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I have Giro Rosa withdrawal symptoms….  here’s the latest women’s cycling podcast from Dan and me - Dan describes it….

Podcast 2014 Episode 29 – Big Enough For Polemica

What a Giro Rosa this year! This week Sarah and I talk about the spectacular racing, with several surprises. Among the reasons to celebrate, we enjoy the fact that the race is big enough to now generate International Fan Polemica ™ about tactics! How cool is that?! We do take the time to break down our view of events on the “controversial” stage 9 (spoiler alert: we didn’t find it that controversial really). BUT, even if all this does is encourage more international fans to love their favourite riders even more and wish for victory over their apparent nemeses, then YAY! In addition to recapping the rest of the Giro, we also talk European Championships and go through the first couple of stages from Thüringen Rundfahrt (a race close to Dan’s beer-soaked heart) and note the huge range of races coming up shortly, including La Course by the Tour de France and the Commonwealth Games. It’s a huge episode, but it’s worth the listen, if only to make comprehensive notes to tell Sarah and Dan exactly why they’re wrong about everything. (Warning:  if you’re new to our ‘cast, it does have a bit of swearing!) (1:32:46 MIN / 89.06 MB)

Click through to our blog for all the links to things we talked about - including the videos of the Madonna del Ghisallo climb - of course we told you what WE think about the controversy over Mara Abbott v 3 Rabo-Liv riders!

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2014 Giro Rosa Stage 9 Trezzo Sull’Adda Madonna del Ghisallo

All the action from the final stage of the 2014 Giro Rosa - with GC battles right up to the line, just as it should be!

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Anna van der Breggen finishes the final stage in 4th place - giving her 3rd place on the General Classification

via Giro Rosa Stage Nine – In Pictures | Velofocus  - click through for a lovely gallery of finish-line photos

Anna van der Breggen finishes the final stage in 4th place - giving her 3rd place on the General Classification

via Giro Rosa Stage Nine – In Pictures | Velofocus - click through for a lovely gallery of finish-line photos

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Giro Rosa 2014: 8° tappa Verbania - San Domenico di Varzo

Pre- and post-race interviews - including Mara Abbott and Emma Pooley in English

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2014 Giro Rosa Stage 8 Verbania San Domenico di Varzo

Including Elisa Longo Borghini previewing the stage, and almost all of that long, hard final climb

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My race report, with all the videos and links I’ve found on the biggest mountain day in this year’s Giro Rosa.

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Podium fun, Giro Rosa Stage 8

via Giro Rosa Stage 8 – In Pictures | Velofocus - click through for really great photos

Podium fun, Giro Rosa Stage 8

via Giro Rosa Stage 8 – In Pictures | Velofocus - click through for really great photos

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"Pooley getting better with the fizz" - via Giro Rosa Stage 8 – In Pictures | Velofocus  - click through for really great photos

"Pooley getting better with the fizz" - via Giro Rosa Stage 8 – In Pictures | Velofocus - click through for really great photos

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Emma Pooley wins Stage 8 of the 2014 Giro Rosa

via Giro Rosa Stage 8 – In Pictures | Velofocus  - click through for really great photos

Stage 8 Giro Rosa
1.   Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto-Belisol, 2:32:49, + 10” bonifications
2.   Mara Abbott (USA) UnitedHealthcare, + 00:05, + 6” bonis
3.   Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:29, + 4” bonis
4.   Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:53, + 3” bonis
5.   Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels-Dolmans, + 01:27
6.   Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 01:28
7.   Claudia Häusler (Ger) Liv-Shimano, + 01:53, + 2” bonis
8.   Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo-Liv, s.t.
9.   Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) Michela Fanini, + 01:58
10. Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, + 02:01

Emma Pooley wins Stage 8 of the 2014 Giro Rosa

via Giro Rosa Stage 8 – In Pictures | Velofocus - click through for really great photos

Stage 8 Giro Rosa
1. Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto-Belisol, 2:32:49, + 10” bonifications
2. Mara Abbott (USA) UnitedHealthcare, + 00:05, + 6” bonis
3. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:29, + 4” bonis
4. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:53, + 3” bonis
5. Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels-Dolmans, + 01:27
6. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 01:28
7. Claudia Häusler (Ger) Liv-Shimano, + 01:53, + 2” bonis
8. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo-Liv, s.t.
9. Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) Michela Fanini, + 01:58
10. Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, + 02:01

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Mountain chase group, Giro Rosa Stage 6

via Giro Rosa Stage Six – In Pictures | Velofocus - click through for superb photos!

Mountain chase group, Giro Rosa Stage 6

via Giro Rosa Stage Six – In Pictures | Velofocus - click through for superb photos!

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The sprint for second, Giro Rosa stage 6

via 6a Tappa Gaiarine - San Fior - Giro Rosa Cycling Race

Stage 6 results
1.   Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto-Belisol, 3:05:46
2.   Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:15
3.   Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo-Liv, s.t.
4.   Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, s.t.
5.   Claudia Lichtenberg Häusler (Ger) Liv-Shimano, s.t.
6.   Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitc Products, s.t.
7.   Mara Abbott (USA) UnitedHealthcare, s.t.
8.   Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabobnk-Liv, + 01:06
9.   Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo-Liv, + 04:19
10. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products, s.t.

Gallery of photos from Stage 6, Giro Rosa 2014

The sprint for second, Giro Rosa stage 6

via 6a Tappa Gaiarine - San Fior - Giro Rosa Cycling Race

Stage 6 results
1. Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto-Belisol, 3:05:46
2. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:15
3. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabo-Liv, s.t.
4. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, s.t.
5. Claudia Lichtenberg Häusler (Ger) Liv-Shimano, s.t.
6. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitc Products, s.t.
7. Mara Abbott (USA) UnitedHealthcare, s.t.
8. Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) Rabobnk-Liv, + 01:06
9. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo-Liv, + 04:19
10. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) Hitec Products, s.t.

Gallery of photos from Stage 6, Giro Rosa 2014

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"I love climbing to be surrounded by peaks and forests. I love it for the fresh air and the silence and anticipation in moving always upward. Yet climbing is far more than its immediate rewards, for it allows me to practice presence. It teaches me patience and full awareness in the moment. It reminds me not to push, but to simply be alive. The Slow Motion Sprint simply cultivates a habit of the passion, integrity and focus that we want to bring to the things we love the most. So find a 28-tooth chainring (the better to take your time), find a mountain, and may it do the same for you."

Mara Abbott blog: My tribute to mountaintop finishes around the world | Cyclingnews.com

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30th Redlands Bicycle Classic Stage 5 Sunset Road Race (by Velo)

The women’s live coverage starts at around the 45 minute mark

Stage 5 results

1. Mara Abbott (USA) United Healthcare, 3:03:18, + 10 secs bonificiations
2. Tayler Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon, s.t., + 6 sec bonis
3. Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Monster Media, + 1:31, + 4 sec bonis
4. Sharon Laws (GBr) United Healthcare, s.t.
5. Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefits, s.t.
6. Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Specialized-lululemon, s.t.
7. Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefits, s.t.
8. Andrea Dvorak (USA) Tibco, s.t.
9. Jessica Cerra (USA) SPY Giant Ride p/b MRI, s.t.
10. Amber Neben (USA) FCS/Zngine p/b Mr Restore, s.t.

Final General Classification

1. Tayler Wiles (USA) Specialized-lululemon, 9:05:34
2. Mara Abbott (USA) United Healthcare, + 00:29
3. Leah Kirchmann (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefits, + 01:08
4. Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Specialized-lululemon, + 02:43
5. Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Monster Media, + 02:54
6. Jessica Cerra (USA) SPY Giant Ride p/b MRI, + 03:02
7. Andrea Dvorak (USA) Tibco, + 03:05
8. Sharon Laws (GBr) United Healthcare, + 03:14
9. Denise Ramsden (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefits, + 03:37
10. Amber Neben (USA) FCS/Zngine p/b Mr Restore, + 04:08

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This week’s women’s cycling podcast from Dan and me.  Dan’s description:

Podcast 2014 Episode 7 – How to Improve the Scenery in New Zealand

It’s an epic and epically rambly show this week with a discussion of the Drenthe series of races. We also talk El Salvador, cyclocross and Clara’s (Hughes that is) Big Ride. We ask you to weigh in on whether or not toasters are sexist. Sarah accuses Dan of being evil and we chat about Sarah’s podcasting exploits, cycling themed cakes, team launches, cool videos, amateur dentistry and snakes that eat crocodiles! Basically this podcast contains all the news and information you need to get you through the week! It’s a long one but we’re pretty sure you’re going to enjoy it, we sure did! (1:25:42 MIN / 82.73 MB)

Click through to our blog to find all the links to everything we talked about this time