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Cool live interview with Emma Norsgaard today, at Danish Tv2 in their pre-show for TdS.

She said her next target is nationals, where she hopes to retain the jersey, and said the route suits her.

She also said she is looking towards Worlds, where she believes she can take a medal on the course.

Out of curiosity, I had a look at her results this year, they are (latest first):
3(GC)
8
3
6
2
2
1
1(GC)
1
1
10
2
35
9
2
8
3(GC)
2
4
11
2
2

19 race days, 17 of them in top 10, 11 of them on the podium.

Pretty stellar list :cool:
 
Cool live interview with Emma Norsgaard today, at Danish Tv2 in their pre-show for TdS.

She said her next target is nationals, where she hopes to retain the jersey, and said the route suits her.

She also said she is looking towards Worlds, where she believes she can take a medal on the course.

Out of curiosity, I had a look at her results this year, they are (latest first):
3(GC)
8
3
6
2
2
1
1(GC)
1
1
10
2
35
9
2
8
3(GC)
2
4
11
2
2

19 race days, 17 of them in top 10, 11 of them on the podium.

Pretty stellar list :cool:
Yeah, solely in terms of consistency and without regarding the difficulty of the parcours, she's probably been the strongest this year, but of course you won't expect the two vans to finish in the top 10 in every bunch sprint. It should also be noted that Movistar have worked quite hard for her, whereas other teams have had more riders to depend on in some of the races, but she obviously still had to finish it off.

If she can keep this level throughtout the season, she'll be a great card to have for the World Championships. We obviously don't know how the women's Paris-Roubaix will play out when it finally gets to take place, but she might also be in with a chance there, if it isn't hard enough for van Vleuten.
 
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The Tour of Belgium began yesterday with Ellen van Dijk winning prologue in front of her teammate Elynor Bäckstedt and Jolien D'Hoore. A comforting second place for the Swelsh rider, who lost out on all post lockdown racing in her first pro season due to a crash in training.

Today DSM again showed their strength by creating the final selection in the wind before Pfeiffer Georgi and Susanne Andersen delivered Wiebes in a perfect position to beat D'hoore, Barbara Guarischi and Alice Barnes in the sprint. D'hoore has now taken over the lead of the race.

Amalie Dideriksen was involved in a crash, and she looked to be in a lot of pain. Trek has confirmed that she did finish the stage and will be taken to hospital. Judged by the pictures from the live broadcast and the one the team has posted to Twitter, which I think wasn't really needed, she must have hit the ground face first and will need to get her chin stitched up. Considering she managed to ride the last 15 km. of the stage, her participation in the Olympics shouldn't be up in the air at first glance, but the final preparation definitely won't be ideal now.
 
Dideriksen is still in the race, and she is wearing her new Danish champion's kit for the first time today. I don't know why it's missing the rainbow bands though, but they might be added in the future. I don't know, why she's attempting to drive an imaginary vehicle with an oddly shaped steering wheel either.

 
Alena Amialiusik won the third stage for Canyon-SRAM, who also had Alice Barnes and Hannah Ludwig on the attack earlier on.
Wiebes tried to sneak away from the front group, but was brought back, before Amialiusik countered. She didn't have any trouble coming round Kopecky to take second afterwards though and is the new race leader going into the final stage on Kapelmuur tomorrow.
 
Kopecky became the new queen in Geraardsbergen by outclimbing Van Dijk on the Muur.
Wiebes was delivered perfectfly at the bottom by Georgi, but was sadly taken out by Anne Dorthe Ysland I wasn't totally sure, but it was actually Ingvild Gåskjenn, who crashed in front of her while trying to take advantage of the easier curbs, because the organisers had failed to cover them with barriers. To make matters worse, it also seemed like Wiebes possibly lost her chain through the last corner. She would probably have lost the lead anyway, but it was still very unlucky. I think she did hold on to third because of the huge lead she had over the rest of top 10 before the stage.


 
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Kopecky became the new queen in Geraardsbergen by outclimbing Van Dijk on the Muur.
Wiebes was delivered perfectfly at the bottom by Georgi, but was sadly taken out by Anne Dorthe Ysland I wasn't totally sure, but it was actually Ingvild Gåskjenn, who crashed in front of her while trying to take advantage of the easier curbs, because the organisers had failed to cover them with barriers. To make matters worse, it also seemed like Wiebes possibly lost her chain through the last corner. She would probably have lost the lead anyway, but it was still very unlucky. I think she did hold on to third because of the huge lead she had over the rest of top 10 before the stage.


3 Cross Rider's in the Top 10 today, Kastelijn, Worst and Kay. Good to see.
 
Everyone's favourite cycling mathematician (not RhD nor tobydawq) and hour record holder Vittoria Bussi has taken her first ever pro win in the opening time trial of Tour de Feminin in the Czech Republic.

Marty Macdonald's favourite Anna is currently leading the prologue of the Baloise Ladies Tour in Utrecht.
 
Henderson was in the hot seat for more than two hours, before Lisa Klein as the last rider overtook her. I bet Stefan Küng feels her pain. Teammates Lieke Nooijen and Amber van der Hulst finished in the exact same time.

Tour de Feminin
01 Vittoria Bussi Team CykloTrener
18:32​
8​
02 Joscelin Lowden Drops-Le Col s/b Tempur
+ 02​
5​
03 Corinna Lechner Team Stuttgart
+ 10​
3​
04 Anne Dorthe Ysland Team Coop-Hitec Products
+ 23​
1​
05 Agnieszka Skalniak MAT ATOM Deweloper Wroclaw
+ 24​
06 Shirin Van Anrooij Netherlands
+ 28​
07 Urska Zigart Slovenia
+ 31​
08 Julie De Wilde Belgium
+ 38​
09 Vita Heine Massi Tactic Women Team
+ 47​
10 Anneke Dijkstra Netherlands
+ 50​

Baloise Ladies Tour
 
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The CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta has been released and, well, if they return to the format of the Madrid Challenge when the Vuelta returns to its tri-star finishing circuit then it's a huge step back, because they've definitely gone all out here, with what can only be described as a swing for the fences. It's up to four days, and it has mountains a-plenty, difficulties and is using major obstacles that, crucially and interestingly, are not the same ones being used by La Vuelta, as opposed to following the La Course formula of cloning a stage or using part of an existing stage where the fans and the road closures will already be in force. This will make things very interesting.

Now, worth noting is that the entirety of the race will be in Galicia, which does not have much if any women's cycling support at the top level at present, whereas the core areas have been similar to those that sustained the amateur scene in both genders for many years, extending out from the Basque area into Navarra, Burgos province and La Rioja, and extending out from Comunidad Valenciana - therefore it will be very interesting to see whether the kind of interest that has brought forward success for the Navarrese one-day races and the rapid growth of Burgos can reflect in the audience in a relative outpost, however Galicia does have a good men's amateur scene and the race is at the World Tour status which will help.

They've managed to get the support of the La Manzaneda ski station, which hosted an MTF in the men's Vuelta in 2011, won by David Moncoutié. It's a long and grinding climb, but there's a guarantee of time gaps regardless of field as they're going for that quintessentially Spanish difference-maker, the cronoescalada. Lest they make it too decisive, however (the full climb is around 30km long) they have decided, quite sensibly in my view, to make the cronoescalada only the 7,3km from station section to top station. In a fuller length race they could do the whole thing, but this makes sense in a short stage race imo. The ski station also hosts the départ of stage 1, which has a long downhill to the line and a lot of rolling terrain, but a serious climb in the middle.

With the categorised climbs coming away from the finish and stage 3 being more like an amped down version of stage 1, the decisive gaps are likely to be forged in the ITT, but the race is definitely likely to be favouring a wholly different type of rider than has been the focus to date, as well as giving those climbers that either skipped the Giro (van Vleuten, Niewiadoma) or didn't feel like they did themselves justice at it (Longo Borghini, Uttrup, Harvey) a real chance to redeem themselves for that.







 

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