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Womens 2018 General News and Discussion
« on: January 12, 2018, 20:28 »
It always slightly disappointing when a rider opts out of the bigs, but I'll be sad to see Katrin Garfoot slip somewhat away once the circus leaves Oztown. I almost wish she had discovered road cycling a bit sooner, because she's an athlete who seems still to be growing and surely had more wins in her.

Elsewhere it was good to see Annette Edmondson get an early win. It's a lot more cosmo at Wiggle-Honda these days: think I'd be right in saying that no rider on the roster has been there since the beginning. Can't wait to see what they can get out of Barbieri and Stewart (once she's mended).
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    Re: Womens 2018 General News and Discussion
    « Reply #1 on: January 13, 2018, 16:26 »
    So Spratt is going to win the TDU again, then ...  :-x

    She's very handy at the lumpier, short stage races, the sort of event that the women's calendar still rather lacks, in my opinion. You have the Women's Tour (of Britain), TDU, Emamukeen Bira, Thüringen and a couple of French races but perhaps a few more would enable the peloton to diversify a bit.

    There really isn't much solid racing out there for the featherweights, for example, or the TTers.
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    Re: Womens 2018 General News and Discussion
    « Reply #2 on: February 26, 2018, 09:57 »
    Lorena Wiebes 56th, 11th (18 years old)
    Marta Cavalli 9th, 32nd (19 years old)

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    Re: Womens 2018 General News and Discussion
    « Reply #3 on: February 27, 2018, 12:00 »
    Curiously, today's Le Samyn will feature a "hybrid" unit consisting of four riders from Team Loving Potatoes (yes, srsly  :snooty) and three from #sun including Lucinda Brand.

    The only two really stacked teams are #ale with Hosking and a possibly unripe Ensing and #cylance with last year's winner Gutierrez (who also looked a bit off on Sunday), Stephens and Bronzini.
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    Re: Womens 2018 General News and Discussion
    « Reply #4 on: February 27, 2018, 14:00 »
    Evidently Ensing was in decent shape after all.

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    Re: Womens 2018 General News and Discussion
    « Reply #5 on: March 07, 2018, 18:46 »
     The UK in the vanguard for women's cycling once again, as Tour of Britain introduces equal pay for the women's race.

    http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/racing/womens-tour-prize-money-doubled-bring-equal-mens-tour-britain-371907

    The race will also expand to become nationwide....ish.

     
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    Re: Womens 2018 General News and Discussion
    « Reply #6 on: April 03, 2018, 11:24 »
    Dottignies used to be a pretty big race but it has settled at UCI 1.2 now.

    Two generations of Italians on the podium, with Bastianelli and Balsamo both turning out for a spin around the Flanders-Wallonie border the day after the Ronde.

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    Re: Womens 2018 General News and Discussion
    « Reply #7 on: April 11, 2018, 11:54 »
    As of this season, there's a 137km Brabantse Pijl for the women too, backing up Flanders Classics' effort to push women's equivalents for all of the events it promotes.

    In reality though, it existed already for a couple of seasons under the name of the Pajot Hills Classic and took place then as now at Gooik, where a car recently knocked me off my bike. So it's entirely in character, then, that Flanders Classics should scoop up a local race run by local organisers in the name of global domination.

    The parcours consists of a number of loops at the extreme opposite side of Flemish Brabant to the men's race and features some of the steep little stinkers that one faces when heading back from Geraardsbergen, including the Congoberg. The roads are narrow, with crap concrete surfaces and tight corners but the wind is unlikely to be a factor today.

    Last year's winner Edmondson will not be on the start line since #wiggle isn't fielding a team here but 2016 victor Vos, who must be desperate to show some decent form at this point, will lead #waowdeals. Her biggest rivals will be Marta Bastianelli, who is flying right now, Ensing, Van Dijk and probably D'Hoore.

    Van Vleuten is out with her injury sustained in the Ronde and neither #boels nor #canyon will be present. Several invitation teams will make up the numbers and, of these, Keukens Redant will field a rider with the coolest name I have ever seen in the women's peloton:

    https://twitter.com/hettyniblett/status/972017112586780672
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    Re: Womens 2018 General News and Discussion
    « Reply #8 on: April 12, 2018, 10:19 »
    Niblett Niblett Niblett

    Well, it's not basta yet for Bastianelli, who's become a queen of the 1.x and 2.x races this Spring. The event ended with a 28-woman uphill sprint, so nothing too surprising was sprung in the finale.

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    Re: Womens 2018 General News and Discussion
    « Reply #9 on: April 30, 2018, 19:35 »
    Flemish regional broadcaster VRT reports an average of 280,000 viewers for coverage of women's cycling during the Spring campaign.

    While 1.25m viewers tuned in to the men's Ronde, 113,497 actually gave this up for a while to switch over to the finale of the women's edition.

    The increase is particularly encouraging since the first time the women's race was broadcast in 2016, less than 5000 watched the finish.

    This was VRT's first Spring with a broader coverage of women's racing, since in previous years it has only televised the Ronde. Bosses are happy with the results and will continue in the future, when the aim will be to keep the footage on the same channel and not force viewers to switch.

    Women's road racing still has a long way to go to match the confidence given to cyclo-cross, where the women's events are very well attended and produced relatively cheaply.

    https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20180426_03484669 (NL)
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    Last weekend's Dwars door de Westhoek (1.1) was noteworthy for its winner, the Vietnamese Thi That Nguyen.

    Nguyen was riding under the UCI's World Cycling Centre Team colours in what was probably her first ever race with significant cobbles and she beat Dutch star-to-be Lorena Wiebes and former World Junior Champion Elisa Balsamo in an 8-woman sprint.

    The sprinter is riding in her second sojourn in Europe, the first having been a brief campaign in 2016, and in four appearances so far, she has one DNF, two top 10s and last weekend's win.

    The UCI WCCT showed up with one rider from each of the following countries:
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