So much racing! We talk all about the Omloop van het Hageland, and then head over the border (or in Dan’s view, two suburbs over) to Drenthe for three fantastic races, including the first round of the 2015 Road World Cup, the Ronde van Drenthe. Along the way we look at Loren Rowney’s crash in the Drentse 8, examine some tactics, and how analysis is completely dependent on hindsight, and wander all over the peloton.
(Because there was so much racing this week, we didn’t have time to talk CIRC, women’s wages or the proposed women’s World Tour, but we’ll be focusing on that next week)
As always we’ve got the videos and links to everything we talked about down below, but make sure you stream the podcast, we enjoyed it and we hope you do too. (56:38 MIN / 54.4 MB)
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This week’s racing
Full results and photos on the Lotto Cycling Cup website
All the videos, links and things over here, including Loren Rowney’s blog on that crash from her perspective
So many videos and photos – click here to watch the action!
Anyone who’s been a cycling fan for more than five minutes has had to confront the doping question, explaining to friends & family why we still follow the sport, explaining Lance Armstrong, looking at Tour de France performances and questioning them even when it’s riders we love. But sometimes I think the doping question is used as an excuse to hide every other issue. There’s a feeling out there in the media and some fans, that once we conquer doping, cycling will be sorted. As a women’s cycling fan, of course I know that’s not the case, but there’s a whole range of things that aren’t talked about in the media or on fansites – or at least publicly – and that make me angry. I love this sport, so much, but there are so many issues that worry me, enrage me, and make me feel helpless, because how can fans change things?