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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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…
Stage 9 of the Giro Rosa was always going to be beautiful, running around the shores of Lago Maggiore in northern Italy (check out the video recon on the race facebook), but we also knew it was going to be a tough way to finish the race. Hardened Giro Rosa-watchers know that even though the profile looks like this…
The actual roads will be anything but benign! An early breakaway group of 9: Charlotte Bravard (Poitou Charentes Futuroscope.86), Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Lensworld-Zannata), Ingrid Drexel (Astana), Sheyla Guitierrez Ruíz (Cylance), Mayuko Hagiwara (Wiggle-High5), Thalita de Jong (Rabo-liv), Lauren Kitchen (Hitec Products), Riejanne Markus (Liv-Plantur) and Ane Santeseteban Gonzalez (Alé Cipollini)
The break were allowed to spend 2 laps out together, as they had no GC threats – but with the GPM approaching, the bunch behind started to speed up, and their lead of around 5 minutes began dropping fast – so break riders started to attack. Would the break survive? And would any GC contenders try to attack?
Videos, photos and race reports from the stage below – as always, I’ll be editing more things in as I see them, so do leave me a comment, or tweet me, if there’s anything I’ve missed.
More Italian video – 15 mins on the race facebook.
It’s been a tough few days for the sprinters, with all those mountains and then a climbing ITT – but today’s Stage 8 was flat, and perfect for the sprint teams… on paper! It ended with a small loop, and a technical finish – Felix Mattis rode the finishing run-in with a camera on his bike – watch it on facebook.
And in that typically women’s cycling style, just because it suited sprint teams on paper, doesn’t mean the peloton were going to let it play out for them. Even though it was a very fast day, with lots of attacks that were caught, a group of nine got away before the midpoint GPM – Alena Amialiusik (Canyon-SRAM), Lauren Kitchen (Hitec), Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Wiggle High5), Lex Albrecht (BePink), Małgorzata Jasińska (Alé Cipollini), Anna Ceoloni (Servetto-Footon), Ana Maria Covrig (Astana), Riejanne Markus (Liv-Plantur) and maybe 1 more rider (it was that kind of live-tweeting day).
With no riders from Rabo-liv, Lotto Soudal and Boels-Dolmans, there were big names to chase… but with no one anywhere near a threat, Boels weren’t bothered… so the group got tantalisingly close to the line, especially when Jasinska, Covrig and Ceoloni escaped with Rozanne Slik or Liv and it to less than 5k to go – could they make it all the way?
Find out in the videos, photos and other media from the stage – and I’ll be editing in more media as I see it – tweet me, or leave a comment if you find things I’ve missed. You can find my previous collections of videos from the race under my Giro Rosa 2016 tag.
Video highlights on the race website – and here’s what RAI gave us:
Stage 4 is the mid-point of the Giro Rosa, the last chance for sprinters before the mountains begin with the Mortirolo stage tomorrow. With the original stage changed because of a landslide, it ran around the gorgeous-looking Lago d’Iseo in Lombardy – and this is the media we got.
As always, I’ll be editing in more video, photos and reports as I see them – please do share anything I’ve missed in the comments, or tell me on twitter. You can find my previous collections of videos from the race under my Giro Rosa 2016 tag.
After the various Individual Time Trials (and you can see all the video I’ve found from those) it was time for a huge number of women’s Road Race Nationals…. If you find videos I’ve missed, as always, please let me know in the comments, or on twitter!
The prize for the most accessible road race goes to France, where the fantastic France 3 showed the women’s road race live – such luxury! The coverage is available for a week, on Pluzz (if you can’t see that in non-France countries, try watching with Hola or Tunnelbear). Big thanks to the wonderful Clo, who runs the Velonova women’s cycling site, who found this. And here’s (an unebeddable) clip from Cyclism’Actu, with the finish and post-race comments from the incredible Pauline Ferrand-Prévot – and another one here:
More Cyclism’Actu post-race interview video with Ferrand-Prévot, with 2nd placed Mélodie LeSueur and Fanny Riberot in 3rd.
That was the first road race victory for Rabobank-Liv, and over in the Netherlands, it was all about that team. Here’s a collection of videos and audios from NOS Sport (UPDATE! See ConfusedSpider telling us about the interview in the comments!) and more video from RaboSportTV