This week we catch up on everything that happened in the Junior Women’s and Elite Women’s World Championship Road Races, including all of the things that surprised and delighted us. We do a bit of a wrap up of the latest news in UCI rule changes (there have been a lot of them for track in particular) and there are a couple of points of unavoidable controversy. We do our best to tackle them from a glass half full perspective but we’ll let you decide how well me managed to pull that off. (1:10:46 MIN / 64.8 MB)
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Stuff We Talked About
It’s all here in Sarah’s wrap-up post with videos, highlights, the stories and whatnot from both the Junior and Elite Women’s Road Races.
We haven’t had a flat Road World Championships since Copenhagen in 2011, so the sprinters were rubbing their hands with glee. We’d seen the Team Time Trials and the Individual Time Trials on the course, but how would the peloton take it? Find out with videos, photos, links and results from the Junior and Elite women’s road races – so exciting, and some amazing moments!
I’ll edit in more as I see it – if you have media you loved, please do let me know in the comments or on twitter.
Highlights and full race replay:
If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, click here for the final 1.5km, for a textbook sprint finish – high-speed, perfect lead-out. Keep going until the last group crosses the line, because that was a really cute moment – but whatever you do, make sure you keep watching until the slo-mo overhead, it’s perfect racing. I adore the final lead-out rider, Chiara Consonni, cheering for Elisa Balsamo’s win before she’s even crossed the line – so confident! And I really, really love the Italians singing along with the anthem:
I have to start with a warning that we’re not going to get as much from Gent-Wevelgem as we did from the previous rounds of the 2016 Women’s World Tour, Strade Bianche, Ronde van Drenthe and Trofeo Alfredo Binda, BUT we still have highlights! Here’s what I’ve seen from the Elite women, and the junior women’s races as well – and of course I’ll edit in more as I find it (please do share anything you see in the comments, or on twitter too)
7.5 mins highlights from Sporza – and my English commentary that goes with it, which I made before I saw that UCI video – you can compare and contrast them and me! Start the audio first, then press play on the video when I tell you to.
(If you can’t watch the Sporza link, there’s a Robin Hood-ed YouTube link here too – but we should definitely give Sporza the clicks!)
2 more mins highlights from Focus |WTV