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
This week we bring you a special feature as Sarah sits down to interview the reigning world number one, Emma Johansson! Sarah talks one-on-one with the Orica-AIS rider ahead of Trofeo Binda and Ronde van Vlaanderen which they discuss in detail and how Emma prepares for those, along with how she thinks Binda will unfold and who she’s keeping an eye on as the World Cup races continue. Sarah asks Emma about being last year’s number one rider and if she’d prefer to win the races outright or the overall. They also discuss her role promoting Belgium and tourism in Flanders, along with how she’s managed to be adopted by pretty much every country she’s ever been to (as a side note Dan reckons she totally has been adopted by Australia, her English accent is half Aussie now!!!). It’s a great interview, so enjoy! (34:26 MIN / 33.06 MB)
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To follow Emma through the season, please do check out her website, and follow her on twitter – and you can follow her facebook fanpage. Emma’s team, ORICA-AIS give regular updates on her progress – follow their news section, and keep an eye on their twitter, too.
Emma made a great video for Visit Flanders, and we recommend you watch it:
If you want to follow the Trofeo Alfredo Binda as it happens on Sunday, here’s Sarah’s guide
This week Sarah and I talk our way through the Vårgårda races, TTT and road (they were excellent!). We also discuss some interesting details on funding women’s cycling that came from Stef Wyman and why it’s a good thing to shift the nature of conversation around funding teams to how much can be achieved (and quite cheaply!). We also talk about cool things we’ve seen around the web, like the Wheel Women and the Mastering the Road projects. (1:11:52 MIN / 68.99 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
It’s been a while since we had the last round of the women’s road cycling World Cup, but it’s August, so we’re off to Sweden for two very special rounds – the Open de Suède Vårgårda Team Time Trial and Road Race.
The Vårgårda races are always interesting. They’re the first proper opportunity we have to get an idea of teams’ form ahead of the trade team Team Time Trail World Championships (try saying that three times fast) – and after the summer Stage Race season, it’s good to have a tough day race to watch. And I do mean watch, because Vårgårda is known for some innovative streaming. You’ll either love it or hate it – as you can imagine, I’m a HUGE fan – but I’ll tell you why after the UCI videos of last year’s races: