Colorado Classic 2019 - Preview

Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) takes over the leader's jersey after stage 2 of the 2018 Colorado Clas

The cycling community is waiting with anticipation to watch on live TV the women's-only Colorado Classic unfold between August 22-25. Organisers did away with their men's race in favour of strengthening their corresponding women's event. So far, they've lived up to their promise of offering harder stages, more prize money, and live streaming. You can watch live streaming of all four stage on Cyclingnews . Our coverage of the event will also include race reports, news, results, and galleries. Katie Hall will return to defend her title. Instead of competing with her trade team Boels Dolmans, who are competing at the Women's WorldTour Ladies Tour of Norway, she will be leading Team USA. Her teammates, mostly development riders, include Madeline Bemis, Anna Christian, Emma Edwards, Cara O'Neill and Samantha Runnels. Hall has a strong chance of securing the overall title, given her palmares as one of America's strongest climbers. Last ...

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What women’s cycling can learn from the US women’s soccer team

On the same day as the Tour de France began last month, in a stadium in Lyon, the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup came to a close, with the US women’s team taking a commanding victory over the Netherlands. It wasn’t a win that went unnoticed – the US women’s team was catapulted to global attention, … The post What women’s cycling can learn from the US women’s soccer team appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Mixed relay to debut in European Championships

Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

The UEC European Championships will hold the first official championship Mixed Relay event in Alkmaar, Netherlands on Wednesday. The UCI replaced the trade team time trial with the relay for the Road World Championships beginning this year when the race will be held in Yorkshire. With each trio covering one 22.4km lap for a total of 44.8km, the Alkmaar course is significantly longer than the one to be used in Yorkshire, which is a total of 28km. The UCI rules for the discipline set a maximum distance per gender of 25km for a total of 50km. The men will set off first, with the time for each team taken as the second rider crosses the line at the end of the 22.4km lap, at which point the women, who will be held in a relay zone, will be released and set off for their lap. Riders must take care not ...

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The SHEcret Pro: On Van Vleuten ‘the alien’ and Vos the incredible

The SHEcret Pro is back with a fresh helping of insider perspectives from the professional women’s peloton. In this edition, she takes us inside the bunch at the Giro Rosa and La Course and considers the upcoming transfer season. Where has the year gone? Already the Giro Rosa and La Course are behind us and … The post The SHEcret Pro: On Van Vleuten ‘the alien’ and Vos the incredible appeared first on CyclingTips .

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ASO plan to develop women's cycling, but still no Tour de France

The 2019 La Course podium (l-r): Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb), Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) and Cecilie Ut

Organisers of the Tour de France , Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), have reportedly said that it is looking into a women's stage race that would be the equivalent of its marquee men's Grand Tour, but did not say it would be a women's Tour de France. According to an article published in Reuters on Friday following the one-day women's La Course by Le Tour de France , ASO also stated that it is setting up a special working group intended to help the development of women's cycling. "We are setting up a cell to develop women's cycling within ASO," an ASO official told Reuters . "We cannot have a women's Tour de France at the same moment as the men's Tour because it would be logistically impossible. The Tour has grown so much and is so big that having two races at the same time would not be feasible." Cyclingnews ...

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Textbook Vos wins nail-biting La Course

Supported by PAU, France (CT) — La Course was textbook Marianne Vos. Vos surprised absolutely nobody while dropping everybody with a stinging attack halfway up the final climb of La Course, overcoming longtime lone leader Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) at the second to last corner and going on to take her second La Course victory. “I think we all … The post Textbook Vos wins nail-biting La Course appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Preview: 13 things to know about the 2019 La Course by Le Tour de France

This year’s edition of La Course is being held in Pau to coincide with stage 13 of the Tour de France. Ahead of the race, here are 13 things you need to know about this important stop on the Women’s WorldTour. This is the sixth edition of La Course. The first three editions were held … The post Preview: 13 things to know about the 2019 La Course by Le Tour de France appeared first on CyclingTips .

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CCC-Liv counting on Marianne Vos to win La Course

Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) wins stage 2 at the Giro Rosa in Viu

Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) has a lot of pressure on her shoulders ahead of La Course by Le Tour de France . Her team is relying on her to bring her dominant form from the Giro Rosa, where she won four of the 10 stages, to the new puncheur-style one-day race in Pau on Friday. "In Pau, we will cycle rounds on the course on which the Tour riders will finish their time trial," the team's director Jeroen Blijlevens said. "Only the last round will be different. This ending is difficult, a lot of curves and a steep bend. This is what our riders can do well. Ashleigh Moolman Pasio was improving during the Giro Rosa and can maybe try something here. "But we are counting on Marianne Vos, who has already shown in Italy that she can do well when there’s a difficult ending. The team needs to make sure ...

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Van Vleuten brings winning edge back to La Course

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) in the maglia rosa at the Giro Rosa

Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) will line up as the defending champion at La Course by Le Tour de France on Friday in Pau, less than a week after celebrating her second consecutive victory at the Giro Rosa last Sunday. "I felt super good during the Giro, and I'm super happy to be able to race La Course again, to be able to use my legs again," Van Vleuten said in a statement released by her team. Van Vleuten is the two-time defending champion of La Course. The first of two stages in 2017 ended atop the Col d'Izoard, and the second stage ended in Marseille, where Van Vleuten won both stages and the overall title. Last year, she won a thrilling one-day battle all the way to the finish line against current world champion Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) in Le Grande-Bornand. "I still get goosebumps if ...

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Giro Rosa 2019: Dominant Annemiek van Vleuten retains title

Giro Rosa 2019: Dominant Annemiek van Vleuten retains title

George Smith 15 Jul 2019 Dutchwoman makes it two wins from two years in women’s most prestigious stage race After 10 gruelling stages across Northern Italy, Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) became the first back-to-back winner of the Giro Rosa since 2012, adding the mountains jersey to her palmaires while retaining the race’s overall and points classifications that she won in 2018. Two-time winner Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) came second while Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) battled hard to join her teammate on the podium in third. Juliette Labous ( Team Sunweb ) came in 11th, 9 minutes 51 seconds down on the winner to claim the young rider’s classification. Former runner up Elisa Longo Borghini ( Trek-Segafredo ) took the fifth and final blue jersey as best Italian rider. The race opened in the north-west of Italy with an 18km team time-trial which was won comfortably by Canyon-Sram ahead ...

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Giro Rosa: Van Vleuten seals overall victory

Marianne Vos wins her fourth stage of the Giro Rosa

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) has successfully defended last year's victory at the Giro Rosa. Winning two consecutive stages along the way, the 36-year-old's 3:50 lead over Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) was never in danger on the final stage. "It is so cool to win again, especially as I felt even better than last year," said Van Vleuten after the podium ceremony. "It is a dream come true again. Last year was the first time, and now we did it again. It was a big goal of mine this year, to finish it off for the second time in a row is really special. The whole team was prepared, we reconn'ed stages, and we all worked so hard for this. You feel some pressure but then it’s even more special to finish it off. In a stage race you really need the team every day, and that makes the ...

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Annemiek van Vleuten's Giro Rosa-winning Scott Foil RC - Gallery

Annemiek van Vleuten's Scott Foil RC

Annemiek van Vleuten did it again: The Dutchwoman overcame a knee fracture from last year's UCI Road World Championships and found spectacular form in time to defend her title in the Giro Rosa Iccrea. Getty Images photographer Luc Claessen captured close-up photos of the Scott Foil RC that carried Van Vleuten to overall victory on the final stage. Van Vleuten made her move on stage 5 to Lago di Cancano, where she put a whopping three-minute gap into her rivals, then followed that win up with another in the individual time trial in Teglio, where she won by 52 seconds over Boels Dolmans' Anna van der Breggen. Scott honoured Van Vleuten's achievement with a fresh paint job for her Foil RC, giving bright pink accents to the logos on her frame to match the maglia rosa of the overall Giro Rosa winner. Click or swipe through the gallery to see ...

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Van Vleuten helps Spratt onto Giro Rosa podium on final mountain stage

Annemiek van Vleuten helped Mitchelton-Scott teammate Amanda Spratt to a podium spot on the GC on st

With a 4:11 lead on the GC after stage 8, Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) didn't really have to worry about her maglia rosa on the final mountain stage of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile on Saturday. Instead, the race leader lent a hand to her teammate Amanda Spratt . Spratt has been an excellent lieutenant for Van Vleuten throughout the race, reprising the role she had played in the 36-year-old's 2018 Giro Rosa victory. In recognition of her effort and that of the whole team, Mitchelton-Scott's tactic for stage 9 centred around getting Spratt from fifth place overall onto the GC podium. Spratt was seven seconds behind Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) in fourth place and 1:07 behind third-placed Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) before the stage. The steep finishing climb to Malga Montasio was ideal for the Australian climber, and Van Vleuten put the pressure on early. "I went with ...

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Giro Rosa stage 9: Van der Breggen denies van Vleuten in dying moments to take summit finish

Van der Breggen survives two attacks from van Vleuten to take stage win on tough summit finish. Read the full article at Giro Rosa stage 9: Van der Breggen denies van Vleuten in dying moments to take summit finish on VeloNews.com .

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Giro Rosa: Van der Breggen wins stage 9

Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) wins the stage

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) won stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile on Saturday – a hard mountain-top finish at Malga Montasio. Race leader Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) had attacked to drop the road race world champion on the steepest part of the climb, but Van der Breggen came back to Van Vleuten in the final kilometre and passed the maglia rosa to win the stage. "We came here to win the Giro," said Van der Breggen after the finish. "Pretty early, it became clear that that wouldn't work, as Annemiek was really strong this week. But I've felt better and better as the race has gone on, so the only thing you can do is to try. I tried to win a stage, and am really happy that it worked." Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) and Van Vleuten's Mitchelton-Scott teammate Amanda Spratt finished the stage 1:38 ...

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Van Vleuten attacks to avoid danger at the Giro Rosa

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) in the maglia rosa at the Giro Rosa

The sight of Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) going on the attack over a mid-race climb and then sprinting for bonus seconds on stage 8 at the Giro d'Italia Femminile might have put a question mark in everyone's minds. After all, the maglia rosa has a nearly unassailable lead of more than four minutes with two stages to go over world champion Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans), who has already resigned to racing for second place . The eighth stage of the better known Giro Rosa was relatively flat and expected to be one of those days that the general classification favourites had to get through, and so not ideal for offensive moves. It is the next day's stage 9, with its mountaintop finish at Montasio, that will be much more critical for the overall classification. And yet the maglia rosa herself went on the attack, and with ...

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Giro Rosa: Banks wins stage 8 in Maniago

Elizabeth Banks and Leah Thomas go -12 for Bigla in stage 8 of the Giro Rosa

Elizabeth Banks ( Bigla ) won stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile in Maniago Friday. Part of a breakaway of ten riders that formed on the second climb of the day with 40km to go, Banks attacked in the final and held off the rest of the group to win solo. Her teammate Leah Thomas made it a 1-2 for Bigla by beating Soraya Paladin (Alé Cipollini) in the sprint for second place. "I think this won't sink in for quite a few days," said Banks after celebrating her first UCI victory. "I really can't quite believe it. The group wasn't working really well. We had to keep it rolling, and I was fully on the limit, but that’s the moment when you have to go. We were all tired. Leah was just killing herself to cover everything. I'm so excited, I love racing with her and the ...

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Giro Rosa: Marianne Vos wins stage 7

Marianne Vos takes the stage 7 win at Giro Rosa

Marianne Vos ( CCC-Liv ) won her third stage of this Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile - and her 24th overall. The Dutch veteran was fastest on the uphill finish of stage 7 in Fara Vicentino after a nervous hilly stage with lots of attacks. Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) finished second ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo). "I had to really dig deep today," said Vos after the stage. "It was a beautiful stage, hard from the beginning, with constant attacks in the final. I tried to cruise with some of them, and then on the last climb, I just tried to do the right things. I made the right move, and actually couldn't believe I had it." Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) continues to wear the maglia rosa but lost a few seconds to Van der Breggen who is now 4:08 minutes behind, with Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) in third ...

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Dominance displayed: Annemiek van Vleuten’s Giro Rosa masterclass, in graphs

During this year’s Giro d’Italia, VeloClub member Cameron Harris pulled together some nifty visualisations that helped to illustrate the race in an interesting and engaging way. Now Cameron is back with similar coverage for both the Tour de France and the Giro Rosa. In this post we dive into Cameron’s visualisations from the 2019 Giro … The post Dominance displayed: Annemiek van Vleuten’s Giro Rosa masterclass, in graphs appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Can anyone challenge Van Vleuten at the Giro Rosa?

Anna van der Breggen

Ahead of the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile , many expected a head-to-head fight for the win between the two strongest riders in the women’s peloton – defending champion Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) and 2017 winner Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ). Van der Breggen had consciously opted out of a defence at the 2018 edition to focus on mountain biking and preparation for the Innsbruck World Championships, where she lined up as the big favourite and duly won the road race. A few days earlier, Van Vleuten had won the individual time trial world title for the second time in her career. But like last year, Van Vleuten has so far been on a level of her own. After six of ten stages, the time gap to her nearest competitors is huge: Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM), the previous race leader from the stage 1 team time trial, ...

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