"It’s that time of year, where team presentation videos are popping up all over the place, so, for your delectation and delight, here are some I’ve seen – please feel free to point out any I’ve missed in the comments, or to me over on twitter."
Saturday videos – team presentation (and Marianne Vos) edition! « Unofficial Unsanctioned Women’s UCI Cycling Blog
I’ve been posting what I’ve found on here, but if you want all the recent women’s cycling team presentation videos in one place - with a load of Marianne Vos videos I’ve seen in the last week - click through! And as always, if you find videos you think I’d like, let me know :-)
"Lizzie Armitstead will join Dolmans-Boels team in 2013, the Dutch team has announced. The Olympic silver medallist’s current team, AA Drink-Leontien.nl, is folding at the end of the season - which is the second straight year, after the Garmin-Cervélo women’s team was shut down at the end of 2011 - and current teammate Emma Pooley is considering a break from the sport; Armitstead however, has moved over to the expanding Dolmans-Boels team."
Lizzie Armitstead leads host of new signings at Dolmans-Boels
Lizzie Armitstead, Jessie Daams and Lucy Martin join Dolman’s from Aa Drink - with Adrie Visser moving there from Skil-Argos
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Big congrats to Adrie! I always love the way the women cyclists can combine top-flight racing with studying!
I’ve been telling you about some of the various riders who are have been attempting to get spots riding in the Olympic women’s Road Race and ITT next month, and since my last installment, we’ve seen not only the confirmation of which nations get to take how many riders, but we’ve also had our first team announcements. South Africa told us they’ll be taking Ashleigh Moolman, Jo Van De Winkel and Robyn de Groot, but before that, the very first nation to lay their cards of the table were the Dutch, with a team to inspire respect, and maybe even a bit of fear - no wonder they were so confident!
I’ll tell you more about the riders who’ll be representing the Netherlands on the roads below the jump - and because it must have been a particularly hard choice, I’ll tell you about the riders who have had to be left behind…. Really, choosing four out of the huge Dutch talent pool must have been crazy-hard - they have five riders in the top 20 of the current UCI rankings, for goodness’ sake - and their 5th-8th best riders would make a more formidable team than most countries’ 1-4! But there was never any choice about their team leader…. the one and only Marianne Vos!
Olympic Dreams - the Dutch just got serious (and other Olympic news) - Podium Cafe
In which I have a huge attack of Fangirlitis, and rhapsodise about the Dutch team, telling you more about the riders they’re taking to the Olympic Road Race, and those who are left behind….
"The Dutch cycling federation announced the team on Monday. Vos will be joined by Annemiek van Vleuten, Loes Gunnewijk and Ellen van Dijk. The latter will join Vos in the time trial. Adrie Visser is the reserve for the road race."
— Vos To Lead Dutch Women In Olympics | Cyclingnews.com
"It’s been a big week for women’s racing news - good and bad. We’ve seen some fantastic racing in Italy, with Rabobank and Specialized-lululemon dominating the competitions: Marianne Vos winning the Festival Luxembourgeois Elsy Jacobs and Evelyn Stevens winning Gracia-Orlová in the Czech Republic - but we’ve also seen the Tour of Languedoc-Roussillon cancelled, and just today, it’s been announced that the Giro Trentino has been reduced from three to two dates."
Women’s racing update - Gracia-Orlová, Elsy Jacobs and some bad news… - Podium Cafe
Click through for my report on all the week’s women’s cycling news - with links to blogs, videos, pictures & other fun stuff