This week we catch up on the racing in Spain and France with the Madrid Challenge and the Tour de l’Ardeche. We discuss what happened at the mountain bike world championships in Cairns, and we also get into the latest intrigue from Cycling Australia leading into the Road World Championships in Bergen. Speaking of which, racing in Bergen starts on Saturday! So we talk worlds, along with transfers and new team rumours. Heaps to discuss so let’s get to it! (1:02:07 MIN / 56.88 MB)
This week we catch up on the Prudential Ride London GP, which was surprisingly held in London this year. We also cover the full results for Juniors, Under23s and the Elite Women at the European Championships in Denmark. We’ve got a great block of live races coming up with Vargarda and then the Ladies Tour of Norway, GP Plouay all coming up. There’s heaps to get across along with all the usual hilarity, swearing and awesomeness! (1:00:34 MIN / 55.47 MB)
The sprinters, domestiques and pure stage hunters had hoped the Stage 5 ITT would be a rest day, but wow, they were wrong! It was more like a Hill Climb than an ITT course, and pretty much insane – the organisers trolling the riders with their, erm, “misleading” profile.
So when we came to Stage 6, 4 laps of a course, no one trusted that it really would look like this:
And the descent looked especially hairy. We did have a lot of crashes throughout the race, and the heat was huge – a really tough day. There were lots of attack attempts, but there were enough teams ready to chase, and it was very active. Would any manage to escape?
If you are in Italy, or have a VPN, please do watch the highlights on RAI, for their audience figures. But if you can’t…
Stage 4 of the 2017 Giro Rosa was completely flat, and it looked guaranteed as a bunch sprint, with no change to the General Classification… but we all know how much the women’s peloton loves proving the scripts wrong! Plenty of attacks on the hot, windy day, but none were sticking.
And then, in the last half of the race (that’s the best I can do, there was very limited information about this stage) a group got away… without Annemiek van Vleuten, who was second in the General Classification! Would they stay away? It became nail-biting, especially as we had a pitiful level of information…. Watch the highlights to find out
I’ll add more videos as I see it, and if you don’t want spoilers, don’t scroll down, as it’s full of results, reports, tweets and more videos!
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)
Dan has been in Tokyo for the last week, and missed out on all the racing, so I catch him up on the action from the USA Crits Speed Week, the Festival Elsy Jacobs in Luxembourg, the Tour de Yorkshire in the UK, and over in France, the first round of the 2017 Downhill MTB World Cup in Lourdes. Along the way we talk mindgames in racing, the implications of having eight different women’s cycling livestreams over three days, and a lot more. And I told him about my adventures on BBC Woman’s Hour, and recording with the Wheel Suckers Podcast.
We didn’t get around to talking about everything from last week, so the post below is packed with links, videos, and other things I’ve seen around the internet in the last week. Of course I recommend it!
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This week’s women’s cycling news, videos and links
I was really honoured to be a part of the BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour that was dedicated to women’s cycling. Usually the show features multiple topics, but because it’s such a big subject, they had a whole programme dedicated to it, recorded as-live in the London Bike Kitchen. It includes MTB with Tracey Moseley, road racing with Rochelle Gilmore and Grace Garner, the history of women and cycling with Dr Astrid Swenson, saddle sores with vulval health expert Dr Jane Sterling, and Jenni Gwiadowski, the Director of the LBK, talks everyday cycling, and teaches presenter Jane Garvey to mend a puncture (which you can also watch as a video). It should be archived here for all time, so please do listen!
This week’s racing
Videos, media and more from:
Short highlights, and full video from Stage 1 and Stage 2:
It was a fantastic weekend of women’s racing, with 8 or 9 different race streams, but the biggest was the 2017 Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire, with the huge crowds and non-stop action from the gun. What had looked like a sprinters’ course on the race profile turned out to be FAR tougher, with only one categorised climb, but barely any actual flat – and of course the peloton made it even harder, which is why it was so good to be able to see it right from the start.
If you missed it, or want to re-live the glory, I’m here to help, with lots of videos, photos, and more media.
The FULL ITV4 STREAM and HIGHLIGHTS, commentated by Rochelle Gilmore and Ned Boulting, are on the ITV Hub, if you’re in the UK or have a VPN. Now, these often only run for 30 days, so it might disappear after 28th April, but if you come after that, keep reading!
If you’re in the USA, or via VPN, you can watch the full coverage, 30 minute highlights, short highlights and rider reactions all on Cycling TV, but this may be pay-per-view. I think this is commentated by Iris Slappendel and Anthony McCrossan.
The race’s own mini-highlights:
And there’s more!