2017 Giro Rosa Stage 10 – the last chance! Videos, photos, media and more

The final stage of the 2017 Giro Rosa, and the last chance for General Classification hopefuls to take aim at Anna van der Breggen, and for everyone else to go for that final moment of glory.  Nine flat-ish laps, and a stage final going up then don Mount Vesuvius, before screaming into the finish.

It was pretty much non-stop attacks, especially from the sprinters, who hoped that if they could get enough room, they could hit the top of Vesuvius before the climbers overwhelmed them, and still be in with a chance.  And of course, all kinds of riders were making moves.  Boels-Dolmans were ready for everything the rest could throw at them…. but would it be enough?

As aways, I’ll add in more videos as I see them – and remember, I’ll be talking about the Giro at Look Mum No Hands! in London on 19th July – please do join me, if you can.

Ever wondered how the UCI highlights videos are made? Listen to Rose Manley talk about her amazing work, in this podcast-interview.

If you are in Italy, or have a VPN, please do watch the highlights on RAI – but if not….

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Videos, media and more from Stage 5 of the 2017 OVO Energy Women’s Tour

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:

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OVO Energy Women’s Tour Stage 4 videos and media – and Stage 5 #RiderResults competition

Wow, this stage was completely thrilling!  So hard to keep up with the action, and with Kasia Niewiadoma going in with a weakened team to defend her General Classification lead against the massed peloton of ravenous, attacking, ferocious big squads, it was always going to be nail-biting.

And wow, they didn’t disappoint!  On the short, sharp climbs and descents, it was attacking at every opportunity, with the Leader’s jersey being passed back and forth – where would it end?

As usual, videos first, then the final Look Mum No Hands! #RiderResults game – and then results, reports, more videos, photos and the usual media.  As always, I’ll edit more in as I see it.

First, the 40 minute highlights from ITV4 – and yes, if you’re not in the UK, you’ll need a VPN – or watch them here (please do try to watch on ITV if you can, though)

Next, shorter highlights from the race organisers and the UCI.

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OVO Energy Women’s Tour Stage 3 videos & media – and Stage 4 #RiderResults competition

Stage 3 was the longest we’ve ever seen in a women’s stage race, at 151km long, and it always looked like it would be a battle between escapees and bunch sprint teams, especially with the finish, a long, swooping drag absolutely perfect for power sprinters.  But with this year’s race being so unpredictable, what would happen?

I’ve got the highlights videos for you, then the rider for the Look Mum No Hands! Stage 4 #RiderResults competition, and then Stage 3 results, photos, reports and rider tweets for you.  As always, I’ll add in more as I see it.

First, the 40 minute highlights from ITV4, available for the next 30 days (you may need a VPN to see these).

Highlights from the UCI and the race organisers:

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Videos & media from Stage 1 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour – and Stage 2 #RiderResults competition

I have to admit, I spent the entire evening laughing about how Stage 1 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour went down.  I know, I know, Schadenfreude is a bit mean, but that was a really fun stage to “watch” online.  I’m not going to spoiler it, watch the highlights below – and then I’ll tell you who I’ve picked for the Look Mum No Hands! #RiderResults Stage 2 competition, and then share the results, photos and more social media I’ve enjoyed from day 1.  As always, I’ll add in more highlights as I see them.

First the 40 minute highlights from ITV4.  These will be available for 30 days now, but if you’re not in the UK, you might need a VPN to see them.  Of course I recommend watching them on ITV, but if you can’t do that, watch them here:

Next, very short highlights from the race, 5 minutes from the UCI, Wiggle High5’s take, and then the UCI highlights (with spoiler on the video cover, sorry!) and then the winner’s interview:

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Podcast 2017 Episode 14 – The Treble

This week’s episode covers a lot of historic moments in the midst of a very dynamic 2017 season. There’s Tour of the Gila in the US and Omloop van Borsele to cover off, along with the first ever women’s edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege in all it’s conTEXT and glory. There’s some interesting articles from during the week including the latest edition of Ella’s SHE-cret Pro which seems to have stirred up a bit of controversy. In addition to which we take the time to appropriately thank the UCI for their help with making La Course more La Course-y than ever before.

Listen to us here, or download directly from Soundcloud

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This week’s women’s cycling news, videos and links

This week’s racing

Videos, photos and more from the first ever women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

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The Tour of the Gila

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Nations Cup #4 – Junior Omloop van Borsele Stage Race

Scroll down here for full results of each stage. Photos from Stage 2 and Stage 3, and videos from the finishes:

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Videos, photos and media from the 2017 women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège

It was a doubly historic women’s cycling day – the climax of the first ever women’s Ardennes Week, the first ever Liège-Bastogne-Liège (or if you’re a Dutch-speaker, Luik-Bastenken-Luik).  It’s pretty much impossible to stress how important this week is – it really is a pivotal moment for women’s cycling, the first time they’ve had the same opportunities as the men to ride this, the oldest monument of them all.

The start of the Ardennes, the Amstel Gold Race, had signaled a major shift in dynamics of the Women’s WorldTour.  After the first five rounds had been shared around the peloton, Boels-Dolmans, who had dominated the peloton last year, with an unprecedented 40 UCI wins, had shaken off their early-season bad luck, as Anna van der Breggen had won the first two Ardennes races, Amstel Gold and Flèche Wallonne.  But could that luck last?  Could the reigning Olympic champion make even more history and do what only two men have done before her, and win the triple?

Sadly, just like the women’s Flèche Wallonne on Wednesday, we couldn’t watch the race live, to see the answer, and had to rely on twitter.  There was 20 seconds of highlights during the men’s coverage, and there have been a few sets of highlights (of course, if you click through, be careful, as the titles will give away the winner).

Here’s what I’ve found, in terms of videos, photo galleries, race reports and other media.  As always, if you see any more, please do share it in the comments below, or let me know on twitter, and I’ll edit it in.  Please do click the official highlights, to demonstrate the audience, because it’s a huge shame we got so little.

The longest video is 8 mins from the UCI (just a warning – the quality of the footage InCycle were given is not the best…)

Highlights on NOS.nl, including a winner’s interview if you scroll down.

More highlights on Sporza (Dutch) and on host broadcaster RTBF (French, may be geo-restricted) and 1:46 on Australia’s Cycling Central.

Wiggle High5’s team video:

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