Like last week’s La Course, it’s a shorter than usual race – just 66km long – but this year the course goes beyond the traditional route around St James’ Park, taking in some of the most iconic London sites, including the Houses of Parliament, with Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square. I’m really interested in whether the two U-Turn hotdog corners will provide opportunities to attack. It’s 12 laps of this 5.5km circuit, so while it’s flat, a bunch sprint isn’t guaranteed. And it’s not just WorldTour points up for grabs – the prize pot is the biggest in women’s cycling, an incredible €100,00, same as the men get on Sunday.
The race starts at 5pm UK BST (18:00 Euro CEST; midday EDT; 2am Aussie AEST) and there are lots of options to watch. Rochelle Gilmore will be commentating for the BBC, and their coverage will be starting at 4:15pm BST on their red button for Connected TVs – and I’m guessing there’ll be a livefeed from their Cycling Portal too. And I’ll be commentating with the legendary Hugh Porter for the international feed – I think that’s the one that’ll be on Eurosport 2 in the UK (and I think the Eurosport Player) from 5pm. If you need streams, have a look here, here and here once the race is on).
If you can’t watch, you can follow on twitter, via the #RideLondon and #UCIWWT hashtags, and the Ride London twitter – and I’ve got a list of accounts who might be updating here. I’ll be tweeting before and after the race too – hopefully course and rider photos and quotes.
The startlist is here, and the course info here. There’s more on the race website – and if you want videos from previous years, I’ve got some from 2015 in here, and 2014 in here. There are so many great things to do around the race, too – the FreeCycle has a fantastic course (of course I always wish the women got to race the same Olympic course as the men do on Sunday’s London-Surrey Classic, but if they can’t have that, I wish the Classique got that longer FreeCycle lap) and a huge festival of cycling in St James’ Park. If you’re in London and fancy a drink or coffee after the race, drop me a tweet
We’ve had a week off due to migraination and so there’s twice as much racing to get through. We take a romp through La Course, Thuringen Rundfahrt, Tour de Pologne and the BeNe Ladies Tour, all while discussing the finer points of multi-year growth plans and the overall development of the sport. Of course, this is all a precursor to the climactic Olympic Games racing that is just around the corner, but first we preview the Prudential Ride London Classique coming up on the weekend. So many things to discuss, it’s an epic episode! (1:07:23 MIN / 61.60 MB)
I’ve had migraines all week, so haven’t been able to put a guide up earlier, so here’s a brief one.
La Course by Le Tour de France , the women’s race at the final stage of the Tour de France, is on Sunday 24th July 2016, and starts at 13:15 Euro CEST (12:15 UK BST; 7:15am EDT; 9:15pm AEST) – it’s about 2 hours long, and most TV seems to start between 13:45 and 14:00 CEST. You can find the broadcasters in your are by going to the race website and hitting the broadcasters tab at the bottom to see where it’s shown in your area (eg Eurosport and ITV4 in the UK) – and the usual livestream websites (here, here, here) will have feeds for you.
Follow the race before it starts with the La Course twitter and the #LaCourse hashtag. It’s a bit of a frustrating race, because of course the route is iconic – up and down the Champs Elysées, with the 2 sharp corners into and out of the underpass under the Jardins de Tuileries – but it’s a weird distance, 89km, so it’s not a Crit, with all the adrenaline-fuelled action they give us, but not a proper road race. Luckily the women’s peloton make the most of being in front of international cameras, and will race the hell out of it regardless! There are some big names missing because of Rio, but the startlist is here.
Giro Rosa 2016 Q&As – Leah Kirchmann, Thalita de Jong, Kasia Niewiadoma, Elena Cecchini and Audrey Cordon-Ragot
I’m always fascinated to find out how the Giro Rosa was for riders – so I asked some of the riders from this year’s race. Big thanks to stage winners Leah Kirchmann and Thalita de Jong, Best Young Rider Kasia Niewiadoma, and super-domestiques Elena Cecchini and Audrey Cordon-Ragot for answering my questions.
Kirchmann is a Canadian rider who’s having a fantastic 2016 with Liv-Plantur, and part of that has been racing the Giro, where she came 8th overall after winning the Prologue – all the more impressive when we think it’s her first ever Giro!
ProWomensCycling: You won the first stage of your your first ever Giro! How did that feel?
Leah Kirchmann: It was an incredible feeling to win the first stage of my first ever Giro! I had high expectations for the race, but I didn’t necessarily expect it to start off so well.
PWC: What had you been told about the Giro before you started? And how was it different in real life?
This week we catch up on all of the remaining stages from the 2016 Giro Rosa including the infamous Mortirolo stage. There’s drama, there’s intrigue, there’s a few questions about what the hell actually happened. In the end though, we get a winner and a race that truly ticked all the boxes. There’s a huge amount of other things we manage to briefly mention, but as always, hit the post on our website to get all the videos and stories from the week of women’s cycling! (1:26:04 MIN / 78.81 MB)
We didn’t get around to talking about all the other news and racing we saw this week – so in the post below, we’ve got a collections of videos, articles, news and more things we saw this week.
Things we talked about
This week’s racing
Videos and other media from Stage 5; Stage 6; Stage 7; Stage 8; Stage 9 – and last week’s podcast, covering the first five stages (and that week’s women’s cycling news!) with the usual ton of links, is here.
Sarah’s collection of videos, photos and media – and we’ve just seen the helmetcam from Rachel Atherton’s winning run:
Sarah really likes these race videos:
The MTB circus continues to Switzerland, and the Lenzerheide round of the MTB World Cup – both Downhill and Cross Country this week – and I’ve got videos, media and photos from the women’s races to share with you!
Let’s do it chronologically…
Stage 9 of the Giro Rosa was always going to be beautiful, running around the shores of Lago Maggiore in northern Italy (check out the video recon on the race facebook), but we also knew it was going to be a tough way to finish the race. Hardened Giro Rosa-watchers know that even though the profile looks like this…
The actual roads will be anything but benign! An early breakaway group of 9: Charlotte Bravard (Poitou Charentes Futuroscope.86), Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Lensworld-Zannata), Ingrid Drexel (Astana), Sheyla Guitierrez Ruíz (Cylance), Mayuko Hagiwara (Wiggle-High5), Thalita de Jong (Rabo-liv), Lauren Kitchen (Hitec Products), Riejanne Markus (Liv-Plantur) and Ane Santeseteban Gonzalez (Alé Cipollini)
The break were allowed to spend 2 laps out together, as they had no GC threats – but with the GPM approaching, the bunch behind started to speed up, and their lead of around 5 minutes began dropping fast – so break riders started to attack. Would the break survive? And would any GC contenders try to attack?
Videos, photos and race reports from the stage below – as always, I’ll be editing more things in as I see them, so do leave me a comment, or tweet me, if there’s anything I’ve missed.
More Italian video – 15 mins on the race facebook.