Videos, photos, media and more from the 2017 Flèche Wallonne

Mid-way through the first ever women’s Ardennes Week, and the penultimate Spring Classic round of the UCI’s Women’s WorldTour, it was Flèche Wallonne, aka Waalse Pijl.  In the cycling world, the men’s race is a bit of a byword for predictable racing, but when it comes to women’s cycling, the peloton don’t let that script play out easily, and despite the reduction in climbs, they hit this one hard….

…which made it all the more disappointing that we couldn’t see anything of the race, which is always baffling, because with fixed cameras covering every inch of the final climb, the Mur de Huy, it’s the easiest race to show the finale of, out of the whole calendar, and around 5 years ago, it was standard to get the women’s finish live during the men’s coverage.  But, between host broadcaster RTBF and the race organisers, the ASO (the biggest race organisers in the world, mind you), it feels like there’s a general disinterest in showing the race.  It’s always a bizarre choice, as yet again, it was an incredible race.

So what can we see? I’ve got video highlights, photo galleries, race results and more in this post, and I’ll edit in anything else I see.  If you want to share anything you’ve seen, please do let me know in the comments or on twitter.

Apparently there was a bit of coverage before the men’s race, on the Australian SBS Cycling Central men’s Flèche Wallonne replay, and they also have a clip of the women’s race, which you can watch if you’re in Aus, or have a VPN.  Then, there are highlights on RTBF (restricted to Belgium), and highlights and post-race winner’s interview on NOS.nl (restricted to the Netherlands).  Then, there are UCI highlights, Wiggle High5‘s team video, and a fan’s-eye view of the race

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Videos, media and more from the 2017 women’s Amstel Gold Race

It’s the first women’s Amstel Gold Race since 2004 – and the start of the first ever women’s Ardennes Week.  121km, with 17 climbs, including four times up the Cauberg, the last just over a kilometre from the finish.  Everything suggested it was going to be a fantastic race, and the peloton didn’t disappoint.

If you missed the race, or want to re-live it, I’ve collected videos, photos, race reports, results and more.  As always, I’ll edit more things in as I see them, and I’d love it if you could send things my way, via the comments below, or on twitter.

Let’s start with videos.  Highlights and post-win reactions on NOS.nl (please watch, if you can, so they get the stats).  More highlights, and the first podium ceremony, on Sporza. And for Australians (or those with a VPN set to Aus…) here’s the full 43 minute coverage from SBS Cycling Central.

The UCI highlights, final 13km (French commentary, and weirdly a splash image from… the 2008 World Championships) and full 45 minutes coverage with no commentary.

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Ronde van Vlaanderen 2017 – videos, media and more

Oh Flanders!  Yesterday was one of the biggest days of the women’s cycling calendar, the Ronde van Vlaanderen, and I still can’t believe I got to commentate it!  I have always wanted to watch it live, of course, and last year we came so close – but this year I saw the last 40km from the commentary box on the finish-line at Oudenaarde, so I could be biased when I say this was a hugely thrilling edition – but really, this had so much drama, fantastic racing, and a really interesting tactical decision I think we’ll be talking about for ages.

Here’s the full replay, with commentary from Rochelle Gilmore and me.  You can’t watch it from Belgium, I’m afraid, and you may need to be logged into facebook – but if you can, please give it the hits – not because it’s me, but because it’s the official stream, and demonstrating the audience really makes a difference.

There’s also an unofficial video here, for people not in Belgium/without facebook.

Dan and I podcasted about what it was like commentating the race, with photos I took on my twitter.

UCI highlights

Sporza’s official highlights (please do click for the stats) and another highlights:

There’ll be more videos to come, which I’ll edit in (and please do share anything else you see, in the comments below or on my twitter) and I have a load of great photo galleries and race reports – I definitely recommend reading these because the post-race quotes are great.

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2017 Gent-Wevelgem – videos, media and more

After we had livestreaming of the first three round of the 2017 Women’s WorldTour, Strade Bianche, the Ronde van Drenthe and Trofeo Alfredo Binda, unfortunately we won’t get much for Round 4, Gent-Wevelgem.  But I’ve collected videos, photos and race reports from the WorldTour, and also some snippets from Round 2 of the Junior Nations Cup, and the U17 women’s races.

First, the WorldTour – please click on the Sporza highlights, to show that there is an audience for the sport.  And here are the UCI highlights:

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Videos and media from the 2017 Trofeo Alfredo Binda and Trofeo da Moreno

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!

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Videos, media and more from the 2017 Ronde van Drenthe

Every year I’m excited for the Ronde van Drenthe, and it never fails to disappoint!  Of course, having around 50km of live streams and all the great highlights from different sources makes it easy to love, but really, this course sets us up for exciting racing, even on a day with absolutely no wind.

It’s all about positioning, as the roads are very narrow, with tight corners, so the race to the major course obstacles are full-on sprints.  And these obstacles are tough, too: the unique cobbled paths in the forests, with mossy and sharp-edged rocks, rather than well-laid cobbles, and the three ascents of the VAM-berg, and artificial hill entirely made from landfill (read about it in Rouleur). And while the rest of it is flat, it’s know for tactical attacking throughout the race, but especially through the last 20k.

This year was fantastic, nail-biting right to the finish.  Here’s the videos – UCI highlights, last half hour, and full replay.

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Videos, media and more from the 2017 Strade Bianche

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!  This was one of my all-time, ultra-favourite races, ever, ever, ever.  That finale!  Can you believe it?  I adored it!

Three videos, to choose which you want to watch:  The full hour of tv; the last 11 km; and the UCI’s highlights

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