The Women's Road Racing Thread 2021

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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.







 
Uno-X will be quite an exciting team to follow next season, even if they don't join the WWT at first. After having already announced that Anniina Ahtosalo, Mie Bjørndal Ottestad and Anne Dorthe Ysland are going to ride for them, Hannah Ludwig will now join the squad as well. Although Ottestad is the oldest among them, Ludwig is definitely the most experienced and she is still only 21. It'll be interesting to see who else Lars Bak picks up.

Meanwhile we still have no idea about who's going to ride for Cofidis, but they have said that they aren't really looking for any big names.
 
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Uno-X will be quite an exciting team to follow next season, even if they don't join the WWT at first. After having already announced that Anniina Ahtosalo, Mie Bjørndal Ottestad and Anne Dorthe Ysland are going to ride for them, Hannah Ludwig will now join the squad as well. Although Ottestad is the oldest among them, Ludwig is definitely the most experienced and she is still only 21. It'll be interesting to see who else Lars Bak picks up.

Meanwhile we still have no idea about who's going to ride for Cofidis, but they have said that they aren't really looking for any big names.
From what I've heard/read, Cofidis is poaching Arkea for some french talents.
 
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Anna Henderson took her first pro win today on the first stage of Tour de Belle Isle en Terre - Kreiz Breizh Elites Dames after a Jumbo-Visma vs. DSM showdown.



 
A disaster for Team Bike Exchange - They've lost their two best riders in the last two seasons - Brown was very unhappy that she was denied selection for LBL and she only rode Amstel Gold as a last minute replacement - There is also behind the scenes problems in the men and women's team, which has resulted in an external review happening.
 
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I expected Julie Leth to be the first Danish signing for Uno-X, but it is instead former springboard diver Rebecca Koerner. It's only been a year since she rode her first real race. She and her older ABC teammate Marita Jensen have pretty much won every Danish race they've entered this year (sometimes taking both first and second place), and they were the only ones who could follow Leth, Uttrup Ludwig, Dideriksen and Norsgaard during the NC RR, where Koerner was leading the race solo for 20 km and came pretty close to winning it.

So if they were going to sign a young Danish talent, Koerner is definitely not a wrong choice. This also means that she'll be wearing the same colours as her boyfriend Marcus Sander Hansen next year.
 
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True.
And then just hoping the various couples have kids, and taking the long-term plans a little bit to the extreme!

Though, Pogacar would definitely break the "Only Scandinavians" rule for the men's team...
Zigart to the women's team shouldn't be a problem, but it will probably be impossible to find any Scandinavian link to Pogacar.
Even if Bjerg is considering him for best man at his wedding, it will probably not be good enough for Kulset and Co. anyway.
 
thanks! for posting...i came here thinking 'has there really been no racing...or none televised?

Mark L
There haven't been any races since then apart from some NCs. The Tour of Norway will be televised from Thursday.

Henderson's wins in France also helped her get a new contract with Jumob-Visma, where she will now stay until the end of the 2024 season.
 
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