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: