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Victories for Rabo-Liv in Euskadi and Switzerland
World Champion Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) wins a fourth Emakumeen Saria following a final sprint battle with Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans; 2nd) and Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS; 3rd). Full report here.
The Emakumeen Saria comes days before the Emakumeen Bira (see Upcoming UCI Events, below), which is one of the biggest women’s races in existence and features some of the biggest climbs in the sport. Vos, as winner or the Saria, started as favourite; however, despite winning Stages 2 and 4, she handed victory to her team mate Pauline Ferrand Prevot, who won Stages 1 and 3.
Rabo dominated the first stage with Ferrand Prevot, Anna van der Breggen and Vos taking the top three spots after 2h18’31” while Armitstead led in the second group a minute later. Vos then won Stage 2, recording 2h54’38”; Armitstead and Johansson were second and third at +22″ with Ferrand Prevot equaling their time. It was in Stage 3 that Ferrand Prevot earned the advantage that would win her the race, getting away solo and winning in 2h32’47”, 1’42” ahead of Vos and 1’44” ahead of Johansson. Fourth place in the final stage, with Van der Breggen and Johansson five seconds behind Vos (3h02’12”) secured the win.
As Ferrand Prevot was winning in Euskadi, so was Rabo’s Katarzyna Nieuwadoma at the Frauen GP Gippingen where she beat Eurgenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana) and Roxane Knetemann (also Rabo) by 16″, recording 3h04’47”.
Upcoming British events
CDNW Surf ‘n’ Turf 2-Day 14-15 June, Preston (British Women’s RR Series)
The fourth round (which would have been the fifth, had the women’s Rutland CiCLE Classic not been cancelled) of the National Women’s Road race Series consists of three stages: a 1.6km prologue individual time trial, a 45-minute crit and an 81km road race on a hilly and exposed circuit that could become a real ordeal in the wind and rain. Most of the top women on the British domestic racing circuit will be there, and all stages are free for spectators. Our preview is here; the official website is here.
St. Ives Nocturne 14 June, St. Ives, Cambs
One of the very few women’s races in Cambridgshire (there’s races for men and juniors too), the St. Ives Nocturne Crit is best described by its own website:
Saturday the 14th of June will bear witness to an exciting evening of racing around a tight and very picturesque circuit of St Ives town centre.
The event will be a nocturne meaning that it will run into the late evening. The course will be barriered to protect the riders from a large and enthusiastic crowd. The local council are fully behind the event which is 3 weeks before the Tour De France hits Cambridge. Coincidentally, it is also the evening that England play Italy in their opener for the world cup. The seven local pubs surrounding the course will be staying open to televise the game after the cycle racing has finished.
We are aiming for a real party atmosphere and of course some intense and closely fought town centre racing. The emphasis on the night is maximum participation so there are races for all ages and all genders. The highlight of the evening will be a National B Race for the top riders finishing at 10pm around the fully lit course. As dusk falls we expect the views over the medieval bridge and great River Ouse to be spectacular as the riders race along the quayside.
For more British events, see British Cycling.
Upcoming UCI events
Emakumeen Bira (2.1) 12-15 June, Spain
One of the biggest women’s races in the world (and one that would definitely deserve major investment from the UCI, should it ever decide to try to create some proper women’s Grand Tours), the Emakumeen Bira is taking place in the Basque Country from the 12th to the 15th and features most of the world’s top riders and teams. The official website is here.
Diamond Tour (1.2) 15 June, Belgium
The Basques love cycling, but for the Belgians – especially the Flemish – it’s almost a religion, so there’ll be good crowds along the 125.2km (one lap of 40km, six laps of 14.2km) at Nijlen, just south-east of Antwerp.
“Our organisation aims to bring women’s cycling of a higher level to Belgium,” says the race committee. “All our members are of the opinion that there’s a need for this, both for the fans and for the riders themselves.”
It ought to be good race, then – passion and belief like that works wonders. More info here.
Frauen GP Gippingen (1.2) 15 June, Switzerland
The second of what will hopefully now be an annual women’s race at Gippingen, after sporadic appearances and various classifications during the 1980s and 1990s prior to a long hiatus and rebirth last year. The race consists of nine laps of an 8.1km circuit, after which the riders complete four more laps of a 10.1km circuit featuring a tough climb to around 500m, with an ever-increasing gradient up to the summit and a fast descent back to the start line. More info here.