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Lesser Known Road Racing for Women Thread

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I was going to say theres a bit of a decline in the quality of the jerseys.... then I remembered 2022.

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The first real Volta a Catalunya starts today. Before Sunday, I would have said Muzic was the favourite, but now I'm no longer as sure. Although Bunel isn't riding here, the AGI-S duo of Gigante and Moolman-Pasio is, and they are more familiar with the roads than the French star. We'll see what happens.

Van Empel is also back on the road and so is Vos, while Femke de Vries will be riding her first race after transfering to Visma.
 
I must have blocked 2022 out of my mind as I'd forgotten how bad it was, but these Ale ones look terrible at least as presentation jerseys, maybe the race ones will be better.

But it looked on some of the photos the white square where they put the sponsor logo, is see thru
 
The first real Volta a Catalunya starts today. Before Sunday, I would have said Muzic was the favourite, but now I'm no longer as sure. Although Bunel isn't riding here, the AGI-S duo of Gigante and Moolman-Pasio is, and they are more familiar with the roads than the French star. We'll see what happens.

Van Empel is also back on the road and so is Vos, while Femke de Vries will be riding her first race after transfering to Visma.

I have Gigante as favorite for this race IF she can stay on her bike. Some of the peaks she reached in the early stages of the Vuelta are good enough for this race.
 
Thats heartbreaking for the team,and really could put them under threat as a going concern, as this was the biggest race they've got on the calendar at the moment.

but they'll be lucky to find any spare Ribble bikes they're notoriously slow at constructing bikes people order
I saw the team car drive past me on the motorway yesterday near Wrexham - gutted that these bikes were then stolen
 
And on stage two of the womens tour today, the Horseshoe Pass is a decent climb with two steep pinches (near the bottom and near the top). It’s also really exposed (for Wales at least) so it’s easy to see a similar situation as yesterday where a strong group go clear and stay clear.
 
You won't be surprised that the route creator from the Sweetspot days, is involved with this then :)
The horror! Of all the roles for somebody to keep falling up in... I don't mean to be so mean-spirited but British cycling organisation really does shoot itself in the foot over and over again. The British races could be so good and then they could attract a field of elite stars because the race is worth them being there, rather than this painful, slow sauntering towards irrelevance they've been pursuing ever since about 2016.

It's like Britain got its interest in cycling, and then all concerned decided the job was done and no further work was necessary, and now there's next to no domestic racing, all the young British talent heads abroad early, and it's essentially become just like the pre-Sky days, only with far more talent able to be scouted and go abroad than there used to be.
I have Gigante as favorite for this race IF she can stay on her bike. Some of the peaks she reached in the early stages of the Vuelta are good enough for this race.
Gigante is perhaps always destined to be a what if, she's got all the physical tools to be an elite competitor, but she collects bad fortune and she seems to have various issues that just prevent her from being able to utilise those physical capabilities.
And on stage two of the womens tour today, the Horseshoe Pass is a decent climb with two steep pinches (near the bottom and near the top). It’s also really exposed (for Wales at least) so it’s easy to see a similar situation as yesterday where a strong group go clear and stay clear.
Fingers crossed there's enough competition in here for something to happen on the last couple of days. Ironically enough we might be best served with a Deignan win so that SD Worx have to drill things for Kopecky in the coming days. The two editions of the Women's Tour that Deignan won were the best editions of the race, but you might see a collectors' item if that were to happen: me actively rooting for Lotte Kopecky.