La Flèche Wallone

Yesterday was the Fleche Wallone day and Rabo-Liv wanted to do as last year, take the win with Anna van der Breggen. Didn’t find a good replay but here are some highlights:

  1. Anna van der Breggen – Rabo-Liv
  2. Evelyn Stevens – Boels-Dolmans
  3. Megan Guarnier – Boels-Dolmans

Full results: ProCyclingStats

Emakumeen Bira last 10km

Thought of sharing the highlights from yesterdays and todays stage but it hasn’t come up yet 😦

But Boels-Dolmans is a great team even on social media so they shared a link to the last 10km of the last stage today:

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A great race which even was livestreamed 🙂 Missed some work from Elisa Longo Borghini for Emma Johansson but otherwise great race.

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

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Everyone was talking about Wiggins hour record attempt but how big news was this evenings Steves hour record attempt?

Evelyn Stevens broke the World hour record this evening onboard her Specialized S-Works Shiv TT! She is a women showing that it’s not to late to start riding even if you haven’t done juniors.

And so back to Europe but continuing on the same line. The ”real” racing started today with the funniest races, a.k.a. the Classics. Where Greg van Avermaet always is there but never wins (until today). And where the women’s race goes on the same circuit on the same day.

But it’s Belgium and not an equal country so while there is full focus on the men’s race there isn’t a single stream from the women’s race. Not sent live on Belgium TV or somewhere else.

There is something special about when the World Champion wins, when the world champion wins with 29 seconds it’s impressive and Lizzie Armitstead showed the world today that she still is the best:

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I wanted to see that race!!! But now all we can see are some pictures and Resultsand yes, she used Sram Red eTap.

Women’s World Tour and Thereabouts

It’s getting bigger, it’s getting better, 2016 is the year it will all change and hopefully it will be magic. Women’s World Cup has ended and they get a World Tour with many more races, like the men’s World Tour. More is getting broadcasted too so let’s follow it and cheer for our favourites

Before 2016 it’s tomorrow. Friday the 11th of December and the only day it’s possible to watch Thereabouts Reprise documentary. 4 guys riding from Boulder to Moab in epic terrain. If you don’t understand, go check www.thereabouts.com.au for the 1st video. Here is a teaser and don’t miss it tomorrow:

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The sport is getting better, we can make it even better

Women road cyclists have a hard time, far from the men’s race not just compared salaries. The races are smaller and not as good organized, the teams are smaller with less people, the media coverage is far from what it should be. At least in Sweden where we got one of the best cyclists in the world! But women roadracers are loving the sport, even if it looks like this:

There is something that wishes all of us no matter of gender to race or watch races like this:

The man behind my favourite photo book that comes out after every cyclocross season and behind the website Cyclephotos which cover most of the big cyclocross races and this year also the women’s road season Balint Hamvas. He is in a great interview here I recommend you to read: Cyclingtips

He can show the beauty of the sport. And for next year it seems to be changes by UCI too. They are making it all a bit better. Not at the men’s level but it’s one step further. Steps are good help people and riders grow into it, and teams to develop. To have bigger races and more prize money it’s needed more professional teams with good riders that don’t have to think about others than cycling. For that it is needed sponsors, and sponsors can give more if they see they get more out of it.

Velonews about the UCInews.

Can you do something to help women road cycling step up?

Bioracer+Specialized=World Champion!!

Last year Ellen van Dijk won the ITT World Championships. She rode a Specialized Shiv with her national time trial suit from Bioracer. She was the favorite this year too and even when she shifted team from Specialized-Lululemon to Boels-Dolmans she brought Specialized with her. This year she started last and was never in front of Solovey or Brennauer and she got a lot of rain in the end, ended with over a minute back and just a top 10 place.

I’m not so interested in Time Trial so didn’t have so much information who was going to win today or do well. Impressed by Evelyn Stevens from USA who got 3rd:

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And then Anna Solovey from Ukraine on a Giant Trinity which is a really great Time Trialbike, not the easiest to work on but is a good compromise with aero and easy to work on:

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And then we know from the World Championships last year. Ellen van Dijk and Tony Martin both one with the same bike model and suit. And Lisa Brennauer is from Germany so knows that germans can ride fast 😉 Winner and new World Champ Lisa Brennauer:

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So will Tony Martin loose tomorrow and someone else with same kit win? Or will he defend the jersey? And how good will Reidar Borgersen do it?