This week we follow up on the second race from La Course by Le Tour de France; the chase held on the weekend with the top 19 riders from the Col d’Izoard stage raced it out on the streets of Marseille. We talk through the excitement and also the issues that this new format of race revealed. There’s positives and negatives, we take our time with both and also explore ways that we think the format could be improved for the future. (53:56 MIN / 49.39 MB)
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THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT
Here’s a handy link to the Cycling contacts on the ASO’s website (we note in particular the Marketing and Creation of New Events email addresses).
Look, we do understand that not all weeks can be huge weeks of racing, but honestly this week was definitely a HUGE week of racing. We had stage racing at the BeNe Ladies Tour in the Netherlands and Belgium. We also had the Lotto Thuringen Ladies Tour in East Germany. With races suiting different types of riders and different types of racing there was no shortage of surprises and feats of phenomenal prowess to be impressed by. All of that before we get into the high mountains for the Col d’Izoard and La Course by Le Tour de France. We also quickly cover some Canadian racing and talk about a couple of other news items from the week. (1:03:46 MIN / 58.39 MB)
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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.
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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.
- Stage 2 – results, race report, photos
- Stage 3 ITT – results, race report, photos and video interviews, with Ariadna Gutiérrez Arzaluz, with Alison Tetrick and with Julie Emmerman
- Stage 4 Crit – results, race report,
- Stage 5 – results, race report, photos and videos
Scroll down here for full results of each stage. Photos from Stage 2 and Stage 3, and videos from the finishes:
We’ve had a week off due to migraination and so there’s twice as much racing to get through. We take a romp through La Course, Thuringen Rundfahrt, Tour de Pologne and the BeNe Ladies Tour, all while discussing the finer points of multi-year growth plans and the overall development of the sport. Of course, this is all a precursor to the climactic Olympic Games racing that is just around the corner, but first we preview the Prudential Ride London Classique coming up on the weekend. So many things to discuss, it’s an epic episode! (1:07:23 MIN / 61.60 MB)
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UPDATE! This is very Aussie, and made us laugh..
I’ve had migraines all week, so haven’t been able to put a guide up earlier, so here’s a brief one.
La Course by Le Tour de France , the women’s race at the final stage of the Tour de France, is on Sunday 24th July 2016, and starts at 13:15 Euro CEST (12:15 UK BST; 7:15am EDT; 9:15pm AEST) – it’s about 2 hours long, and most TV seems to start between 13:45 and 14:00 CEST. You can find the broadcasters in your are by going to the race website and hitting the broadcasters tab at the bottom to see where it’s shown in your area (eg Eurosport and ITV4 in the UK) – and the usual livestream websites (here, here, here) will have feeds for you.
Follow the race before it starts with the La Course twitter and the #LaCourse hashtag. It’s a bit of a frustrating race, because of course the route is iconic – up and down the Champs Elysées, with the 2 sharp corners into and out of the underpass under the Jardins de Tuileries – but it’s a weird distance, 89km, so it’s not a Crit, with all the adrenaline-fuelled action they give us, but not a proper road race. Luckily the women’s peloton make the most of being in front of international cameras, and will race the hell out of it regardless! There are some big names missing because of Rio, but the startlist is here.
What happened in the previous two years? Videos and more from 2014 and 2015.
It’s a bit of a hectic podcast this week as there was only one short window where Sarah and Dan could coordinate their schedules to record. On the upside, it’s a bit of a hectic podcast this week! Anyway, it was cobbly and rainy in France, which kind of makes La Course a summer classic, right? In addition to recapping the multiple attacks, crashes and attempts in Paris, we also discuss the BMX World Championships and the Para-Cycling World Cup. Enjoy! (58:38 MIN / 56.3 MB)
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*Not an actual guarantee, definition of summer may vary, results may vary.
We didn’t talk about it, but we loved this video from Nettie Edmondson
La Course by Le Tour de France
All the videos, photos, tweets and more Sarah has found, here.
2015 BMX World Championships
So, La Course by Le Tour de France – the women’s race around the Champs Elysées, and one of the many reasons I love the women’s peloton is they fought all the way round, despite the rain, despite the utter carnage of all the crashes on the slippery cobbles – but especially, that they don’t believe in following the scripts. Champs Elysées is all about racing together and a bunch sprint? Not the way the women race! So exciting, right up to the line, and here’s my collection of videos, photos, race reports, tweets and much more.
But before I start, here’s why I love it most. For years, people would tell me how their daughters would ask them why girls can’t race the Tour de France, and while they’ve got a long way to go before we’re back to the women’s TdF of the 1980s and 90s, little girls of 2015 will never think that women can’t sprint on the Champs. That’s marvellous, and while of course I want to fight for more, it’s something to celebrate right now!
So let’s start with video. Three minute clip of the finish from ITV Cycling (could be geo-restricted to UK)- 12 minutes from SBS Cycling Central (note, their videos sometimes only last for a month) and more highlights from Le Tour:
Highlights geo-restricted to the USA,
And this is geo-restricted to Belgium, but I’m sure you can deal with that by now – an hour of footage from RTBF.be, seen via Matrix Procycling. And what was it like from a rider’s point of view? Here’s Vera Koedooder‘s bike-cam… or should that be attack-cam? Scary to see the crashing from this angle…
There’ll be more to follow (to go with everything below!), but if you see video – especially of the full race – please do let me know in the comments and on twitter.