Thüringen Rundfahrt, La Course and RideLondon highlight big women’s cycling month in July

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July was off to a great start for women’s cycling with the Giro Rosa running from June 30 to July 9. The only remaining Grand Tour for women was once again a thrilling display of our sport with action-packed racing and hard-fought battles day in, day out.  If you missed the race, here’s your chance to catch up on all the action via photo galleries, video highlights and rider comments:

With the biggest stage race of the year done and dusted, you’d think that the peloton would be ready for a bit of a rest. But summer is here, riders are as fit as ever and July has plenty more exciting races on offer. 

Here’s an overview of the top women’s races for the rest of the month. All race information, startlists, standings and TV coverage information will be updated as it becomes available, so make sure you come back here before every race! 

After the Giro Rosa, Kasia Niewiadoma (right) had to hand the purple WWT leader’s jersey off to Anna van der Breggen (left)

Women’s WorldTour standings after the Giro Rosa 

General classification
1. Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans)
2. Kasia Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling)
3. Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott)
4. Coryn Rivera (Team Sunbweb)
5. Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5)

Young rider classification
1. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Cervélo-Bigla)
2. Alice Barnes (Drops Cycling)
3. Anna Christian (Drops Cycling)

Team classification
1. Boels-Dolmans
2. Wiggle-High5
3. Team Sunweb

Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour

Wednesday July 12 – Tuesday July 18 – UCI2.1 – Germany

Rebranded as the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour, the 30th Thüringen Rundfahrt kicks off on Wednesday, July 12 with a prologue and continues with six additional stages.

The Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour has for years been a highly regarded race in women’s cycling and attracts a strong field every year. Tiffany Cromwell and Trixi Worrack (Canyon-SRAM) even abandoned the Giro Rosa this year in preparation for the home race of their German-registered team. Other confirmed teams are United Healthcare, the national teams of the United States, the Netherlands, Norway and Germany.

Despite its long history, fierce competition and several applications for the status, the organisation was notified just this month that they won’t be in the Women’s WorldTour in 2018 either, and will therefore remain UCI2.1 for at least another year. There is currently no Women’s WorldTour event in Germany, neither will there be one in the country in the expanded 2018 Women’s WorldTour calendar.

After the opening prologue on Wednesday, the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour continues with five road races between 90 and 120 kilometres, and one 17-kilometre individual time trial on Sunday July 16.

Watch: We’re not expecting a live broadcast or livestream of the race. If we come across highlights videos, we will share them via our social media channels.
Website: lottothueringen-ladies-tour.de
Twitter: #LTLT2017
Who to watch: The entire Canyon-SRAM team, Ruth Winder (United Healthcare), Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana), Ellen van Dijk (Dutch national team)

Cascade Cycling Classic

Wednesday, July 19 – Sunday, July 23 – UCI2.2 – The United States

The Cascade Cycling Classic will be another exciting showdown between America’s biggest teams. The only team missing is United Healthcare, having opted for a European block in July to participate in the Tour de Feminin (their rider Ruth Winder won two stages and the overall) and Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour.

Known for its elevation and climber-favouring courses, the Cascade Cycling Classic takes places in and around Bend, Oregon, from July 19-23. During that time, riders will compete in three road races, a downtown criterium and a time trial. Held since 2002, past winners include world-class riders like Evelyn Stevens, Mara Abbott, Alison Powers, Kristin Armstrong and Lyne Bessette.

Watch: No broadcast information of the Cascade Cycling Classic has been released yet. 
Website: 
cascade-classic.org
Twitter: @CascadeCycling, #CascadeClassic
Who to watch: Team Rally, Hagens Berman-Supermint and New Zealand National Team have all been crushing it this summer. Surely, these three teams will be ones to watch. More competition will come from Team Tibco and Visit Dallas-DNA.

La Course by le TDF

Thursday, July 20 & Saturday, July 22 – Women’s WorldTour – France

No more laps around the Champs Élysées for the women on the closing day of the Tour de France. After three editions of La Course by le Tour de France, the format has changed completely and moves away from Paris, into the Alps.

The women’s peloton will climb the Col d’Izouard ahead of the men, who will finish atop the Izouard in the 18th stage of the Tour de France. Two days later, the highest placed finishers of the Izouard stage will compete in a pursuit-style time trial in Marseille, again on the same course as the men in the Tour de France, who also have an individual time trial that day.

With the combination of a climber’s race and the individual time trial that follows, the race has Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) and Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) written all over it. They have confirmed they will line-up in the event, and if Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) does too, we are looking toward another exciting fight between the top three of the 2017 Giro Rosa.

Watch: No broadcast information has been released yet, but as an event that’s run alongside the Tour de France, we’re expecting to see at least part of the race in the Tour de France broadcast. The UCI will provide a highlights video.
Website: letour.com/la-course-by-le-tour-de-france
Twitter: @LaCoursebyTDF, #LaCourse
Who to watch: Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott), Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans)

Prudential RideLondon Classique

Sunday, July 30 – Women’s WorldTour – Great-Britain

Now in its second year as a Women’s WorldTour event, the Prudential RideLondon is still the “richest women’s one-day race” on the calendar, offering 25,000 Euros to the race winner, and the winning team is awarded 10,000 Euros. There will be three Continental Tyres Sprint classifications in the race offering a further 12,600 Euros in prize money.

The first Women’s WorldTour edition in 2016 was won by Kirsten Wild (Cylance Pro Cycling, then riding for Team Hitec). Barbara Guarischi (Canyon-SRAM), Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-High5) and Laura Trott were winners of previous editions, when it wasn’t yet part of the most important race series in women’s cycling.

All the big teams travel to Great-Britain one week after the two-day La Course by le TDF event. Of the 20 ‘Women’s WorldTour teams, all but Lares-Waowdeals will participate in the race. British UCI teams Drops Cycling and Team WNT complete the start field.

The Prudential RideLondon Classique, as the women’s race is called, takes place on a 5.5km circuit in central London that includes St James’s Park, Constitution Hill, the Strand, Trafalgar Square and the finish on The Mall.

Watch: A partner of the event, Velo will broadcast the Prudential Ride London elite men’s and women’s races. Coverage is available via the Velon Live cycling app as well as BBC1 and Eurosport, starting at 6 p.m. (local time). The UCI will provide a highlights video of the race.
Website: PrudentialRideLondon.co.uk
Twitter: @RideLondonWT, #RideLondon
Who to keep an eye on A race for the sprinters, be sure to look for previous winners Kirsten Wild (Cylance Pro Cycling), Barbara Guarischi (Canyon-SRAM), and Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-High5). Marianne Vos (WM3 Cycling) can never be discounted, nor can de Boels-Dolmans squad.

Other interesting women’s cycling events this month

13-26 July – BeNe Ladies Tour, Belgium & The Netherlands, UCI2.1
15 July – ASWB Twilight Criterium, United States, Crit
24 July – Daags na de Tour, The Netherlands, Crit
25 July – Profronde Surhuisterveen, The Netherlands, Cris
26-30 July – Vuelta Feminina Internacional a Costa Rica, Costa Rica, UCI2.2
26 July – Acht van Chaam, The Netherlands, Crit
27 July – Herenals Fietst, Belgium, Crit
30 July – Natour criterium, Belgium, Crit
30 July – Cityronde Tiel, The Netherlands, Crit
31 July – Draai rond de Kaai, The Netherlands, Crit

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