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.
Hey remember that time a few days ago when Sarah and Dan started talking about all the Best of the Year categories that VeloVoices are going to be holding voting on this week, and it took them an hour to get through the first category? Well they’re back! And this time they’re determined to get through all of the other categories (including the two extra ones that Sarah made up so that she could fit everyone in that she wanted to) no matter how long it takes!
Look, we’re not gonna lie, this podcast is EPIC (that’s a technical term). It’s huge. It’s long enough to be a Hollywood blockbuster, but it’s got more plot, more drama and more action than your standard Hollywood blockbuster, so there’s that! How could it not be when we’re discussing Best Race Finish of the Year, Best Breakthrough Rider of the Year, Unsung Heroines of the Peloton for the Year, Unsung Heroes/Heroines Behind the Scenes and Step-Up Rider of the Year?
So many great and worthy nominees, so much to argue about! Make sure you’re stocked up on time and refreshments, this one’s perfect for that long drive to see all your extended family for the holidays. Here goes… (1:59:50 MIN / 109.72MB)
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And listen to, and read, our nominations for 2016 women’s cycling Rider of the Year.
There were so, so many fantastic racing moments this season, and it was especially exciting as we got more live racing, and long highlights, than ever before. In chronological order…
I’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.
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?
So we have bad news about the 2016 Giro Rosa – where we’ve been used to getting around 45 mins to an hour of video from each stage, for at least the past 5 years, that’s not happening this year, and we have a lot less media from the race too. It’s sad, but let’s be glass-half-full and enjoy what we have in terms of shorter highlights, and photos… This is what we’ve got from the Prologue and Stages 1 and 2. I’ll edit more in if I see it – and I’ll be putting things straight up onto my women’s cycling Tumblr as I see them, for the rest of the race.
Photo album for the whole race so far on Boels Dolmans’ website. – and tons of clips of Argentinian team Xirayas de San Luís, on the Tour Femenino de San Luís Youtube. And here’s the Team Presentation gallery on Cyclingnews, and video:
Short highlights video on the race facebook.
This is the only stage so far with the long highlights, hooray for them!
This week we talk up a storm about all the racing that’s happened over the last week (and how it’s nice to get live video this week!). We catch up on Drenthe, Drentse8 and the ABSA Cape Epic. There’s another very open video from Wiggle High5 about their performance on the weekend. There’s been some really interesting articles come out that caught our attention as well – and as always we have heaps of links, videos, articles and more in the post below. Dan doesn’t actually pick a fight with anyone this week but we do invent a new board game. It’s a long one and it plumbs new depths of nerdery! (1:23:02 MIN / 76.02 MB)
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Things we talked about
This Cylance team intro video is like some promo for an awesome TV show:
This week’s racing
Every year the Ronde van Drenthe starts the season early with a big marker in the sand – this is how we can cover women’s road cycling! And in 2016 it excelled itself with so much media. I’ve got lots of videos (including home-made English commentary) from Round 2 of the Women’s World Tour, the Ronde van Drenthe, and some clips of Sunday’s Drentse Acht van Westerveld, including Marianne Vos on her first race back in the peloton.
It’s always a brilliant race – three times over a man-made climb, and four stretches of brutal, unique cobbles. It’s been won in every way from solo attacks, small groups and bunch sprints, so it’s always unpredictable and beautiful to watch. Let’s start with the entire re-run from RTV Oost (please do watch it there, because it’s so awesome that they did that, but if that goes, there’s a much lower-res back up) and the final few kilometres:
Such a huge opening weekend to the 2016 Road season – and we have videos, photos and more media from the races, and from Evelyn Stevens breaking the UCI Hour Record in Colorado.
As usual, there’s very little to see of the women’s Omloop het Nieuwsblad, which is a huge shame as it sounds like a great race. What we do have is a short highlights video from Sporza, with interview with winner Lizzie Armitstead at the end. And here’s another interview with Armitstead from Felix Mattis: