Carmen Small of Cervelo Bigla currently leads the GC at Emakumeen Euskal Bira after finishing second to Emma Johansson (Wiggle H5) on stage 1. Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle) was third. The day before Small’s team mate Lotta Lepisto won the prologue, with Claire Rose (Podium Ambition) second and Small getting third. You can watch highlights of the prologue here and stage 1 here. Full results here.
Ellen van Dijk of Boels Dolmans won Energiewacht in a hard fought for race. Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica AIS) was second with Lisa Brennauer (Canyon SRAM) a close third, both more than half a minute down on van Dijk. The rest of the top ten was completed by Elena Cecchini (Canyon SRAM), amy Pieters (Wiggle H5), Lucinda Brand (RaboLiv), Gracie Elvin (Orica AIS), Roxane Kneteman (Raboliv), Floortje Mackaij (Liv Plantur) and Romy Kasper (Boels Dolmans). Hitec’s Kirsten Wild picked up 2 stage wins along the way. Full results here, highlights of each stage here.
Kirstin Armstrong of Twenty 16 won the Redlands Classics with Mara Abbott (Amy D Foundation) second and Eri Yonamine (Dare to be Project) third. Twenty 16 also took the last stage win with Leah Thomas, beating Scotti Lechuga (HB Supermint) and Yonamine into second and third respectively. Full results here, video highlights here.
The first race in the British Women’s Road Series, the Manx International GP, was won by Kimberley Ashton of Casp Racing. Team Ford Ecoboost’s Nicola Juniper and Elizabeth Stedman of Fusion RT Fierlan completed the podium. Full results here, video highlights here. VeloUK have a more in depth look at the race, including more videos here.
The rest of this week will be taken up by three races. Emakumeen Euskal Bira will finish on Sunday with live streaming on eitb.eus from 11am (12pm CET). Omloop van de Ijsseldelta on Saturday and Ronde van Gelderman on Sunday both have RaboLiv, Hitec and several other UCI teams picking up much needed points, especially as some races in Asia didn’t invite some of these teams.
Ladies Tour of Norway organisers have released details of the race route. As reported by ostfoldfk.no, Stage 1 on Friday 12th August is 76km from Halden to Fredrikstad. Stage 2 is 97km from Mysen to Sarpsborg, and stage 3 is 117km from Nordby shopping centre to Halden. There will be TV highlights each evening.
Fleche Wallonne have confirmed their start list, with the first complete line up of the top teams this season. Teams listed are RaboLiv, Orica AIS, Boels Dolmans, Cervelo Bigla, Canyon SRAM, Wiggle H5, Parkhotel Valkenburg, Liv Plantur, Servetto Footon, Cylance, Hitec, Ale Cipollini, PC Futuroscope 86, BTC City Ljubljana, Lotto Soudal Ladies, Astana, BePink, Lares Waowdeals, Lensworld Zannata Etixx, Team Australia, Team Inpa Bianchi, Team France, Bizkaia Durango, TSVL Etixx Guill D’or and Lointek.
Drops have a change in their line up, with Tamiko Butler out for the season with a back injury. Annie Simpson has been signed for the rest of the year.