Worlds week makes me so happy, especially because it’s so easy for people who aren’t hardcore fans to get engaged with women’s cycling. It’s right there on tv, there’s tons of media around, so I like to do my bit to help, by giving people unfamiliar with the sport some riders to cheer for. People tell me who their favourite male rider is, and why they like him, and I give them the equivalent rider in the 2015 women’s road race World Championships – or if they’re completely new to cycling, their favourite kind of sports/person. I call this Equivalenting, and I’ve already made a Richmond 2015 post, full of riders who have fun, push themselves, are good team players and are underdogs, and you can see posts from previous years as well.
In this post, equivalents of Peter Sagan, Matti Breschel, Ian Stannard, Ed Clancy,
One of the things I love about the women’s cycling peloton is how fan-friendly and open the riders all are – so I’m super-grateful to Jolien D’hoore, Elena Cecchini, Valentina Scandola, Amanda Spratt and Jessie Walker for answering some questions about the 2015 Road World Championships road race course – and Part 2, over here, has Q&As from Elisa Longo Borghini, Ellen van Dijk and Kasia Niewiadoma.
Jolien D’hoore is a tough Flandrian sprint-and-Classics star, who’s had a wonderful year, winning her first Track World Cup omnium, and then two rounds of the Road World Cups, the Ronde van Drenthe and Crescent Vårgårda, with a second place at the Ronde van Vlaanderen behind her team-mate Elisa Longo Borghini.
The Giro Rosa 2015 is over (booooo!) but it was great (yayyyyy!) so Sarah and Dan have heaps to talk about this week. Mountains, time trials, climbs, breaks, chases, GC remixes and stories. They cover all ups and downs, their highlights and favourites, the best parts of the Giro Rosa 2015. Also, they crack wise and crack themselves up! (51:20 MIN / 49.29 MB)
Things we talked about this week
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Other racing last week….
Video clips from Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3
All the results
The FULL race:
Tour Féminin de Bretagne, 16-19th July, France
Thüringen Rundfahrt, 17-23rd July, Germany – follow live with the ticker (if that doesn’t load automatically, check it out on RadSport-news.com)
BeNe Ladies Tour, 17-19th July, Belgium & the Netherlands – follow on facebook and twitter, and with the #BNLT15 hashtag
The 2015 women’s Grand Tour, the Giro Rosa, is done and dusted for another year, but how are the riders looking back on it? I asked two of the young riders all about their experiences – Kasia Niewiadoma, who came home from her second Giro with the Best Young Rider’s jersey, 5th place on the General Classification, and the knowledge she’d helped her Rabo-Liv team mate Anna van der Breggen win the maglia rosa – all at just 20 years old; and another 20-year-old, Jessie Walker, who went from having a surprise late call-up to race for Servetto-Footon, to being the top British finisher. They were kind enough to answer some questions about their experiences in the race…
Congratulations on being the Best Young Rider & 5th place overall – how does it feel?
Thank you so much. It’s a really nice feeling, but I think I am more happy about our Anna who won the GS! She was amazingly strong and every day she showed it, so I think there was no other girl who deserves this victory as much as she did 🙂 The past 10 days were not only about racing for us, but about making a special atmosphere that I really appreciate in our team – just a lot of support and fellow-feeling. My 5th place made my family superbly happy – so for me that’s the biggest reward.
This was your second Giro – apart from the jersey, how was it different to last year?
It’s been an incredible week of racing at the Giro Rosa with so many riders from different teams and countries winning stages and tearing up the road. There have been world firsts and there have been all kinds of tactics deployed on the road. It’s everything you could want in a truly Grand Tour, it’s been so good that Sarah even invented a new description! Some riders have been flying, some have cool scars (seriously). And the best is yet to come as we still have several stages that could seriously shake up the GC and potentially change the outcome of the race. Join us as we talk about it all. (1:18:35 MIN / 75.45 MB)
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Things to read and watch:
Sarah’s been collating all the race video and cool social media, blog posts, etc that she can find. She’s also been doing interviews and QandAs with riders. Here’s the full list of all the news there is, stage by stage.
Also, here’s Sarah’s guide on how to follow the race (remember there’s some really exciting stages to come!).
I’ve been a fan of Stefan Wyman‘s women’s teams for years, and he’s one of those people I’ve “met” on the internet, and become a real friend. He took me to the Luxembourg races and Thüringen Rundfahrt in 2011, and, less glamourously, to Stoke on Trent, so when he asked if I’d like to be involved in the 2013 Matrix Fitness Racing Academy, I jumped at the chance. I may get a bit more hyperbolic than usual, in this, so I won’t mind if you skip to the photos!
Yesterday, I told you about 6 of my favourite rider blogs – but while all of those riders have their own sites, I completely appreciate that others may not have the time or the resources to run their own sites, or be able to commit to blogging that regularly. So part 2 in my social media series is dedicated to the teams who give space for cyclist blogs – and encourage their riders to keep us up-to-date with their lives!
There are two teams I think of straight away, for this category. They’re very different kinds of teams, but they share a passion for involving their fans