So much racing this weekend! I’m putting this up now, but I’ll update it with lots more videos and photo-essays over the week, because there will be so much more.
First, the only UCI-ranked junior women’s race apart from Continental and World Championships, the Trofeo da Moreno, which is this fantastic race, on the same roads as the Trofeo Binda. It’s super-tough, and last year was won by Amelie Dideriksen, who went on the become Junior Road World Champion. Here’s just the finish-line video, and a clip from this year’s race:
UPDATE! And a full half hour of Italian tv coverage
Here are the results… and after that, the second round of the 2015 Road World Cup…
There’s actually highlights on RAI Sport 2 right now (21:00 CEST/8pm BST) for about an hour and a half (missed it? see below). There’ll be all kinds of clips this week, but here’s the finish-line only, Wiggle Honda’s pre-race video, the first highlights and the UCI’s mini-highlights (thanks Dave Bartel for that one!)
One of the things I like best about the road cycling World Championships is seeing the junior riders race, the stars of the future. We have some great junior day races and stage races here in Europe, and I’ve been following the Italian junior races on the fantastic BiciTV – and we get to see a bit of the USA and Aussie juniors on their domestic circuit, but this is the only time all year that all the countries come together, and we see who’s doing well. It’s also so exiting for the riders. They’re aged between 16 and 18, and have given up so much their friends are doing, and this is their first chance to see if that’s all been worthwhile.
The big story was whether young Danish rider Amalie Dideriksen could become only the third woman to win two Junior World Championships back-to-back (the other two were Brits Nicole Cooke and Lucy Garner, and we all know what Cooke went on to do!). Last year she wasn’t the strongest, but she was the cleverest, and earlier this year she won the hilly Trofeo da Moreno, the junior equivalent of the Trofeo Binda World Cup (videos here) – but then she broke her collarbone, and she’s only just back from that…. and there was so much talent on the road….
Here’s the highlights of the Ponferrada 2014 junior women’s race, and the full race coverage, with more media below
After the various Individual Time Trials (and you can see all the video I’ve found from those) it was time for a huge number of women’s Road Race Nationals…. If you find videos I’ve missed, as always, please let me know in the comments, or on twitter!
The prize for the most accessible road race goes to France, where the fantastic France 3 showed the women’s road race live – such luxury! The coverage is available for a week, on Pluzz (if you can’t see that in non-France countries, try watching with Hola or Tunnelbear). Big thanks to the wonderful Clo, who runs the Velonova women’s cycling site, who found this. And here’s (an unebeddable) clip from Cyclism’Actu, with the finish and post-race comments from the incredible Pauline Ferrand-Prévot – and another one here:
More Cyclism’Actu post-race interview video with Ferrand-Prévot, with 2nd placed Mélodie LeSueur and Fanny Riberot in 3rd.
That was the first road race victory for Rabobank-Liv, and over in the Netherlands, it was all about that team. Here’s a collection of videos and audios from NOS Sport (UPDATE! See ConfusedSpider telling us about the interview in the comments!) and more video from RaboSportTV