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by Anne-Marije Rook & Jeanine Laudy
September 6, 2017
Photography by Cor Vos
WOMEN'S CYCLING BROUGHT TO YOU BY ORBEA
We have entered the month of September, and the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen, Norway, are just a few short weeks away. Alas, the end of the season is here again, and riders will be using the remaining races to make their last gains in search of rainbow glory.
A few stage races are still remaining, and the women’s peloton will first finish up the season-long Women’s WorldTour series in Madrid on September 10 before heading to Worlds.
Here’s an overview of the top women’s races for the rest of the season. All race information, start lists, standings and TV coverage information will be updated as they become available, so make sure you come back here before every race.
1. Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) – 1016
2. Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) – 989
3. Kasia Niewiadoma (Wm3 Pro Cycling) – 856
4. Coryn Rivera (Team Sunweb) – 703
5. Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5) – 630
Young rider classification
1. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Cervélo-Bigla) – 52
2. Alice Barnes (Drops Cycling) – 16
3. Amalie Dideriksen (Boels-Dolmans) – 16
4. Lisa Klein (Cervélo-Bigla) – 12
5. Anna Christian (Drops Cycling) – 10
1. Boels-Dolmans – 3273
2. Team Sunweb – 2023
3. Wiggle-High5 – 1824
4. Orica-Scott – 1821
5. Canyon-SRAM – 1505
Tuesday, Aug. 29 – Sunday, Sept. 3 – Women’s WorldTour – The Netherlands
Fastest again! Van Vleuten wins the third stage time trial.
With the UCI Road World Championships just three weeks away, a very competitive and fit peloton contested the Boels Ladies Tour over the past week.
The six-stage tour through The Netherlands – a 19-year-old event previously known as the Holland Ladies Tour – was upgraded to World Tour status for the 2017 season. A field of 92 riders came out for the penultimate event in the Women’s WorldTour, but none were more focused on winning the tour than Orica-Scott’s Annemiek van Vleuten.
The tour kicked off with a prologue in Van Vleuten’s hometown of Wageningen, and she was eager to give her fans something to cheer for.
However, it would be a tough fight stage after stage as previous winner Ellen van Dijk (Team Sunweb) and Anna van der Breggen’s Boels Dolman’s squad, were also looking for a win on home soil.
The six stages covering 577 kilometres would see five different winners (including Janneke Ensing of Ale Cipollini, who earned her first pro win), but ultimately, after taking the orange leader’s jersey in the prologue, Van Vleuten would manage to keep it. She slowly built on her slim advantage until victory was hers.
Check out our photo gallery from the event. The Cor Vos photographers were on site to capture the emotion, weather and action throughout the six days.
Watch: The UCI provided highlight videos of each stage.
Twitter: @ladiestour, #BLT2017
Tuesday, Sept. 5 – Friday, Sept, 8 – UCI2.1 – Belgium
It was this race last year in which we saw Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) made her return after her horrific crash at the Rio Olympics in 2016. She did so with dominance, winning two stages on her way to winning the overall and the golden Lotto Belgium Tour leader’s jersey.
This year, however, Van Vleuten opted for the Boels Rental Ladies Tour instead, and won’t be present to defend her jersey. And so, it’s Marianne Vos (WM3 Pro Cycling) who, after her wins in the four-day Ladies Tour of Norway and BeNe Ladies Tour, lines up as the top favourite for the Belgian four-day stage race.
Kicking off with a short, 4.3-kilometre prologue, the tour will cover an additional 334 kilometres over three days with plenty of hills and cobbles to make it interesting. Friday’s stage includes the famous Muur van Geraardsbergen and could possibly have a deciding impact on who wins the GC.
Watch: For daily highlights and live streaming of Thursday’s stage, tune in via Motomediateam.
Twitter: @LottoBelgTour, #LottoBelgiumTour
Who to watch: Marianne Vos (WM3 Pro Cycling), Jolien D’Hoore (Wiggle-High5), Megan Guarnier (USA national team), Tiffany Cromwell (Canyon-SRAM)
Sunday, Sept. 10 – Women’s WorldTour FINALE – Spain
While La Course by le Tour de France moved away from the Champs-Élysées this year, the Madrid Challenge is still held on the criterium-style circuit in the city centre of Madrid. Before the men’s peloton arrives in Madrid on the final day of the 2017 Vuelta a España, the women take on a number of laps on the 5-kilometre circuit.
A race for the sprinters, American Shelley Olds won the inaugural Madrid Challenge back in 2015, while Jolien D’Hoore (Wiggle-High5) took the win in last year’s event.
It’s unlikely that a breakaway or solo rider will be able to arrive at the finish line ahead of the peloton, so we’re looking at a very likely bunch sprint finish in the final event of the Women’s WorldTour. However, Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) managed to escape and hold her lead in the 2015 La Course by le Tour de France, so it’s not impossible!
Watch: We are hoping for some live coverage of the Madrid Challenge ahead of the arrival of the Vuelta peloton in Madrid. The UCI will provide a highlights video.
Twitter: possibly @MadridChallenge, #UCIWWT
Who to watch: This section will be updated as a start list becomes available.
Saturday, Sept. 17 – Saturday, Sept, 23 – Bergen, Norway
The sprint for the finish at the 2016 world road championships in Qatar.
After a pancake-flat course in Qatar in 2016, we’re returning to more undulating roads in Bergen, Norway.
The 2017 World Road Championships once again kick off with the team time trial, before riders switch to their national teams in the individual time trial and road race.
When the team time trial was first introduced in 2013, Specialized-lululemon claimed the first title and continued to hold onto it for the following three years. It was only last year that a team managed to beat them (now racing as Canyon-SRAM) and that time was Boels-Dolmans. The latter will once again be the TTT favourite though it won’t be made easy for them…
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The top time trialists will only get one day of recovery before they’re called upon to represent their country in the individual time trial. A short time trial of 21.1 kilometres in length, the course does feature a 1.5-kilometre climb and rain is almost guaranteed to be a factor on this rather technical course.
The road race on Saturday, Sept. 23 takes place on a 19.1-kilometre circuit. A little leg zapper comes as early as two kilometres into the race, then there’s a one-kilometre stretch that averages at 5% before the peloton finally arrives at the main climb, Salmon Hill, with at a 6.5% average gradient over 1.4 kilometres will be the race maker as the peloton completes the circuit eight times.
A more thorough preview of the World Championship events will follow, in the meantime, here’s an overview so you can plan your days accordingly as coverage will be available in most countries.
Women’s race schedule at Worlds:
Watch: You should be able to watch the World TTT, ITT and Road Championships live throughout the world. Check your local TV listings when the event gets nearer.
5-10 Sep – Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche, France, UCI2.2
8-10 Sep – Premondiale Giro Toscana Int. Femminile – Memorial Michela Fanini, Italy, UCI2.2
10 Sep – Thompson Criterium of Doylestown, The United States, Crit
16 Sep – Mayor’s Cup Boston, The United States, Crit
30 Sep – Giro dell’Emilia Internatiozionale Donne Elite, Italy, UCI1.1
1 Oct – Gran Premio Beghelli Internazionale Donne Elite, Italy, UCI1.1
15 Oct – Chrono des Nations, France, UCI1.1
24 Oct – Tour of Guangxi Women’s Elite World Challenge, China, UCI1.1