Videos, photos, media and more from the 2017 Flèche Wallonne

Mid-way through the first ever women’s Ardennes Week, and the penultimate Spring Classic round of the UCI’s Women’s WorldTour, it was Flèche Wallonne, aka Waalse Pijl.  In the cycling world, the men’s race is a bit of a byword for predictable racing, but when it comes to women’s cycling, the peloton don’t let that script play out easily, and despite the reduction in climbs, they hit this one hard….

…which made it all the more disappointing that we couldn’t see anything of the race, which is always baffling, because with fixed cameras covering every inch of the final climb, the Mur de Huy, it’s the easiest race to show the finale of, out of the whole calendar, and around 5 years ago, it was standard to get the women’s finish live during the men’s coverage.  But, between host broadcaster RTBF and the race organisers, the ASO (the biggest race organisers in the world, mind you), it feels like there’s a general disinterest in showing the race.  It’s always a bizarre choice, as yet again, it was an incredible race.

So what can we see? I’ve got video highlights, photo galleries, race results and more in this post, and I’ll edit in anything else I see.  If you want to share anything you’ve seen, please do let me know in the comments or on twitter.

Apparently there was a bit of coverage before the men’s race, on the Australian SBS Cycling Central men’s Flèche Wallonne replay, and they also have a clip of the women’s race, which you can watch if you’re in Aus, or have a VPN.  Then, there are highlights on RTBF (restricted to Belgium), and highlights and post-race winner’s interview on NOS.nl (restricted to the Netherlands).  Then, there are UCI highlights, Wiggle High5‘s team video, and a fan’s-eye view of the race

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Let’s change women’s cycling – the 2017 Ardennes Week edition

The 2017 Women’s World Tour and season in general have already shown us an increase in live women’s racing – from streams from the Australian 2017 openers, the Mitchelton Bay Crits and Deakin Women’s Race at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, to the entirely live Omloop van het Hageland, and the live last parts of the WorldTour races Strade Bianche, Ronde van Drenthe and Trofeo Aldredo Binda, we’ve been able to watch some amazing racing.

But the season won’t continue like that.  There will be some fantastic live racing at the Healthy Ageing Tour and maybe at the Ronde van Vlaanderen, but what about at the Ardennes Week?

Just having an Ardennes Week is fantastic.  The three races, Amstel Gold on 16th April, Flèche Wallonne Femmes on 19th, and the first ever Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes on 23rd, will each have a women’s race that’s part of the Women’s WorldTour – but as yet, we’ve had no news about whether we’ll be able to see them live, or even a good length of highlights, beyond 10 minutes on the UCI YouTube.

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Sarah interviews… Martine Bras previews the Spring Classics

Podcast interview logoMartine Bras had a long and distinguished cycling career, racing everything but especially the Spring Classics, so it was fantastic to talk to her about what it’s like for riders preparing for the season, and especially Saturday’s 2016 Omloop het Nieuwsblad.  Our conversation included Martine’s transition from professional cyclist to motherhood, how the sport changed since she started, who she’d put into her fantasy DS team, and much more.    All of that is in the audio interview to listen to (or download directly from Soundcloud) but you can also read part of the interview below as well.

 

 

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ProWomensCycling:  I always think the Spring Classics were your specialty – would you say that?

Martine Bras:  Oh yes.  I would train all winter long for the Spring Classics, and I think I forgot a little bit that there was something after them as well! Because they’re really need my house, and I worked so hard all winter, and was really looking forward to starting to race, I think that’s why I was good at them, because I was so passionate about it.

PWC:  I always thought of you as a very attacking rider, and the Spring Classics reward that.

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2 new videos from the 2015 Flèche Wallonne

I’ve got a collection of videos and photos from the 2015 Flèche Wallonne World Cup, but today there are two more: 26 minutes from the UCI, and the latest from my very favourite women’s cycling video maker, ORICA AIS rider Valentina Scandolara

Podcast 2015 Episode 10 – Murder We

Podcast logoHi team, this week we discuss the extreme weather in Australia, whether it’s a good idea for Dan to let Sarah control his life (it’s most assuredly not) and we also talk about bike racing. Races we cover include the Fleche Wallone World Cup along with Omloop van Borsele, the Joe Martin Stage Race and BMX, MTB and some bonus outrage. There’s also a hint of murder… basically it’s the best podcast we’ve recorded this week (probably).

To stream the climbiest podcast of the week, click here (click through to download).

 

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Things we talked about

This week’s racing

All the videos and photos we’ve found from Flèche Wallonne are over here – and here’s that Ella Cycling Tips combined photo gallery and rider quotes post.  Interesting tweet from Pauline Ferrand Prévot.

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Videos and photos from the first 2015 Downhill MB World Cup, Lourdes here, and this great photo on PinkBike of Emmeline Ragot taping Tracey Hannah‘s shoulder after winning the race.

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Omloop van Borsele

Photo galleries from the Junior Stage race, elite ITT and elite road race, and finish line videos from the elite women’s road race and juniors Stage 1 and Stage 2 on the race website.  Photos on the ORICA AIS race report, and Velofocus has galleries up from the elite ITT and Road Race.  All the results for the elite women and junior women.

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BMX Supercross Manchester

GoPro rack preview, the full live coverage, semi finals, and the finals and post race interview

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Videos from the 2015 women’s Flèche Wallonne

Oh Flèche, how I wish I could watch you live on tv because this course is so gorgeous, and the Mur de Huy…. But we have the next best thing, videos and photos!

For Dutch people only, here are the NOS video highlights.  And for everyone, the UCI’s short highlights film and then the 26 minute video

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How to follow the 2015 women’s Flèche Wallonne, live–ish

Round 4 of the 2015 Road World Cup, and we’re back in Belgium for one of the most stunning climbs in cycling, the Mur de Huy.  Now, like the Ronde van Vlaanderen, we don’t get to see this race live, but I can help you follow it as it happens.

We start in Huy on Wednesday 22nd April at 11:40 CEST (10:40am UK BST; 5:40am N American EDT; 7:40pm Aussie AEST) and the race hits the Mur for the first time between 13:15 and 13:26 CEST and finishes there between 14:56 and 15:18 CEST.  In some years the live men’s coverage (which you’ll find on sites like these) has cut live to show the women’s finish, but while I’ll be ecstatic about that, please don’t hold your breath.  There could be highlights of the women after the men finish, but again, this isn’t guaranteed.

So, for live updates, we turn to twitter.  I have a list of all the accounts that tweet from races, and this will auto–update, so you can find out what’s happening, and there’s a race twitter I’ve included on that, which I hope will give us women’s race information. I’m expecting a live thread on Podium Café too.  There will be video highlights on the UCI Youtube, with a short clip appearing within 24 hours, and a 26 min show within a week or so.  And of course I’ll put up a post with any videos I find here, like I did for last year’s race.

You can find lots of information on the race website, including all the route details, and the startlist, and there’s the usual great preview on Velofocus, a preview & discussion thread on VeloRooms, and a preview on the UCI website.  And if you want to know about what it’s like to race, I interviewed 2010 winner Emma Pooley about it last year (listen or read it) and Sharon Laws this year (listen here).  And for what it’s like to experience as a fan, my photos, interviews and report from the Hitec team car at the 2013 race, over on Podium Café.

Not enough for you?  Well, here’s an extra treat from the wonderful Valentina Scandolara  her video diary from the last World Cup round, the Ronde van Vlaanderen