Women’s Team of the Week: Windswept Edition

Yes, it’s back, by semi-popular demand and with its customary cavalier attitude to lengths of time. Races Sweeping up the entire first three weeks of the [VDS] season in one tremendous gust, this edition buffets Strade Bianche and a muddy Ronde van Drenthe (UCI Women’s World Tour rounds 1 and 2), breezes past SSRs at Le Samyn and Drentse 8, and lightly ruffles VDS opening weekend. Coverage Reasonable. Images of a muddy peloton riding up the VAMberg and across tree-lined stretches of cobbles at Drenthe were particularly memorable . Riders Marta Bastianelli : Yes, yes, at Drenthe you can say she got lucky. Chantal Blaak practically ferried her across to form a three rider group with solo leader Ellen van Dijk from which she was always likely to win, especially when Blaak ended up doing much of the work. (Bastianelli summed it up in a classic sorry-not-sorry post-race interview ). ...

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D'hoore undergoes surgery for broken collarbone after Drentse 8 crash

Jolien D'hoore wins Women's WorldTour round at Driedaagse De Panne

Jolien D'hoore ( Boels Dolmans ) will undergo surgery to repair a broken collarbone sustained in a crash at the Drenthe Acht van Westerveld over the weekend. The Classics specialist could be forced to skip a portion of the upcoming block of one-day races to recover from the injury. "This is hard to accept, with all the nice races coming up," D'hoore wrote in a post on Twitter. D'hoore crashed on a descent roughly 60km into the race, more popularly known as Drentse 8. It has been speculated that a gust of wind caused her and Lotta Lepistö (Trek-Segafredo) to crash. D'hoore was immediately taken to hospital, where X-rays showed the broken collarbone. She has returned to Belgium and underwent surgery on Saturday, reported Nieuwsblad.be . Boels Dolmans announced in October that they had signed D'hoore for the 2019 season . She joined the team having spent one year with ...

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Bastianelli on track to defend Gent-Wevelgem title

Marta Bastianelli (Virtu Cycling) wins Omloop van het Hageland

Marta Bastianelli has had a triumphant start to the 2019 season under the colours of her new team Virtu Cycling . The European champion has won Omloop van het Hageland and Ronde van Drenthe , and looks on track to win a second consecutive Gent-Wevelgem on March 31. Gent-Wevelgem marks the fifth round of the Women's WorldTour. The series kicked off on March 9 at Strade Bianche, won by Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott). It then travelled to the Netherlands for Ronde van Drenthe this past weekend, where Bastianelli won a breakaway sprint ahead of Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) and Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo). Bastianelli now leads the Women's WorldTour individual classification with 300 points, after combining points earned from her victory at Ronde van Drenthe and fourth place at Strade Bianche. Van Vleuten is now sitting in second place with 200 points and Blaak is third with 185 points. There ...

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Ronde van Drenthe: Bastianelli wins, heartache for Mitchelton-Scott

Ronde van Drenthe: Bastianelli wins, heartache for Mitchelton-Scott

Team Virtu's Marta Bastianelli fended off Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) and Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) for muddy victory at the women's Ronde van Drenthe. But for two strokes of bad luck, it might have gone Mitchelton-Scott's way.

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Ronde van Drenthe: Bastianelli wins, bad luck for Mitchelton-Scott

Ronde van Drenthe: Bastianelli wins, bad luck for Mitchelton-Scott

Team Virtu's Marta Bastianelli fended off Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) and Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) for muddy victory at the women's Ronde van Drenthe. But for two strokes of bad luck, it might have gone Mitchelton-Scott's way.

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Ronde van Drenthe: Boels Dolmans place four in top 10 but miss out on victory

Marta Bastianelli moves towards Chantal Blaak in the sprint

Boels Dolmans showed great strength in depth as they placed four riders in the top 10 at Sunday's Ronde van Drenthe , with Chantal Blaak finishing as runner-up, and defending champion Amy Pieters winning the group sprint for fourth place, with Amalie Dideriksen in sixth and Jip van den Bos taking 10th. However, between 2014 and 2018, the Dutch team won the race four times, including three wins in a row from Blaak, Dideriksen, and Pieters. The decision, therefore, to have Blaak drive a two-rider chase with renowned sprinter Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu Cycling) in the finale of the race to catch lone leader Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) appeared peculiar. As expected, Bastianelli won the sprint , leaving Blaak and her teammates with four good placings, but no winner's bouquet. Blaak was arguably the strongest rider in the race as she led an echelon-diminished front group onto the final cobblestone ...

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Bastianelli wins Ronde van Drenthe

Marta Bastianelli wins the Ronde van Drenthe

Marta Bastianelli ( Team Virtu Cycling ) won the Ronde van Drenthe beating Chantal Blaak ( Boels Dolmans ) and Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) in a three-way sprint. Bastianelli also takes the lead in the UCI Women’s WorldTour. Van Dijk sparked the race-winning move when she attacked after the final stretch of cobbles. The Dutchwoman spent a number of kilometres alone before she was joined by Blaak and Bastianelli, and the three worked together to hold off the chasing group behind. The gap was small, but the trio had done enough to hold the chasers off and contest the victory between themselves. Blaak tried to take the sprint from behind, but Bastianelli was quick to react to her and didn’t allow her to pass, beating her by a slim margin on the line. How it happened At 165.7 km (plus a five-kilometre neutral zone), the Ronde van Drenthe was the ...

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The weekly spin: Alaphilippe, Van Vleuten conquer white roads of Strade Bianche

A pair of first-time champions emerged at Strade Bianche Saturday, though neither could be considered a surprise winner. After 184km of racing, including 63km across white gravel roads, Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) got the better of Dane Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) to take the victory in the historic Piazza del Campo in Siena. Former world cyclocross … The post The weekly spin: Alaphilippe, Van Vleuten conquer white roads of Strade Bianche appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Vleuten surprises herself with Strade Bianche victory

2019 Strade Bianche podium: Annika Langvad (Boels Dolmans), Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott)

Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) won the UCI Women's WorldTour classification in 2018, and she put on the purple leader's jersey again on Saturday after winning Strade Bianche , the opening round of the 2019 series. This success came as something of a surprise for Van Vleuten herself, as she had fractured her knee at the World Championships Road Race in late September. "I thought it was maybe a bit too early because I have done only 10 weeks of training. But I worked very, very hard because this race was on my wish list to win one time. It is one of my favourite races," Van Vleuten said in the TV interview after her win. "I was waiting for a good moment to attack. There was only one teammate with me for a long time, and it was good to have Lucy Kennedy there, but we were a ...

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Strade Bianche: Tuscan delicacy

Is it possible that Strade Bianche is the most anticipated race of all on the calendar save for one or two that the Flemish hype machine have managed to elevate to almost God-like status? I think it probably is. Last year we engaged in a debate over whether it is in fact the sixth monument already and the opposition to such an outrageous claim was surprisingly mellow. It may not be but it’s probably not far off in many people’s minds. That said, it’s still pretty early days and Strade is really just the opening salvo in perhaps the most intense period of the year, Paris-Nice, Tirreno, Sanremo all follow like a string of pearls and the coming weeks promise to be a blur of high caliber World Tour racing. The race also suffers from rubbing up against Paris-Nice this weekend. Like always some riders you’d desperately want to see ...

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From sexist to understandable: what the Omloop neutralisation fiasco says about women's cycling

From sexist to understandable: what the Omloop neutralisation fiasco says about women's cycling

Laura Laker 6 Mar 2019 Poor planning, unfortunate circumstances or disregard for women's cycling? Key figures have their say. Photo: Masselis, Flanders Classics This weekend’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad hit headlines in perhaps unexpected ways when Nicole Hanselmann, on a solo breakaway in Saturday’s women’s race, caught up a slow moving men’s field after 30km, causing officials to temporarily neutralise the women’s race, until the gap had widened. Dutch champion Chantal Blaak later put in a powerful, and perfectly-timed attack on the Muur van Geraardsbergen to win the women’s race , and although Hanselmann was philosophical over finishing in 74th place, some questioned the race organisation's decision in that moment, while others called it 'sexist'. Hanselmann, a Swiss rider who races for Team Bigla, wrote on Instagram: View this post on Instagram Today was the first spring classic in Belgium. I attacked after 7km, and was alone in the break for ...

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From sexist to understandable, mixed reactions to neutralisation of Women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and what it means for women's cycling

From sexist to understandable, mixed reactions to neutralisation of Women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad an

Laura Laker 6 Mar 2019 Poor planning, unfortunate circumstances or disregard for women's cycling? Key figures have their say. Photo: Masselis, Flanders Classics This weekend’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad hit headlines in perhaps unexpected ways when Nicole Hanselmann, on a solo breakaway in Saturday’s women’s race, caught up a slow moving men’s field after 30km, causing officials to temporarily neutralise the women’s race, until the gap had widened. Dutch champion Chantal Blaak later put in a powerful, and perfectly-timed attack on the Muur van Geraardsbergen to win the women’s race , and although Hanselmann was philosophical over finishing in 74th place, some questioned the race organisation's decision in that moment, while others called it 'sexist'. Hanselmann, a Swiss rider who races for Team Bigla, wrote on Instagram: View this post on Instagram Today was the first spring classic in Belgium. I attacked after 7km, and was alone in the break for ...

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What the Omloop neutralisation fiasco says about women's cycling

What the Omloop neutralisation fiasco says about women's cycling

Laura Laker 6 Mar 2019 Poor planning, unfortunate circumstances or disregard for women's cycling? Key figures have their say. Photo: Masselis, Flanders Classics This weekend’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad hit headlines in unexpected ways when Nicole Hanselmann, on a solo breakaway in Saturday’s women’s race, caught up a slow moving men’s field after 30km, causing officials to temporarily neutralise the women’s race, until the gap had widened. Dutch champion Chantal Blaak later put in a powerful, and perfectly-timed attack on the Muur van Geraardsbergen to win the women’s race , and although Hanselmann was philosophical over finishing in 74th place, some questioned the race organisation's decision in that moment, while others called it 'sexist'. Hanselmann, a Swiss rider who races for Team Bigla, wrote on Instagram: View this post on Instagram Today was the first spring classic in Belgium. I attacked after 7km, and was alone in the break for around ...

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Stories from the Silk Road: Alison Tetrick

Alison Tetrick is one of the most accomplished gravel cyclists in the world, but joining our trip to Kyrgyzstan to ride the Silk Road brought a new perspective to her cycling. Here, she shares the story of her journey along this historic trade route. The post Stories from the Silk Road: Alison Tetrick appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van den Bos wins Le Samyn des Dames

Jip van den Bos (Boels Dolmans)

Jip van den Bos (Boels Dolmans) claimed her first victory as a professional on Tuesday with a solo success at Le Samyn des Dames. The 22-year-old Dutchwoman had signalled her form and potential with a podium finish at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday and took flight from a select group of seven on the last of three laps of the 25km finishing circuit around Dour. Daniela Gass (Equano-Wase Zon) finished runner-up, and Demi De Jong (Lotto Soudal Ladies) took the final spot on the podium. As with the men’s race, the finishing circuit featured four sectors of cobblestones - two of which were uphill - totaling 1700m of pave. After a quiet early period, the race exploded on the first lap and by the end of it the peloton had split, with a group of 30 or so riders left out front. On the second lap a further selection was ...

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What we learned from the opening weekend of the Spring Classics

Joe Robinson 4 Mar 2019 QuickStep and Boels-Dolmans to win all the Classics, why a crosswind is the best weather for racing and a goodbye to desert racing According to some, last weekend was better than those days between Christmas and New Year's Eve when all you do is eat chocolate and leftover cold cuts. That's because it was the opening weekend of the Cobbled Classics campaign, what the purists would consider the true start of the season. For the men, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and for the women, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Omloop van het Hageland, each providing their own spectacle, teaching us some interesting lessons for the next few weeks ahead. Unfortunately, it'll be all over far too soon as Paris-Roubaix , the Queen of the Classics, is under five weeks away. Deceuninck-QuickStep are here to party Turns out that Deceuninck-QuickStep are pretty good at racing the ...

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Time re-enters shoe market with high-end Osmos range

Joe Robinson Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 08:59 Carbon soles and one-piece uppers, the French brand has left no expense spared €399-249 Those of you with a long memory can probably recall a time when Time was known for its shoes just as much as for its pedals and bikes. After all, it dominated the market back in the 1990s alongside the likes of Sidi and Northwave. For example, did you know at the 2000 Tour de France , 100 of the 180 in that year’s peloton wore Time shoes? But with times changing and after falling behind giants such as Specialized, Giro and Fizik, Time suspended its footwear branch of the business in 2013 deciding to concentrate on bikes and pedals. But now, five years on, Time has relocated part of its operation to Trento, northern Italy, partnered with ski-boot experts Rossignol Lange and relaunched the shoe side of ...

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Classics power play: The watts needed to ride Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Joe Robinson 4 Mar 2019 Naesen provides his power data from the opening Classics weekend to prove just how hard racing is Just in case you were under any illusions that you could have kept pace with the professionals at the opening weekend of the Spring Classics, AG2R La Mondiale rider Oliver Naesen has uploaded his rides to Strava proving just how average us amateurs are. Former Belgian road race champion Naesen had a solid opening weekend finishing 10th at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday and 43rd at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne on Sunday having been part of the five-man break that launched Bob Jungels to his eventual race victory . To do this, Naesen produced some exceptionally high numbers which he has since shared on Strava . Across 4 hours 45 minutes of racing at Omloop , Naesen recorded an average weighted power of 322w as he formed part of a chase ...

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Blaak attack earns Boels victory at Het Nieuwsblad

Blaak attack earns Boels victory at Het Nieuwsblad

Chantal Blaak attacked over the Muur de Geraardsbergen to win Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Read the full article at Blaak attack earns Boels victory at Het Nieuwsblad on VeloNews.com .

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Blaak attack earns Boels first 2019 victory at Het Nieuwsblad

Blaak attack earns Boels first 2019 victory at Het Nieuwsblad

Chantal Blaak attacked over the Muur de Geraardsbergen to win Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Read the full article at Blaak attack earns Boels first 2019 victory at Het Nieuwsblad on VeloNews.com .

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