the impact that May has had on the peloton with races going on in the USA, the Basque country, Belgium and more. Riders and teams have had to choose where to apply their focus and resources and it’s made for a very interesting month. We take a particular look at how the Tour of California and the Emakumeen Bira played out and then how they contributed to the way that Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik was raced. As always, there’s plenty to laugh about and more than a few diversions along the way! (50:37 MIN / 46.35 MB)

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Recent women’s cycling road & MTB racing

Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik

Watch the full race replay (with English commentary!) on the Motomedia Livestream – and highlights:

Full results

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Emakumeen Bira

10 minutes highlights videos from eitb.eus from Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 4. Final kilometres of the last stage

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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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