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How the Giro Donne 2022 GC battle looks after Stage 1

How the Giro Donne 2022 GC battle looks after Stage 1

Kristen Faulkner took an amazing victory in the short 4.7km time trial that opened the Giro Donne yesterday. She was 4 seconds ahead of her teammate Georgia Baker and 6 seconds ahead of the next competition in Elisa Balsamo and Lotte Kopecky. On a short stage, like yesterday’s, that’s a huge margin of victory. Giro …

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Giro d’Italia Donne 2022 Race Preview

Giro d’Italia Donne 2022 Race Preview

The Giro Donne’s status has seen the GC riders of recent generations all spar off to take the victory in Italy. So in recent years, honours have been shared between Anna van der Breggen and Annemiek van Vleuten, with Megan Guarnier the last another rider to win in 2016. Multiple wins are a regular occurrence, with Vos taking 3 wins in the early 2010s

Paris Roubaix Femmes 2022 Race Preview

Paris Roubaix Femmes 2022 Race Preview

It was a long time coming but the first women’s Paris Roubaix finally took place in 2021. We’d been teased that Paris Roubaix Femmes was taking place after the COVID lockdown in 2020 but further measures derailed the race. It was the same story in the spring of 2021 but finally, in October 2021, we saw a women’s peloton on the cobbles.

Breakdown of power at the Women’s Tour of Flanders 2022

Breakdown of power at the Women’s Tour of Flanders 2022

This year’s Women’s Tour of Flanders saw Lotte Kopecky take the victory. For the Flandrian rider, this race was a huge target and with the SD Worx team behind her, they delivered her to a head to head sprint again Annemiek van Vleuten. We’ve already seen Kopecky outsprint Van Vleuten on San Caterina in Strade …

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Women’s Tour of Flanders 2022 Race Preview

Women’s Tour of Flanders 2022 Race Preview

The first Women’s Tour of Flanders took place in 2004. The route followed the last 55km of the men’s race with a bit before it to take the distance up to 94km. The finish parcours from that time is now used for Omloop het Nieuwsblad. Riders climb Kapelmuur before riding the tree-lined Bosberg. Zulfiya Zabirova won the first race with an attack on Kapelmuur itself.

Women’s Gent Wevelgem 2022 Race Preview

Women’s Gent Wevelgem 2022 Race Preview

The Women’s Gent Wevelgem has been running since 2012. Taking place on the same day as the men’s race, the women’s version starts from Ypres and finishes in Wevelgem. The route takes in the infamous Kemmelberg, although the women haven’t tackled the steepest Ossuary side until this year’s race.

Exterioo Classic Brugge-De Panne 2022 Race Preview

Exterioo Classic Brugge-De Panne 2022 Race Preview

Since the race’s inception in 2018, the race has seen 3 big bunch sprints and 1 notable solo win by Grace Brown last year. The parcours is super flat with nothing of note to worry about. The wind is about the only hazard for the riders but even that isn’t forecast to be too bad on Thursday.

Women’s Nokere Koerse 2022 Race Preview

Women’s Nokere Koerse 2022 Race Preview

Nokere Koerse is still a fairly new race on the women’s calendar. The first edition took place in 2019 and saw Lorena Wiebes power up the Nokereberg to take the overall win. Canyon SRAM’s Lisa Klein and Lotto Soudal’s Lotte Kopecky joined Wiebes on the podium.

Women’s Ronde van Drenthe 2022 Race Preview

Women’s Ronde van Drenthe 2022 Race Preview

Table of Contents Ronde van Drenthe Race History The women’s Ronde van Drenthe has a higher profile than the men’s version, being in the Women’s WorldTour. It’s one of the longest running top-level races in the women’s cycling calendar and the list of winners reads like a Who’s Who of women’s cycling since 2007. 5 World Champions …

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GP Oetingen 2022 Race Preview

GP Oetingen 2022 Race Preview

The GP Oetingen came into existence in 2021 but in reality is a revived race. It’s a new version of the old Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik race that was held between 2011 and 2018. The finishing circuit of that race has been largely reused for the GP Oetingen.