3 Birthdays, 1 win

  • I planned to do a nice gravelride with some friends in the morning, change wheels, go home and make a cake for some other friends. Coming to work in the wet and cold as it was the meetingpoint I changed my mind, was way too bad weather for me to ride in I felt so said good luck to Patrik and Ola and skipped the first step and changed wheels before rolling back home…
  • In Ronse the World Champ Sanne Cant started the first race in DVV Verzekeringen Trofee cup with the goal to win. But instead of beating Katie Compton she stepped of with stomachpains (too much cake?).
  • In the Netherlands it was the National XC (M?) Championships and this years first mtb race for Annemiek van Vleuten. She didn’t fail like me and Cant but won another title instead 😀

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Hope van Vleuten and Cant had as good end of their birthdays as I had 😀 And now starts a new year that can be even better 😀

 

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World Championships in Bergen

My old hometown hosted this years World Championships in Road Cycling. And after chatting with the Swedish Champ Sara Penton I booked a ticket. Who doesn’t want to see all Bergen and many more cheer on your friend:

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I’ve been on the Women’s World Cup in Vårgårda and seen a few XCO World Cups but this was something extra. So much people and so many riders I followed just on internet before.DSC_1433

While I always hope Annemiek van Vleuten will win I was happy to see the Netherlands teamwork work out and with Chantal Blaak soloing to the finish. A women with style and that will wear the most beautiful cycling jersey in a correct way:

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Happy to see that finish. But as for Kristoff the finishline came to far away for the 2nd group. Annemiek van Vleuten was first in the group when they passed me with 70m to go. 70m for Katrin Garfoot and Amalie Dideriksen to pass

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Fully crowded as you can see. Going to the podium at Torgallmenningen was even more crowded. More people than on 17th May, thought for a while I wouldn’t get in on the square:

  1. Chantal Blaak – The Netherlands
  2. Katron Garfoot – Australia
  3. Amalie Dideriksen – Denmark
  4. Annemiek van Vleuten – The Netherlands

3rd year Boels-Dolmans take the World Champion win on a Specialized S-Works, 2 earlier on Amira, now on the New Tarmac.

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Yesterday time for the men and the crowds grew. I met a polish guy that had come with ferry and bus to watch Kwiato. Dedication. And the crowds was happy seeing Odd Christian Eiking from Bergen in the 2nd breakaway:

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A lot of people including a peloton:

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The guy to the left had understood that we where there for the atmosphere and to cheer on our favorites live, not just following the race. Which is best in a sofa in front of the TV, but not as fun.

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Alaphilipe and Moscon on the last lap, including the VideoMC that lost it’s connection some seconds after as the power got down on Fløyen. The other view of this:

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Including me in blue in the red circle taking the picture above 😀

Just after the chasers/winners came:

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I was hoping for the third guy here, Matteo Trentin but he did as van Vleuten and ended 4th.

If you missed the last 5km they are here from the helicopter:

Peter Sagan covering some gaps and attacks when people try to get rid of the sprinters. I’m not the biggest fan of Peter Sagan but he is incredible and clever being in the right place in the right time. It’s impressive and it was a clean sprint just like the way we want to see it.

  1. Peter Sagan – Slovakia
  2. Alexander Kristoff – Norway
  3. Michael Matthews – Australia
  4. Matteo Trentin – Italy

Peter Sagans 3rd World Champ title in 3 years. And he did it on Specialized S-Works Tarmac 😉

Peter Sagan does it alone what Boels-Dolmans do together. Both on Specializeds. For me I think Sagans win in Richmond was his best and Chantal Blaaks in Bergen the best in Boels-Dolmans. Coming in solo to the finish in the Worlds biggest road race is making the win even bigger, dropping the best riders in the world.

UCIWWT Boels Ladies Tour

You know when you race on home soil and everyone is there cheering for you. Then when riding safe but fast on technical Proloque and still take the win.

You know when you can sprint better than the others so you just pass and celebrate a bit before the line while everyone is chasing you?

You know when racing against the fastest time trialcyclists in the world but you decided to win the World Championships this year and need the great feeling?

You know when you missed the last sprint but knew you got it this time?

You know when you’re the favorite, leading the World Tour, but still go in the breakaway with the GC leader just because you know it’s your day?

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Interesting racing, but missing the live stream this years Boels Ladies Tour. UCI haven’t shared today’s video yet so just a picture of the finish. 6th and last stage tomorrow. Annemiek van Vleuten is leading ahead of Anna van der Breggen and that seems pretty set but it’s a long hilly stage tomorrow. Hoping for van Vleuten to take the overall, but can Niewiadoma win tomorrow, find the spring shape again 🙂

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!