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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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Giro Rosa 2014 - Conferenza stampa - Marianne Vos - Bicitino

Vos in English at the Giro Rosa post-race press conference

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"The professional women’s peloton last week raced one of its biggest events of the year, the Giro Rosa, but did so without one of its main media advocates, CJ Farquharson, a photographer who contributed to Cyclingnews, her own web site womenscycling.net, and to numerous women’s teams and race organisations."

Vos and Pooley lead praise for photographer, and women’s cycling advocate CJ Farquharson | Cyclingnews.com

CJ is one of the big reasons I fell in love with women’s cycling - I’ll really, really miss her work

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'prepping for race' - Rabo Liv

The last video from Rabo-Liv at the 2014 Giro Rosa

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'this win is by the whole team' - Rabo Liv

Celebrating the incredible achievement of getting three riders onto the 2014 Giro Rosa podium - domination!

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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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Marianne Vos celebrates winning the 2014 Giro Rosa

via 9a Tappa Trezzo sull’Adda - Madonna del Ghisallo - Giro Rosa Cycling Race

Giro Rosa 2014 final General Clasification
1.   Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, 25:12:07
2.   Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:15
3.   Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 01:32
4.   Mara Abbott (USA) UnitedHealthcare, + 01:54
5.   Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products, + 02:06
6.   Claudia Häusler (Ger) Liv-Shimano, + 03:18
7.   Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels-Dolmans, + 06:59
8.   Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo-Liv, + 07:16
9.   Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto-Belisol, + 08:23
10. Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, + 08:36

More photos from the final stage of the 2014 Giro Rosa on the race facebook

Marianne Vos celebrates winning the 2014 Giro Rosa

via 9a Tappa Trezzo sull’Adda - Madonna del Ghisallo - Giro Rosa Cycling Race

Giro Rosa 2014 final General Clasification
1.   Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, 25:12:07
2.   Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:15
3.   Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 01:32
4.   Mara Abbott (USA) UnitedHealthcare, + 01:54
5.   Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products, + 02:06
6.   Claudia Häusler (Ger) Liv-Shimano, + 03:18
7.   Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels-Dolmans, + 06:59
8.   Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo-Liv, + 07:16
9. Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto-Belisol, + 08:23
10. Emma Johansson (Swe) ORICA-AIS, + 08:36

More photos from the final stage of the 2014 Giro Rosa on the race facebook

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Emma Pooley on the Stage 9 podium, 2014 Giro Rosa

via 9a Tappa Trezzo sull’Adda - Madonna del Ghisallo - Giro Rosa Cycling Race

1.  Emma Pooley, Lotto-Belisol
2.  Pauline Ferrnad-Prévot, Rabobank-Liv
3.  Marianne Vos, Rabobank-Liv

Photos from the final stage of the 2014 Giro Rosa, on the race facebook

Emma Pooley on the Stage 9 podium, 2014 Giro Rosa

via 9a Tappa Trezzo sull’Adda - Madonna del Ghisallo - Giro Rosa Cycling Race

1. Emma Pooley, Lotto-Belisol
2. Pauline Ferrnad-Prévot, Rabobank-Liv
3. Marianne Vos, Rabobank-Liv

Photos from the final stage of the 2014 Giro Rosa, on the race facebook

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Pauline Ferrrand-Prévot & Marianne Vos cross the line congratulating each other

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

Pauline Ferrrand-Prévot & Marianne Vos cross the line congratulating each other

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

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Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Marianne Vos cross the finish line of the final Giro Rosa stage in second and third place - with Vos clinching her third Giro maglia rosa

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

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Marianne Vos cross the finish line of the final Giro Rosa stage in second and third place - with Vos clinching her third Giro maglia rosa

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

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Emma Pooley wins the final stage of the 2014 Giro Rosa

via Giro Rosa Stage Nine – In Pictures | Velofocus - click through for more great photos

Giro Rosa Stage 9 results
1.   Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto-Belisol, 1:57:40, + 10” bonifications
2.   Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:25, + 8” bonis
3.   Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, s.t., + 7” bonis
4.   Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:33
5.   Mara Abbott (USA) UnitedHealthcare, s.t.
6.   Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products, + 00:38
7.   Claudia Lichtenberg (Häusler) (Ger) Liv-Shimano, + 00:49
8.   Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo-Liv, + 00:50
9.   Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels-Dolmans, s.t.
10. Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) Michela Fanini, + 01:52

Emma Pooley wins the final stage of the 2014 Giro Rosa

via Giro Rosa Stage Nine – In Pictures | Velofocus - click through for more great photos

Giro Rosa Stage 9 results
1.   Emma Pooley (GBr) Lotto-Belisol, 1:57:40, + 10” bonifications
2. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Fra) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:25, + 8” bonis
3. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, s.t., + 7” bonis
4. Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Rabobank-Liv, + 00:33
5. Mara Abbott (USA) UnitedHealthcare, s.t.
6. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Hitec Products, + 00:38
7. Claudia Lichtenberg (Häusler) (Ger) Liv-Shimano, + 00:49
8. Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Rabo-Liv, + 00:50
9. Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels-Dolmans, s.t.
10. Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukr) Michela Fanini, + 01:52

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Thanks Astoria! - Rabo Liv

The 2014 Giro Rosa stage winners - Annemiek van Vleuten, Giorgia Bronzini, Marianne Vos and Emma Pooley - thank the prosecco sponsors Astoria for the podium booze!

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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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'I am a tired, happy woman' - Rabo Liv

This is great - the Rabo video after Stage 8 of the Giro Rosa, with Marianne Vos, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Anna van der Breggen talking (in English) about the killer Queen Stage