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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

Vuelta a Burgos Feminas 2022 Race Preview

Vuelta a Burgos Feminas 2022 Race Preview

Another relatively new race in Spain, the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas will have only its 3rd edition at UCI level in 2022. The race’s history goes back a little further though, raced as a national level Spanish race with some big names on the previous winners list. Anna van der Breggen won the head to head against Annemiek van Vleuten last year. The climb up to Lagunas de Neila on the last stage was the major battleground.

Itzulia Women 2022 Race Preview

Itzulia Women 2022 Race Preview

With this year’s Itzulia Women, women’s racing in the Basque County has come full circle after quite a lot of change in recent years. We used to have the long-term staple of the Emakumeen Bira stage race which ran from 1988 to 2019. One of the major stage races, surprisingly given the climbing it was a race that neither Anna van der Breggen nor Annemiek van Vleuten ever actually won.

Liège Bastogne Liège Femmes 2022 Race Preview

Liège Bastogne Liège Femmes 2022 Race Preview

Liege Bastogne Liege Femmes is another relatively new race on the women’s calendar. First held in 2017, it gives riders the chance to cover roads raced by the men’s peloton in one of their monuments. Although the race is called Liege Bastogne Liege still, the women’s race starts in Bastogne and before heading to Liege.

La Flèche Wallonne Femmes 2022 Race Preview

La Flèche Wallonne Femmes 2022 Race Preview

La Flèche Wallonne Féminine or the Women’s Flèche Wallonne has been running since 1998. A relatively long history for a modern women’s cycling race. In its 20+ year history, the race has only seen 10 different winners. Anna van der Breggen has won Flèche Wallonne Féminine 7 times, Marianne Vos 5 times, with Fabiana Luperini and Nicole Cooke both 3-time winners.

Women’s Amstel Gold Race 2022 Race Preview

Women’s Amstel Gold Race 2022 Race Preview

The women’s Amstel Gold Race returned last season. It was heavily altered, turned into a large circuit based around the Cauberg, the Geulhemmerberg and the Bemelerberg. The constant climbing was hoped to be attritional but ultimately we saw a reasonably large sprint after the Cauberg. Despite the attack of Niewiadoma, no-one would work with her and it proved fruitless. Vos took the sprint ahead of Demi Vollering and Annemiek van Vleuten.

Team BikeExchange – Jayco 2022 Roster Preview

Team BikeExchange – Jayco 2022 Roster Preview

2021 Season Summary 2021 was the first season the team had without their star Annemiek van Vleuten and understandably they took a step or two backwards. Injuries didn’t help, Grace Brown didn’t race most of the second half of the season and Amanda Spratt was dealing with iliac artery endofibrosis which she has had surgery …

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Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

This year’s Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta has had an extra day added and moves away from Madrid too. The Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta will finish in Santiago de Compostela in the north-west of Spain to match up with the men’s Vuelta a Espana taking place on the same final day. Before the final …

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Women’s Olympic Road Race 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Olympic Road Race 2021 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The women’s Olympic road race returns in 2021 for the first time since 2016. The Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games were delayed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic (but you already knew that let’s face it) and that’s made it feel like an age has passed. Anna van der Breggen took the gold medal …

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