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.
We’re back after a small break due to illness and straight into a wealth of racing information with all of the main highlights from the Paralympics in Rio. Sarah’s collected a heap of information and as much video as possible, so do make sure to check it all out. We also have MTB worlds to cover, the Lotto Belgium Tour, The Madrid Challenge, and the Giro Toscana. In time-trial action there’s the Chronos de Champenois, and to top it all off cyclocross season is kicking off. Brace yourselves kids, this one’s a heck of a ride. (1:02:41 MIN / 57.40 MB)
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Things we talked about this week included
Video collections from:
We loved this video from our friend Coreen Mazzochi, who made Giro Toscana highlights videos in the collection above, but also made this backstage video diary, showing what it’s like to cover the race:
The final round of the first ever Women’s WorldTour – the short, “crit-like” Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta. It’s all giant roads, so hard to escape on, but you know the peloton tried and tried… could it work?
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:
Hi team! Even though Sarah’s been unwell this week she’s managed to return from the dead just to help catch you up on all the racing that’s been going on this week. We review the Omloops from last weekend, Le Samyn des Dames mid-week and the first two days of the Track World Championships (which have involved the presence of the Drama Llama). We also talk about a bunch of pro kits available for purchase and some really cool videos and articles from the week including several that focus on riders from ethnically diverse backgrounds, which is fantastic. As always there’s heaps to get through, so enjoy! (1:11:30 MIN / 65.4 MB)
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Things we talked about
How World Bicycle Relief is helping bikes change people’s lives:
This week’s racing
Such a huge opening weekend to the 2016 Road season – and we have videos, photos and more media from the races, and from Evelyn Stevens breaking the UCI Hour Record in Colorado.
As usual, there’s very little to see of the women’s Omloop het Nieuwsblad, which is a huge shame as it sounds like a great race. What we do have is a short highlights video from Sporza, with interview with winner Lizzie Armitstead at the end. And here’s another interview with Armitstead from Felix Mattis:
Last week was jam packed with amazing women’s cycling, and in the Netherlands it was the last Dutch race of the year – four tough sprinty stages, and ITT and then the final stage all over the glorious Valkenburg hills… all with the Dutch weather making the racing hard, and the peloton making it even harder with 1000 attacks. I’ve got videos, photos, results and more, so read on…
First the whole-race highlights – but there’s LOTS more from each stage too
Videos! Stage 1 winner interview with Jolien D’hoore – and watch the finish sprint and podium with second-placed Lucy Garner.