Women’s Cycling News round-up 17-24.03.2014

<<Last week’s news

Road (Drenthe Wielerweek; Cholet Pays de Loire; GP Comune di Cornaredo; Vuelta a El Salvador; Marianne Vos Classic; Women’s Tour – all stages; Interesting Links) — Track (Trott rocks Revolution; Interesting Links) — Other Cycling

This Week’s Races — Domestic Results

Road

Drenthe Wielerweek

Molecaten 8 and Ronde van Drenthe reports and results here

Novilon Euregio Cup

Kirsten Wild (image credit: Giant-Shimano)

Kirsten Wild (image credit: Giant-Shimano)

It is a truth universally acknowledged (by those who have an interest in women’s cycling, at any rate) that in any race likely to end in a bunch sprint, Kirsten Wild of Giant-Shimano is a rider to watch – the 31-year-old Dutch rider is perhaps the fastest specialist sprinter in the sport, and would be every bit as much a household name as Mark Cavendish if there was any justice in this world.

Kirsten was sixth at the Ronde van Drenthe on the 15th after Anna Van Der Breggen’s escape lasted too long for anyone except eventual winner Lizzie Armitstead to catch; this time around, Giant-Shimano made sure she was at the front of the bunch throughout the race so that she was able to take her place among a group of nine riders that included Tiffany Cromwell, Chantal Blaak and Lucinda Brand (all Specialized-Lululemon), Joanne Kiesanowski (Tibco-To The Top), Shelley Olds (Ale-Cipollini), Jolien D’Hoore (Lotto-Belisol), Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS), Janneke Ensing (Boels-Dolmans) that got away as the race reached Coevorden for the second time. This meant she was always in contention, but with three Lululemon riders able to work together would anyone be able to beat them?

Lululemon tried to make a go of it with several attempts to ride away from the group, but each time their rivals worked together to ensure they were rapidly brought back and the nine riders approached the finish line together. In the final sprint, six of them were unable to match the sheer power of Wild, Olds and Johansson and were left 3″ behind – Wild took the victory with Olds second and Johansson third. It was Wild’s fifth victory so far this season, following three stage wins and the General Classification at the Tour of Qatar.

Top Ten 1 Kirsten WILD (Giant-Shimano) 3h41’25”
2 Shelley OLDS (Ale-Cipollini) ST
3 Emma JOHANSSON (Orica-AIS) ST
4 Jolien D’HOORE (Lotto-Belisol) +03″
5 Chantal BLAAK (Specialized-Lululemon) ST
6 Janneke ENSING (Boels-Dolmans) ST
7 Tiffany CROMWELL (Specialized-Lululemon) ST
8 Joanne KIESANOWSKI (Tibco-To The Top) ST
9 Lucinda BRAND (Rabobank-Liv/Giant) ST
10 Lisa BRENNAUER (Specialized-Lululemon) +1’54”
Full result

 

Cholet Pays de Loire Dames

As the first UCI French race of the season, the Cholet Pays de Loire always attracts an impressive start list and 2014 is no different – 20 teams have confirmed, with 128 riders due to start. It’s of especial importance to the French riders due to being the first of the five rounds that make up the Coupe de France, so expect to see them pulling out all the stops in an attempt to gain an early lead in the competition. CholetLogoThe race consists of four laps of a 29km circuit starting and ending in Cholet, which includes a tough climb at La Tessouale.

The hill is climbed at 5.3km, 34.7km, 63.7km and for the final time at 92.7km – too far from the finish to be decisive, but sufficient to give climbers a slight advantage going into the final part of the race simply because they’ll use less energy than the heavier sprinters. Combine this with the much gentler climb to the finish line and the race begins to look rather well-balanced, with both types of specialist and the all-rounders all in with a chance.

Last year’s edition went to Emma Johansson, who was also the first non-French rider to have ever won this race back in 2011 – she’s back again this year, leading her super-strong Orica-AIS squad. We’ll have a report and results as soon as possible after the race. The map and altimetry profile is available here, and an interactive map is available here. The schedule is here, and a provisional start list has been published.

 

GP Comune di Cornaredo

Also taking place on the 23rd is Italy’s first race of the season, the GP Comune di Cornaredo. The race didn’t take place last year, but in 2012  29-year-old Dutch rider Iris Slappendel rode to the finish line accompanied by Rabobank team mate Marianne Vos while the next-placed rider, Annemiek van Vleuten (also Rabobank) came in 4’32” later. We’ll have a report and results as soon as possible after the race.

 

Vuelta a El Salvador

GP de Oriente and GP El Salvador reports/results Prologue On the 11th, the Vuelta a El Salvador – the third and final of the El Salvadorean races – got underway with an individual time trial prologue won by Olga Zabelinskaya of RusVelo with a time of 6.03″. Astana-BePink’s Alena Amialiusik was second at +13″ while Laws was +19″ for third place.

Prologue Top Ten
1 Olga ZABELINSKAYA (RusVelo) 6’03”
2 Alena AMIALIUSIK (Astana-BePink) +13″
3 Sharon LAWS (United Healthcare) +19″
4 Laura Camila LOZANO RAMIREZ (Colombia NT) +27″
5 Tatiana ANTOSHINA (RusVelo) +28″
6 Alexandra BURCHENKOVA (RusVelo) ST
7 Elena KUCHINSKAYA (RusVelo) ST
8 Rhae-Christie SHAW (Canada NT) +29″
9 Inga CILVINAITE (RusVelo) ST
10 Tetyana RIABCHENKO ST
Full result, GC & other classifications

Stage 1

Astana-BePink’s Alena Amialiusik wins stage but cannot seize General Classification control from Olga Zabelinska (RusVelo) and trails at +13″ overall. British rider Sharon Laws (United Healthcare) is second to finish, equalling Amialiusik’s time; she is third in the GC at +19″. Flavia Oliviera of the Brazil National Team rounded off the podium, also matching the winning time.

Stage 1 Top Ten
1 Alena AMIALIUSIK (Astana-BePink) 2h56’34
2 Sharon LAWS (United Healthcare) ST
3 Flavia OLIVEIRA (Brazil NT) ST
4 Olga ZABELINSKAYA (RusVelo) ST
5 Elena KUCHINSKAYA (RusVelo) ST
6 Tetyana RIABCHENKO (Ukraine NT) +04″
7 Anna POTOKINA (Servetto Footon) ST
8 Uenia FERNANDES DA SOUZA (Brazil NT) ST
9 Dalia MUCCIOLI (BePink) ST
10 Laura Camila LOZANO RAMIREZ (Colombia NT) ST
Full result, GC and other classifications

Stage 2

Alena Amialiusik (Astana-BePink) wins again – but with Olga Zabelinskaya (RusVelo) taking second and Sharon Laws (United Healthcare) third, matching her time, the top three in the General Classification remains unchanged.

Stage 2 Top Ten
1 Alena AMIALIUSIK (Astana-BePink) 3h09’28”
2 Olga ZABELINSKAYA (RusVelo) ST
3 Elena KUCHINSKAYA (RusVelo) ST
4 Sharon LAWS (United Healthcare) ST
5 Flavia OLIVEIRA (Brazil NT) ST
6 Mara ABBOTT (United Healthcare) ST
7 Alexandra BURCHENKOVA (RusVelo) ST
8 Tetyana RIABCHENKO (Ukraine NT) ST
9 Laura Camila LOZANO RAMIREZ (Colombia NT) ST
10 Katie HALL (United Healthcare) ST
Full result, GC and other classifications

Stage 3

Brazil’s Flavia Oliveira wins three-up bunch sprint, Alena Amialiusik (Astana-BePink) and Olga Zabeliskaya (RusVelo) equal her time for second and third. Zabelinskaya thus retains her General Classification lead of 13″. Briton Sharon Laws (United Healthcare) was fourth at +5″ for the stage and is now third in the GC with a disadvantage of 24″.

Stage 3 Top Ten
1 Flavia OLIVEIRA (Brazil NT) 2h05’39”
2 Alena AMIALIUSIK (Astana-BePink) ST
3 Olga ZABELINSKAYA (RusVelo) ST
4 Sharon LAWS (United Healthcare) +05″
5 Elena KUCHINSKAYA (RusVelo) +09″
6 Laura Camila LOZANO RAMIREZ (Colombia NT) +11″
7 Alexandra BURCHENKOVA (RusVelo) ST
8 Mara ABBOTT (United Healthcare) ST
9 Uenia FERNANDES DA SOUZA (Brazil NT) +12″
10 Ana Paula POLEGATCH (Brazil NT) ST
Full result, GC and other classifications

Stage 4

Mara Abbott takes control! (image: UHC ProCycling)

Mara Abbott takes control! (image: UHC ProCycling)

Mara Abbott (United Healthcare) takes the stage, beating second place Alena Amialiusik (Astana-BePink) by 2’49” and Uenia Fernandes da Souza by 3’18”. Olga Zabelinskaya (RusVelo)  was fifth at +3’38”, causing big changes in the General Classification: Abbott now leads with Amialiusik second at +2’18” and Zabelinskaya third at +2’54”. Abbott’s team mate the British rider Sharon Laws was eighth, finishing 6’03” after the winner; she therefore slips down to seventh place overall with a disadvantage of 5’43”.

Stage 4 Top Ten
1 Mara ABBOTT (United Healthcare) 1h26’47”
2 Alena AMIALIUSIK (Astana-BePink) +2’49”
3 Uenia FERNANDES DA SOUZA (Brazil NT) +3’18”
4 Flavia OLIVEIRA (Brazil NT) +3’38”
5 Olga ZABELINSKAYA (RusVelo) ST
6 Doris SCHWEIZER (Astana-BePink) ST
7 Tetyana RIABCHENKO (Ukraine NT) +5’48”
8 Sharon LAWS (United Healthcare) +6’03”
9 Marina LIKHANOVA (Servetto-Footon) +6’17”
10 Laura Camila LOZANO RAMIREZ (Colombia NT) +6’25”
Full result, GC and other classifications

 

The Marianne Vos Classic

Marianne Vos (image: Baykedevries CC BY-SA 3.0)

Marianne Vos (image: Baykedevries CC BY-SA 3.0)

Rabobank 7-Dorpenomloop Aalburg was never a name that tripped off the tongue, being more a description of a race (“tour of seven villages at Aalburg, sponsored by Rabobank”) rather than a snappy name. Now it’s going to be known by a new title, in honour of the most successful cyclist in the world today: Marianne Vos, who lives in the little village of Meeuwen along the route.

Vos has won five of seven editions of the UCI 1.2 race, with only the second edition (2008, Loes Markerink) and sixth (2012, Annemiek van Vleuten) going to other riders.

The race website explains that other changes are being made, too – the Novices event will be dropped this year, allowing the newly-created Wielerevenementen Aalburg to concentrate on developing and improving the professional’s race, but will reappear in bigger and better form next year. The handcycle race and family ride will still go ahead.

Vos has been honoured by the region in the past, with the race parcours being declared the Marianne Vos FietsrouteVos talks about the Classic (in Dutch)

 

Women’s Tour

Details and maps of all five stages of the Women’s Tour have now been made public, with Emma Trott paying a visit to Cheshunt to launch Stage 5 which will begin in the town before taking an 87.8km route through Hertforshire to Welwyn Garden City.

Maps can be found here: Stage 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

 

Interesting Links

An inside look at Team Vanderkitten (Pez Cycling News)

Chloe Hosking on the Ronde van Drenthe (Cycling Tips)

 

Track

Trott rocks Revolution!

Laura Trott (image: Wiggle-Honda)

Laura Trott (image: Wiggle-Honda)

Everyone knows Laura Trott is a pretty handy track rider – you don’t win three National Championships, ten European Championships, five World Championships and two Olympic gold medals through good fortune alone, after all.

Just in case anyone doubted how good she is, though, she saw to it that she won the Omnium at the London Revolution last weekend in what could be described as decisive style: she won all six of the event’s rounds, sending the huge audience at the Lee Valley VeloPark into rapturous delight.

Chris Hoy, who commentated at the meet, told the Hertfordshire Mercury that he believes Trott can beat his Olympic tally of six gold and one silver medal – the most ever won by any cyclist at the Games.

Interesting Links

The Indomitable GB Women’s Pursuit Cyclists: The Best Team In The Sporting World? (Sports Vibe)

Other Cycling

Women’s Tour inspires charity ride (Bury Free Press)