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.