UCIWWT Vårgårda

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Like I wrote about in Norberg there is a lot of forests and lakes in Sweden. And gravel a.k.a sportgrus. Today the women peloton rode it all in the World Tour race in Vårgårda with a lot of attacking and great livestream on Swedish TV and on Eurosport for other countries. More women racing to our TV’s, this is great action 🙂

No victory for Emilia Fahlin or Sweden this year but close. Read about the highlights and watch some more scenic pictures here:

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Race Across Skåne 2017

One of my 3 big goals this year was 2 days ago. Have never ridden as much as this year, haven’t been sick and my unsold bike was in top shape.

After friends already planned their trips and stays in Malmö I borrowed a car by a good friend and booked a hotel in Malmö. Drove down Friday evening after work as a start of my vacation.

Woke up in time Saturday morning with a bad feeling in my throat and body. Not sick but maybe a start of something. Would never spend so much energy and money and do a DNS so ate the bad breakfast and rolled in to Musette. Got a couple of bottles and met some nice friends I haven’t met since last year.

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Master out from Malmö with Patch and Emil in front. Easy pace and a couple of punctures on the 25km master. Then the attacks went from the gun. I attacked too to get in the first group and tried to wheelsuck. Unfortunately I was on the wrong side in the wind and while a group of people flew by in a wing on my left side I couldn’t keep up. Ended chasing for a while but didn’t have the legs. Felt like I rode fast on the first gravel section but got caught by some people including Emil and we rode together. It doesn’t matter which form I am in but I can always rely on this wheel:

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Ended up with being 5 riders riding together until the first stop. Me and Emil thought of changing group as we didn’t know the other 3. Was a bit late but got the smart thought of chasing the group of maybe 9 riders. 9 fast riders as we with full speed and forgetting things like 190km and threshold we didn’t get close enough… We gave up but I think they rode a bit wrong and they caught us a little bit later 😉

2nd group and manageable speed felt alright in the wet. Until a driver decided to turn left just in front of our group. 1st guy got hit by the car and we stopped. Just brused but so stupid by the driver who didn’t think clear at all. Happy it didn’t go worse then it did. After some time and phone calls there we rolled into Vitemölla and the lunch break:

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Was a bit cold so shared some heat:

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Then we cheated a bit and didn’t stay for an freezing hour but left when the first group left. I tried to ride smart with the first group for a bit, ended up taking a couple of turns but on a flat section they dropped me riding fast. Absolutely didn’t have the legs or mindset. Took a gravelroad the others skipped and ended up in the middle of 1st and 2nd group.

Stopped waiting and got riding with the 2nd group again. Felt alright and the rain didn’t bother me, wasn’t cold. After Klas took a long hard turn and I went to the front the group got split in pieces… Became 6 riders riding together after and when Ola and Klas decided to go down ravinen we became 4. Emil, Peter, me and a unknown guy skipped that tricky section and aimed to get back without mishaps and punctures. I was tired so didn’t do much work in front, just tried to hang on.

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Last stop in Blentarp and I was wet, tired and if I would have found a train I would have skipped the last part. Was said of not being better so skipped the serious part and ate an ice cream. Happy Moment 🙂

Then we rode some gravel and I got happy again, didn’t feel slowest and the long uphill may have been slow but felt like I was moving. Found some energy and was able to be in front a bit at the end. Finished it of with winning the ”sprint” in our little group too. Doing all I could to be positive.

Then the rain stopped, we rolled in to Malmö and Västra Hamnen and the rest became an epic story and a day to remember.

Map and stats: Strava

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I did it! Emil was saving me from not turning around in Önneköp without even knowing it. I said it before but you always need a friend to rely on, no matter.

Then I drove home and became sick for real…

Marseille

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Maciej Bodnar attacked at an earlier stage, believed he could win and tried to ride away from the peloton. He didn’t make it. Annemiek van Vleuten attacked too early up Col d’Izoard but she managed to win.

No guts no glory as Team Joker Icopal say.

Today in Marseille they both won!

like a pro, and La Course

I always cheer on Zdenek Stybar and Annemiek van Vleuten on road races. Stybar mostly rides for Martin this Tour de France but van Vleuten had a team riding for her today. And after attacking with 4,1km to go it ended like this:

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Love riders who dare to attack and try. And being seriously fast racing in speedsuit :p

Highlights from the race here with a Swede in 10th place, awesome performance by Hanna Nilson 😀

As I had a day off today I was out riding so couldn’t watch the race but read about the end while having a fika in Rimbo. Twitter is nice to follow races on 😀

Me and Emil road a loop north of Stockholm to Rimbo and then south to Vaxholm and home. Many small beautiful roads up north:

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Felt like a pro out riding far on a weekday 😉 After we came to Vaxholm and just rolled onto the ferry just in time. We thought about if we should go fast or not over Rindö. Got off first and rode steady with an average speed of 36,5km/h. Just in time for the next ferry so was awesome 🙂

Celebrated with a short stop on the other side:

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Back home both was a bit tired with heavy legs. Not as much talking as before 😉 I took a gel in Gustavsberg and then it was just to hold Emil’s wheel until we got to Björknäs. Doesn’t feel like I’ve been doing many of these long rides this year so was happy getting home after 190,7km (without ferries) and an average of 31km/h 😀

Map and stats incl ferries so longer time, distance and lower speed: Strava

 

Giro d’Italia Femminile stage 10

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Tarmac for the win. Exciting end of the last stage of Giro Rosa. Highlights:

Megan Guarnier won the spring ahead of Amanda Spratt anda Katarzyna Niewiadoma

Full results: PCS

The General Classification didn’t change so ended like this:

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  1. Anna van der Breggen – Boels-Dolmans
  2. Elisa Longo Borghini – Wiggle-High5
  3. Annemiek van Vleuten – Orica-Scott