Podcast 2017 Episode 27 – Polemica On Toast

This week Sarah and Dan talk through the polemica and outrage of Dan’s whisky choices. Also discussed is each of the stages from this year’s Ladies Tour of Norway, including a bit of race-related polemica. Then there’s a look ahead to the Boels Rental Tour next week and the implications of current races for Worlds which is coming up quickly indeed now. We also wax rhapsodical about the GP Plouay which is on live tomorrow! And there’s an interesting bit of news from around the place with retirements and some fascinating new projects from retired riders. Beware, the swearing abounds this week. (46:38 MIN / 42.72 MB)

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Podcast 2017 Episode 23 – The Humblebrag Episode

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)

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Don’t forget to watch the thing (not a stage two) – La Course Race! Details here.

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Podcast 2017 Episode 22 – Giro Rosa WrapUp – With Top Quality Evil

The Giro Rosa has finished for 2017 but we’re far from done with it. With great racing every day, it’s perhaps best summed up by Neal Rogers talking about Lucinda Brand when he said: “Only thing more badass than “no one in the photo”? No one in the photo with blood trickling down your arm”. Sarah and Dan recap the biggest stage race on the calendar and all of the highs and lows the second week of racing brought us. After that they continue with the overview on the Tour de Feminin in Poland before wrapping up with some quick results in other disciplines and a glimpse of the calendar ahead, and in 2018. (1:00:00 MIN / 54.94 MB)

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This week’s women’s cycling links and videos

The Giro Rosa

The biggest women’s cycling stage race, the only women’s Grand Tour. Catch up with our podcast about stages 1-6, including links to the posts of each stage’s videos, photos and media. And for the rest of the race:

If you want to find out a bit more about some of the people who make the media that help us follow the race, Sarah’s podcast interviews with Rose Manley, who makes the videos on the UCI YouTube, and with Vélofocus, aka Sean Robinson and Balint Hamvas, who take the amazing photos.

And here’s the Neal Rogers tweet about Lucinda Brand’s stage win:

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The Tour de Féminin

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2017 Giro Rosa Stage 10 – the last chance! Videos, photos, media and more

The final stage of the 2017 Giro Rosa, and the last chance for General Classification hopefuls to take aim at Anna van der Breggen, and for everyone else to go for that final moment of glory.  Nine flat-ish laps, and a stage final going up then don Mount Vesuvius, before screaming into the finish.

It was pretty much non-stop attacks, especially from the sprinters, who hoped that if they could get enough room, they could hit the top of Vesuvius before the climbers overwhelmed them, and still be in with a chance.  And of course, all kinds of riders were making moves.  Boels-Dolmans were ready for everything the rest could throw at them…. but would it be enough?

As aways, 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….

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2017 Giro Rosa Stage 8 – the Queen Stage – videos, photos, media, more

Stage 8 was called the Queen Stage of this year’s Giro Rosa, which might look odd, as it only had a Cat 2 climb.  But each year the Giro likes to vary the race, so we have editions full of Mountain Top Finishes, some with famous climbs followed by huge descents, and some, like this, without as many mountains.

But it was still a very tough stage, made harder by another day of burning heat.  Tatiana Riabchenko had attacked and was out solo, chased by Anouska Koster, who was joined by Janneke Ensing, and then Lucinda Brand.  Brand attacked towards the top, and set out to chase down Riabchenko, while behind these chasers, a group with the General Classification leaders attacked each other.

Brand is one of the best descenders in the peloton (remember her amazing descending to win Stage 7 of the 2017 race?) and she caught Riabchenko, but then, in the last 10km, she crashed…  would Riabchenko make it to the finish alone?  Would the chasers catch all the escapees?  It was drama right to the line.

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….

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Podcast 2017 Episode 20 – The 2017 Giro Rosa Preview

This week we preview all the stages of the 2017 Giro Rosa, from the Team Time Trial all the way through to the climb of Mount Vesuvius. There’s stages to suit the sprinters, the puncheurs, the roleurs and the climbers. Who is suited to each stage? Which teams have the strongest rosters? Who are the riders to watch? How is the race likely to unfold? We answer all of these questions and more. We even unlock the age-old secret of how to interpret the race book (It’s Idiosyncratic, Unless It’s the Exact Opposite). (50.05 MIN / 45.86 MB)

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Here’s our guide to following the race live!

Podcast 2016 Episode 35 – So Many Great Riders

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 Our friends at VeloVoices are preparing their end of year voting and asked Sarah to help them come up with a short list of nominees in a whole raft of categories, from Rider of the Year to Best Race Finish of the Year to Breakout Performance of the Year (and a whole bunch more). Of course, to make it challenging the inimitable @kittyfondue told Sarah she needed to keep it to a list of 5 finalists per category.

Sarah dutifully stuck to that requirement (and simply invented new categories when she needed to go over 😉 – no really) and so here we are with the first instalment where we discuss our nominees for Rider of the Year, including a couple of honourable mentions and a couple of riders we considered, but ultimately couldn’t include. We review their seasons, the highs, the lows and the reasons for and against. Will our top pick be the same as yours? (1:01:11 MIN / 56.02 MB)

Part 2, with all the other categories (Best race finish, Unsung heroes, Breakthrough riders and Step-up riders) can be heard and read here.

Rider of the year

This is probably the most open competition in years, with all kinds of riders taking steps up, or consolidating their positions.  But some have stood head and shoulders above the rest.  In chronological order of their achievements….

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