We’re in the middle of the Ardennes week which means there’s heaps of racing and heaps of climbs around. This week Sarah and Dan talk through how Amstel Gold and Fleche Wallonne both unfolded (they were amazing!), and what this might mean for Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Sunday. There’s also time to catch up on some of the main results from the recent Track World Championships, and to find out a bit more about Lizzie Deignan’s new book “Steadfast” which is out now. Of course there’s plenty more in the podcast and even more in the post! (1:12:03 MIN / 65.98 MB)
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This week’s collection of women’s cycling links and news
This week’s racing
Click to see the videos, photos and media from the 2017 Amstel Gold Race and Flèche Wallonne.
Tour of the Gila
Full results of Stage 1, race report and photo gallery
2017 Track World Championships
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.
This week Sarah and Dan talk through all of the racing for the junior women and the elite women at the Healthy Ageing Tour in the Netherlands. A fantastic set of races that are run entirely by volunteers that include live coverage for the elite women and comprehensive video highlights for both, proving that there really are no excuses for big race organisers (*cough* ASO *cough). There’s also a bit of time to discuss what the race organisation looks like and involves along with a look ahead to the beginning of the Ardennes week of hilly classics, beginning with Amstel Gold on Sunday. Most importantly, Sarah teaches us all the Buffalo Bill joke. (1:24:43 MIN / 77.56 MB)
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Videos from the 2017 Junior and elite Healthy Ageing Tours – “samenvatting” are the highlights, Junioren are the Junior race highlights, and the full elite race replays are usually in three parts (eg “deel 1 van 2” is part 1 of 2 – if it’s “uitzending”, it’s just one broadcast.
Full results on the race website from the Junior and the Elite races
Sarah’s interviews with riders on Soundcloud – and video interviews and photos on the race twitter, for example, Emilie Moberg after winning Stage 5 and Lorena Wiebes after winning the junior race