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Women’s Omloop het Nieuwsblad 2021 Race Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Omloop het Nieuwsblad 2021 Race Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Omloop het Nieuwsblad is here, the start of the proper 2021 season and the introduction to the spring classics too. The first preview of the season is the hardest to write mind. Riders have changed teams, the form book is wide open and we have no idea who is raring to go! This year’s Omloop …

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Women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2020 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2020 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège belatedly takes place on Sunday 4th October 2020. Whilst the men’s race is known as The Old Lady in recognition of its beginnings in 1892, the women’s race started 125 years later – the young lady. The race follows a similar route to the men’s race, taking in the climbs of the …

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Women’s Flèche Wallonne 2020 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Flèche Wallonne 2020 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The 2020 Flèche Wallonne comes just a couple of days after the successful Imola World Championships. A strange quirk of the 2020 calendar given normally Flèche Wallonne takes place around 5 months beforehand. It also means we’re entering the next stage of the 2020 season – the Spring Classics! Or the Autumn Classics, or just …

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Women’s World Championship Road Race 2020 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s World Championship Road Race 2020 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

The 2020 Women’s World Championship Road Race takes on in Imola on Saturday 26th September. The course set up for the riders sees them take on 5 laps of a 27.8km circuit. Each lap contains two stiff climbs, the Mazzolano and the Cima Gallisterna. The Mazzolano lasts 2.8km at an average of 5.9% – the …

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Women’s World Championship Time Trial 2020 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s World Championship Time Trial 2020 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

This year’s Cycling World Championships are taking place at Imola in Italy. The Coronavirus crisis enforced a move from Switzerland to Italy and a course involving the Imola race circuit. Formerly used in Formula 1 and famous for the death place of champion Ayrton Senna, Imola is handily placed next to a decent hill too. …

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Women’s Giro Rosa 2020 Stage 7 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Women’s Giro Rosa 2020 Stage 7 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Stage 7 of the Giro Rosa will see the battle for the pink jersey resume. An early climb will then see an extended flat period. The riders then drop down and do a smaller climb before crossing the finish line for the first time. The riders will then tackle the 200 metres of climbing on …

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Women’s Giro Rosa 2020 Stage 4 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Another day in the Giro Rosa and Stage 4 sees another uphill finish! Stage 4’s finish shouldn’t be as steep as the finish of yesterday’s Stage 3 as it’s 2km at 7.9% average. It’s also missing the super-tough double-digit gradients. The first 1km of the climb is the toughest and the final 1km is less …

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Women’s Giro Rosa 2020 Stage 3 Preview – Tips, Contenders, Profile

Stage 3 sees a chance for the punchy climbers to take a stage win. In a finish remarkably similar to that of the Giro dell’Emilia, riders will climb just under 200 metres of elevation in around 3 km. Less steep than the epic San Luca climb, it will still test out the legs. Those who …

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