This week we recap our highlights and best parts of the 2017 women’s road season. It’s been an amazing year of racing and there’s so much to celebrate. From the spring classics through to worlds in Norway, we’ve got opinions on them all! Get your best of the year opinions now! (1:32:44 MIN / 86.91 MB)
This week we follow up on the second race from La Course by Le Tour de France; the chase held on the weekend with the top 19 riders from the Col d’Izoard stage raced it out on the streets of Marseille. We talk through the excitement and also the issues that this new format of race revealed. There’s positives and negatives, we take our time with both and also explore ways that we think the format could be improved for the future. (53:56 MIN / 49.39 MB)
THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT
Look, we do understand that not all weeks can be huge weeks of racing, but honestly this week was definitely a HUGE week of racing. We had stage racing at the BeNe Ladies Tour in the Netherlands and Belgium. We also had the Lotto Thuringen Ladies Tour in East Germany. With races suiting different types of riders and different types of racing there was no shortage of surprises and feats of phenomenal prowess to be impressed by. All of that before we get into the high mountains for the Col d’Izoard and La Course by Le Tour de France. We also quickly cover some Canadian racing and talk about a couple of other news items from the week. (1:03:46 MIN / 58.39 MB)
The Giro Rosa has finished for 2017 but we’re far from done with it. With great racing every day, it’s perhaps best summed up by Neal Rogers talking about Lucinda Brand when he said: “Only thing more badass than “no one in the photo”? No one in the photo with blood trickling down your arm”. Sarah and Dan recap the biggest stage race on the calendar and all of the highs and lows the second week of racing brought us. After that they continue with the overview on the Tour de Feminin in Poland before wrapping up with some quick results in other disciplines and a glimpse of the calendar ahead, and in 2018. (1:00:00 MIN / 54.94 MB)
This week’s women’s cycling links and videos
The biggest women’s cycling stage race, the only women’s Grand Tour. Catch up with our podcast about stages 1-6, including links to the posts of each stage’s videos, photos and media. And for the rest of the race:
- Stage 7
- Stage 8
- Stage 9
- Stage 10
- Photo gallery for the whole race on the UCI facebook.
- Ella Cycling Tips interview with Molly Weaver about her horrible 2017 and unfortunate Giro exit
If you want to find out a bit more about some of the people who make the media that help us follow the race, Sarah’s podcast interviews with Rose Manley, who makes the videos on the UCI YouTube, and with Vélofocus, aka Sean Robinson and Balint Hamvas, who take the amazing photos.
And here’s the Neal Rogers tweet about Lucinda Brand’s stage win:
The final stage of the 2017 Giro Rosa, and the last chance for General Classification hopefuls to take aim at Anna van der Breggen, and for everyone else to go for that final moment of glory. Nine flat-ish laps, and a stage final going up then don Mount Vesuvius, before screaming into the finish.
It was pretty much non-stop attacks, especially from the sprinters, who hoped that if they could get enough room, they could hit the top of Vesuvius before the climbers overwhelmed them, and still be in with a chance. And of course, all kinds of riders were making moves. Boels-Dolmans were ready for everything the rest could throw at them…. but would it be enough?
If you are in Italy, or have a VPN, please do watch the highlights on RAI – but if not….
We’re at the halfway point through the 2017 Giro Rosa with five stages completed. We cover each of the stages so far, from the opening TTT through to the ITT and all the travails and changes on GC in between. There has been more than a fair share of surprise Giro geomorphology including some truly brutal climbs and so on. An incredibly close sprint finish and more. There’s lots to cover and lots more to speculate on as we continue into the second half of the stages. (Spoiler Warning: We do actually cover the end of stage 6 so bail out early if you don’t want us to reveal the winner for you). (1:06:11 MIN / 60.69 MB)
Sarah’s been collecting all the videos, photos and media of the race so far in handy posts:
And here’s our reminder of how to follow the rest of the race.
After the Giro Rosa Stage 1 Team Time Trial, and then the General Classification shake-ups of Stage 2 and Stage 4, Stage 5 was a 12.7km ITT. It had a typically Giro profile, looking pretty benign, but in real life? No flat roads have switchbacks like that! This was going to be brutal…. and brutal was the word used in pretty much every media article/tweet after we saw the stage!
Here was Kasia Niewiadoma’s pre-race course preview:
The climbs were insane, to the point that I think the race organisers were actually trolling the riders and teams. The videos we saw on twitter were crazy, and the photos ridiculous…. and of course, it shook up the General Classification again!
I’ve got videos, photos, results – and I’ll add more videos as I see them. Watch the RAI highlights on this link, if you can – but if you’re not in Italy or don’t have a VPN….