This week we catch up after Sarah’s been away at the Boels Rental Ladies Tour in the Netherlands. There’s Plouay results to discuss, all the Dutch racing and of course what it means for worlds. Speaking of worlds, we’re two weeks out from the festivities in Bergen and so of course it’s time for the (sigh, eyeroll) polemica. This year it’s Australia’s turn to do something unforgivably stupid, and Dan’s got shoutpinions about it. (1:26:22 MIN / 79.08 MB)
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)
THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT
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)
This week Sarah and Dan recap the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour held in the United Kingdom, reviewing each of the stages and exploring some of the more surprising results. Along the way they accidentally reveal which one of them is the REAL comic book geek (you won’t be surprised when you hear who it is!) and of course, take some time to wrap up the other things that they’ve seen around the way over the past week. (1:00:04 MIN / 55.00 MB)
Things we saw this week
OVO Energy Women’s Tour
Here’s the link to the Ella CyclingTips article about power output in the women’s peloton that Dan found both interesting and annoying, and that Sarah found mostly annoying.
And just in case you needed it, here’s the link to CQ Ranking’s current rankings for the women.
This week marks the beginning of the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour, the United Kingdom’s best known (only) women’s UCI stage race. We run through a full preview of each stage, the riders that are likely to do well and the teams who have very clearly come prepared for this year’s contest. Following that we also take a quick look at the recent downhill mountain bike event at Fort William, with a bit of a surprise result. (52.14 MIN / 47.77 MB)
How to watch the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, 7-11th June 2017
The race stage information is on the excellent race website, including the start times. The UK is in he BST timezone, one hour behind European CEST and 9 hours behind Australian AEST, and 5 hours ahead of USA EDT. So if a stage starts at 11am BST, that’s 12:00 CEST, 8pm AEST and 6am EDT.
- Watch the TV highlights every day on Eurosport at 10:25pm and 11pm on ITV4, except for Stage 4 on Saturday 10th June, when the ITV4 highlights are at 8pm. 11pm UK BST is 00:00 Euro CEST, 6pm USA EDT and 8am the next day Australian AEST, and if you’re not in the UK, can’t see ITV4 via a VPN, you can access the channel on filmon.com. Highlights are repeated the next day at various times – more information here.
- More daily video highlights on the race YouTube and from the UCI YouTube
- Daily live blogs on the race website
- Follow live on twitter, with the race account and the #OVOWT hashtag
- More updates on the race instagram and facebook
- Play the OVO Women’s Tour Virtual DS game – pick your team by 11am BST on 7th June!
Follow me on twitter to see the things I like from the race, and my own updates – and I’ll put up daily posts here with stage video, media and more, including each #RiderResults rider…. which reminds me…
Join in the Look Mum No Hands! daily #RiderResults game
Every day, excellent London cycling café chain Look Mum No Hands! will be offering prizes in their #RiderResults competition. I’ll be picking a rider for every stage, and telling you a bit more about them, and you need to tell Look Mum where you think they’ll place in that particular stage, on their fantastic twitter, with the #RiderResults hashtag – if you’re right and they pick your name out of their hat, you’ll win something great from their shop (which you should check out, there are gorgeous things). The cutoff point is 5km to go in each stage.
For Stage 1, I’m picking Marianne Vos, who has the most interesting race history. In the first year, she won 3 stages and the overall GC; in 2015, she couldn’t race as she was having injury issues, but presented the TV highlights (I interviewed her about that here); then last year, she “only” won one stage and came 4th in the GC.
This year she had a great cyclocross mini-season, winning the first race of the year on New Year’s Day, and coming second in the most thrilling World Championships we’ve ever seen – but her Spring Classics were disappointing to her, and her best result was 7th in Ronde van Drenthe WorldTour race, as she was injured again. She was especially disappointed to miss two of the first ever women’s Ardennes Week races, especially Amstel Gold. She seems to be feeling better in May, winning a couple of smaller day races, and then winning Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik in a classic, exhilarating Vos style. But is she back?
In her time, she’s won, well…..practically everything! Olympic golds on the track and road, and 13 World Championships across road, track and CX. But more than that, she lives for cycling, and loves it passionately. She has run her own team for years – this year as WM3 Procycling – and the scariest thing about her is that as good as she is at winning, she’ll also work her heart out for her team-mates as well, as in the Rio Olympics.
Fans are desperate to see her back on top – but is she? Where do YOU think she’ll finish Stage 1?
It was a fantastic weekend of women’s racing, with 8 or 9 different race streams, but the biggest was the 2017 Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire, with the huge crowds and non-stop action from the gun. What had looked like a sprinters’ course on the race profile turned out to be FAR tougher, with only one categorised climb, but barely any actual flat – and of course the peloton made it even harder, which is why it was so good to be able to see it right from the start.
If you missed it, or want to re-live the glory, I’m here to help, with lots of videos, photos, and more media.
The FULL ITV4 STREAM and HIGHLIGHTS, commentated by Rochelle Gilmore and Ned Boulting, are on the ITV Hub, if you’re in the UK or have a VPN. Now, these often only run for 30 days, so it might disappear after 28th April, but if you come after that, keep reading!
If you’re in the USA, or via VPN, you can watch the full coverage, 30 minute highlights, short highlights and rider reactions all on Cycling TV, but this may be pay-per-view. I think this is commentated by Iris Slappendel and Anthony McCrossan.
The race’s own mini-highlights:
And there’s more!
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
- 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