So we’ve had a look at the course, the next obvious question is who will be standing on top of the podium when we get to Turin at the end of next week. That’s easy you might think, just look at the formbook. Well if you’re one of those scientific sorts who reckons that you can predict these sorts of things by taking certain numbers and plugging them in to super-clever and super-super-secret formulae, then this year you are going to have to dig deep for those numbers, because there’s not a lot to go on.
We lost the other big climby tour, the Tour de l’Aude, the Giro del Trentino was a lot less hilly than usual, despite signing for a European team, Diadora Pasta Zara, this year, Mara Abbott has spent more time in the US than she did last year when she was riding for Peanut Butter & Co, then she recently had a mystery crash while training which caused her to miss more racing, and Emma Pooley sat out a large part of the spring with a broken collar-bone. Of course that won’t make much difference to those of us who use the stick wet finger in the air then wing it method, but be reassured that this year that is a lot closer to the science. So here’s who I think will be the top five in thes year’s Giro Donne."
Monty puts his cards on the table for his top 5 - Vos, Pooley, Guderzo, Arndt & Abbott - & when pushed, in the comments his alternate votes are Luperini, Patuzzo, Longo Borghini, Polona Batagelj and De Vries - let’s see if he’s right….!
US National Champion Mara Abbott was forced to pull out of this Sunday’s Liberty Classic in Philadelphia due to a concussion sustained in a crash while she was training in her home town of Boulder, Colorado today.
The cause of the crash is unknown, however following the accident, Abbott found her way to the Boulder Community Hospital on bicycle with the help of a friend who found her while she was stopped at the side of the road.
“I don’t know how I crashed because I don’t remember it, but I ended up in the hospital with a concussion and a bunch of stitches in my finger,” Abbott told Cyclingnews. “An old friend from high school just happened to ride by and saw me standing over my bike at the side of the road and rode with me to the hospital.”
“I looked back at my power file because I couldn’t remember any of it and I actually crashed about 25 minutes before my friend found me. It looks like I got back on my bike and kept riding and then got off again, which is when my friend found me. My helmet was completely smashed in.”"
Redlands Bicycle Classic starts tomorrow in the USA.