This week we catch up after Sarah’s been away at the Boels Rental Ladies Tour in the Netherlands. There’s Plouay results to discuss, all the Dutch racing and of course what it means for worlds. Speaking of worlds, we’re two weeks out from the festivities in Bergen and so of course it’s time for the (sigh, eyeroll) polemica. This year it’s Australia’s turn to do something unforgivably stupid, and Dan’s got shoutpinions about it. (1:26:22 MIN / 79.08 MB)
This week Sarah and Dan talk through the polemica and outrage of Dan’s whisky choices. Also discussed is each of the stages from this year’s Ladies Tour of Norway, including a bit of race-related polemica. Then there’s a look ahead to the Boels Rental Tour next week and the implications of current races for Worlds which is coming up quickly indeed now. We also wax rhapsodical about the GP Plouay which is on live tomorrow! And there’s an interesting bit of news from around the place with retirements and some fascinating new projects from retired riders. Beware, the swearing abounds this week. (46:38 MIN / 42.72 MB)
Stage 3 was the longest we’ve ever seen in a women’s stage race, at 151km long, and it always looked like it would be a battle between escapees and bunch sprint teams, especially with the finish, a long, swooping drag absolutely perfect for power sprinters. But with this year’s race being so unpredictable, what would happen?
I’ve got the highlights videos for you, then the rider for the Look Mum No Hands! Stage 4 #RiderResults competition, and then Stage 3 results, photos, reports and rider tweets for you. As always, I’ll add in more as I see it.
First, the 40 minute highlights from ITV4, available for the next 30 days (you may need a VPN to see these).
Highlights from the UCI and the race organisers:
This week marks the beginning of the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour, the United Kingdom’s best known (only) women’s UCI stage race. We run through a full preview of each stage, the riders that are likely to do well and the teams who have very clearly come prepared for this year’s contest. Following that we also take a quick look at the recent downhill mountain bike event at Fort William, with a bit of a surprise result. (52.14 MIN / 47.77 MB)
How to watch the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, 7-11th June 2017
The race stage information is on the excellent race website, including the start times. The UK is in he BST timezone, one hour behind European CEST and 9 hours behind Australian AEST, and 5 hours ahead of USA EDT. So if a stage starts at 11am BST, that’s 12:00 CEST, 8pm AEST and 6am EDT.
- Watch the TV highlights every day on Eurosport at 10:25pm and 11pm on ITV4, except for Stage 4 on Saturday 10th June, when the ITV4 highlights are at 8pm. 11pm UK BST is 00:00 Euro CEST, 6pm USA EDT and 8am the next day Australian AEST, and if you’re not in the UK, can’t see ITV4 via a VPN, you can access the channel on filmon.com. Highlights are repeated the next day at various times – more information here.
- More daily video highlights on the race YouTube and from the UCI YouTube
- Daily live blogs on the race website
- Follow live on twitter, with the race account and the #OVOWT hashtag
- More updates on the race instagram and facebook
- Play the OVO Women’s Tour Virtual DS game – pick your team by 11am BST on 7th June!
Follow me on twitter to see the things I like from the race, and my own updates – and I’ll put up daily posts here with stage video, media and more, including each #RiderResults rider…. which reminds me…
Join in the Look Mum No Hands! daily #RiderResults game
Every day, excellent London cycling café chain Look Mum No Hands! will be offering prizes in their #RiderResults competition. I’ll be picking a rider for every stage, and telling you a bit more about them, and you need to tell Look Mum where you think they’ll place in that particular stage, on their fantastic twitter, with the #RiderResults hashtag – if you’re right and they pick your name out of their hat, you’ll win something great from their shop (which you should check out, there are gorgeous things). The cutoff point is 5km to go in each stage.
For Stage 1, I’m picking Marianne Vos, who has the most interesting race history. In the first year, she won 3 stages and the overall GC; in 2015, she couldn’t race as she was having injury issues, but presented the TV highlights (I interviewed her about that here); then last year, she “only” won one stage and came 4th in the GC.
This year she had a great cyclocross mini-season, winning the first race of the year on New Year’s Day, and coming second in the most thrilling World Championships we’ve ever seen – but her Spring Classics were disappointing to her, and her best result was 7th in Ronde van Drenthe WorldTour race, as she was injured again. She was especially disappointed to miss two of the first ever women’s Ardennes Week races, especially Amstel Gold. She seems to be feeling better in May, winning a couple of smaller day races, and then winning Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik in a classic, exhilarating Vos style. But is she back?
In her time, she’s won, well…..practically everything! Olympic golds on the track and road, and 13 World Championships across road, track and CX. But more than that, she lives for cycling, and loves it passionately. She has run her own team for years – this year as WM3 Procycling – and the scariest thing about her is that as good as she is at winning, she’ll also work her heart out for her team-mates as well, as in the Rio Olympics.
Fans are desperate to see her back on top – but is she? Where do YOU think she’ll finish Stage 1?
This week Sarah and Dan talk through all of the racing for the junior women and the elite women at the Healthy Ageing Tour in the Netherlands. A fantastic set of races that are run entirely by volunteers that include live coverage for the elite women and comprehensive video highlights for both, proving that there really are no excuses for big race organisers (*cough* ASO *cough). There’s also a bit of time to discuss what the race organisation looks like and involves along with a look ahead to the beginning of the Ardennes week of hilly classics, beginning with Amstel Gold on Sunday. Most importantly, Sarah teaches us all the Buffalo Bill joke. (1:24:43 MIN / 77.56 MB)
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Videos from the 2017 Junior and elite Healthy Ageing Tours – “samenvatting” are the highlights, Junioren are the Junior race highlights, and the full elite race replays are usually in three parts (eg “deel 1 van 2” is part 1 of 2 – if it’s “uitzending”, it’s just one broadcast.
- Elite Stage 1a ITT and Junior Stage 1
- Elite Stage 1b
- Junior and Elite Stage 2
- Junior and Elite Stage 3
- Junior and Elite Stage 4
- Elite Stage 5
This week we catch up on the opening races of the classics season. The Omloops (het Nieuwsblad and van het Hageland aka Tielt-Winge), and Le Samyn des Dames. It’s been a great opening to European racing with diverse pelotons and results! There’s a lot to unpack and enjoy, there’s also track racing to catch up on and some other news from around the traps. Remember to park for a clean getaway and then settle in for a hell of a listen. (1:32:02 MIN / 84.26 MB)
Things we talked about this week included
This week’s racing
Videos and media from the Omloop het Nieuwsblad and the Omloop van het Hageland
Le Samyn des Dames
Hey remember that time a few days ago when Sarah and Dan started talking about all the Best of the Year categories that VeloVoices are going to be holding voting on this week, and it took them an hour to get through the first category? Well they’re back! And this time they’re determined to get through all of the other categories (including the two extra ones that Sarah made up so that she could fit everyone in that she wanted to) no matter how long it takes!
Look, we’re not gonna lie, this podcast is EPIC (that’s a technical term). It’s huge. It’s long enough to be a Hollywood blockbuster, but it’s got more plot, more drama and more action than your standard Hollywood blockbuster, so there’s that! How could it not be when we’re discussing Best Race Finish of the Year, Best Breakthrough Rider of the Year, Unsung Heroines of the Peloton for the Year, Unsung Heroes/Heroines Behind the Scenes and Step-Up Rider of the Year?
So many great and worthy nominees, so much to argue about! Make sure you’re stocked up on time and refreshments, this one’s perfect for that long drive to see all your extended family for the holidays. Here goes… (1:59:50 MIN / 109.72MB)
And listen to, and read, our nominations for 2016 women’s cycling Rider of the Year.