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:
The women who got me thinking about Oakley Radar EV.
Christine Majerus may be riding for herself on cyclocross but on road she usually helps the other riders in Boels Dolmans. Digging deep to catch a breakaway or setting up Lizzie Deignan in a good position like at last weekends Strade Bianche:
The women behind the star:
She’s a rolemodel for the sport riding with great class and just looking pure race. And when getting her chance she even can outsprint the legend Marianne Vos:
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 😀
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.
Felt sorry for Eva Lechner today. Hoped that she would win but instead she crashed on the first muddy corner after Nikkie Harris changed line. Her derailleur hanger broke so had to run far to the pits and change bike. Then she showed her form with setting the best laptimes, ended 31st 😦 Impressive to not give up!
Lucie Chainel-Lefevre was in front in the beginning and sat the pace. After was the winning group chasing with riders like Sanne Cant, Marianne Vos, Katerina Nash, Nikki Harris and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot. Became a group in the front after a couple of laps but it was two riders who had a bit more power and technical skills than the others. One that at least I didn’t expect.
Sanne Cant and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot showed the fight of the day and Cant showed that she really found the shape in the right moment. Usually she is at the top 5 when all favourites are together but never in front in the end. Today she was and showed a pure cyclocrossers skills.
But Pauline Ferrand-Prevot didn’t let Can pass on the finish straight and took another world champion jersey from Marianne Vos:
Behind there was a fight between Marianne Vos, Katerina Nash and Nikki Harris. Nash had to much pressure and pushed the limit a bit far on the last lap and crashed a couple of times. Marianne Vos raced like a legend does and ended 3rd. Would be odd to miss the podium on a World Championships.
The three fastest CX women in the world!
And did you notice Marianne Vos shoes? I was noticing her class with high white socks but she also got shoes I’ve never seen before. It looks like a pair of Specialized Stumpy II but on the outside it says LIV. That’s classy 😀 And what I’ve seen Marianne Vos is the women with highest class in cycling.
After following women’s CX and XC racing it’s great to see development. Really happy about the results CX results in Hoogerheide today. Eva Lechner has been the Italian champion for some years and done some CXraces, been top 5 in the end. But today she stepped up with her first World Cup win!
And not just a World Cup but the one with all the favourites and everyone wants to find their shape to next weekends World Championship. Everyone is aiming for a good result but just one can be on the top. Marianne Vos didn’t seem to have the legs today and Katie Compton had some problems breathing. Katerina Nash ended 2nd and Pauline Ferrand Prevot 3rd:
Sanne Cant also did a great performance today and ended 4th which helped her win this seasons World Cup.
I’ve also been trying to find some shape today and was out training with CK Valhall this morning, Carl-Johan took a picture of the rest of us before we left:
First comes yellow, a colour that Marianne Vos, Marijn de Vries and many others show and talk about. A big project to engage more women in cycling and to enjoy bikeriding. Had a secret twitter ride from the fair in Utrecht that looked like this:
Check the hashtag #weownyellow for more information. Can it be spread outside the Netherlands and U.K.?
Except that I really don’t know what to tweet about at the moment so sharing a thought that got into my mind about next mtb season, looks something like this:
If Christoph Sauser didn’t have posted a video on Twitter yesterday, hmm.