UCI Women's WorldTour

OVO Energy Women’s Tour 2019 – Stage 2

Driving over Dartford Crossing yesterday was a bit like entering Mordor: the clouds couldn’t have been darker and on the other side, a mighty storm awaited indeed. We all saw the forecast for today (clouds and maybe some sunshine), but it was difficult to believe that it could actually happen. So, it was pleasantly surprising […]

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2019 AG Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne

The thing I remember from last year’s race reports was the horrible conditions: strong winds and rain. We’ve had none of that yesterday, just a gentle Thursday, with plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. It was so ‘easy’, that the pace of the peloton almost 15 minutes faster than the advertised times in the road […]

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2018 Madrid Challenge

Today was a day of a number of endings. Not only this was the last Women’s World Tour race in Europe but today was the legendary Giorgia Bronzini’s last day as a racer. Final races are normally easy affairs for the retiring riders, most of them are over their peaks and it is rare that […]

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Ronde van Drenthe 2018

Two days into the UCI Women’s WorldTour and we’ve had two ‘mud face’ races. The rain wasn’t as bad as had been forecast the day before, but it doesn’t take much for the muddy cobble sections to throw up the dirt. Apologies in advance, but I’m going to have a little whinge in today’s blog […]

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Strade Bianche 2018

There’s no other word for yesterday’s Strade Bianche than brutal. Even in good conditions it is one of the most demanding courses on the calendar. Throw in the weather conditions and it’s hard to verbalise how tough it was. Looking at the forecast there was no getting away from it, I was getting wet whatever […]

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Boels Rental Ladies Tour 2017 Prologue

Racing in your home town must be a pretty special feeling. If that hometown race is a prologue and your name is Annemiek van Vleuten it must feel like all your Christmases have come at once! I really underestimated the weather today. When not at races I’ve spent most of the Summer in Spain, so […]

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GP de Plouay 2017

I’m not one for getting stressed out when shooting races. Mostly because I meticulously plan what I want to do well in advance, but if part of the plan doesn’t come off then there’s no point getting stressed about it. It won’t change the situation, just move on to plan B, or C. Yet this […]

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Giro Rosa 2017 Stage 10

So that’s the Giro Rosa wrapped for another year. The Naples region has a bit of a reputation for crime so we were a little wary of walking around with expensive camera equipment hanging from our bodies before the stage. But there was nothing to fear. A local even brought me into a church to […]

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Giro Rosa 2017 Stage 9

Inaccurate course information on stages at the Giro Rosa is nothing new. Usually it’s a ‘secret’ climb or they enter a town from a different road to the one stated in the race book. Today’s stage was something else… Unbeknownst to us the race course had been changed. It seems teams were notified of the […]

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Giro Rosa 2017 Stage 8

A few days ago, I started my blogpost saying that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. We stayed in an awful B&B last night, but the dinner near Baronissi was probably our most memorable of our dinners so far. You win some, you lose some. Today’s tough bit was the heat (obviously) and the […]

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