I always love the Junior Track World Championships, because it’s not only the chance to spot stars of the future, but it’s also great to watch the young riders learning and developing – and their huge emotion when they win, and realise that all that hard work over the years has paid off. It’s lovely!
This year’s Track World Champs were shown live, so if you missed them, here are the videos – highlights shows and the full sessions – and I’ve put in the timings for the full races, if you want to find your favourites.
While I’m getting over-excited about the Giro Rosa starting tomorrow, here’s a selection of video from last week’s National Championships. If you know of any more, add it to the comments and I’ll edit it in!
First up is probably the biggest women’s cycling nations, the Netherlands. There was no surprise when Ellen van Dijk won the ITT – she’s on fantastic form this season, getting better and better every year.
Here’s a highlights video from NOS and another video:
The road race was an interesting one. By all rights, Marianne Vos should have been the favourite, but there’s no advantage to Rabobank-Liv/Giant if she won, because she’s already wearing the rainbow jersey – and it’s a good reward for a hard-working team-mate. Lucinda Brand attacked in the second lap and solo-ed for 100km, while Vos, Annemiek van Vleuten and their team-mates enjoyed burnign off all the competition, attacking on the hills and frustrating the chase on the flat. Eventually, only Van Dijk could keep up with them, until a mechanical on the penultimate lap took her out of contention. My favourite parts were watching Vos and AvV soft-pedal when they realised Van Dijk was in trouble, and only race away when they realised she was out – and how they waited until it was clear Brand had won before attacking each other mercillessly!
NOS video of the Road Race highlights and the full final kilometres: