OVO Energy Women’s Tour Stage 3 videos & media – and Stage 4 #RiderResults competition

Stage 3 was the longest we’ve ever seen in a women’s stage race, at 151km long, and it always looked like it would be a battle between escapees and bunch sprint teams, especially with the finish, a long, swooping drag absolutely perfect for power sprinters.  But with this year’s race being so unpredictable, what would happen?

I’ve got the highlights videos for you, then the rider for the Look Mum No Hands! Stage 4 #RiderResults competition, and then Stage 3 results, photos, reports and rider tweets for you.  As always, I’ll add in more as I see it.

First, the 40 minute highlights from ITV4, available for the next 30 days (you may need a VPN to see these).

Highlights from the UCI and the race organisers:

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Videos & media from Stage 1 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour – and Stage 2 #RiderResults competition

I have to admit, I spent the entire evening laughing about how Stage 1 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour went down.  I know, I know, Schadenfreude is a bit mean, but that was a really fun stage to “watch” online.  I’m not going to spoiler it, watch the highlights below – and then I’ll tell you who I’ve picked for the Look Mum No Hands! #RiderResults Stage 2 competition, and then share the results, photos and more social media I’ve enjoyed from day 1.  As always, I’ll add in more highlights as I see them.

First the 40 minute highlights from ITV4.  These will be available for 30 days now, but if you’re not in the UK, you might need a VPN to see them.  Of course I recommend watching them on ITV, but if you can’t do that, watch them here:

Next, very short highlights from the race, 5 minutes from the UCI, Wiggle High5’s take, and then the UCI highlights (with spoiler on the video cover, sorry!) and then the winner’s interview:

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Podcast 2017 Episode 18 – and how to watch the OVO Energy Women’s Tour

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)

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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.

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?

Find out more about Marianne on her website, and follow her on twitter and instagram.

 

 

 

Podcast 2017 Episode 17 – Schroedinger’s GC

This week’s podcast is a little bit of a catchup as we cover off the impact that May has had on the peloton with races going on in the USA, the Basque country, Belgium and more. Riders and teams have had to choose where to apply their focus and resources and it’s made for a very interesting month. We take a particular look at how the Tour of California and the Emakumeen Bira played out and then how they contributed to the way that Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik was raced. As always, there’s plenty to laugh about and more than a few diversions along the way! (50:37 MIN / 46.35 MB)

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Recent women’s cycling road & MTB racing

Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik

Watch the full race replay (with English commentary!) on the Motomedia Livestream – and highlights:

Full results

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Emakumeen Bira

10 minutes highlights videos from eitb.eus from Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 4. Final kilometres of the last stage

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Podcast 2017 Episode 16 – It’s Worse When You Try To Defend Me

This week we talk through the events in China at the Tour of Chongming Island. We catch up on Marianne Vos’ first win of the season. We take a look at the Women’s Tour of California (aka The Breakaway From Heart Disease Women’s Race presented by SRAM). We catch up on the latest news from BMX and we take a few minutes to reflect back on the last five years of podcasting. That’s right, it’s our FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY EPISODE! There’s plenty of good things (and a couple of things that induce ranty swearing) to remind ourselves of. There’s even time to play the “if I had a time machine and were insanely rich how would I help the sport” game (the rules are easier than the name). So strap yourselves in and enjoy! (54:57 MIN / 53.01 MB)

As usual, the post below includes things we talked about this week, but also videos, articles and links to things we didn’t get around to.

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This week’s women’s cycling news, videos and links

This week’s racing

Tour of ChongMing Island

Links to the full race replays: Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3. Photos of each stage on Vélofocus.

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Trofee Maarten Wynants

Short video highlights and full results

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2017 BMX Supercross World Cup #1, Papendal

Full stream replay from Day 1

Full stream replay from Day 2

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Copa de España #3, Emakumeen Aiztondo Sari Nargusia

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Tour Series #1, Redditch

Full highlights available on the ITV Hub for 30 days and full results

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Other things we saw this week

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The latest rider profile on the UCI YouTube – Chloe Hosking

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Part of Dirt Magazine’s Bigger Slice of the British Pie MTB film:

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Here’s what it’s like to go on one of the Strongher Ride Along with Marijn de Vries

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A day in the life of British Team WNT

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Upcoming racing

To keep up with the road racing that will be shown live in 2017, bookmark my collection of races we can watch this year.

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If you want to talk to us about anything in this week’s podcast, or women’s cycling in general, leave us a comment, below, or tweet us: Sarah is @PWCycling and Dan is @DanWOfficial.

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Podcast 2017 Episode 6 – Always Park For a Getaway

cropped-podcast-logo.jpgThis week we catch up on the opening races of the classics season. The Omloops (het Nieuwsblad and van het Hageland aka Tielt-Winge), and Le Samyn des Dames. It’s been a great opening to European racing with diverse pelotons and results! There’s a lot to unpack and enjoy, there’s also track racing to catch up on and some other news from around the traps. Remember to park for a clean getaway and then settle in for a hell of a listen. (1:32:02 MIN / 84.26 MB)

 

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Things we talked about this week included

This week’s racing

Videos and media from the Omloop het Nieuwsblad and the Omloop van het Hageland

Le Samyn des Dames

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Videos and media from the 2017 Cyclocross World Championships

I still can’t get over the amazing women’s racing from the Bieles 2017 Cyclocross World Championships!  The U23 women’s race was incredible enough, and then the Elite Women’s was just completely spectacular – one of the very, very best races I’ve ever seen in any kind of cycling, women’s or men’s.  It had everything – riding skills, drama, surprises, and a worthy winner, on a fantastic course.  I’m still getting the hairs stand up on the back of my neck, thinking of it!

If you missed any of it, here’s my collection of videos, photos and other media.  There’s a lot of it!  I’m start with the Elite women, and then move onto the U23s.  As always, if you seen anything I’ve missed, tell me in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll edit them in.

There are lots of fantastic videos on the Cyclocross Magazine YouTube and interviews with the Canadians, on the Canadian Cyclist YouTube, from before the races and after.

Elite women’s race

UCI Highlights and full race replay

 

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