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)
This week we celebrate our vindication for having such lofty expectations of Strade Bianche. It was such an exciting and gripping race with one of the most exciting finales we’ve seen in recent years. Once we’re done recapping that (it takes a while)we take a look ahead at the Ronde van Drenthe, and then we get into an interesting and maybe controversial proposal for a new race series. (1:36:58 MIN / 88.79 MB)
Check back in a few hours, Sarah will have all the links updated for you shortly!
Things we talked about this week included
This week’s racing
Videos from Strade Bianche to come
The 2017 Paracycling Track World Championships
It’s been an incredible week of racing at the Giro Rosa with so many riders from different teams and countries winning stages and tearing up the road. There have been world firsts and there have been all kinds of tactics deployed on the road. It’s everything you could want in a truly Grand Tour, it’s been so good that Sarah even invented a new description! Some riders have been flying, some have cool scars (seriously). And the best is yet to come as we still have several stages that could seriously shake up the GC and potentially change the outcome of the race. Join us as we talk about it all. (1:18:35 MIN / 75.45 MB)
Things to read and watch:
Sarah’s been collating all the race video and cool social media, blog posts, etc that she can find. She’s also been doing interviews and QandAs with riders. Here’s the full list of all the news there is, stage by stage.
Right now it’s the 2015 Australian National Road Championships – the #RoadNats – and we’re 2 races in, with just the road races to come on Saturday 10th January for the women and Sunday 11th January for the men. But we have video already – here’s what’s happened so far – and I’ll update this post as I see more throughout the weekend. The good news for Aussies is that there will be tv coverage (schedule here) – the bad news is that the women’s race isn’t shown live, and will only have v short highlights in the middle of the Aussie night, and not online….
The Criterium Champs kick off the RoadNats, and because the road race course is always, always hilly, this is the only jersey the sprinters can get, so they go hard. Hell, they’re Aussies, it’s always “go hard or go home”!
Here’s a video preview of the course, by Peta Mullens – and here’s 45 mins of tv highlights, with the u23, women’s and men’s races:
Or if you want a very short clip…
We’re well into World Championships week, and it’s time for the Individual Time Trials, with the women’s ITT on 24th September. If you want to watch them live, I’ll tell you how (with info on how to follow them if you’re at (the horror) work, and who to watch out for. And I know we’ve already have the Junior women’s ITT – UPDATE! Now the races are done, I’ve got a post with all the videos and links from the Elites and Juniors – read my predictions below, and see how they compare!
So, what’s the course like? Flat and corner-y! Here are the maps, and let GCN tell you more:
There are some fun videos around today, so here’s a collection – with some links for watching cycling live this week.
Firstly, a little UCI video about life on the road for women’s pro riders – with Katie Colclough of Specialized-lululemon and ORICA-AIS riders Jessie Maclean, Gracie Elvin, Sungeun Gu and Shara Gillow:
The penultimate stage of the Giro already? I’ll miss it so much! It was the last road racing stage, and showed us some of the best sprint tactics in men’s or women’s racing. I loved it! My Podium Café race report, and Rider Reactions from ORICA’s Jessie Maclean, Hitec’s Elisa Longo Borghini and the best of twitter.
Videos below – including dancing riders!
The official video, with Marianne Vos in English, and translations of the Italians:
UPDATE! and Amber Pierce’s last video review of the stage, explaining the tactics ans the genius behind Rabobank’s sprinting