Key moments at the 2018 Giro Rosa: Crashes, the Zoncolan and Grandma’s slippers

It was one of the toughest editions of the Giro Rosa we’ve seen. From those early days in pink for Team Sunweb, to the emergence of a new general classification powerhouse in Mitchelton-Scott, the most important women’s tour kept the excitement high throughout its 10 days. In this article we look back at some of … The post Key moments at the 2018 Giro Rosa: Crashes, the Zoncolan and Grandma’s slippers appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Giro Rosa: Van Vleuten seals overall victory

Annemiek van Vleuten wins the Giro Rosa

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) showed that she was a level above the rest by winning her third stage of this Giro Rosa. The maglia rosa soloed to the finish of stage 10 after attacking on the last kilometre of the category 1 climb with ten kilometres to go. Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) beat Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) in a group sprint for second place. Van Vleuten won the overall classification with a four-minute advantage to runner-up Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo-Bigla). Amanda Spratt (also Mitchelton-Scott) rounded off the podium You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Pink for Annemiek van Vleuten at Giro Rosa as Mitchelton-Scott dominates

It has been years since we’ve seen anyone but the Dutch teams of Boels Dolmans and Rabo Bank on the top step of the Giro Rosa podium, but this year Australian team Mitchelton-Scott tore the normal script to shreds and took control of the race. They dominated the stage wins at the Women’s WorldTour’s longest … The post Pink for Annemiek van Vleuten at Giro Rosa as Mitchelton-Scott dominates appeared first on CyclingTips .

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How Mitchelton-Scott put themselves into prime position for Giro Rosa pink

Heading into the crucial climbing stages of the 2018 Giro Rosa, there is no question which team is in the strongest position in the battle for overall victory. Mitchelton-Scott’s Amanda Spratt has just ridden herself into the leader’s pink jersey and teammate Annemiek van Vleuten is sitting close behind, in third overall. On just its … The post How Mitchelton-Scott put themselves into prime position for Giro Rosa pink appeared first on CyclingTips .

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D'hoore: I never panicked when I was dropped

Jolien d'Hoore tops the podium on stage 4

Jolien D'hoore ( Mitchelton-Scott ) won her second sprint stage in a row at the Giro Rosa on Monday. The Belgian said after the race that she kept her cool even when she lost contact to the peloton after the day's only classified climb. "I was dropped on the climb, and I did not feel like I was having my best day today," she said. "But I never panicked because I heard heard on the radio that they were going slowly up front. I just kept riding, and we got back eventually. Once I see the finish, I get new legs, and I am really happy to get the victory today." With two stage wins already in the bag, the focus on D'hoore's team now switches to the general classification. "We stayed together throughout the day to keep our leaders safe, and they feel good, so I hope for more ...

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Giro Rosa 2018 preview: Chasing pink on the Zoncolan at the biggest women’s tour

It’s nearly time again for the most prestigious tour on the women’s road calendar and this year’s Giro Rosa is shaping up as a big one. It features one of the toughest routes we’ve seen, with the second last stage finishing atop the brutal climb of the Monte Zoncolan. Plus there’s a strong contingent of … The post Giro Rosa 2018 preview: Chasing pink on the Zoncolan at the biggest women’s tour appeared first on CyclingTips .

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OVO Energy Women's Tour: Rivera wins the overall

Coryn Rivera celebrates her overall victory at the OVO Energy Women's Tour

Lotta Lepistö ( Cervélo-Bigla ) took the honours in Colwyn Bay after an aggressively raced final stage of the OVO Energy Women's Tour , beating Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance) and Marta Bastianelli (Alé Cipollini) to the line. Coryn Rivera ( Team Sunweb ) finished the stage in eighth place to win the general classification. Although she didn't race, Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) continues to lead the UCI Women's WorldTour overall standings. Covering 122.6 km from Dolgellau to Colwyn Bay, stage 5 crossed the Snowdonia National Park in North West Wales. There were two intermediate sprints, and the main difficulties were the two climbs of Bwlch-y-Maen (category 2) and Nant Gwynant (category 1), though over 50 km remained from the top of the latter to the finish line. The first rider to get away was Maaike Boogaard (BTC City Ljubljana). The young Dutchwoman was reeled in after a few kilometres, ...

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OVO Energy Women's Tour: Roy wins stage 3

Sarah Roy (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 3 at OVO Energy Women's Tour

Sarah Roy ( Mitchelton-Scott ) won stage 3 of the OVO Energy Women's Tour in the sprint of a group of 50 riders, beating Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance) and Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) to the line. Race leader Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) finished in fourth place, defending her green jersey. Starting in Atherstone and winding its way through Warwickshire before finishing in Royal Leamington Spa, at 150.4 km the stage was the longest of the five-day race. Two intermediate sprints offered bonus seconds, and the last 40 km were spiced up by two category 2 hills. There were plenty of attacks in the start, but the peloton kept things together, enabling Rivera to win the first intermediate sprint. Only 50 kilometres into the race were Vita Heine (Hitec Products-Birk Sport) and Ann-Sophie Duyck (Cervélo-Bigla) able to get away. At the second intermediate sprint, the two had a two-minute advantage. Moniek Tenniglo (FDJ ...

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OVO Energy Women's Tour: Rivera wins stage 2

Coryn Rivera (Sunweb) and Marianne Vos (Waowdeals) sprint for the stage 2 finish line at OVO Energy

Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) won stage 2 of the OVO Energy Women's Tour in a photo finish against Marianne Vos (WaowDeals) as Newnham Hill couldn't prevent a sprint finish. Christine Majerus (Boels Dolmans) rounded out the stage podium. Rivera is now also the leader of the general classification with three stages still to go. Starting in Rushden and finishing in Daventry, stage 2 covered 143.9 km, mostly in Northamptonshire. The stage was a continuous up-and-down with three classified climbs as well as three intermediate sprints, two of which were held within the first 20 km. Newnham Hill just outside Daventry had to be climbed twice, cresting just 2.3 km from the finish the second time. The peloton was kept together in the start as the sprinters eyed the bonus seconds on offer at the two intermediate sprints. Coryn Rivera won the first one, but was beaten by Danielle Rowe (WaowDeals) ...

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Niewiadoma returns to defend title at OVO Energy Women's Tour

Katarzyna Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling) in the green jersey at the Women's Tour

Kasia Niewiadoma ( Canyon-SRAM ) will return to the OVO Energy Women's Tour , the 13th round of the Women's WorldTour, set to take place from June 13-17 in Great Britain. The Polish rider will focus on the climbing stages while sprinters, sisters, Hannah and Alice Barnes will aim for wins during the sprint-friendly stages. Last year, Niewiadoma won the overall title ahead of Christine Majerus and Hannah Barnes. She won the opening stage from a long-range breakaway and held the race lead through to London to secure the title. She is currently fifth in the Women's WorldTour standings but was not initially scheduled to compete in this year's race. A change of plans was welcomed, however, as she will use the five-day race to prepare for the Giro Rosa in July. This year's parcours is hiller than in previous years. The event includes several climbs that could shake out ...

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Canyon-SRAM announce line-up ahead of the Ovo Energy Women's Tour

Canyon-SRAM announce line-up ahead of the Ovo Energy Women's Tour

Joseph Delves 11 Jun 2018 Defending champ Niewiadoma forms part of strong squad including Ferrand-Prévot, Klein, and the Barnes sisters. Photo: Velofocus Canyon-SRAM have announced their line-up ahead of the five-day Ovo Energy Women’s Tour . Taking place this week, from 13th to 17th June, the race will see riders competing over stages across the England and Wales, from Framlingham, Suffolk to Colwyn Bay, North Wales. Despite having worn the leader’s jersey from the first stage to the finish of last year’s event, Kasia Niewiadoma will likely find herself playing a supporting role for the team this time. 'I saw the stage profiles and I can say that they are going to hurt,' she said. 'It’s a demanding and unpredictable race and I love this. I have decided to race again because of these hard stages which I believe will help me to get into better shape before the Giro ...

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Van der Breggen's WorldTour lead cut as Spratt wins Emakumeen Bira

Anna van der Breggen (Boels - Dolmans)

Anna van der Breggen 's lead in the WorldTour classification has been trimmed down by a few points but the Olympic champion remains firmly in control of the contest. After the 12th round of the series at Emakumeen Bira , the Boels Dolmans rider still holds a commanding lead of 232 points, down slightly from her previous margin 250. The new challenger for the Dutchwoman is Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott), who climbed two places after a stunning win at the Basque race . Spratt had started the final stage in 10th place and seemingly out of contention at 1:37 behind her teammate and leader Annemiek van Vleuten . However, with nothing to lose, she took a punt with 50 kilometres to go and, with her team out of the chase, was able to cross the line more than two minutes ahead of most of the general classification contenders. Spratt has enjoyed ...

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Amgen Women's Race: Stage 3 highlights - Video

New race leader Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare)

Katie Hall ( UnitedHealthcare ) crossed the stage 3 line in 20th place to win the overall title at the Amgen Women's Race ahead of Tayler Wiles (Trek-Drops) and Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM); Hall also won the Queen of the Mountains classification. Cuban Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women's Team) won the final stage 3, out-sprinting Emma White (Rally Cycling) and Alexis Ryan (Canyon-SRAM) after a fast-paced circuit race. The women raced for 70km on a short circuit race in downtown Sacramento. There were several attacks during the stage but UnitedHealthcare successfully held the field together to ensure Hall sealed the overall title. Watch the UCI's Amgen Women's Race stage 3 video highlights above. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Amgen Women's Race: Hall takes overall victory

Arlenis Sierra (Astana Women's Team)  Amgen Women's Race finale stage 3 in Sacramento

Cuban Arlenis Sierra ( Astana Women's Team ) won the stage 3 of the Amgen Women's Race , out-sprinting Emma White (Rally Cycling) and Alexis Ryan (Canyon-SRAM) after a fast-paced circuit race. Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) crossed the line in 20th place to win the overall ahead of Tayler Wiles (Trek-Drops) and Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM); Hall also won the Queen of the Mountains classification. White's two second places on stages 1 and 3 brought her the green points jersey, seventh-placed Sara Poidevin was the best young rider. The UCI Women's WorldTour continues to be led by Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) who is currently racing the Emakumeen Bira . Listen to Hall talk about her overall victory in the latest Voxwomen video below. How it Unfolded You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Amgen Women's Race: Stage 2 highlights - Video

New race leader Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare)

Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) dominated the queen stage 2 at the Amgen Women's Race securing a solo victory and the overall leader's jersey in South Lake Tahoe. The California native crossed the summit of the final climb with breakaway rider Tayler Wiles (Trek-Drops), but managed to distance herself on the uphill finish to Heavenly Mountain Resort. Wiles climbed to a second-place finish on the day, while Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) finished in third place. Hall now leads the overall classification into the finale stage 3 with a healthy lead of 29 seconds over Wiles and 1:07 over Niewiadoma. Watch how the race unfolded in the Amgen Women's Race stage 2 highlights video above. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

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Amgen Women's Race stage 2 – Race debrief

New race leader Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare)

Race: Amgen Women's Race (Women's WorldTour) Date: May 18, 2018 Distance: 108km Weather: Sunny, blue skies. 11-15 degrees Podium: 1st Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare) 2nd Tayler Wiles (Trek-Drops) 3rd Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) Winner's quote: "I felt some pressure this morning before the start as everyone kept reminding me about that one second gap in last year's race, but once we got started, it was just another bike race. I had fun out there today." Fun? For most of the peloton this climbers' stage was torture, but for Hall this is what she does best. Her record speaks for itself: out of the four times she's raced the Amgen Women's Race, she's won the South Lake Tahoe stage every time but one. "I knew I was in good form having already won three domestic GCs this spring. But I hadn't seen the European riders yet this year, so I had no idea ...

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Amgen Women's Race: Hall wins queen stage to South Lake Tahoe

Stage 2 winner Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare)

Katie Hall ( UnitedHealthcare ) won the Amgen Women's Race queen stage around South Lake Tahoe and took the overall lead of the race. Hall shook off her last companion, Tayler Wiles (Trek-Drops), on the finishing climb after the two had gone clear on the main climb of the day. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) finished in third place. The stage started and finished in South Lake Tahoe and went into the mountains south of the lake, with two classified climbs plus the short finishing climb along the 108 kilometres. The main difficulty was the category 1 Daggett Summit cresting ten kilometres from the finish. 12.7 kilometres of climbing at an average of 6.1 percent were certain to leave only the strongest climbers fighting for the win. The break of the day consisted of Lily Williams (Hagens Berman-Supermint) and sprinter Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) who had attacked within the first 10km. The ...

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Van der Breggen dominates Women's WorldTour ranking

Anna van der Breggen leads the Women's WorldTour after Fleche Wallonne victory

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) has kept hold of her lead in the Women's WorldTour after the three-day Tour of Chongming Island . Van der Breggen is the only rider to have won multiple rounds of the WorldTour this year, having claimed victory at Strade Bianche, the Tour of Flanders, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Van der Breggen missed Tour of Chongming Island but her dominance means that she is 270 points clear of her closest rival, her teammate Chantal Blaak, at the moment. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott), who scored two podium places during the Ardennes Classics at Amstel Gold and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, sits in third place. Jolien D'hoore may have missed out on defending her title at Chongming Island last week, but the Belgian champion won the inaugural Driedaagse De Panne in March and her runner-up place on the final stage in China, coupled with her top-10 GC finish, ...

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Lizzie Deignan: Walking nature’s tricky tightrope

Lizzie Armitstead interview

Hannah Troop 1 May 2018 The challenge of being at the top of your game & taking time out to have a baby is a tough decision to make According to UNICEF around 353,000 babies are born each day on planet Earth. Yet if it’s happening so often, how come when a sportswoman, one at the top of her game, announces she’s pregnant it causes such a stir? Back in March, Lizzie Deignan (Boels-Dolmans) announced that she and husband, Team Sky rider Phil Deignan, were expecting their first child. For a natural course of nature that happens thousands of times a day why does this life choice still seem to be one of the trickiest paths to negotiate with a career. Lizzie talks to us about what it’s been like navigating this physical and social tightrope so far. See related Lizzie Deignan announces pregnancy Ovo Energy Women's Tour to offer ...

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Anna van der Breggen solos to Liege-Bastogne-Liege victory

Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) wins a second consecutive Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) continues to dominate the Ardennes classics, winning Liège-Bastogne-Liège and defending her lead in the UCI Women's WorldTour. Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) finished second after her daring solo was ended by van der Breggen with 5km to go, Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) rounded out the podium, winning a two-up sprint against Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo Bigla). Starting in Bastogne, the women raced 136km through the Ardennes to the finish in the Liège suburb of Ans. There were four classified climbs, but the whole parcours was a continuous up-and-down. As was the case with the Flèche Wallonne, almost none of the race was televised live. Only the very last 200 metres were spliced into the men's broadcast with no prior notice given even to the commentators. A breakaway of three riders formed early in the race. They held an advantage of just over a minute until ...

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