Best Female Pro Cyclist Of 2019, London 6 Day & Superprestige CX | GCN’s Cycling Race News Show

Best Female Pro Cyclist Of 2019, London 6 Day & Superprestige CX | GCN’s Cycling Race News Show


Welcome to the GCN Racing News Show. Coming up this week, it was another busy weekend
of cyclocross action with the next rounds of the Ethias and Superprestige series, there
were some big names back on the track at the London six day, we also have the Saitama Criterium
from Japan and we have the rider of the year in the women’s peloton. First up, let’s kick off with Saturdays
Ethiascross from Beringen in Belgium and a new venue. The lap was built into the grounds of an old
mine which has been adapted predominantly for mountain biking, with 58m of climbing
per lap, which adds up when you’re racing for an hour
In the elite women’s race AnneMarie Worst took full advantage of the technical descent
to deliver the win, ahead of Geerte Hoeke in 2nd and US national champ Katie Compton
in 3rd. In the men’s race, we saw a great battle
between Quinten Hermans and Tom Pidcock, but the Brit washed out his front wheel going
down on the descent, and the man from Telenet-Baloise Lions was never seen again, going on to take
his first Elite cyclocross victory. The Gavere cyclocross race is steeped in history,
having been held on and off since 1955 – a total of 47 editions. Gavere is known as a climbing course, but
after Beringen the previous day, Trinity Racings Cameron Mason who likes to message us with
useful course update said it almost felt flat. Looking at the lap times as well, it was a
blisteringly quick in comparison to other years. After crashing while in the lead in Boom last
week Yara Kastelijn made no mistake this time and continued the fantastic start to the season
for triple 7. 2018 winner and the victor in BOOM Alice Maria
Arzuffi, after a slowish start, made the front group along with the likes of Eva Lechner,
Ceylin del carmen Alvarado, Anne Marie Worst who looked like she had slightly heavy legs
after Beringen, while World champion Sanne Cant also looked slightly off colour. Its been very much a year of breakthroughs
so far and this time it was Kastelijn’s turn, Arzuffi attacked Alvarado to take second,
with the Corendon Circus rider hung on for third. The leading riders in the Elite men, were
lapping at just over 6 minutes per lap, having already taken five victories in the season
so far, Eli Iserbyt added a sixth and took his second Superprestige victory after winning
the opening round in Gieten. He sat out Boom last week to focus on the
World cup. It was the Belgians 22nd Birthday last week
and there is much anticipation as to whether he, or in fact anyone else will be able to
match Mathieu van der Poel who makes his return to the fields in Ruddervoorde next Sunday. make sure you tune in LIVE on GCN Racing for
that one….interestingly the three youngest winners in the race’s history have all been
since 2015 – Wout van Aert (21 in 2015), Mathieu van der Poel (21 in 2016) and now Iserbyt. We also saw Lars Van der Haar looking very
much like his old self to not only take 2nd after winning at Nacht van Woorden in the
week, but also taking the lead at the top of the standings, Laurens Sweeck made it two
on the podium for Pauwels Sauzen Bingoal in 3rd. Its the first time since 2008 that there have
been three different leaders after the first three rounds – Eli Iserbyt, Quinten Hermans
and now Lars van der Haar. The road season is over for most, but the
post-Tour De France series of criteriums brought some big names of the sport into Saitama at
the weekend. Among the star studded lineup was Chris Froome
– his first official return to racing after that horror crash at the Criterium du Dauphine
ended his season. He competed in the 3-up team time trial event
but elected not to take the startline of the criterium, his recovery still being in the
early stages. Bahrain-Merida’s Yukia Arashiro was your
winner, with Egan Bernal and Primoz Roglic rounding out the podium. The 103rd Giro D’Italia was unveiled in
Milan last week – we covered the route in more detail in a separate video which you
can find in the description below. The 2020 route will be bookmarked with 3 time
trials. Stage 1 starting in Budapest, stage 14 from
Conegliano to Valdobbiadene, before the final race against the clock into Milan on Stage
21. All in all, quite a traditional course, with
10 stages over 200km and much of the high altitude action taking place inside the final
week, although there will be a mountaintop finish as early as stage 5, when the race
visits Sicily and the slopes of Mount Etna. The iconic Stelvio will feature, weather permitting,
on Stage 18, before a mouth watering Stage 20 which crosses over the border into France,
with the Colle Agnello, Col D’Izoard and a summit finish to Sestriere on the menu. There will be some decisions to make for the
GC contenders and sprinters alike when it comes to selecting their Grand Tour program
for next year. Peter Sagan attended last week’s unveiling
in Milan and is set to make his Giro debut in 2020, On paper it looks like there might
be more opportunities for the fast men in May, 7 of the 21 stages are rated as relatively
low difficulty. With the Tour De France laden with shorter
stages and climbing from the very start, it will be interesting to see which path the
big name riders decide to take. Throw in the Olympic Games in Tokyo and one
less week of rest in between the Grand Tours…let’s just say rather them than me. Which Grand Tour route is your favourite? We’ve got a poll going up in the corner
there, and as always we’d love to know your thoughts in the comments. The Tour of Guanxi concluded last Monday with
Pascal Ackermann’s 13th win of the year on Stage 6, more than half, or seven in fact
of those victories have come in WorldTour races. Guanxi also gave us a number of firsts, with
first World Tour top 3’s for both Juan Sebastián Molano and Timo Roosen. While Enric Mas’s points were enough for
Spain to finish 6th in the WorldTour country rankings, ahead of Slovenia. Seems insignificant, but, only the top six
ranked countries by 21st October 2019 will get a full quota of 5 riders in the Olympics
road race in Tokyo, so Mas’s new Movistar team-mate Alejandro Valverde has a lot to
thank him for already. The one day women’s Tour of Guanxi concluded
the women’s world tour. Off to pastures new next year with Rally UHC
Australia’s Chloe Hosking’s gave Ale Cipollini a nice parting gift with her 5th win of the
year, making it her most successful year since 2016. Marianne Vos’s third place was enough to
leapfrog Annemiek van Vleuten and win the UCI Women’s WorldTour title for the first
time since its inception in 2016. Which brings us nicely to the women’s rider
of the year and what a year it’s been, and we’ve narrowed this down to a head to head
between Marianne Vos and Annemiek van Vleuten. BUT! Other notable riders to mention though, have
to be Marta Bastianelli, Lorena Wiebes and Chloe Dygart Owen. Bastianelli has enjoyed one of her best seasons
for a while while twenty year old Lorena Wiebes of Parkhotel Valkenburg has had fifteen victories,
the first coming in March, the final two at the Boels Ladies Tour where she also took
the youth and points jerseys, rounding out her season with a second place behind Bastianelli
at GP bruno Beghelli. The 32 year old former world champion has
had eleven victories, including the Italian national championships and the Tour of Flanders. I’m also including Chloe Dygert Owen, she’s
a phenomenon, twenty two, five time world champion and world record holder on the track,
former junior world road and time trial champion, she’s had thirteen mainly domestic and pretty
dominant victories, but didn’t disappoint when she went up against the best of the best
and added the world time trial title, she also turned herself inside out to finish fourth
in the road race. But we think these stats set these two Dutch
women apart from the rest. Let’s look at their seasons head to head! Wins
Marianne Vos took 19 to Annemiek van Vleuten’s 8
WorldTour Wins again Marianne has it here with 11 to 6
Overall Stage Race Vos Wins 3 to 1 as does on stage wins 14 to 3
One Day Wins 2 to 4, Podiums 31 to 17 while WorldTour Podiums it’s
17 To 14 Van Vleuten won less, but all 8 of her wins
were either World or National championships or at WorldTour level. Van Vleuten also raced a lot less than Vos. Van Vleuten rode 36 days and 3929 kilometres. Vos rode 44 days and 5223 kilometres. Which all indicates that Annemiek was more
focused on her goals, whereas Vos spread herself thinner. Despite their dual dominance, they only finished
on a podium together twice this year – Amstel Gold (Van Vleuten 2nd, Vos 3rd) and Giro Stage
2 (Marianne 1st, Annemiek 2nd) There were 22 races where both competed. The score in those 22 races of who beat whom
was 12-10 to Vos Now it’s up to you! Join in our poll which is on your screen now! Over to the boards now, but with some familiar
names from the road, with Bryan Coquard, Caleb Ewan, Elia Viviani and Mark Cavendish all
competing in the London Six Day. If you’ve never heard of this format of
racing before, in essence it’s like a week long omnium, with pairs of riders battling
it out in multiple events to finish at the end of six days with the most points. Our favourite event has to be the derny race,
with riders glued perilously close to the back wheel of their pilots on motorised bikes. It was always one of my favourite races to
ride on the track……..There’s also plenty of refreshment too, isn’t there Dan? [insert mineral waters clip] In the men’s
event, it came all the way down to the final race to decide the winners. With the lead swapping several times during
the final madison chase, Simone Consonni and his partner Elia Viviani finished strong,
with Viviani clinching the overall by powering past Mark Cavendish’s partner Owain Doull
on the final lap to snatch the victory. In the women’s event, the British duo of
Katie Archibald and Neah Evans dominated proceedings to finish 59 points ahead of the 2nd placed
duo of Elinor Barker and Laura Kenny. Finally! Lets have some transfers and contract extensions. In what has been one of the worst kept secrets
in cycling for a while, Mark Cavendish was officially announced that he’s heading to
Bahrain Merida to team up with coach and mentor Rod Ellingworth. The joint venture between Bahrain and McLaren
see’s Cavendish also reignite the relationship with the automotive brand that dates back
to his world championship winning bike in 2011. Hugh Carthy has extended his contract for
two the next two years with EF Education First, team CEO Jonathan Vaughters said in the team’s
press release “Hugh’s spectacular win in Tour de Suisse convinced me that he’s
a very special type of talent. He’s an emotional and passionate racer. His 100 kilometers solo in Suisse was evocative
of the big mountain raids we used to see in the 70s and 80s. He’s exactly the type of rider we want on
this team.” What’s coming up next week on GCN Racing? If there was ever a reason to phone in sick
for work on Friday then the first round of the DVV Trofee is a good one! It’s one of my personal favourite races
to commentate, the Koppenbercross is LIVE worldwide excluding Belgium and the Netherlands,
while you don’t want to miss the return of Mathieu van der Poel in the Superprestige
from Ruddervoorde on Sunday! If you’re looking for something else that’s
great to watch, Jeremy Powers spent the day with rising star and European cyclocross champion
Anne Marie Worst! Have as great week, bye for now!