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[It’s]Very steep, yeah. But it would be ok as a Time Trial, it’s just with other people in the way, that’s the problem!

And the wall of noise, it’s really cool for us - it’s a bit like Flanders, or the World Championships, in that having all those people there, it’s awesome. That’s what I would like to see the sport have more often, is races on the same day as men’s races. And it’s organised by ASO, who organise the Tour, so it’s a great race, and I’m really looking forward to it from that respect, I’m just worried about the prospect of not doing very well!

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Emma Pooley part 2: Previewing Flèche Wallonne, and the Women’s Tour - Podium Cafe

Part 2 of the transcript of my interview with Emma Pooley - you can read Part 1 on Podium Café or Listen to the whole interview as a podcast on my blog

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You’re involved with World Bicycle Relief, the Right to Play and CYCLE Kids.
I personally feel like I’ve been given a gift to bike race, so I know that I have a lot to give back to the sport. I think when you’re in the public eye it’s your responsibility to be a good role model. We are so lucky and privileged to have the opportunity to be the best at something and pursue our dreams. Another thing is, being a woman cyclist; people really help you get to where you are, because you’re living all over the place. There have been so many people along the way who have looked after me and been very kind and generous.

Besides other hearing women’s stories and your charity work, what fulfills you personally?
Right now, bike racing is what fulfills me. I just want to know that I’ve reached the potential of what I can do and that I’ve given everything to the sport that I can give. But also, recognizing that it’s a journey and there are so many things in between it. You win, you lose, you crash, you get to travel and meet new people. It’s such a process.

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Evelyn Stevens is Ready for Fleche Wallonne | Bicycling Magazine

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It’s the audio version of my interview with Emma Pooley!  You can listen to it here - or if you prefer to read the transcript, Part 1 is on Podium Café - and click through to my blog to find the links to things we talked about

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My guide (rant) to how to follow Wednesday’s race

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Dan and I have so many highlights from the 2013 road season that we’ve split our end-of-season women’s cycling podcast into 2 parts.  Here’s how Dan describes it:

Podcast – Episode 35 – The End of Season Part 1

This week we get into our highlights from the 2013 season starting with the spring classics and moving on from there. The discussion takes in races, riders, imagined moments and all sorts of hilarity including a possibly really dirty joke about stamps. Honestly, there’s so much to love about the 2013 season that it’s definitely a 3 beer podcast this week (well, 2 and a half if you’re taking it easy). So sit back, relax, crack a cold one and settle in and prepare to relive the best bits of the first part of the season! And don’t forget to check all the links and videos and fun things out below!

(1:21:41 MIN / 78.42 MB)

For the links to all the races, videos, blogs and everything else we talked about, click through to our blogpost.

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Highlights of Tour de Flandres & Fleche Wallonne - Rounds 3 & 4 of 2013 Women’s World Cup (by ucichannel)

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While I was at the Flèche Wallonne with team Hitec Products UCK, I interviewed Rachel Neylan, just after she finished the race, where she’d ridden in support of her Hitec team-mate, Elisa Longo Borghini’s second place.

I’ve interviewed Rachel before, in 2011, on her route into cycling, but in the time since then, she’s had a truly tumultuous time, due to team circumstances and injury, and her 2012 looked like it was a year to forget… until she came back in a mixed team at the Tour de l’Ardèche. Her results there, including 3rd place on Stage 6 and 4th in the GC, earned her a spot representing Australia at the 2012 Road World Championships, where she rode an amazing race, ending on the podium with a silver medal.

We spoke about riding Flèche as a domestique, her Worlds race and triumphing over adversity.

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Interview: Rachel Neylan on triumphing over adversity and the Flèche Wallonne - Podium Cafe

My interview with Rachel - please head through and read it!

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Ashleigh Moolman Pasio boosts African cycling’s big push - SuperSport.com Mobi

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I talk Flèche Wallonne, Marianne Vos, life with Hitec Products UCK, all last week’s racing and more, on the latest Velocast podcast (I’m on from 17:52)

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It’s been an incredibly busy week of women’s cycling, with huge competitions in both Europe and the USA.

Three races in five days for the European peloton, starting with the mid-point of one of the most important competitions of the year – the Road World Cup. Certainly a busy week for Sarah Connolly, our pro women’s commentator.

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Racing round-up: The pros take on road and mountain biking – Total Women’s Cycling | Total Women’s Cycling

Read my racing round-up please!

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"Last week I went to the Flèche Wallonne with Hitec Products UCK, and I was lucky enough to be able to interview Hitec’s Elisa Longo Borghini, who came second, and Lotto Belisol’s Ashleigh Moolman who came third, just after the race, when they’d sprinted neck-and-neck behind winner Marianne Vos."

Flèche Wallonne post-race podium interviews - Elisa Longo Borghini and Ashleigh Moolman - Podium Cafe

I can’t tell you how privileged I felt to be just a tiny part of Elisa and Ashleigh’s post-race experience.  I’m still smiling!  Please read my interviews!

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"Three years ago when I hit the Mur de Huy for the final ascent to the finish line, I found myself alone, chasing back after being caught up in a crash 5km from the finish. Last year I made it to the bottom of the climb, out of trouble, in the zone, and I rode my way to a 5th place finish. This year, when I hit the bottom of the Mur for the last time, on the wheels of Marianne Vos, Emma Johansson and Elisa Longo Borghini, reality hit me like a ton of bricks: I wasn’t just riding for the podium, I was racing for the win!"

Flèche Wallonne Femmes 2013: My First World Cup Podium Ashleigh Moolman Pasio

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"Yesterday I told you about being backstage at the Flèche Wallonne Femmes World Cup with Hitec Products UCK, and what it was like in the lead-up to the race. But that wasn’t all I did - I also got to see the race from in the team car! Let me tell you all about it…."

Adventures with Hitec at the 2013 Flèche Wallonne - part 2, live from the race car - Podium Cafe

My words and photos!  Please read them!!

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Vos Scores 5th Win at Women’s Flèche Wallonne! - News | Giant Bicycles | United States