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More of my Q&As with riders about the Giro, with Marianne Vos, Emma Johansson, Chloe Hosking, Alena Amialiusik, Sharon Laws and Jessie Maclean

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Friends Life Women’s Tour final podium

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"Sharon Laws put maximum effort into her race" - via Gallery: North Star Grand Prix opening time trial - VeloNews.com

"Sharon Laws put maximum effort into her race" - via Gallery: North Star Grand Prix opening time trial - VeloNews.com

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Twitter / Sharon Laws

Completely gutted for Sharon Laws, who hasn’t been picked for the Commonwealth Games…. I don’t know what it is, at this point I think British Cycling are just pretending she doesn’t exist?

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I’ve been away at the Friends Life Women’s Tour - and Dan and I talked about it in our latest women’s cycling podcast. Dan describes it:

Podcast 2014 Episode 18 – Women on Tour

Hi everyone! After Sarah’s leave of absence to go be awesome with the Friend’s Life Women’s Tour she reunites with Dan to relive all the drama and triumph of an amazing race. We go over all of the events of every stage and discuss what this might mean for the future of women’s racing. In the face of crowds comparable to those last seen at the Olympic Games, and media coverage from the major news outlets, not just the cycling press, look how far women’s cycling has come in the two years since we started talking shit on the internet! (Not that we’re claiming credit, but two years ago we didn’t have this podcast and we didn’t have the Friends Life Women’s Tour either… draw your own conclusions). We also squeeze in some time to talk quickly about Chongming Island and the Tour of California and take a quick look ahead at the racing coming up. It’s a big episode but it’s well worth the investment. Don’t forget to check the links below because they’ll lead you to that rarest of all treats in women’s cycling… comprehensive video coverage! (1:20:28 MIN / 72.25 MB)

Here’s the post on our blog with the links in

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Marianne Vos ‘Happy’ (by Daniel Jones)

Dancing on the podium at the final stage of the 2014 Friends Life Women’s Tour

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Twitter / Sharon Laws

My thoughts are with his loved ones.

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United Healthcare leading the chase, Tour San Luis Stage 2
via Tour femenino etapa 2 - Agencia de Noticias San Luis | Facebook
Gallery of photos from Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour Femenino de San Luis
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Twitter / Hannah Barnes

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“I turned up on day 1 and thought ‘oh my God’. It was nerve racking but everyone was really friendly and because of that it didn’t feel that it was ‘professional’, simply because everyone was SO friendly. Everyone was just getting used to their bikes and their kit.

Everything was really good. Especially riding with the men and listening to all their stories. It was really nice to get to know everyone.

“It’s serious but everyone had a good laugh even though some was at my expense. Everyone got along really well and it was just really nice to be there with them. The other “Brits”, Sharon (Laws, the 2012 National Road Race champion) and Rachel (Heal, Hannah’s Sports Director) were there so I didn’t stand out as the only Brit. But they all took the mickey out of my accent a little bit.

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Interview: Hannah Barnes – Moving On Up « A_Twenty « Buyers Guide « velouk.net

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Lotto Belisol at the start of the TTT
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.

Lotto Belisol at the start of the TTT

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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CD: You have said your 2014 options are limited and the crash may have ended your road cycling career, why is that?

Sharon: There are a number of reasons;

My contract in Europe is currently linked with a South African team, Momentum Toyota, who will not be investing in Europe next year.

Teams which are ranked in the top 10 get free entries and accommodation at events. The ranking is based on the riders UCI points. As a result of the accident my season has been a disaster and I only have 15 UCI points compared to 182.5 last year. Unfortunately because of the points system teams want riders with good UCI points this season irrespective of how good you were in 2012 and how good you might be in 2014.

There are very few women’s teams that are able to pay salaries and many girls who want to race. Some girls receive support from their federation or are still young enough to live at home with their families. If you don’t have outstanding results then teams would prefer to take riders who they don’t have to pay. I don’t get any federation support and have to support myself so I have to be able to earn something from riding to pay my expenses.

There is also a UCI rule that the average age of a women’s UCI team has to be below 25. I’m already 39 which also makes me less attractive to teams.

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Peloton Perils – An exclusive interview with Sharon Laws - Cycling Direct

If anyone ever wonders why people complain so much about the UCI, this is a clear example of how the rules and their mis-management of the women’s sport actively hurts riders’ careers.  I really feel for Sharon, she’s been such a great rider, I don’t want to see her cycling career finish on a low.

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"It’s been a hard week to be a British women’s cycling fan, still waiting for a UCI statement on the debacle that was the Giro della Toscana, then reading Brian Cookson’s latest comments on women’s cycling, and then seeing the British women’s team for the World Championships. Here’s what’s frustrating."

British Cycling, women’s cycling and Brian Cookson - Podium Cafe

I am not a happy bunny….

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