Women’s Tour Down Under?

It’s been news about the men’s Tour down under, it’s been live streams and videos afterwards and no matter if you been in Australia or far here here in the northern Europe it’s possible to follow the racing.

But the women’s World Tour race that was before, where was the coverage of that? A guy I follow on Facebook that call himself Dan Gerous wrote this today:

”Cycling being what cycling is, we don’t get as much coverage of the women’s side of the sport. There was a Women’s Tour Down Under but no live coverage of it apart from the twitter accounts of teams in the race…

Not much has been said in the media about the new Cylance Pro Cyclingteam either, despite having some big names in it’s roster. Shelley Olds was a contender on most stages and finished 2nd overall for the team riding sweet Cannondale SuperSix Evos. The team also has Krista Doebel-Hickok, Alison Tetrick, Erica Zaveta, Valentina Scandolara, Rosella Ratto, Sheyla Gutierrez, Doris Schweizer and Kathryn Bertine.

Now let’s see if the UCI will enforce the mandatory Women’s WorldTour live coverage and other obligations so we can actually follow women’s cycling, often offering us very interesting, more attacking and aggressive racing compared to the too often over-controlled and predictable men’s races.”

Anyone seen any video coverage from the Women’s Tour Down Under, please write a comment with a link and help spread it.

Thüringen Rundfahrt and European Championships

Sometimes a 2nd place can be a win. Emma Johansson came 2nd today after she got outsprinted by a girl just sitting on the wheel before. Highlights from the last stage today:

And the European Championships in MTB and Trail started in Italy today with Team Relay. 11th place for Sweden isn’t anything to smile for but can smile for Manuel Fumic and Germany:

Thüringen Rundfahrt, stage 2-4

While Tour de France is going on in France there is a big race in Germany that should get som more attention.

Highlights from stage 2:

Stage 3, yesterday included a Time Trial and a road race. Great results for Gracie Elvin and Emma Johansson 😀

Emma Johansson was called Silver-Emma. A silver yesterday the same today, beaten only by a neighbour:

Thanks to Aschwin Kruders for the last one

Emma Johansson and Calle Friberg for the win

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Swedens National CX Championships in Stockholm today. Over her you can see a couple of pictures of the winners Emma Johansson and Calle Friberg.1426688_696351957041904_629867751_o

Women Elite:

1. Emma Johansson

2. Angelica Edvardsson

3. Åsa Erlandsson

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Men elite:

1. Calle Friberg

2. Emil Lindgren

3. Matthias Wengelin

Road cyclists on CX

Two of my favorite road cyclists are racing CX now after the autumn rest. Sylvain Chavanel on Specialized Crux:

Chavanel CX

 

And here in Norway there was the unofficial Norwegian Championships yesterday and last race in the CX Cup. Road World Cup leader Emma Johansson was there and showed how fast she is and won 🙂 Here is a picture from fridays training on her Flanders carbon CX with Shimano Di2, Nice Dura-Ace 7800 tubulars and PRO Stealth bar:

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This afternoon it’s time for CX in Zonhoven, don’t miss it here: Superprestige Zonhoven

The World Championship and GP Neerpelt

Today is the fourth time Sweden got a big chance to win a world championship this year. First was XCE that Alexandra Engen won. Second was Women XCO U23 with Jenny Rissveds that didn’t have the day we all wished for. Third was Women XCO Elite with Alexandra Engen that didn’t win this year either, smallest chance of the three I think.

But today the chance is big again. Women Elite road in Firenze with Emma Johansson. She’s leading the World Cup, she has beaten Marianne Vos and the rest of the starters. Will she do it again? GO EMMA!!! Starting a little after 14.00 today.

So how come Sweden doesn’t show more women cycling? Maybe not as fast riding as men but we got a lot bigger chance to win and we really got the top riders. 

But at the same time it’s a big CX race in Belgium, first with Sven Nys in Europe this season. Live stream starts 14.15 so guessing the race will start 14.30. Links here: Cyclingfans