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With much of the news dominated by motorised doping, one story that might have been overlooked by some is the landmark decision by Belgian TV channel Sporza to televise the finale of this year's 2016 Women's Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Combining with race organiser Flanders Classics, Sporza will show the last 35km both online and on television. The announcement follows a statement from parent company VRT confirming that its inaugural broadcast of the Women's CX Worlds on Saturday was seen by an audience of almost 657,000.

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/1.2561911 (NL)

I did see that got lost in the down time and trying to find Qatar streams

really is great news
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  • Of course, if this turns out someday to be the industry standard integrated handlebar-computer-braking solution then I'll eat my kevlar-reinforced aerodynamic hat.

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    https://twitter.com/_pigeons_/status/695261578048876546

    Crowd funding after the season has started hmmmm
    Hmpf.
    So they spent money on the administrative stuff, getting a UCI license and all that, and now they need money to get to actually race? What sort of people sets up these teams, and how much economical knowledge do they have? :angry

    They could have races lots of .2 races (which most women's races are) without a UCI registration, and after this they're unlikely to be invited to .1 events - why exactly did they get a UCI license in the first place?


    Brian Cookson, this is why there needs to be a minimum wage in women's cycling, too. I'm not saying it must be the same as the men's (although it should) - but if the team had to show sufficient funds to pay their riders even a pittance for the whole 12 months, they'd never have breezed through the registration process.
    As it is now, everyone with a couple of thousand Euros can register a women's team; there are next to no restrictions or demands from the UCI. Actually, the teams don't even register with the UCI, but with their national federation who then forwards the info to Aigle.

    This needs to be structured way more professionally. I hope that it will come for 2017 - and I hope that the riders caught in the crossfire will be able to race to the best of their abilities.
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    That was the slashing. Now for the positive take on it:

    https://twitter.com/_pigeons_/status/695261578048876546

    Crowd funding after the season has started hmmmm
    They want to pay staff and riders a living wage. That's good - God knows there are many people involved in cycling who are paid (next to) nothing and do it for the love:
    Volunteer staff driving team vehicles, handing out bottles ... and you have one guess on why there's often a curious similarity between the names of riders and sports directors at Continental, U23 or junior teams.[1]

    In that context, the desire to pay both riders and staff for what they do is laudable. And it's good that they are upfront with it and admit that, at this moment, the team's sponsorship funds can't cover that on their own.
    A 'living wage' would mean that riders won't get only bikes and team kit and have the team cover their travel costs to races, but they'll actually be paid a salary (not just some pocket money).
     1. Yes, it's daddy (or mommy) helping out at the junior's team.
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    That was the slashing. Now for the positive take on it:
    They want to pay staff and riders a living wage. That's good - God knows there are many people involved in cycling who are paid (next to) nothing and do it for the love:
    Volunteer staff driving team vehicles, handing out bottles ... and you have one guess on why there's often a curious similarity between the names of riders and sports directors at Continental, U23 or junior teams.[1]

    In that context, the desire to pay both riders and staff for what they do is laudable. And it's good that they are upfront with it and admit that, at this moment, the team's sponsorship funds can't cover that on their own.
    A 'living wage' would mean that riders won't get only bikes and team kit and have the team cover their travel costs to races, but they'll actually be paid a salary (not just some pocket money).
     1. Yes, it's daddy (or mommy) helping out at the junior's team.


    if it wasfor 2017it would be great, season has already started so it is stupid
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    #wiggle rouleur and TTist Audrey Cordon-Ragot broke her collarbone in a CX race last weekend, crashing on a difficult descent:

    "My front wheel went and I didn't have time to react. I knew immediately it was broken again," said Cordon, having fractured the same bone last July. "It's really tough to stop now I'm in full race mode," she complained, "but it's a long season ... I'll probably have to skip Omloop Het Nieuwsblad but I still want to do Hageland. Nothing's decided for sure yet."

    http://www.directvelo.com/actualite/48877-audrey-cordon-ragot-garder-le-meme-planning.html (FR)
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  • Cycling is a Europe thing only and I only watch from Omloop on cause I am cool and sh*t
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    Victoria Pendleton in the news! NOT cycling!  She's taking on being a jockey!

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    Dead Sea - Scorpion Pass
    Race [1.2] is on the 5th of March
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    As I mentioned in the Binda thread Trixi Worrack crashed I just have read she has had emergency surgery on a kidney
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    OH God!!! That's sounds horrible.  Poor Trixi.  Please get well soon...




    One of my most favourite riders has had an awful accident, and my least favourite rider keeps winning races.  Womens cycling is a real dog for me at the moment........ :(
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    https://twitter.com/ds_stef/status/712269967509594112

    cool news Jeanne d’Arc hopefully coming to Europe soon
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    2016 Giro d'Italia Femminile route:

    Friday, July 1: Prologue: Gaiarine 2km
    Saturday, July 2: Stage 1: Gaiarine – San Fior, 104km
    Sunday, July 3: Stage 2: Tarcento – Montenars, 111.1km
    Monday, July 4: Stage 3: Montagnana – Lendinara, 120km
    Tuesday, July 5: Stage 4: Costa Volpino – Lovere, 98.5km
    Wednesday, July 6: Stage 5: Grosio – Tirano, 77.5 km
    Thursday, July 7: Stage 6: Andora – Alassio/Madonna della Guardia, 118.6km
    Friday, July 8: Stage 7: Albisola Superiore – Varazze (individual TT), 21.9km
    Saturday, July 9: Stage 8: Rescaldina – Legnano, 99.3km
    Sunday, July 10: Stage 9: Verbania – Verbania, 104.8km

    more http://www.girorosa.it/
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    http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/mar/23/tour-de-yorkshire-organisers-lucrative-event-women-first-prize?CMP=share_btn_tw

    wow Thanks to a three-year deal with the supermarket chain Asda – who sponsored the “Tourmakers” volunteers when Yorkshire hosted the Tour de France start in 2014 – the first prize for the women’s Tour de Yorkshire will be €20,000 (£15,628). “Compared to our men’s race, if a rider won all three stages in that, and the overall, they would make €14,000, so that is 40% more,” said Sir Gary Verity, the chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire. The total prize purse will be €63,623. “The aim was always to create the most lucrative women’s race on the planet,” Verity added.


    “There are three things women cyclists have been asking for: the same course as the men, the same media coverage and financial parity,” he said. “All three are valid criteria and we hope we can address all three. What I don’t want is for my daughter to say to me: ‘I want to be a professional cyclist’ and for me to have to answer: ‘how will you earn a living?’”

    Television coverage will be on Eurosport for the entire event, while ITV4 will cover the final three hours – pretty much the whole event bar the ceremonial roll-out – live as well.

    The 135km course begins in Armitstead’s home town of Otley and covers precisely the same roads as the men’s event several hours later, travelling through Harewood and Pontefract. “There are three categorised climbs and the route is at the upper limit in terms of distance, so it’s not benign in the slightest,” said Verity, no doubt aware that last year Armitstead skipped the inaugural event as the flat, relatively short route around York was not tough enough for her.
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    Was just about to post the same article. I think that's great news, good to see someone being pro active!
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