Elisa Longo Borghini has won the Tre Valli Varesine for women. The 30-year-old Trek-Segafredo rider, who also won the Giro dell’Emilia last Saturday, broke away from an elite group in the final and crossed the line solo. Behind Longo Borghini, Veronica Ewers was second, Ane Santesteban was third. The women’s race of the Tre Valli […]
The women’s Giro dell’Emilia is starting to get itself a solid list of winners in its relatively short lifetime. In the previous 8 editions, it has been won almost exclusively by the best puncheurs in the women’s peloton. The course is kinda like Fleche Wallonne in that it finishes at the top of a very steep, solid climb. But it also takes place in Italy at the start of the Autumn and has absolutely no proceeding climbs to worry about.
The Women’s World Championships road race had been dominated by Dutch riders in recent years, with 4 in a row between 2017 and 2021. Elisa Balsamo broke that run last year in Flanders by being able to outsprint Marianne Vos to the line. Such is the Dutch dominance in women’s cycling
Annemiek van Vleuten wins the Ceratizit Challenge after the Giro and Tour, final stage won by Balsamo
Annemiek van Vleuten secured the win at the Ceratizit Challenge today after not losing any time, with Elisa Balsamo winning the final stage. In her final race in this spell in the rainbow bands, Elisa Balsamo comfortably took the sprint, arms aloft as she crossed the finish line. The centre of Madrid saw the final […]
Aussie Grace Brown won the 3rd stage of the 2022 Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta. The FDJ-Suez-Futuroscope rider beat Elise Chabbey in a head-to-head sprint for the finish line. Behind them, Elisa Balsamo was 3rd, leading the peloton home. Annemiek van Vleuten finished safely in the group and is still the leader in the general […]
The Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta has had quite a developmental history. Originally a one-day race in Madrid that saw sprinters take victories, it has slowly grown into the 5-day race that it is this year. A team time trial was added to the sprint stage in 2018
Dutch rider Lorena Wiebes has won her first European Women’s Cycling Championship in today’s race in Munich. She finished around half a wheel ahead of Elisa Balsamo on the finishing line as the other nations took the race to the Netherlands. Rachele Barbieri was 3rd after continuing her lead out for Balsamo to the line. […]
Women’s European Championships Road Race History The European Championships is one that the Dutch national team have a strong hold over. They’ve won 5 of the 6 races that have taken place, with only Marta Bastianelli in 2018 the outlier. Strangely for such dominance, no rider has ever won more than once. The different parcours […]
Stage 6 of this year’s Tour de France Femmes looks like one for the sprinters but again a late climb will make them work hard for it. Anyone wishing to contest the finish will have to scale 2km at 4.4%. It’s not the toughest climb in the world but anyone distanced won’t have much time […]
The Tour de France Femmes has a long and convoluted history. The first race that could be considered a Women’s Tour de France was the La Grande Boucle Féminine Internationale, held in 1955. That race was won by the Brit Millie Robinson, who would also go on to be a women’s hour record holder. Held over 5 stages, the race ended up being a one-off event.