This week we catch up on the racing in Spain and France with the Madrid Challenge and the Tour de l’Ardeche. We discuss what happened at the mountain bike world championships in Cairns, and we also get into the latest intrigue from Cycling Australia leading into the Road World Championships in Bergen. Speaking of which, racing in Bergen starts on Saturday! So we talk worlds, along with transfers and new team rumours. Heaps to discuss so let’s get to it! (1:02:07 MIN / 56.88 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)
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.
Stage 4 of the 2017 Giro Rosa was completely flat, and it looked guaranteed as a bunch sprint, with no change to the General Classification… but we all know how much the women’s peloton loves proving the scripts wrong! Plenty of attacks on the hot, windy day, but none were sticking.
And then, in the last half of the race (that’s the best I can do, there was very limited information about this stage) a group got away… without Annemiek van Vleuten, who was second in the General Classification! Would they stay away? It became nail-biting, especially as we had a pitiful level of information…. Watch the highlights to find out
I’ll add more videos as I see it, and if you don’t want spoilers, don’t scroll down, as it’s full of results, reports, tweets and more videos!
This week we preview all the stages of the 2017 Giro Rosa, from the Team Time Trial all the way through to the climb of Mount Vesuvius. There’s stages to suit the sprinters, the puncheurs, the roleurs and the climbers. Who is suited to each stage? Which teams have the strongest rosters? Who are the riders to watch? How is the race likely to unfold? We answer all of these questions and more. We even unlock the age-old secret of how to interpret the race book (It’s Idiosyncratic, Unless It’s the Exact Opposite). (50.05 MIN / 45.86 MB)
This week Sarah and Dan recap the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour held in the United Kingdom, reviewing each of the stages and exploring some of the more surprising results. Along the way they accidentally reveal which one of them is the REAL comic book geek (you won’t be surprised when you hear who it is!) and of course, take some time to wrap up the other things that they’ve seen around the way over the past week. (1:00:04 MIN / 55.00 MB)
Things we saw this week
OVO Energy Women’s Tour
Here’s the link to the Ella CyclingTips article about power output in the women’s peloton that Dan found both interesting and annoying, and that Sarah found mostly annoying.
And just in case you needed it, here’s the link to CQ Ranking’s current rankings for the women.
The final stage – a crit-like stage in London that 2 hours before the race was shortened to 10 laps of a 6.2km course for reasons I’m still not sure of.
The big questions were could Katarzyna Niewiadoma keep her General Classification leader’s jersey, or would the teams in second or third, Boels-Dolmans and Sunweb, attack her and steal her win? And would the rest of the GC stay static, or with so many riders so close together, would there be a shake up? With intermediate and finish-line bonus seconds, there was all to play for, and that was before we could factor in the sprinters’ teams, and other teams who really needed the win so they could claim some of the race glory.
The stage didn’t disappoint, with the first major breakaway in pretty much the first kilometre, and I’ve got videos, photos, results and media for you. There’s not much up, yet, but I’ll add in more as I see it.
First, the 40-minute highlights from ITV4, which will be here for 30 days (you may need a VPN). If you can, please watch on ITV, for the viewing figures, but if you can’t they’re also here on YouTube.
More highlights, from the UCI, from the race, and Wiggle High5’s view of the day: