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:
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:
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:
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
No live stream and the media attention goes all to Düsseldorf 😦 The worlds best women is racing the women Giro d’Italia and it couldn’t have been started better it seems like. Boels Dolmans won the TTT on stage 2 and yesterday on the first road stage it looked like this:
Annemiek van Vleuten won! Ahead of Anna van der Breggen and Elisa Longo Borghini!
Today it’s a flat 3rd stage, let’s hope for some good action today too 🙂
Hopefully no one missed that it’s Olympic times in Rio now. Men’s roadrace yesterday with many crashes and almost a Scandinavian victory with Jakob Fuglsang if Greg van Avermaet wouldn’t have been so good 😉
Today it was time for the women and what I said the Netherlands could do happened. Annemiek van Vleuten attacked. But on the last climb giving her great chances to win as she seemed to be in her life’s best shape.
Mara Abbot got up to her and they rode the end of the climb together. I knew Abbot wasn’t such a good descender so my big hopes was as always for van Vleuten. She rode away from Abbot. It all seemed perfect until a corner where she lost her rear wheel. Just after she got too much grip on her front wheel while breaking so she flew over the bike landed on the side of the road:
Crashing like Nibali yesterday but in bigger lead and the crash seemed horrible as she layed there and didn’t move. Now it says she is ”ok” but the Time Trial seemed to be lost and wonder if she have even the smallest chance to heal up until the Worlds?
So Abbot in the lead and was very close to win. Behind her Anna van der Breggen, Elisa Longo Borghini and Emma Johansson chased. The rode so well they caught Abbot a couple of hundred meters before the finish. Borghini did most of the job in the end so she ended 3rd. van der Breggen started the spring and Johansson tried to pass but didn’t have the speed or time so ended 2nd like in Beijing. And just like Fuglsang.
Anna van der Breggen won a well deserved victory and nice to see a great rider who’s always in the top win (almost as nice as if Johansson would have won).
So while the Netherlands lost their maybe best rider of the day they where happy winning 2 Olympics in a row. Here celebrating with Marianne Vos who won in London:
Let’s now hope Emma Johansson wins the World Championships 😀