The Swedish National Road Championships

Sweden may not be the biggest cycling country but we got one of the best cyclists in the world and today she showed how good she is. Emma Johansson dropped everyone and got over 4min to the 7 chasers in the group behind. Emma Johansson is on such level like Zlatan Ibrahimovic is. Absolute top both but only one has the media attention.

Anyway, it was a hard race today and already after first (of 10) laps the bunch was in small groups. After a couple of laps it looked like this:

The first group with Emma Johansson, Sara Penton, Emilia Fahlin, Sara Mustonen, Sara Olsson and a couple of more went hard and made the others suffer. Specially on the pavé section in the middle of Västerås:

Emma deserves a bigger picture, also a good one but I only got this:

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Where 44 riders to start but only 11 finished as the other where too far behind. The last rider who finished after having 2 rear punctures but never stopped chasing was my Sumocycling teammate Eva Lindskog. Rode real Sumostyle and did a great first Swedish Championship:

Results:

  1. Emma Johansson
  2. Sara Mustonen
  3. Emilia Fahlin
  4. Alexandra Nessmar
  5. Sara Penton

 

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.