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)
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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)
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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)
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Things we saw this week
OVO Energy Women’s Tour
Stage 1 Highlights, Videos and more.
Stage 2 Highlights, Videos and more.
Stage 3 Highlights, Videos and more.
Stage 4 Highlights, Videos and more.
Stage 5 Highlights, Videos and more.
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:
This week we talk through the events in China at the Tour of Chongming Island. We catch up on Marianne Vos’ first win of the season. We take a look at the Women’s Tour of California (aka The Breakaway From Heart Disease Women’s Race presented by SRAM). We catch up on the latest news from BMX and we take a few minutes to reflect back on the last five years of podcasting. That’s right, it’s our FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY EPISODE! There’s plenty of good things (and a couple of things that induce ranty swearing) to remind ourselves of. There’s even time to play the “if I had a time machine and were insanely rich how would I help the sport” game (the rules are easier than the name). So strap yourselves in and enjoy! (54:57 MIN / 53.01 MB)
As usual, the post below includes things we talked about this week, but also videos, articles and links to things we didn’t get around to.
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This week’s women’s cycling news, videos and links
This week’s racing
Tour of ChongMing Island
Links to the full race replays: Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3. Photos of each stage on Vélofocus.
Trofee Maarten Wynants
Short video highlights and full results
2017 BMX Supercross World Cup #1, Papendal
Full stream replay from Day 1
Full stream replay from Day 2
Copa de España #3, Emakumeen Aiztondo Sari Nargusia
Tour Series #1, Redditch
Full highlights available on the ITV Hub for 30 days and full results
Other things we saw this week
The latest rider profile on the UCI YouTube – Chloe Hosking
Part of Dirt Magazine’s Bigger Slice of the British Pie MTB film:
Here’s what it’s like to go on one of the Strongher Ride Along with Marijn de Vries
A day in the life of British Team WNT
- Tour of Zhoushan Island 1, 10-12th May, China, UCI 2.1
- Tour Series #2, Stoke on Trent, 11th May, UK – follow on the race twitter and highlights on ITV 4.
- 2017 Women’s WorldTour #10, Amgen Breakaway from Heart Disease Women’s Race empowered with SRAM, 11-14th May, USA. Follow on the #UCIWWT hashtag and with the race twitter. Here’s the guide to watching the highlights.
- Tour Series #3, Northwich, 12th May, UK – domestic-level crit, follow on the race twitter and highlights on ITV 4
- 2017 Para-cycling Road World Cup #1, Maniago, 12-14th May, Italy – follow the UCI Paracycling twitter, and the #Paracycling2017 hashtag
- Rabobank 7-Dorpenomloop Aalburg aka the Marianne Vos Classic, 13th May, the Netherlands, UCI 1.2
- 2017 BMX Supercross World Cup #2, Heusden-Zolder, 13-14th May, the Netherlands – this will be streamed live on BMX Live TV, – streams for the Preview Show on Friday 12th, Day 1 on Saturday 13th and Day 2 on Sunday 14th, and more information on the race website.
- Lotto Cycling Cup #4, Dwars door de Westhoek, 14th May, Belgium, UCI 1.1. Check out the Lotto Cycling Cup twitter for more information.
- Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria, 16th May, Spain, UCI 1.2. Follow on the race twitter.
- Tour Series #4, Wembley Park, 16th May, UK – domestic-level crit, follow on the race twitter and highlights on ITV 4
- Iurreta-Emakumeen Bira, 17th-21st May, Spain, UCI 2.1. The last stage will be streamed live, maybe with daily highlights too and I’ll tell you how to watch nearer the time. Follow the excellent race twitter and the #Bira hashtag (that also has lots of photos of beer in it!).
- 2017 Para-cycling Road World Cup #2, Ostend, 18th-21st May, Belgium – follow the UCI Paracycling twitter, and the #Paracycling2017 hashtag
- Tour Series #5, Croydon, 18th May, UK – domestic-level crit, follow on the race twitter and highlights on ITV 4
- 2017 Cross Country MTB World Cup #1, Nové Město na Moravě, 19th-21st May, Czech Republic. The women’s finals will be streamed live on Red Bull TV on 20th May and on the BIKE Channel in the UK, and I’ll put up more media nearer the time
- 2017 Trials World Cup #1, Aalter, 19th-21st May, Belgium
- Chrono de Gatineau ITT, 19th May, Canada, UCI 1.1. Race twitter and #ChronoGatineau
- GP de Gatineau Road Race, 20th May, Canada, UCI 1.1. Race twitter
- Salverda Omloop van de IJsseldelta, 20th May, the Netherlands, UCI 1.2
- Tour Series #6, Bath, 20th May, UK – domestic-level crit, follow on the race twitter and highlights on ITV 4
- SwissEver GP Cham-Hagendorn, 21st May, Switzerland UCI 1.2
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We’re fully into the cobbled classics section of the season and we’re a little bit excited. We recap the races of the last week, in particular Dwars door Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem which were great and had captivating finishes. Then we take a look ahead at what to expect on this holiest of cycling Sundays, when the women hit the cobbles for Ronde van Vlaanderen. We also talk about the first round of the Enduro MTB racing in Rotorua, New Zealand. There’s the ABSA Cape Epic to catch up on and we also follow the India Pacific Wheel Race (even covering some of it live – sort of) where Sarah Hammond is third overall, and the riders have already covered 4,500km but still have about 1,000km to go. It’s an epic podcast for a week of epic racing! (1:32:23 MIN / 84.58 MB)
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This week’s women’s cycling news and links
We really, really want to see the Ardennes Classics live – or at least see the finishes live! Please do take 5 minutes this week to contact the race organisers and tell them you do too – Sarah has links and advice about how to do this, in this post.
This week’s racing
Videos, links and media from the Elite, Junior and U17 Gent-Wevelgem
Video highlights on WTV Focus
Race reports on Cyclingnews, Cervélo-Bigla and Sunweb,
Photos by Sean Robinson at Vélofocus, and more photos on Cervélo-Bigla and ORICA-Scott’s FB,