road world championships 2013

Want to have your voice heard after the women’s TTT worlds wasn’t broadcast? Two emails: louis.chenaille@uci.ch; press@infrontsports.com

— Jane Aubrey (@janeaubrey)

September 22, 2013

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Twitter / Jane Aubrey

The women’s Team Time Trial at the 2013 Road Cycling World Championships was filmed, but not included in the broadcast rights package, so no one could show it live.

This is a really big deal.  It’s one of the few times the women get to race on the world stage - and for team sponsors to have the benefits of their involvement.  For the UCI to decide that they only deserve a half-hour highlights package is not good enough.  Please, if you can about women’s cycling, email these guys and ask them why they didn’t show the women - and what they’re planning to do in the future.

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Marianne Vos looks back at her 2013 season (by SHIMANORaceTV)

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World Championships Women Road Race 2013 - FINAL KILOMETERS (by CyclingHub)

From Vos’ final attack

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Interview with Marianne Vos after winning the Elite Women Road Race - 2013 RWC (by ucichannel)

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How The Race Was Won - UCI World Championships Women’s Road Race (by Cosmo Catalano)

It’s (understandably) very, very USA-based (skewed, even) - I’ve got to say, I’ve never ever understood Team USA’s yearly plan of working so hard on the front of the race, which helps everyone else*.  Sure, it was good in the Giro this time, but damn it to hell, I wish I’d seen them for once making the Dutch and the Italians do all the work in the early laps, and leaving riders like the fantastic Megan Guarnier fresh for later, rather than looking after Abbott.  Sigh.

Huge thanks Aerognome for pointing this out to me!

* UPDATE!  Some of the commentators suggested it’s because USA riders aren’t used to racing in such a large, aggressive peloton, so they race hard on the front…  which kind of makes sense, but not for riders like Small and Guarnier.  They clearly were following the team plan, like good team-mates should, killing themselves on the front, but damn, they’d have been better use later…

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Evelyn Stevens, Andrea Dvorak after 2013 UCI road race world championship elite women (by cyclingnewstv)

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Road World Championships 2013 - The Future Of Performance Analysis With Specialized Racing (by Global Cycling Network)

With Evelyn Stevens!

Congrats @marianne_vos another great Worldtitel !! I just remember the shy youngster I met at CXrace Pijnacker jan.2004 who outsprinted …

— Hanka K. (@Hanka_K)

September 28, 2013

…outsprinted me at the last 100m..and asked me later for a autograph. only 9 years later and you are a super hero ! Congrats again !

— Hanka K. (@Hanka_K)

September 28, 2013

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Twitter / Hanka Kupfernagel

Before there was Marianne Vos, there was Hanka Kupfernagel, who won on road, track and cyclocross, and who fought for women’s rights to race CX - for World Champs, World Cups, and prize money!