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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Videos, media and more from the 2017 women’s Amstel Gold Race

It’s the first women’s Amstel Gold Race since 2004 – and the start of the first ever women’s Ardennes Week.  121km, with 17 climbs, including four times up the Cauberg, the last just over a kilometre from the finish.  Everything suggested it was going to be a fantastic race, and the peloton didn’t disappoint.

If you missed the race, or want to re-live it, I’ve collected videos, photos, race reports, results and more.  As always, I’ll edit more things in as I see them, and I’d love it if you could send things my way, via the comments below, or on twitter.

Let’s start with videos.  Highlights and post-win reactions on NOS.nl (please watch, if you can, so they get the stats).  More highlights, and the first podium ceremony, on Sporza. And for Australians (or those with a VPN set to Aus…) here’s the full 43 minute coverage from SBS Cycling Central.

The UCI highlights, final 13km (French commentary, and weirdly a splash image from… the 2008 World Championships) and full 45 minutes coverage with no commentary.

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Videos, media and more from the 2017 Strade Bianche

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!  This was one of my all-time, ultra-favourite races, ever, ever, ever.  That finale!  Can you believe it?  I adored it!

Three videos, to choose which you want to watch:  The full hour of tv; the last 11 km; and the UCI’s highlights

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Videos and media – 2016 Boels Rental Ladies Tour

September is always so busy with tons of racing, it’s wonderful.  On of this week’s road races was the Boels Rental Ladies Tour in the Netherlands, with most of the big teams, and that combination of classic Dutch-style racing with wind, echelons and 1000 attacks on a mostly flat course until the final stage all over the Cauberg and the other Limburg hills.  There’s always a lot of video and media from the Holland Ladies Tour, and this year lived up to expectations, so grab a cuppa, and enjoy!  Of course I’ll add in more as I see it, and you can share things I’ve missed in the comments

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This race had fantastic social media, with tons of updates on the race twitter, including photos and videos.  The race’s own videos include the finish-line, and clips of the race, as well as interviews with the winners, and you can find photo galleries for the whole race from Boels-Dolmans, Rabo-liv, and Liv-Plantur – with more stage galleries below, too.

Stage 1

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Giro Rosa 2016 Q&As – Leah Kirchmann, Thalita de Jong, Kasia Niewiadoma, Elena Cecchini and Audrey Cordon-Ragot

Podcast interview logoI’m always fascinated to find out how the Giro Rosa was for riders – so I asked some of the riders from this year’s race.  Big thanks to stage winners Leah Kirchmann and Thalita de Jong, Best Young Rider Kasia Niewiadoma, and super-domestiques Elena Cecchini and Audrey Cordon-Ragot for answering my questions.

Leah Kirchmann

Kirchmann is a Canadian rider who’s having a fantastic 2016 with Liv-Plantur, and part of that has been racing the Giro, where she came 8th overall after winning the Prologue – all the more impressive when we think it’s her first ever Giro!

ProWomensCycling:  You won the first stage of your your first ever Giro!  How did that feel?

Leah Kirchmann:  It was an incredible feeling to win the first stage of my first ever Giro! I had high expectations for the race, but I didn’t necessarily expect it to start off so well.

PWC:  What had you been told about the Giro before you started?  And how was it different in real life?

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Videos from the 2016 National Road Championships

This year’s Road Cycling National Champs weekend were the usual mix of predictable and completely un-guessable, which I love.  Check out the race report collection on Ella Cycling Tips – and here’s a little collection of videos and results – and of course, if you have more that I’ve missed, please do let me know, either in the comments or on twitter, and I’ll edit them in.  In alphabetical order…

Belgium

Video highlights on Sporza – and this made me grin:

Little video interview with winner Kaat Hannes, after the race. Race report on Lensworld-Zannata’s website, and full results from the Road Race and ITT.

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Canada

The Road Race was won by Annie Foreman-Mackey

Video interviews with second-placed Joëlle Numainville, and Leah Kirchmann in third. Elite women’s results and U23 and Junior women.

In the ITT, it was Foreman-Mackey’s The Cyclery-Opus team-mate Tara Whitten, back from really nasty head and neck injuries:

Full results from the elite women, and the U23  and junior women’s ITTs.

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Podcast 2016 Episode 20 – With Four Broken Ribs

Podcast logo This week we’re back after Sarah’s been working doing the commentary for the television coverage of the Aviva Women’s Tour. We discuss all things British stage racing. We also catch up on the Giro del Trentino and the North Star GP. We take a quick look ahead and start to prepare ourselves for the excitement of the Giro Rosa. Our title this week is a tribute to the amazing Alison Tetrick who raced most of the Women’s Tour with four cracked ribs. (1:11:19 MIN / 65.3 MB)

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