Podcast 2017 Episode 26 – A Finn for the Finish

This week we cover the results from Sweden with the Vargarda Team Time Trial, and the Road Race. We also have an interesting diversion into how the calendar shift of this race has changed the way it’s raced and the results. Ella CyclingTips this week had a really interesting interview with Leah Thorvilson, the Canyon-SRAM rider who was the winner of last year’s Zwift Academy. We discuss that interview and the broader impact of Zwift Academy on the sport, especially interesting as the second year of the program is due to start in September. As always, lots more fun, laughter and Australian weather updates included! (47:28 MIN / 43.50 MB)

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2017 Giro Rosa Stage 9 – videos, media, more

With Anna van der Breggen holding the maglia rosa since Stage 2, the chances to take it from her were ticking down, and not only were Boels-Dolmans so strong, but Stage 9 looked pretty much a sprinters’ stage – if the sprinters could get up onto the plateau.

Those first climbs split everything up, with all the big sprinting names dropped, it seemed – and we never heard if they came back.  A trio of Lauren Kitchen, Anna Trevisi and Malgorzata Jasinska escaped but they didn’t have much of a lead – just over a minute at 10km, but the peloton were charging….

 

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….

And of course, we’re all still thinking of Claudia Cretti, who crashed on Stage 7, and is still in a very serious condition.

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2017 Giro Rosa stage 6 – videos, photos, media, more!

The sprinters, domestiques and pure stage hunters had hoped the Stage 5 ITT would be a rest day, but wow, they were wrong!  It was more like a Hill Climb than an ITT course, and pretty much insane – the organisers trolling the riders with their, erm, “misleading” profile.

So when we came to Stage 6, 4 laps of a course, no one trusted that it really would look like this:

And the descent looked especially hairy.  We did have a lot of crashes throughout the race, and the heat was huge – a really tough day.  There were lots of attack attempts, but there were enough teams ready to chase, and it was very active.  Would any manage to escape?

Check out the videos – and I’ll add more as I see them – with photos, media and results below.  And if you want to catch up with the race so far, listen to the latest podcast from Dan and me.

If you are in Italy, or have a VPN, please do watch the highlights on RAI, for their audience figures.  But if you can’t…

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2017 Giro Rosa Stage 3 – videos, photos, media & more

After Stage 2 of the 2017 Giro Rosa shook up the General Classification, Stage 3 was one of those typically Giro stages that look pretty benign on the profile, but could go pretty much any way –  one for sprinters, “unless it’s the exact opposite”, as Dan said in our Giro podcast preview.

There were lots of attacks, in the very fast race – and then the 2nd category climb hit, and the peloton shattered…. would it come back together or was it another day for the breakaways?

I’ve got highlights videos, results, photos and more – be careful about scrolling down if you want to avoid spoilers – and I’ve been adding all the extra videos in here as I find them, so there could be more than when you last looked!

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Podcast 2017 Episode 10 – Cobbles and Stones

We’re fully into the cobbled classics section of the season and we’re a little bit excited. We recap the races of the last week, in particular Dwars door Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem which were great and had captivating finishes. Then we take a look ahead at what to expect on this holiest of cycling Sundays, when the women hit the cobbles for Ronde van Vlaanderen. We also talk about the first round of the Enduro MTB racing in Rotorua, New Zealand. There’s the ABSA Cape Epic to catch up on and we also follow the India Pacific Wheel Race (even covering some of it live – sort of) where Sarah Hammond is third overall, and the riders have already covered 4,500km but still have about 1,000km to go. It’s an epic podcast for a week of epic racing! (1:32:23 MIN / 84.58 MB)

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This week’s women’s cycling news and links

We really, really want to see the Ardennes Classics live – or at least see the finishes live! Please do take 5 minutes this week to contact the race organisers and tell them you do too – Sarah has links and advice about how to do this, in this post.

This week’s racing

Videos, links and media from the Elite, Junior and U17 Gent-Wevelgem

Dwars door de Vlaanderen

Video highlights on WTV Focus

Race reports on Cyclingnews, Cervélo-Bigla and Sunweb,

Photos by Sean Robinson at Vélofocus, and more photos on Cervélo-Bigla and ORICA-Scott’s FB,

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2017 Gent-Wevelgem – videos, media and more

After we had livestreaming of the first three round of the 2017 Women’s WorldTour, Strade Bianche, the Ronde van Drenthe and Trofeo Alfredo Binda, unfortunately we won’t get much for Round 4, Gent-Wevelgem.  But I’ve collected videos, photos and race reports from the WorldTour, and also some snippets from Round 2 of the Junior Nations Cup, and the U17 women’s races.

First, the WorldTour – please click on the Sporza highlights, to show that there is an audience for the sport.  And here are the UCI highlights:

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Podcast 2016 Episode 36 – EPIC (That’s a Technical Term)

Podcast logoHey 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.

Best race finish

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…

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