The Women's Road Racing Thread 2021

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So no live coverage of the Tour of Britain ! I don't think its absolutely necessary to cover all races, though it's surprising this race has no live coverage, when you consider it's past history - I am more interested if their will be a collective gnashing of the teeth from the media as occurred with Gira Donne.
Sure, it's fine to not cover all races, but WT races should be covered.
 
So no live coverage of the Tour of Britain ! I don't think its absolutely necessary to cover all races, though it's surprising this race has no live coverage, when you consider it's past history - I am more interested if their will be a collective gnashing of the teeth from the media as occurred with Gira Donne.
Should get a demotion in status, now the precedent has been set. The race's strong prize money and the strength of previous coverage means it isn't likely to generate the same criticism as the Giro did, but it probably should, seeing as the race's organisers are far less cash-strapped than the Giro's and they just broadcast the men's Tour of Britain which is a lower status event, relatively-speaking.
 
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Should get a demotion in status, now the precedent has been set. The race's strong prize money and the strength of previous coverage means it isn't likely to generate the same criticism as the Giro did, but it probably should, seeing as the race's organisers are far less cash-strapped than the Giro's and they just broadcast the men's Tour of Britain which is a lower status event, relatively-speaking.
They won't be matching the prize money from the ToB this year, like they have done in previous editions, either. In 2019 the total sum was just shy of 98.000 Euros, and this year's ToB had a pot of 117k. For the Women's Tour it's 37k, which isn't too bad for a women's race though (when compared to other races, and not to what I think they should be earning), but still very far from how it used to be.
 
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Should get a demotion in status, now the precedent has been set. The race's strong prize money and the strength of previous coverage means it isn't likely to generate the same criticism as the Giro did, but it probably should, seeing as the race's organisers are far less cash-strapped than the Giro's and they just broadcast the men's Tour of Britain which is a lower status event, relatively-speaking.
It's swings and roundabouts - I never watched so much live women's cycling as in 2021 - You will get anomalies during the year like with Gira Donne and TOB - In saying that would love to have seen coverage of Ardeche.
 
I'm really looking forward to this; women's racing has less specialists, so most women tend to do all the races. Pick any number of winners; it really is an open race. Normally, you'd expect a rider with loads of power to shine here.....but, who knows what will happen.
 
I'm really looking forward to this; women's racing has less specialists, so most women tend to do all the races. Pick any number of winners; it really is an open race. Normally, you'd expect a rider with loads of power to shine here.....but, who knows what will happen.
Agreed, I'm probably even more excited for this than the men's race. Who will be best suited? My gut feeling is riders like Norsgaard, Hosking and maybe Vollering who can really accelerate onto the cobbles, but then there's Vos, because, well, she's Vos. I also know that Deignan has made this a target from the moment it was announced and she's also great technically, so should be a contender, then there's the cyclocrossers.

The uncertainty of who will contend is really exciting IMO
 
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There will be a three day WWT Tour of Romandie added to the calendar - I'm assuming it will be run in conjunction with the Men's Tour - This gives a stage race opportunity in the first half of the women's calendar which is sorely needed - My only worry is that Romandie has been known to have a prologue and an ITT in the men's race - Could they design a parcours for Reusser ?
According to the calendar on the UCI website, it will be held from the 7th to the 9th of October instead.
Also the women's Tour de Suisse is supposed to run over four days next year. That is great news.

Other news is that Mont Ventoux Challenge will have live broadcast.
 
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CALLING ALL ITALIANS!

We've had Flanders for almost 20 years, L-B-L for a couple of years, and now we're finally getting P-R.
Time to get on RCS' case, and get them to arrange MSR again and Lombardia.
FTFY

But we do have a women's Valli Varesine for the first time this year. We often criticise ASO for not doing enough, but at least they are bringing us a lot more than what we currently get from RCS.
 
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CALLING ALL ITALIANS!

We've had Flanders for almost 20 years, L-B-L for a couple of years, and now we're finally getting P-R.
Time to get on RCS' case, and get them to arrange MSR and Lombardia.
Sounds perfect in theory - My question is that do women's teams have enough riders too compete in a larger calendar - Most teams work on a 10 to 14 rider roster - As an example, BEX can only field 5 riders in PR.
 
Sounds perfect in theory - My question is that do women's teams have enough riders too compete in a larger calendar - Most teams work on a 10 to 14 rider roster - As an example, BEX can only field 5 riders in PR.
Yeah, that is one possible issue. Otherwise the teams would need to be bigger, which then of course would require them to have bigger budgets as well, which wouldn't be easy to get for most teams. Especially not when the minimum salaries are also going up in the coming years.

How long should MSR for women be? Can't wait to sit in front of a screen 2 days straight for 30 minutes of action combined :D

Lombardia would be awesome.
The old Primavera Rosa was 118 km, but you would expect it to be longer these days.
 
Hopefully the ridiculous rule of max 160 km for a women's race is gone by then. To make it a real MSR it should be the longest race of the year as well. I'd love it to be around 200 km. Obviously most important is that it gets added to the calender.
While I agree that it should be added it really shouldn't be too short. MSR without the length is a ridiculous race, with length it has something special. :) So, yeah, I'm all for 200km. Or at least 180, that should be the minimum.
 
160-180kms would be about right for a similar race you would think?
Hopefully the ridiculous rule of max 160 km for a women's race is gone by then. To make it a real MSR it should be the longest race of the year as well. I'd love it to be around 200 km. Obviously most important is that it gets added to the calender.
While I agree that it should be added it really shouldn't be too short. MSR without the length is a ridiculous race, with length it has something special. :) So, yeah, I'm all for 200km. Or at least 180, that should be the minimum.
They could do Turchino, the Capis, Cipressa and Poggio in less than 175 km. But if it takes place, something like 150 km between Genova and Sanremo for instance would probably make better sense (for RCS).
 
Thalita de Jong won the inaugural Grote Prijs Beerens today. Her first pro win in more than five years.

 
It's hard to predict the winner of the Tour of Britain - When you factor in the freshness of the riders, the inclusion of an ITT and a not too hard parcours.

I still find it hard to fathom that TOB has received little or no scrutiny for it's lack of live coverage from the general media ( including this publication ) or social media, but yet the Gira Donne and PR organizers continue to be criticised.

And Lucy Kennedy has come out of retirement to ride this race for Bike Exchange who are short of riders.
 
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