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Giro Rosa, Stage 9 - Final Stage - Wiggle Honda

With lots of cute random questions for the riders!

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Giro Rosa Stage 8 - Wiggle Honda

The Wiggle staff had officially lost the plot before Stage 8 - with Bronzini singing!

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TL;DW

  • A lot of US investment in the UCI WorldTour right now
  • Organizers/media continue not to reward this faith with ease of access for US markets/customers
  • (most) pirated YouTube clips are not market-competitive with paid race access
  • heavy-handed rights enforcement hurts the sport and its sponsors
  • the less-awesome but more accessible Tour of California has thus surpassed the Giro as a marketing platform

Also: beards, cameras, and the near-inevitability of losing field sprints to Kirsten Wild.

Absolutely Giant-Shimano should put cameras on Wild’s bike!  Imagine seeing her view as she chases down the 1000 attacks and roars through the sprints!

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Wiggle Honda #Boost Comp supported by adidas. (by WiggleHonda)

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Wiggle Honda, waiting
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Some beautiful photos from the waiting area before the 2013 Team Time Trial World Championships in Wei Yuet’s flickr set - and check out his tumblr, too.

Wiggle Honda, waiting

(by 伟业 wei yuet)

Some beautiful photos from the waiting area before the 2013 Team Time Trial World Championships in Wei Yuet’s flickr set - and check out his tumblr, too.

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Streamlined in Sweden (by Cyclevox)

Another video from the 2013 Open de Sùede Vårgårda Team Time Trial World Cup, this time from Wiggle Honda

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Twitter / WiggleHonda

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"Throughout the Giro Rosa, I had daily Q&As with ORICA-AIS riders Amanda Spratt and Jessie Maclean - so of course I had to have one last chat with Spratty to find out how she was feeling after the race! And I’ve been asking other riders for their post-race thoughts - read on, too, for Q&As with Marijn de Vries, Martine Bras and Emily Collins"

Giro Rosa - Spratty’s last interview, and more rider reactions - Podium Cafe

Huge thanks to all the riders who told me about their Giro - and good luck to them all for the rest of the season!

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"I’ve been asking riders some short questions about the biggest women’s stage race of the year, the Giro Rosa. Eight stages, starting on 30th June, and one everyone is looking forward to. We had some fantastic answers in yesterday’s part 1 - so read on for more, starting with the 2011 and 2012 winner, Marianne Vos. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for Part 3, and more riders’ answers!"

What do riders think about the Giro Rosa? Part 2, with Marianne Vos! - Podium Cafe

Answers, advice to first-time Giro riders, and funny stories from Vos, Iris Slappendel, Martine Bras, Sharon Laws, Loren Rowney, Linda Villumsen and Emily Collins

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Omloop van het Hageland - Tielt-Winge 2013 ( 15min ) (by Motomediateam.be)

1. Emily Collins (Wiggle), 2. Shelley Olds (Tibco), 3. Emma Johansson (ORICA-AIS)

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Twitter / Emily Collins

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It was at the Lotto Decca Tour in Belgium at the end of 2012 where I first met Emily and noticed her talent. I remember thinking she was like the Energizer Bunny – attacking continuously and chasing everything. She was riding as an individual with nothing to fear, she just kept going and going all race and then, she would still sprint into the top 10!

I’m not sure if Emily’s aggressive racing style and ability to sprint was noticed by anyone else but from this moment, I went to work making sure she would be riding for my team in 2013.

Emily was not a simple signing. Signing a rider from New Zealand or Australia comes with its responsibilities and additional workload. I knew that I could not sign Emily without providing her with what she needs in order to develop and reach her potential. Without any outside influence, I had my heart set on signing this rider. I wanted her to be a part of the new UCI team which was in its final steps of creation.

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Rochelle Gilmore on Emily Collins, and her win at the Omloop van het Hageland

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Omloop Van Het Hageland - Tielt-Winge 2013: Emily Collins (Wiggle Honda) Wins The Women’s Omloop Van Het Hageland, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
1.   Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda, 3:09:182.   Shelley Olds (USA) Tibco, s.t.3.   Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, s.t.4.   Daniela Gass (Ger) Napoleon Games St. Martinus Ladies Team, s.t.5.   Adrie Visser (Ned) Skil-Argos, s.t.6.   Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon, s.t.7.   Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Bioracer, s.t.8.   Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers, s.t.9.   Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK, s.t.10. Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon, s.t.
More photos of the race on Cyclingnews

Omloop Van Het Hageland - Tielt-Winge 2013: Emily Collins (Wiggle Honda) Wins The Women’s Omloop Van Het Hageland, Photos | Cyclingnews.com

1.   Emily Collins (NZl) Wiggle Honda, 3:09:18
2.   Shelley Olds (USA) Tibco, s.t.
3.   Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, s.t.
4.   Daniela Gass (Ger) Napoleon Games St. Martinus Ladies Team, s.t.
5.   Adrie Visser (Ned) Skil-Argos, s.t.
6.   Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon, s.t.
7.   Kelly Druyts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Bioracer, s.t.
8.   Christine Majerus (Lux) Sengers, s.t.
9.   Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products UCK, s.t.
10. Trixi Worrack (Ger) Specialized-lululemon, s.t.

More photos of the race on Cyclingnews

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"Safe to say there’s not a whole lot to do here in our little town so I’ve been spending a bit of time twiddling my thumbs between training (when it’s not snowing). I am studying part time this year to finish off my Business degree (I hope)! but books are yet to arrive so fair to say I’ve become a bit of a master at recovery time and my time on social media has certainly been on the up these past few weeks! Can’t complain though - beats sitting at a desk working huh?…and definitely enjoying the Belgian bike paths and canals. My only problem is getting lost. Every little town looks very similar to me…bricks, a few shops, cobbles, dadeda - hard to get your bearings but nice to head out exploring every now and then."

E M I L Y . C O L L I N S: Season beginnings…

Bog with lots of photos

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Collins always has been dreaming of riding for a professional women’s team in Europe and Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling is giving her that long awaited chance. Collins believes she can be a valuable addition to the team and hope she can play a role in achieving team goals and hopes to continue to develop herself in to a champion rider.

“I can only hope onward and upwards from here. I have had a fantastic few years with Vanderkitten-Focus and believe that this is the next step forward. My goal has always been to be racing on a professional women’s team on the European circuit and now it’s actually happening. Quite hard to believe from my point of view! I know that I’m on a good path to developing a successful career and certainly believe this team can make it happen.”

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Emily Collins: New Zealand’s hope for the future | Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling