Trott dominates Surf ‘n’ Turf — Karla Boddy wins at St Ives Nocturne — Victories for Rabo in Euskadi and Switzerland — Stirling ride by the Brits at the Diamond Tour — Guildford Town Centre Races in doubt — Upcoming British Races — Upcoming UCI events and reduced route at Giro del Trentino — $50k grant for Tour de Delta — Interesting Links
Trott dominates Surf ‘ n’ Turf
Olympian Laura Trott (Wiggle-Honda) won all three stages, beating Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) by 12″ overall. Trott’s team mate Dani King was third; Nicola Juniper (Echelon Rotor) was seventh and retains her overall National Road Race Series lead.
Karla Boddy wins St Ives Nocturne
The Epic-Scott rider beat Annabel Fisher (Bonita Squadra) and Sophie Lankford (WNT) to win on a circuit many described as highly technical due to narrow sections.
We’ll have a full race report from Starley-Primal’s Tanya Griffiths, who was fifth, in the near future.
Race organiser Tom Caldwell informs Neutral Service that he and his committee are “planning something big for the women’s race next year” – watch this space!
1 Karla Boddy (Epic-Scott)
2 Annabel Fisher (Bonito Squadra)
3 Sophie Lankford (WNT)
4 Laura Massey (Epic-Scott)
5 Tanya Griffiths (Starley-Primal)
6 Hisayo Kaneko (Boom Cycle)
7 Darelle Parker (Boom Cycle)
8 Sian Botteley (Squadra Donne)
9 Jennifer George (Dulwich Paragon)
10 Jennifer Smart (VC Norwich)
Victories for Rabo-Liv in Euskadi and Switzerland
World Champion Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) won a fourth Emakumeen Saria following a final sprint battle with Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans; 2nd) and Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS; 3rd). The best-placed British rider was Emma Pooley (Lotto-Belisol) in 18th, 34″ behind Vos; Tamina Kate Oliver (CAF Transport Engineering) was 75th at +9’32”. 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. Armitstead (16th at +10’47”) and Pooley (20th at +14’17”) were the only British riders in the race. The full results are here.
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”. Lucy Martin of Estada de Mexico-Faren was the only British rider in the race and finished up in 45th place at +10’26”. Full results are here.
British riders put on a good show at Belgium’s Diamond Tour with Amy Roberts (Wiggle-Honda) taking sixth place while Epic-Scott team mates Hannah Walker, Harriet Owen (with the team as a guest rider, Harriet rides for Matrix-Vulpine), Manon Lloyd, Emily Kay and Molly Weaver came 13th, 30th, 54th, 70th and 76th respectively. Dani Christmas Isorex) and Melissa Brand (Epic-Scott) did not finish.
Dutch rider Sigrid Jochems, who like Owen is a rider for Matrix-Vulpine and was at the race as a guest of Epic-Scott, came 14th.
The first 86 riders over the line recorded the same time, 3h02’58”, as winner Jolien D’Hoore of Lotto-Belisol. Beatrice Bartelloni, with the British team Wiggle-Honda, was second and Kelly Druyts of TopSport Vlaanderen-ProDuo was third. For full results, click here.
2014 Guildford Town Centre Races in doubt
This year’s edition of the 30 year old Guildford Town Centre Races event, which includes a race for women in the E/1/2/3 categories, is in doubt after organisers deemed resurfacing work to have made roads unsafe.
Race director Jon Lewis has approached the council to ask if improvements will be made, but says he has been unable to get answers. With the races due to take place on the 9th of July, the event looks to be in serious jeopardy. Read more here.
Upcoming British Races
Sunday the 22nd brings us the Curlew Cup, which in only three years has become one of the most popular and eagerly-anticipated races on the British women’s calendar. As part of the National Road Race Series, it attracts the top riders in the country (Sarah Storey won in 2012, then Hannah Barnes won last year) and features a difficult parcours set in the beautiful Northumberland countryside. It’s a long way from much of Britain, but very much worth the effort if you can get there.
In its two previous editions, the Cup favoured the sprinters; this year it’s become a lot hillier so that they’ll have to work hard to keep with the climbers. Then, towards the end, the ball falls back in their court, but whether or not they’ll still be at the front with the climbers by this time remains to be seen – it’s not at all easy to pick likely winners, and with numerous technical sections it could just as easily go to the cleverest rider as the strongest.
16.06 Army Cycling Union Ludgershall Summer Series #3
17.06 Crystal Palace Crits #7
17.06 East Devon Circuit Series#4
17.06 Pembrey Circuit Series #3
17.06 Total Cycle Coach Series #10
18.06 Cornish Series #5
18.06 Edge Cycleworks Marsh Tracks #12
18.06 Suffolk Series Week 2
18.06 Pedal Heaven Eelmore Circuit Series #4
19.06 Mallory Park Thursday Leage #9
19.06 Critérium du Université deux (York)
19.06 East London Velo Hog Hill #7
20.06 Surrey League Dunsfold Park #7
21.06 ZipVit- Lichfield CCC Youth Races #4 & Adult Spring Meeting at Curborough
22.06 WWCRT Youth & Senior CANCELLED
22.06 Malton Town Centre Races
22.06 Birkenhead Park Factory Circuit Races
22.06 Curlew Cup
23.06 Army Cycling Union Ludgershall Summer Series #4
Upcoming UCI Events
Giro del Trentino announces reduced route
Now that we’re in the quieter period running up to women’s cycling’s last Grand Tour the Giro Rosa (4th-13th July), the UCI Elite Women’s calendar looks far more empty than it has done for several weeks. There’s just one race this week, and despite being reduced due to economic difficulties to one stage rather than three, the Giro del Trentino Alto Adige – Südtirol (1.1) ought to be a good one.
“For 21 years we’ve organised the Giro del Trentino, an international race, and still we have trouble making potential sponsors understand how important the race is. It’s one of the top ten in the world, and has always formed an important test in the run-up to the Giro Rosa. We hope that our forced decision to shorten it will not lead the UCI to declassify our race – we’ve always welcomed the top riders, and it’s the only international race for them in Trentino.”
Details of the new route will be published on the official race website in the coming days. One of the few women’s races to feature some proper climbs (it really couldn’t be considered the precursor to the Donne if it didn’t), the Giro was due to several tough ascents this year including an ultra-hard uphill time trial in Stage 1a, a challenging finish just over a summit at the end of Stage 1b and seven ascents of a 500m climb in Stage 2. To keep their 1.1 classification – and, more importantly, to keep the interest of riders and fans, ready for a return to past glories next year – the organisers will be looking to keep the race feeling like the Giro of previous years.
Tour de Delta receives $50k federal grant
Canada’s Tour de Delta has been awarded a Sport Canada grant of $50,000 – and the organising committee plans to use it to develop the women’s race at the event.
“This grant acknowledges the efforts made by the community, sponsors and the Corporation of Delta in supporting the inclusion of the women’s race as a 1.2 UCI event this year,” said race director Mark Ernsting. Read more here.