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2nd Paris-Roubaix Femmes, April 16th, 2022

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Yea, last year the bunch was too passive which allowed Deignan's gap to grow too big to manage, so while it was an epic day out for Lizzie a lot of the credit for the win has to go to the bunch's miscalculation. This year they've been determined not to make that same mistake and have driven the pace big time, so you've got some exhausted riders out there, and Trek have just made a complete mess of the chase as they should, with Brand and van Dijk also being super powerful engines, Brand being elite off-road and van Dijk being an elite time triallist, and it just seems nobody can escape without bringing them along.
 
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It still amazes me that it’s only the second edition of this race for the women
It's organised by ASO. They resisted broadcasting and spent years trying to do the absolute bare minimum for women's cycling.

Now they've seen which way the wind is blowing (and the Giro is weaker giving them an opportunity to get to the forefront from day 1 rather than competing against history) and their previously loss-making pet project the Dakar Rally has been financially secured, they are willing to take some bigger financial risks on women's cycling.
 
It's organised by ASO. They resisted broadcasting and spent years trying to do the absolute bare minimum for women's cycling.

Now they've seen which way the wind is blowing (and the Giro is weaker giving them an opportunity to get to the forefront from day 1 rather than competing against history) and their previously loss-making pet project the Dakar Rally has been financially secured, they are willing to take some bigger financial risks on women's cycling.
Well ASO have had the cash cow with the TDF so I guess they haven’t cared. Good to see the women are finally getting the attention they deserve but damn it’s been a long wait.
 

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