Women’s Cycling News Round-up 21-28.07.2014

Juniper wins Ryedale GP, Hayward crowned National Junior Champ — Storey 12th at Tour de Bretagne — Garner top 20 at BeNe Tour — Armitstead 2nd overall, wins Points & Mountains at Thüringen — Interesting Links — Upcoming Events — More to come…


Nikola Juniper wins Ryedale GP and 2014 Women’s Road Series


Juniper didn’t even need to race at Ryedale, but did – and won (image © Nikki Juniper)

Nikola Juniper didn’t even need to bother setting her alarm clock to make sure she got to Ampleforth Abbey in time for the the start of the Ryedale GP: having already established a safe lead in the Women’s Road Series, she could have stayed in bed and would still have won the 2014 title. However, women’s cycling doesn’t work that way – she may have already had the Series safely folded up and tucked into the pocket of her Echelon-Rotor jersey, but she was still there at Ryedale and put up an impressive race-winning fight that saw her win by a large margin.

The Ryedale GP also serves as the National Junior Championship, won by Matrix-Vulpine’s Bethany Hayward. Full report on both races here.


Storey 12th at Tour de Bretagne

Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International’s Sarah Storey was far off the podium when she finished 12th overall, making her the fastest British rider at the Tour de Bretagne, but she and her fellow Brits gave a good account of themselves – she won the Stage 2 ITT, Matrix-Vulpine’s Jessie Walker was eighth on Stage 1(and spent much of the race attacking any other teams that came within sight) and the rest of the riders put up a good fight too. How the Brits got on in Brittany – race report and results here.


Garner gets into top 20 at BeNe Tour


Lucy Garner (second left) with her team (image: Hans van der Maarelmore)

Giant-Shimano’s Leicestershire-born Lucy Garner, the only British rider at the BeNe Tour which took place in Belgium and the Netherlands last weekend, managed 19th place overall. The 19-year-old finished Stage 1 in 56th place at +1’50” and Stage 2a (ITT) in 41st at +1’04”, then equaled the winning 2h08’48” of stage winner Jolien D’hoore (Lotto-Belisol) for 15th on the final stage. Her final placing was 19th overall, +3’07” behind General Classification victor Emma Johansson of Orica-AIS.

The final stage was marred by a crash that left Loes Gunnewijk with a broken shoulder, which Orica-AIS warns may spell an early end to what has been a less-than-averagely successful season for the 33-year-old – her only victories this year were Stage 1 and the General Classification at the Santos Cup back in January.

BeNe Tour photoset by Hans van der Maarel

Armitstead second at Thüringen, wins Points and Mountains

Otley’s Lizzie Armitstead, who rides for the Boels-Dolmans team, added yet another fine result to what has been a spectacular season when she finished in second place overall at the Thüringen Rundfahrt in Germany, +42″ behind overall winner Evelyn Stevens of Specialised-Lululemon. However, Lizzie won the Points classification overall with a total of 32 points amassed during the race – double the total of her team mate Christine Majerus – and the Mountains, with 35 points.

The 25-year-old, who was the only British rider in the race, remained a force to be reckoned with throughout, taking eighth in the Prologue at +18″ to winner Lisa Brennauer (Specialized-Lululemon), first in Stage 1 at 2h47’25”, third in Stage 2 at +18″ to winner and team mate Romy Kasper, seventh in the Stage 3 ITT at +1’42” to winner Brennauer, second in Stage 4 when she finished just 1″ behind Stevens and 2’07” ahead of third-placed Reta Trotman of New Zealand, third in Stage 5 at +3’44” to Beate Zanner (Germany) and Taryn Heather (Bigla) when they escaped together and took first and second respectively and second in the sixth and final stage, equaling the winning time of 3h16’01” set by Elke Gebhardt of Bigla.


Lizzie was on Twitter soon after the race to thank her team mates. She also paid tribute to rivals Evelyn Stevens and Trixi Worrack: “Congratulations @evelyn_stevens @trixiworrack for finishing 18 consecutive days of racing proving many people wrong on their way,” she said, referring to the UCI’s rule on maximum permitted length of women’s races.

Final General Classification
1 Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-Lululemon) 16h28’21”
2 Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) +42″
3 Lisa Brennauer (Specialized-Lululemon) +1’31”
4 Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) +4’15”
5 Reta Trotman (New Zealand NT) +4’40”
6 Stephanie Pohl (Germany NT) +6’01”
7 Beate ZANNER (Germany NT) +6’21”
8 Joanne HOGAN (Bigla) +6’26”
9 Sofie de Vuyst (Futurumshop.nl-Zannata) +7’05”
10 Anna Plichta (Poland NT) +7’07”
Full results

Points: 1 Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) 32; 2 Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) 16; 3 Beate Zanner (Germany NT) 14.
Mountains: 1 Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) 35; 2 Beate Zanner (Germany NT) 19; 3 Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-Lululemon) 18.
Youth: 1 Anna Plichta (Poland NT) 16h35’28”; 2 Jenelle Crooks (Australia NT) +4’02”; 3 Demi de Jong (Boels-Dolmans) +6’17”.

Interesting Links

Lots of (very good) women’s cycling stories in the mainstream press this week thanks to La Course – just as was the case with the Women’s Tour and proving that the world does take notice of women’s cycling when it’s marketed properly.

The world needs a women’s Tour de France (Huff Post)

La Course at Tour de France a major advance for women’s cycling (BBC)

The women to watch at La Course (Shape Magazine)


Joost van Erp posted a photograph of Marianne Vos and riders who will cycle to Paris for La Course observing a minute’s silence to honour the victims of the MH17 plane crash

Bike ride to Paris with Marianne Vos begins with a minute’s silence (in Dutch; Omroep Brabant)

Armitstead and Vos to renew sprint rivalry at Prudential RideLondon Women’s Grand Prix (Evening Standard)

Durangoan Carmen Small a La Course favourite (Durango Herald)

Sunderland optician Anna Turvey to ride at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Commonwealth Games – just 12 months after taking up competitive cycling (Sunderland Echo)

Commonwealth Games: Lizzie Armitstead at pains to do it for Queen and country (Independent)

Cedar City hosts premier women’s cycling event; sponsors, volunteers needed (St. George News)

Beryl Burton and Bicycle Face: Le Tour de France and Women’s Cycling (The National Student)

Upcoming Events

Upcoming British Events – entry and details at British Cycling

23.07.14 Twickenham CC / WTP Women’s & Vets Races #8
23.07.14 Cycling Legacy Supporters League #3
23.07.14 Lotus Cars Cycle Race League #12
23.07.14 Pedal Heaven Eelmore Circuit Series #7
23.07.14 Exeter Wheelers Westpoint Criterium #2
24.07.14 Castle Combe Summer Series #12
25,07.14 Surrey League Dunsfold Park 4ths Series #12
26.07.14 Mallory Park Saturday Races
27.07.14 Duncan Murray Wines Road Races
28.07.14 Army Cycling Union Ludgershall Summer Series #9
28.07.14 Rider Development Sessions Bournemouth Cycling Centre #6 Cancelled
29.07.14 York Sport Circuit Races #2
29.07.14 Crystal Palace Crits #13
29.07.14 Behind The Bikeshed Summer Series #10
29.07.14 Total Cycle Coach Womens Series #16
30.07.14 Cycling Legacy Supporters League #4
30.07.14 Lotus Cars Cycle Race League #13
30.07.14 Pedal Heaven Eelmore Circuit Series #8

Upcoming UCI Events

27.07.14 La Course by Le Tour de France

Neutral Service always welcomes submissions: race reports, previews, photos, news, opinion pieces and just about anything on the subject of women’s cycling (especially British women’s cycling) will be considered. Click here for more details.