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My guide to watching the track, MTB and road at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

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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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I caught up with Emma Pooley after she won Stage 6 of the 2014 Giro Rosa - and more Q&A with Amanda Spratt on racing and transferring, and Jolien D’Hoore on her first ever Giro

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My race report, with all the videos, blogs and links I’ve found from this crazy-exciting stage

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I caught up with Valentina Scandolara, and she told me about Stage 5, what wearing the Queen of the Mountains jersey means to her, studying on tour, and whether she can ever march in line!

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"Every day of the Giro Rosa, wifi permitting, Podium Café will be talking to ORICA-AIS riders Amanda Spratt and Valentina Scandolara. Today it’s Spratty’s turn to tell us about bouncing off walls, surprise climbs, and how the stage went - and we caught up with Vale to ask about her day in the break, and ending up in the Queen of the Mountains jersey."

Rider reactions: Amanda Spratt and Valentina Scandolara on Giro Rosa Stage 3 - Podium Cafe

My interviews with Spratty and Vale - the Spandolara Twins - after Stage 3

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"It’s hardly been an easy Giro Rosa so far, but today the peloton was ready for the first big climbing day, and it was another hot one. It was meant to be the day the General Classification was all shaken up, but would that be the case? Videos, photos, results and rider blogs - with some words just for Podium Café from our winner!"

The escape that could - Annemiek van Vleuten wins Giro Rosa Stage 3 - Podium Cafe

My race report - with everything I’ve found from Stage 3

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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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I caught up with Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Tiffany Cromwell, Megan Guarnier, Alison Powers, Jolien D’Hoore and Lucy Garner, and found out what they’re thinking about the Giro Rosa, the only womne’s Grand Tour.

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"On Thursday 2010 ITT World Champion Emma Pooley showed that she’s still definitely got the speed, winning the British National ITT Champs, and I caught up with her afterwards for a quick chat about what’s next for her and her Lotto-Belisol team-mates - the biggest women’s stage race of the year, and the only remaining Grand Tour for women, the Giro Rosa! She told me her plans, what it was like in a break with 4 riders from Rabobank-Liv at the Emakumeen Bira, and a lot more"

Emma Pooley on the 2014 Giro Rosa, winning Nationals and more! - Podium Cafe

I interviewed Pooley - and I need to tell you, she is the most excellent company - very funny, very ranty, doesn’t take herself too seriously and is completely passionate about cycling. Yeah, I’m a huge fan!

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I wrote this, about the changes I’ve seen in the last few years, and about the people I’m grateful to for working to make those changes. if you have any positive changes you want to share, or people in cycling you think have made the change possible, please do let me know either here or in the comments here, and I’ll include them in part 2. There’s a long way to go, but it feels like we’re in a promising place right now!

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All the videos I’ve found from the various women’s road cycling championships this week - including Iris Slappendel’s win the in the Netherlands, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot in France, Lisa Brennauer in Germany, Leah Kirchmann in Canada, Laura Trott in the UK, Elena Cecchini in Italy and Jolien D’Hoore in Belgium - so much to love!

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My guide to watching all the action from this weekend’s Downhill World Cup, and following all the warm-up

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So on top of all the other changes - a new team, new bike, new shoes, all sorts of new things, I also had this challenge of allergies, which I’ve had before, I’ve struggled a bit with allergies, but never as bad as I did this year. Obviously it’s been hard mentally, because you’re travelling to all these different countries to race and the pollen count, and the maturity of the spring differs wherever you go, so you’re never quite sure how you’ll respond when you get there, so it’s about going into the race and seeing what you can do.

So it’s been a challenge, but challenge is also good. Last year I had a really good start to the year, and then I had a bad finish - I also broke my hand in the Route de France, which played a huge role in the latter part of my season not going as I would have liked.

So this year the aim was to finish off good - so maybe fate is playing into my hands, I’ve had a hard start, but maybe that’s prepared me better for a good finish to the season, so that’s sort of the plan, and hopefully things can only get better from here!

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Interview: Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio Part 1, previewing the Emakumeen Bira, South African cycling, and so much more! - Podium Cafe

I interviewed one of my favourite riders, and you can read part 1 via this link, or Click through to my blog to listen to the full interview as a podcast

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My guide to following the women’s races at the USPro national cycling champs - ITTs on Saturday 24th may, and road races on Monday 26th May, where the women’s & men’s able-bodied races will be streamed live