Women’s Cycling News Round-up 04-11.08.2014

Matrix-Vulpine go pro — Brits take 1-2 at Commonwealth Road Race — Brits at Erpe-Mere — Vos wins Sparkassen Giro, Bronzini second — Interesting Links — More to come…

Matrix-Vulpine go pro


Matrix-Vulpine proved they could race with the best in the world at the Women’s Tour

Matrix-Vulpine, which in its previous incarnations gave an early home to several of Britain’s top female cyclists and is currently home to some of the most promising young riders in the country, has announced that it is to make the step up from the domestic circuit to the UCI Professional ranks.

Earlier this year, the team proved themselves capable of racing against world-class athletes when all six riders finished the UCI 2.1 Women’s Tour – and far from simply being along for the ride, they earned their keep by getting into breaks and refusing to be intimated by the likes of Rabo-Liv, Orica-AIS, Giant-Shimano and the rest of the top women’s teams in the world.

“We have the necessary letters of intent from our major sponsors and are working hard to secure some additional superb elite riders that will be necessary to make this project a success,” says Stef Wyman, who plans to move away from his current role as directeur sportif and become team manager. “Our ambition is to create a team and structure, that can go to pro races to be in the cadre of potential winners or at least shine through our performances at the highest level.”

Read more on the team’s website


British riders take 1-2 in Commonwealth Road Race


Lizzie Armitstead, first English woman to win the Commonwealth Games Road Race (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Lizzie Armitstead put the icing on the cake in what has been a spectacular year for her with a gold medal while Emma Pooley, riding her final race as a professional cyclist, polished off her hugely successful career with second place. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio of  South Africa took the bronze.

Pooley, having spent much of the race working alongside fellow Brits Laura Trott, Hannah Barnes and Dani King to negate repeated and hard attacks by the Australian sqaud, remained a contender as the race began to draw to a close by getting onto a seven-strong break that included Armitstead and Scotland’s Katie Archibald. However, with 7km the line when Armitstead, who after several successful years has emerged in 2014 as a very real threat to the supremacy of Emma Johansson and Marianne Vos, launched her own attack and secured the lead before becoming the first English woman to win the road race in the history of the Games.

Pooley had earlier also won the silver in the Time Trial with a time of 42’31.49, being beaten by Danish-born New Zealander Linda Villumsen by 6.03″ despite leading at every time check along the parcours. In that event, Katie Archibald was fifth with a time of 43’30.01″, Elinor Barker was seventh at 43’56.44″ and Jo Rowsell was thirteenth at 44’45.87″.


 Brits at Erpe-Mere

Belgium’s National Individual Time Trial Champion Ann-Sofie Duyck (Autoglas Wetteren) found a small advantage over the pack at the Erondegemse Pijl (Erpe-Mere), finishing in 3h08’51” – eight seconds over a main field of no fewer than 65 riders led by fellow Belgian Liesbet de Vocht (Lotto-Belisol) and Switzerland’s Desiree Ehrler (Bigla) who took second and third respectively.

The top-placed British rider was Matrix-Vulpine’s Jessie Walker, who finished with the main group in 30th place. Nikki Harris was 49th, Molly Weaver was 64th; Emma Grant, Alexie Shaw and Ireland’s Michelle Geoghegan were among the 53 riders that did not finish.


Vos wins Sparkassen Giro, Bronzini second

49 riders finished with a time of 2h59’48” at the latest round of the World Cup, Germany’s Sparkassen Giro, with Marianne Vos of Rabo-Liv leading them home. Italian Giorgia Bronzini, riding for the British team Wiggle-Honda and whom Vos spent so long trying to beat in the earlier years of her career, was second and Lotta Lepisto of Bigla was third.

There were no British riders in the race. Wiggle-Honda’s German riders Anna-Bianca Schnitzmeier and Charlotte Becker were 29th and 37th while their Japanese team mate Mayuko Hagiwara was 76th, finishing 38 seconds after Vos. Swedish Emilia Fahlin, also of Wiggle-Honda, was 84th at +54″; the Italian Beatrice Bartelloni was the last member of the team to finish, taking 97th place at +4’47”.


Upcoming Events

Upcoming British Cycling Events
04.08.14 Army Cycling Union Ludgershall Summer Series #10
05.08.14 Behind The Bikeshed Summer Series #11
05.08.14 Tameside Cycling Development League #17
05.08.14 Crystal Palace Crits #14
05.08.14 Total Cycle Coach Womens Series #17
06.08.14 Cycling Legacy Supporters League August #1
06.08.14 Pedal Heaven Eelmore Circuit Series Finale
06.08.14 Cornish Series 2014 #7
06.08.14 Twickenham CC / WTP Women’s & Vets Races #9
07.08.14 Castle Combe Summer Series #14
09.08.14 Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix
09.08.14 Manilla Cycling Hartlepool Carnival NE 2014 Circuit Champs
09.08.14 2014 Welsh Open Youth Crit Championships
10.08.14 Pontefract Grand Prix
10.08.14 Green Arrow CRT Grass Track Meeting (incorporating BC National Open 800m Champs) part of National Endurance Grass Track League
10.08.14 CDNW Road Race League #13
10.08.14 Mid Suffolk Woman’s Road Race Cancelled
10.08.14 EMRRL: Beeston CC Road Race
10.08.14 Crit Under The Castle & Scottish Cycling National Circuit Race Championships
10.08.2014 2014 Tour of the Wrekin (incorporating the West Midlands Women & Junior Regional Championships)

Upcoming UCI Events
10-16.08.2014 La Route de France


Interesting Links

Ipswich cyclist Tanya Griffiths poised to compete in Ride London Women’s GP against Marianne Vos and Lizzie Armitstead (East Anglian Daily Times)

“The story of the loser is, simply, better than that of the winner” – Iris Slappendel on becoming National Champion (WielerRevue; in Dutch)

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