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Lesser Known Road Racing for Women Thread

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Realini didn't lose too much time, so she's still my and most people's favourite for the win.
Niedermaier looked strong today and should also have been able to improve a bit since Glasgow, since she hadn't been back on the bike for long after her Giro crash beforehand.
 
Due to the lack of an actual U23 scene with U23 teams, I don't think you can/should deny WWT riders entry to this race. A rider like Nienke Vinke, who has joined a WWT team this year straight out of the juniors, is the perfect example of a rider who'd still benefit from a race like this,

While you have rising stars like Realini, Niedermaier, Kerbaol, Bradbury, Van Anrooij, Van Empel and Shackley, who are clearly too good to race here, you also have riders who might be on a WWT team, but who don't necessarily have the level for WWT racing yet, and/or who don't normally get many opportunities to ride for themselves at their trade teams. I don't think it'll be bad for their development to take part here.

It's still an unsatisfactory situation unless you put in place strict parameters for WWT riders to ride the race and of course it denies spots for developing riders.

Even some of the team selections are baffling - Australia chose Bradbury for this race BUT yet refused to select her for the World's in Wollongong in the under 23 category which she could have won - They chose Polites who is afirst year pro for Jayco who is a million miles off the pace - They chose 3 top age juniors BUT chose the wrong riders - Why wouldn't you take Coupland who was 5th in the juniors ITT and top ten in the RR, or Wilson-Haffended who won the junior ITT - Would love to see how she performed in today's ITT. Or why didn't the UK take Izzy Sharp who finished 2nd in the world's ITT.
 
It's still an unsatisfactory situation unless you put in place strict parameters for WWT riders to ride the race and of course it denies spots for developing riders.

Even some of the team selections are baffling - Australia chose Bradbury for this race BUT yet refused to select her for the World's in Wollongong in the under 23 category which she could have won - They chose Polites who is afirst year pro for Jayco who is a million miles off the pace - They chose 3 top age juniors BUT chose the wrong riders - Why wouldn't you take Coupland who was 5th in the juniors ITT and top ten in the RR, or Wilson-Haffended who won the junior ITT - Would love to see how she performed in today's ITT. Or why didn't the UK take Izzy Sharp who finished 2nd in the world's ITT.
Australian team selection in general is often a mystery to me.
As for Sharp she has not really yet raced at this level, GB selection seems to based on aiming for GC with older more experienced riders.
 
It's still an unsatisfactory situation unless you put in place strict parameters for WWT riders to ride the race and of course it denies spots for developing riders.

Even some of the team selections are baffling - Australia chose Bradbury for this race BUT yet refused to select her for the World's in Wollongong in the under 23 category which she could have won - They chose Polites who is afirst year pro for Jayco who is a million miles off the pace - They chose 3 top age juniors BUT chose the wrong riders - Why wouldn't you take Coupland who was 5th in the juniors ITT and top ten in the RR, or Wilson-Haffended who won the junior ITT - Would love to see how she performed in today's ITT. Or why didn't the UK take Izzy Sharp who finished 2nd in the world's ITT.

You could of course implement a rule saying only riders in their first year at a WWT team could enter, but that would still not have kept Niedermaier and Realini from taking part this year. Still seeing as this is only the first edition of the race, I'm sure both ASO, the UCI and the national federations are still in the process of figuring out how to run/approach the race.

Having a few stars present will probably also help gain more attention to the race. However the fact that they don't have live coverage is obviously working against that.
 
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Solbjork Anderson has been solid today and yesterday, she must be one of the youngest riders in the race. Looking forward to seeing which team she will ride for next season.

She's the 13th youngest. There are 11 riders who haven't even turned 19 yet.

1VEGA Camila Salome18y + 90d
2MARTINI Johanna18y + 244d
3MARR Sophie18y + 253d
4KAKITA Maho18y + 257d
5STEWART Lucinda18y + 270d
6VADILLO Eneritz18y + 300d
7TAMEZ Jaqueline Jimena18y + 304d
8COLNAR Špela18y + 310d
9BUNEL Marion18y + 325d
10JOORIS Febe18y + 328d
11FRANCIS Jenaya18y + 354d
 
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One for the future is that Marion Bunel.

She's definitely been the revelation of the race so far. She is a stagiaire at St Michel-Auber 93, but she might receive offers from other teams after the race.

Realini was unsurprisingly the strongest today, but the GC is not decided yet. Niedermaier is only 33 seconds ahead of Realini with Shackley and Van Anrooij in-between before the queen stage tomorrow. Logic says Realini will be impossible to beat in the high mountains, but there's also quite a lot of descending to deal with, where other riders might have an advantage over her.

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She's definitely been the revelation of the race so far. She is a stagiaire at St Michel-Auber 93, but she might receive offers from other teams after the race.

Realini was unsurprisingly the strongest today, but the GC is not decided yet. Niedermaier is only 33 seconds ahead of Realini with Shackley and Van Anrooij in-between before the queen stage tomorrow. Logic says Realini will be impossible to beat in the high mountains, but there's also quite a lot of descending to deal with, where other riders might have an advantage over her.

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It is quite ridiculous that the best designed mountain stage of the year is going to be in l'Avenir.

And that the queen stage of the women's l'Avenir is longer than 2/3 mountain stages from the men's. And the men's one that is longer than this one was longer by less than 2km.
 
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It seems the stage has been as eventful so far as one could have hoped for. All in the top 4 has been virtually leading the race at some point, and only Niedermaier appears to be completely out of it after Roselend. Van Anrooij is leading at the moment, but Shackley is possibly not too far behind her, while Realini has been dropped in the descent.

Kerbaol has abandoned.

Edit: DirectVelo is now saying Shirin has 2:30, so it looks like the race is over now.
 
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Never had her down as a GC contender. Chapeau.

Shackers 2nd! :cool:
Van Anrooij not a bad climber at all, but I didn't expect her to be stronger than Realini today. But it also seems like it became important how well the riders managed their efforts. Realini was dropped on the first descent, then got back at the bottom of Roselend and attacked almost straight away, building up a gap of over a minute, but then lost it all again. Meanwhile Van Anrooij had Van Empel to help her throughout the stage, and she's obviously better descender than Realini and Shackley.
 
She didn't hit her best level in the Giro, but she was also only meant to be a domestique for Longo Borghini and Realini, whereas Van Empel was JV's best rider on the harder stages.
I'm not sure she was just meant to be a domestique, she peaked for the race and asked to do it instead of the Tour. She was definitely disappointed about her level, also at the Dutch nationals just before. Van Empel did it more as an afterthought to the MTB season, and she hasn't felt at home with Jumbo, so her level was more of a surprise.
 
Gaia Realini is just finding new ways to excite. She really is the new Emma Pooley, she's super tiny, super aggressive, super good at going up mountains, and super appalling at coming back down them again. Italian race routes are about to get great it seems.

Also really pleased for Stiasny, she hadn't really been showing her best at this race, but cometh the pure climbing, cometh the lady. I rate her - and she climbed from 17th to 5th overall today, pretty much purely on the mountain stage. Feels like Fenix is an odd team for her to be on with her skillset, with it being primarily cyclocrossers and classics riders. Wonder if the Canyon connection will see her find her way to either Canyon-SRAM or Movistar?