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Lesser Known Road Racing for Women Thread

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Yeah, and since I doubt she will be going all out tomorrow, she probably should have given everything to close that gap.

Rüegg got the better of Balsamo today. I hope we'll get to see her sprint against Kool and Wiebes soon.
I had hoped that with the return of Vos in good shape we'd finally see some smarter tactics against SDWorx, she isn't called "fox" for nothing, but today didn't give me much hope.

It seemed like Balsamo thought she already had it. Rüegg has discovered her sprint this season, but she's not quite up there with the Balsamos and Wiebeses, I don't think.
 
I had hoped that with the return of Vos in good shape we'd finally see some smarter tactics against SDWorx, she isn't called "fox" for nothing, but today didn't give me much hope.

It seemed like Balsamo thought she already had it. Rüegg has discovered her sprint this season, but she's not quite up there with the Balsamos and Wiebeses, I don't think.

We'll see on the last stage, but if Rüegg is starting her sprint in good position, I think she can beat Balsamo here. However I don't know how close Balsamo is to her peak shape right now though.

With NFB, García and Realini losing time today, it looks like it's Niewiadoma's race to lose, cause I don't think Reusser will be able to follow her on Xorret de Catí, unless Reusser gets a gap beforehand.

It's nice to see Van Anrooij being back at a high level and the same goes for Nosková, who will hopefully have a less bumpy ride this year.
 
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They don't even have cameras at the finish. I mean if you can't show how the race finished, what is the purpose of broadcasting it?

To be fair to them, they're not required to broadcast any of it and they're covering more of the race than some WWT races. It is obviously far from perfect, and two years ago they were not able to show much of Van Vleuten's MTF win, but it could still be worse.
 
bTo be fair to them, they're not required to broadcast any of it and they're covering more of the race than some WWT races. It is obviously far from perfect, and two years ago they were not able to show much of Van Vleuten's MTF win, but it could still be worse.

Last year the race was covered by GCN - Anyway that climb suited the featherweight riders - NFB and particularly Realini will be disappointed that she inexplicably lost over a minute in the descent to finish stage 2.
 
Delighted to see NFB win today, she seemed to stagnate a little last season so good to see her beating some good names to take the victory. Glad that she got the opportunity rather than having to stay with Reusser, sometimes i think she might be better off on a different team. Will it split again tomorrow on the Cat 2?
 
To be fair to them, they're not required to broadcast any of it and they're covering more of the race than some WWT races. It is obviously far from perfect, and two years ago they were not able to show much of Van Vleuten's MTF win, but it could still be worse.

It was definitely covered in 2023 with English language commentary. Anyway it's been a strange lot of results in the three stages.
 
Kasia wasn't actually thar far from overcoming her deficit to Reusser, which was surprising considering how it looked before the cameras cut out. I don't expect today's stage will change anything in GC. It will probably end in a sprint unless someone like Bredewold is strong enough to ride away towards the finish.
 
Another surprise in the top-10 yesterday: Thalita de Jong, former cyclocross world champion. I had almost forgotten about her. Not exactly the kind of stage where you'd expect her to do well. Clearly she has some great form going in to this season.

Yeah, that is a very encouraging result for her. It looked like she was getting back on a good track when she joined Liv Racing, but then she didn't get too many chances to ride for herself, and the team itself underperformed most of last season as well.

Faulkner's performance is also promising. So far this season, she's been trying out for the US pursuit team on the track, but I don't know if that's going to lead to anything.
 
Kasia wasn't actually thar far from overcoming her deficit to Reusser, which was surprising considering how it looked before the cameras cut out. I don't expect today's stage will change anything in GC. It will probably end in a sprint unless someone like Bredewold is strong enough to ride away towards the finish.

Your post only rememphasises my thoughts about the strangeness of the race - They let Reusser go on the descent in stage 2 who is an excellent descender, yet Niewiadoma who is an excellent descender chooses not to follow her - Then how did Fisher Black lose over a minute on stege two - And I could go on.
 
Balsamo blitzes the final sprint in which the peleton seemed to move at glacier pace in the last 200 metres - Then you have Vos midway through the bunch banging her handlebars at the finish - Actually, last years edition was weird with Ghekeliere winning GC after getting into a break in the last stage.
 
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