Gracia Orlova, Festival Elsy Jacobs, Tour de Yorkshire round up

Sources: CT Sport, RTL.lu, race websites, ITV4

BTC City Ljubjlana’s Olena Pavlukhina stole the show at Gracia Orlova, finishing 1minute 45 seconds ahead of Shara Gillow (RaboLiv but riding for Team Australia here) and a further 5 seconds ahead of Alena Amialiusik (Canyon SRAM) to take the GC win. It was Amialiusik’s race to lose, and she did that on the second stage when Pavlukhina got away from the rest to win with a handy 2 minute 11 second lead over the nearest finisher. Pavlukhina bumped Amialiusik from the lead (following the latter’s win on stage one), and protected it all the way to the end. The rest of the stages were won by Ann Sophie Duyck (TSVL Etixx Guill D’or but racing for Belgium, stage 3 ITT), Pernille Mathiesen (BMS Birn but racing for Spain, stage 4) and Ale Cipollini’s Marta Tagliaferro (stage 5). The full results can be viewed here, some short clips of stage 1 and stage 5 are on the youtube channel and there will be a highlights programme on CT Sport later this week.

At the Festival Elsy Jacobs 3 day race RaboLiv picked up first and third overall with Kasia Niewiadoma and Anna van der Breggen respectively. Katrin Garfoot of Orica AIS was second, with a more consistent performance out of the podium. The prologue was won by Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica), stage 1 by Lotta Lepisto (Cervelo Bigla) and Niewiadoma on the last stage. Bit of trivia, the Tour of Poland twitter says that the name Niewiadoma means unknown, and when Lepisto took the win she went “AAAHHHHHHHH” as you can see here along with the rest of the highlights from RTL.lu. Full results can be found here.

Bloody hell, the Tour of Yorkshire Women’s race! Kirsten Wild (Hitec) won, Lucy Garner (Wiggle H5) surprisingly got second, Floortje Mackaij (Liv Plantur) was third. They had a good time, the crowds had a good time, if you tuned in to watch you had a show about fishing. If you tuned in later to see the highlights you got 2 minutes of footage. The plane relaying the live pictures broke, there was no contingency plan to record the race to show later, and the TV coverage was pulled altogether with no word on what had happened. When information came trickling out later on Twitter the race was nearly over, so an awful lot of people realised they’d wasted their Saturday morning. How does the plane breaking stop the race being filmed? Who knows, because TdY have gone into pr defence mode. Are you going to bother tuning in next year? They had half a million pounds of our money to pay for the pr bots telling them to talk down how poor this episode was.