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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Mitchelton-Scott to send powerful women's team to Strade Bianche

Lucy Kennedy (Mitchelton-Scott) attacked on the final climb on stage 2 of the 2019 Women's Herald Su

Mitchelton-Scott will send an extremely strong team to contest the Strade Bianche women's race on Saturday, March 9, with Annemiek van Vleuten , Amanda Spratt and Lucy Kennedy all featuring in the Australian team's six-rider squad for the Italian one-day race. Van Vleuten successfully returned to racing at the women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last Saturday, where she finished fourth. It was her first event since sustaining a knee injury in a crash at the world championship road race in Austria last September. Spratt and Kennedy both started their 2019 seasons in Australia, where Spratt won her third-straight Tour Down Under in January and Kennedy came away with the Herald Sun Tour title . They were supported in Australia by Jess Allen, Tour Down Under stage winner Grace Brown, and Georgia Williams, who successfully defended her time trial national title while home in New Zealand, and those three riders will also ...

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Bastianelli wins Omloop van het Hageland

Marta Bastianelli (Virtu Cycling) wins Omloop van het Hageland

Marta Bastianelli brought her new team Virtu Cycling their first victory of the season at Omloop van het Hageland on Sunday. The European champion sprinted for the win ahead of Lotta Lepistö (Trek-Segafredo), while Leah Kirchmann (Sunweb) finished third. Omloop van het Hageland formed part of the opening weekend for the elite women's peloton, held the day after the kick-off Omloop Het Nieuwsbald in Belgium. The women raced 131km that starts in Tienen with one larger 52km loop before six smaller 13km loops in Tielt-Winge. There were slight variations to the loops, however, removing a section of cobbles and a revision of the final stretch back to the finish line. The riders faced five climbs and a series of intermediate sprint, but the race was regarded as one for the sprinters, making Bastianelli one of the clear favourites. The race started with a breakaway within the first 30km that included ...

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Hosking wins opening stage of Women's Herald Sun Tour

Chloe Hosking (Ale Cipollini) wins stage 1 of the 2019 Women's Herald Sun Tour

Ale Cipollini 's Chloe Hosking won the opening stage of the Women's Herald Sun Tour on Wednesday, winning a reduced-bunch sprint at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria, Australia, and relegating BePink's Rachele Barbieri to second place, with Lotta Lepistö (Trek-Segafredo) finishing third. Lepistö's Trek-Segafredo teammate – British-born American rider, Ruth Winder – animated the stage, breaking away on lap six of the 22-lap, 97km first stage, on the same circuit and over the same distance as the opening stage of the men's race later in the afternoon. She built up a maximum lead of 2:45, and Winder's day out at the head of affairs only came to an end with a lap-and-a-half to go, following pressure from first Mitchelton-Scott and later Tibco-SVB. With the race back together, and Tibco continuing in control, it looked as though it would come down to a bunch sprint. But with Tibco ...

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Sierra’s aggressive performance rewarded with victory at Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Sierra’s aggressive performance rewarded with victory at Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

Cuban holds off late chase from Mitchelton-Scott duo Kennedy and Spratt in stunning solo victory. Read the full article at Sierra’s aggressive performance rewarded with victory at Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on VeloNews.com .

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Preview: Your guide to the 2019 women’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

This Saturday the elite women’s peloton takes to Geelong for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. This one-day race — officially called the Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race — is now in its fifth year and its fourth at UCI level. Read on for our preview of the race, including the riders to … The post Preview: Your guide to the 2019 women’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Brown on a winning roll with Mitchelton-Scott

A delighted Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott) after winning stage 3

Grace Brown is having an impressive start to the 2019 season with her new Mitchelton-Scott outfit. She secured the Australian time trial title last week and went on to claim the stage 3 victory at the Women's Tour Down Under . The 26-year-old launched her sprint early at the end of stage 3 in Stirling, and held off the rest of the field, crossing the finish line two seconds ahead of Trek-Segafredo's Ruth Winder and Rachel Neylan (UniSA-Australia). Teammates Gracie Elvin and Amanda Spratt finished fourth and fifth respectively, with Spratt holding her overall race lead of 49 seconds over her teammate Lucy Kennedy as the race heads into the finale stage 4 in Adelaide on Sunday. Brown said it was the plan to have Elvin and herself go for the final of stage 3 in Stirling because the uphill drag to the line suited their characteristics as riders. "I ...

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Long range run gives Brown a women's TDU stage victory

Long range run gives Brown a women's TDU stage victory

Grace Brown continued Mitchelton-Scott’s good run at the Tour Down Under, winning the uphill sprint finish of Stage 3 with a big acceleration in the final 600 metres.

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Women’s Tour Down Under Stage 3: Mitchelton-Scott’s dominance continues as Brown takes stage.

Women’s Tour Down Under Stage 3: Mitchelton-Scott’s dominance continues as Brown takes stage.

Defending Tour Down Under champion Amanda Spratt retains race lead with only one stage remaining. Read the full article at Women’s Tour Down Under Stage 3: Mitchelton-Scott’s dominance continues as Brown takes stage. on VeloNews.com .

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Women’s Tour Down Under Stage 3: Mitchelton-Scott’s dominance continues as Brown takes stage.

Women’s Tour Down Under Stage 3: Mitchelton-Scott’s dominance continues as Brown takes stage.

Defending Tour Down Under champion Amanda Spratt retains race lead with only one stage remaining. Read the full article at Women’s Tour Down Under Stage 3: Mitchelton-Scott’s dominance continues as Brown takes stage. on VeloNews.com .

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Grace Brown takes stage 3 of the Women's Tour Down Under

Grace Brown (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 3 of the 2019 Women's Tour Down Under

Mitchelton-Scott 's Grace Brown won stage 3 of the 2019 Santos Women's Tour Down Under in Stirling, in the Adelaide Hills, on Saturday, getting the better of Trek-Segafredo's Ruth Winder and Rachel Neylan (UniSA-Australia) on the uphill drag to the finish. The race had been briefly neutralised with 10km to go after the riders were directed the wrong way, but Mitchelton-Scott were soon at the head of affairs once the race recommenced, delivering Brown to the stage win, while her teammate Amanda Spratt finished fifth to retain the overall race lead. The peloton left Nairne for the 104.5-kilometre stage with wind and high speed a feature of the entire day. The fast pace meant attack after attack was unable to gain more than a handful of seconds with Tetiana Riabchenko's (Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport) breaking away just after the 60-kilometre mark. "I am really happy actually. Coming in to my pre-season ...

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Women’s Tour Down Under stage 2: Spratt climbs into overall lead

Women’s Tour Down Under stage 2: Spratt climbs into overall lead

Two-time defending Tour Down Under champion Amanda Spratt takes control on Mengler Hill. Read the full article at Women’s Tour Down Under stage 2: Spratt climbs into overall lead on VeloNews.com .

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Spratt takes step towards third Women's Tour Down Under title

Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) was all smiles in the ochre leader's jersey

Amanda Spratt took one large step towards a third straight Women’s Tour Down Under title as her Mitchelton-Scott team dominated on the stage 2 finish on Mengler Hill. The two-time champion took a convincing win on the first uphill finish of the race to put her well clear in the overall classification, with her teammate Lucy Kennedy sitting just behind in second place at 43 seconds. Krista Doebel-Hickok (Rally UHC Cycling) is third overall at 51 seconds. Having missed out on the win to Trek-Segafredo on the opening day, Mitchelton-Scott were determined not to miss out on stage 2. On home ground, they put in a pitch-perfect ride on the short and punchy ride between Nuriootpa and Mengler Hill. The Australian team used their might to take chunks out of the peloton, reducing it to little more than 30 riders by the time they reached the foot of the final ...

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Brown victorious in elite women's Australian time trial national championships

The elite women's Australian time trial podium (-r): Gracie Elvin (Mitchelton Scott), Grace Brown (M

New Mitchelton-Scott signing Grace Brown won the elite women's Australian national time trial title in convincing fashion in Buninyong, Victoria, on Tuesday, beating teammate Gracie Elvin by more than a minute-and-a-half, with Specialized Women's Racing's Kate Perry in third, another 11 seconds back. Brown – the current Oceania time trial champion – was the third-to-last rider to start, and was able to eclipse the performances of Elvin, who sat at the top of the leaderboard for just a few minutes, and then caught Perry, who had started a minute ahead of her. Having set the best time, Brown only had to wait for first Shara Gillow (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) and then her own Mitchelton teammate Lucy Kennedy – the last rider off – to finish before being able to celebrate victory. Sunday's elite women's road race champion Sarah Gigante (Roxsolt Attaquer), meanwhile, finished seventh on the 29.5km course to ...

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Grace Brown: ‘I bit the bullet and bought a bike'

Grace Brown: ‘I bit the bullet and bought a bike'

Barely 36 months since she started riding, last week Grace Brown represented Australia at the UCI Road World Championships. She spoke to Cycling Central about her rapid rise in the sport, her fears about moving to Europe in 2019 and the importance of the Amy Gillett Scholarship.

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Commentary: Should a cycling journalist earn France’s highest honor?

Commentary: Should a cycling journalist earn France’s highest honor?

Samuel Abt remembers how the Tour de France awarded him for 20 years of service in the most French way possible. Read the full article at Commentary: Should a cycling journalist earn France’s highest honor? on VeloNews.com .

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Richie Porte and Amanda Spratt to lead Australia at Road World Championships

Supported by Australia will go into the most climber-friendly Road World Championships in more than 20 years with teams built around Richie Porte and Amanda Spratt. Both have had a strong season, and both give Australia a genuine shot at winning a rainbow jersey come late September. “You have got to commit — you’ve got to back … The post Richie Porte and Amanda Spratt to lead Australia at Road World Championships appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Brown to debut with Wiggle High5 at women's Amgen Tour of California

Brown to debut with Wiggle High5 at women's Amgen Tour of California

Grace Brown's 2018 Amy Gillett Cycling Scholarship kicks off in May at the women's Amgen Tour of California.

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Brown awarded Amy Gillette scholarship, Wiggle High5 provides development spot

Supported by The Amy Gillett scholarship has been awarded to Grace Brown, who made a powerful impression in the past year with a strong debut into the National Road series and podium performances when pitted against the influx of professional riders during Australia’s summer of racing. In previous years the cornerstone of the scholarship, which is awarded … The post Brown awarded Amy Gillette scholarship, Wiggle High5 provides development spot appeared first on CyclingTips .

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