This weekend was all ‘cross all the time (well… except in the USA, where mud? Roots? Local politics? stopped the Nationals…) and because I love you, here’s what video I’ve found – with how to watch that postponed American Champs live. UPDATE! Now with videos from the British and German champs…
After the various Individual Time Trials (and you can see all the video I’ve found from those) it was time for a huge number of women’s Road Race Nationals…. If you find videos I’ve missed, as always, please let me know in the comments, or on twitter!
The prize for the most accessible road race goes to France, where the fantastic France 3 showed the women’s road race live – such luxury! The coverage is available for a week, on Pluzz (if you can’t see that in non-France countries, try watching with Hola or Tunnelbear). Big thanks to the wonderful Clo, who runs the Velonova women’s cycling site, who found this. And here’s (an unebeddable) clip from Cyclism’Actu, with the finish and post-race comments from the incredible Pauline Ferrand-Prévot – and another one here:
That was the first road race victory for Rabobank-Liv, and over in the Netherlands, it was all about that team. Here’s a collection of videos and audios from NOS Sport (UPDATE! See ConfusedSpider telling us about the interview in the comments!) and more video from RaboSportTV
This week we bring you a special feature as Sarah sits down to interview the reigning world number one, Emma Johansson! Sarah talks one-on-one with the Orica-AIS rider ahead of Trofeo Binda and Ronde van Vlaanderen which they discuss in detail and how Emma prepares for those, along with how she thinks Binda will unfold and who she’s keeping an eye on as the World Cup races continue. Sarah asks Emma about being last year’s number one rider and if she’d prefer to win the races outright or the overall. They also discuss her role promoting Belgium and tourism in Flanders, along with how she’s managed to be adopted by pretty much every country she’s ever been to (as a side note Dan reckons she totally has been adopted by Australia, her English accent is half Aussie now!!!). It’s a great interview, so enjoy! (34:26 MIN / 33.06 MB)
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.
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!
You know it’s Spring when it’s snowing and below freezing in Belgium!
That’s right team, the Omloop is almost upon us. We talk the racing season, Track Worlds and have a race-name-pronunciation competition (hint: the winner should not be the person who mispronounces “pronunciation”). You’ll love it, especially because you get to vote in the poll below! This is possibly the sweariest episode we’ve ever done, but that just makes it more fun (I blame it on Sarah making me think of a world without Flanders/Beer). ( 53:52 MIN / 51.71 MB)