2017 Giro Rosa Stage 7 – into the hills, again – videos, media & more

Stage 7 was into the hills again, with another very hot day on a tough, Classics-style course.  We didn’t have much information about the race, again, but it was breakaways, with a group of 12 getting over 2 minutes before the halfway mark, with no riders from Boels-Dolmans, Wiggle High5 or ORICA-Scott, and the highest placed GC rider Sabrina Stultiens, who started 5:52 back.  But shortly after that, the climbing would start again… Could the break make it?

The stage was marred by the really awful news that  Claudia Cretti crashed at 90kph on one of the descents, and was airlifted to hospital after suffering severe head injuries.  My thoughts with her family, friends and team, and of course Claudia, for a full recovery.  It’s really horrible news, though, and a reminder of how much the riders risk, racing for our entertainment.

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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 RAI highlights on the official video.  But if not…

If you’ve missed out on any of the Giro Rosa so far, catch up with Stages 1-6 in Dan‘s and my latest podcast, with links to the previous video posts.  And I’ll be talking about the Giro at Look Mum No Hands! after the Giro, on Wednesday 19th July – please do come along!

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2016 Road World Championships – videos, photos & media from the Road Races

We haven’t had a flat Road World Championships since Copenhagen in 2011, so the sprinters were rubbing their hands with glee.  We’d seen the Team Time Trials and the Individual Time Trials on the course, but how would the peloton take it?  Find out with videos, photos, links and results from the Junior and Elite women’s road races – so exciting, and some amazing moments!

I’ll edit in more as I see it – if you have media you loved, please do let me know in the comments or on twitter.

Junior women’s road race

Highlights and full race replay:

If you don’t want to watch the whole thing,  click here for the final 1.5km, for a textbook sprint finish – high-speed, perfect lead-out.  Keep going until the last group crosses the line, because that was a really cute moment – but whatever you do, make sure you keep watching until the slo-mo overhead, it’s perfect racing.  I adore the final lead-out rider, Chiara Consonni, cheering for Elisa Balsamo’s win before she’s even crossed the line – so confident!  And I really, really love the Italians singing along with the anthem:

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