This week we catch up on all the attacks (so many attacks!) from Trofeo Moreno and Trofeo Binda last weekend. You know racing is intense when top riders are gunning it on the front just to settle down the sheer number of attacks! The Dwars Door Vlaanderen started while we were recording, so we give that a moment’s consideration and also take a look ahead at Gent-Wevelgem on this weekend. There’s a heap of cool media and some epic races including the ABSA Cape Epic and the Indian-Pacific Wheel Race; and of course heaps more! (1:21:45 MIN / 74.85 MB)
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This week’s women’s cycling news and links round-up
It’s Mothers’ Day this weekend in the UK, so if there’s a cycling-loving mum in your life, check out the Shopping section of the site for things we’ve seen and liked – how about a 2017 WorldTour team kit, or presents that help pro women cyclists, or everyday women’s cycling? Yes, I know, you might not have ordered in time, but you can always order something and give her a card saying something’s on the way!
This week’s racing
Videos and media from the 2017 Trofeo Alfredo Binda and Trofeo da Moreno.
With her great results in Binda and elsewhere, Elisa Longo Borghini moved to No. 1 in the UCI rankings. Read how she got there, on the Wiggle High5 website.
There is a LOT of great media on the race website, and tons more videos on the race YouTube – and all the results can be found here.
The Trofeo Alfredo Binda, the longest-running race in the UCI Women’s World Tour, is always a fan favourite, but this year even better than usual, because we could watch it all live – and there are also highlights of the Trofeo da Moreno, the junior Nations Cup race that runs on the same roads before the elite women.
Binda lived up to expectations – and with a surprise winner! The 2017 Classics season have been amazing so far, and if you’re worried that it couldn’t live up to the Strade Bianche and the Ronde van Drenthe, don’t – it was another unpredictable race, despite the unseasonable sunshine!
There will be a lot more highlights to come, but as we have some good things to watch already, I’ll put this up now, and then edit more in as I see it. I’ll start with the 9 min highlights from the UCI and 45min highlights from RAI, then some explanation about the livestream, as it was definitely idiosyncratic!
Sunday 19th March 2017
Round 3 of the 2017 Women’s WorldTour, and we’re back in Italy, in one of the cycling heartlands – the Varese Province in Lombardy. After the gravel roads of Strade Bianche, and the Dutch cobbles and man-made hill of Ronde van Drenthe, it’s a race for Classics riders with climbing skills – and even more importantly, descending abilities. And one of the special things about this race is that the junior stars of the future also get to ride on some of the same roads as their elite heroines, before the WorldTour race.
UPDATE! And the last 4 laps – 68km – will be LIVE, with the stream showing part of the race as well as highlights of the Junior race before the elites go fully live.
I’ll tell you how to watch the WWT Trofeo Binda, and follow the Junior Nations Cup Trofeo da Moreno below, but first a bit more about the race…
This week we catch up on all the action from Trofeo Binda, including the Trofeo da Moreno which is part of the new Junior Nations Cup. There’s heaps of action from the para-cycling world championships and some big announcements about upcoming races. We’ve inverted the usual time of day and Dan’s struggling to cope with being awake in the morning. He does remember his name though. (1:09:50 MIN / 63.9 MB)
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Things we talked about this week
This week’s racing
And over in the Dutch Crits – the Ronde van Oud-Vossemeer
This year the Trofeo Binda moved, to the day after Milano-San Remo, and I love this, having the first monument and the 3rd round of the 2016 Women’s World Tour back-to-back. And while there’s still less media from the UCI than when it was a Road World Cup, the race organisers are always amazing, and this year gave us a stream that was a mix of studio talking heads, live streaming from the finish-line cameras at the end of each lap, and highlights from the junior Trofeo da Moreno.
And we have race highlights too – and for anyone who doesn’t understand Italian, I’ve made home-made English commentary to go with them. Here’s my collection of things I’ve found – and there’ll be more to come, too. As always, if you anything else, please do share them with me, here or on twitter, and I’ll edit them in. I’m going to start with this, because it’s fantastic – Wiggle High5 collaborate with Cylance rider Valentina Scandolara, to make a mash-up video – how cool is this?
Here’s the Italian highlights – and if you want it, my English commentary. If you start that first, I’ll tell you when to press play on the video. (It’s a one-take, minimal edited commentary, just to see if it’s possible, NOT presented as ‘pro’!)
And there’s more!
This week we’re talking Trofeo Binda, Gent-Wevelgem, Para-cycling and so much more. From the lack of rain in Italy to the vast outpouring of rain in Belgium, we cover all the details that matter and even some that don’t. We mention Valentina Scandolara’s run-in with a cycle-tourist as she was training around Cittiglio and we take a look ahead at the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Energiewacht Tour. Warning, may contain traces of rambling. (1:03:37 MIN / 67.08 MB).
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Things we talked about
Here are all the videos from the week’s racing that we’ve found wrapped up in a neat post.
Here’s the Cycling Tips Ella post-race interview with Lizzie Armitstead.
Here’s Chloe Hosking’s blog about Gent-Wevelgem (including brilliant Aussie sayings).
The para-cycling track world championships were on during the week, here’s all the action in one convenient post.
And here’s the fantastic Emma Johansson Flanders Tourism video:
Races coming up
Here’s the VeloFocus preview of Ronde van Vlaanderen.
And the preview for GP Dottignies.
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Two videos today – first you HAVE to watch Valentina Scandolara‘s training from the 2015 Trofeo Alfredo Binda World Cup. I especially love the cameo from some random cycling fan who won a kermesse in his home town…
And that video is featured in the 26min race highlights from the UCI.
Want more Binda? There’s a lot more video in my compilation post.