Marianne Vos is pretty much the undisputed ‘greatest of all time’ in women’s cycling. Current sat on 240 UCI wins, she’s had great fun over the years at the Giro Donne, the Giro Rosa and the Giro d’Italia Femminile. They’re all the same race but various re-brandings over Vos’ career. 2021 saw Vos reach a […]
Mara Abbott was the first American rider to win the Giro Donne in 2010. Then went out to repeat the victory in 2013. A natural climber, Abbott was able to put in huge amounts of time on the major climbs and hang on during the time trials. With Marianne Vos at the peak of her […]
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
Table of Contents Women’s Strade Bianche 2022 Race History Strade Bianche will once again be the first Women’s WorldTour race of the season. Last year’s race saw SD Worx take control of an elite group. With Chantal van den Broek-Blaak matching an attack by Elisa Longo Borghini, she was able to just sit on until […]