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.

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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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Follow the 2017 Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Omloop van Borsele live

It’s the last full Spring Classics weekend, and it goes out with a bang!  There’s the first ever women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the climax of the first ever women’s Ardennes Week, but before that, the EPZ Omloop van Borsele: a cobbley sprinters’ Classic, with an ITT for the elite women, and a three-stage Junior women’s race, the last round of the UCI’s Nations Cup.

Of course, Liège is the biggest race, but sadly we can’t expect a livestream.  We can hope for highlights to be shown in the men’s race coverage, and a Periscope view of the finishline, but I’ll tell you how we can follow the race live… But first, Borsele.

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Podcast 2017 Episode 13 – It Was SO Attacky!

We’re in the middle of the Ardennes week which means there’s heaps of racing and heaps of climbs around. This week Sarah and Dan talk through how Amstel Gold and Fleche Wallonne both unfolded (they were amazing!), and what this might mean for Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday. There’s also time to catch up on some of the main results from the recent Track World Championships, and to find out a bit more about Lizzie Deignan’s new book “Steadfast” which is out now. Of course there’s plenty more in the podcast and even more in the post! (1:12:03 MIN / 65.98 MB)

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This week’s collection of women’s cycling links and news

This week’s racing

Click to see the videos, photos and media from the 2017 Amstel Gold Race and Flèche Wallonne.

Tour of the Gila

Full results of Stage 1, race report and photo gallery

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2017 Track World Championships

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Let’s change women’s cycling – the 2017 Ardennes Week edition

The 2017 Women’s World Tour and season in general have already shown us an increase in live women’s racing – from streams from the Australian 2017 openers, the Mitchelton Bay Crits and Deakin Women’s Race at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, to the entirely live Omloop van het Hageland, and the live last parts of the WorldTour races Strade Bianche, Ronde van Drenthe and Trofeo Aldredo Binda, we’ve been able to watch some amazing racing.

But the season won’t continue like that.  There will be some fantastic live racing at the Healthy Ageing Tour and maybe at the Ronde van Vlaanderen, but what about at the Ardennes Week?

Just having an Ardennes Week is fantastic.  The three races, Amstel Gold on 16th April, Flèche Wallonne Femmes on 19th, and the first ever Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes on 23rd, will each have a women’s race that’s part of the Women’s WorldTour – but as yet, we’ve had no news about whether we’ll be able to see them live, or even a good length of highlights, beyond 10 minutes on the UCI YouTube.

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Looking back at the 2016 Road Cycling Calendar – and ahead to 2017

For the last six years, on and off, I’ve been doing some research and analysis of the women’s cycling road calendar.  I started this in the first place because I wanted to really understand the impact of losing and gaining races because I hadn’t seen it anywhere else; and because I work visually, I ended up with lots of colour-coordinated charts and spreadsheets.  You can find the earlier posts in the Podium Café series, and then the posts from last year under the women’s road calendar tag on this website.

Now, I usually do this when the UCI announces the coming year’s calendar, around the Road World Champs, but this year, I couldn’t face it, and saved it up until a newsworthy time – which turned out to be a good move. The thing that stopped me doing it  is that it changes so much in the months between the announcement and when the races actually take place.

We see this every year – new races that are announced that never run (I’m thinking of the Syrian races, which were included in the calendar for years, even though the war made it perfectly clear they’d never happen, as the most egregious examples, but every year there are more), ones that move around the calendar between initial announcement, and the “pop-up” races that are given UCI status so late in the year that of course most big teams, who have to set their racing schedules in the summer, can’t get there.  If you want examples, check out my posts about the 2016 season:  the initial announcement in October, changes between October and December, and then more changes by February.

And now it’s time for my annual look at the difference between was was initially on the calendar for 2016, and what was actually raced – and then I’ll look ahead to what we know about 2016.  Prepare for the colour coding!

How did the 2016 calendar change between original publication and racing?

To have a closer look, click on each image, or you can open the PDF version.

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