21.September: From a 13th place in 2013 we came back to the TTT with one single goal: To be top 10. With a even matched team machine with 6 good riders/3 good staff we managed this, even though the dreadful crash of Rabo women gave us an extra place up than we else would have got. We wish a speedy recovery to the Rabo girls. Specialized Lululemon demonstrated that they are the world champions in this dicipline, no matter who they have on the team Results here.
14.September. 3 girls on start and Audrey, Elisa and Cecilie took the 6th, 7th and 9th place in a massively strong start field, with world champion Ellen van Dijk being beaten by the Ukranian Solovey for the win.
It was a hard day in terrible weather in Vårgårda for the sunday of the road race. Julie, Emilie and Cecilie stayed in the first group until the last of the 13 rounds, when Cecilie and Emilie dropped on the hill. Julie was strong the whole day but she couldnt follow in the attack fest on the final kilometers and ended up 25th, Chantal Blaak (Specialized Lululemon) won the race from a small break of 3 riders.
Team: Miriam, Tone, Julie, Emilie, Cecilie, Sara
Results Vårgårda CDM:
UCI World Rankings after Vårgårda RR
The first Norwegian UCI stage racein Halden was a fantastic addition to the womens calendar. Nice accomodation, courses and surroundings. The race started with a technical prologue and continued with 2 hard and hilly road races, The strong Rabobank team dominated the race almost like if Barcelona were allowed to play in a tournament in the Norwegian 3 division of football, they won all the stages, all the jerseys, and took the 3 first places on the podium. Anna vd Breggen was the end winner. Our best result was Emilie Moberg’s 14th place in the 1.stage.
Team: Emilie Moberg, Sara Olsson, Thea Thorsen, Tone Hatteland Lima, Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen, Miriam Bjørnsrud
Hitec Products show again commitment to womens cycling by sponsoring Ladies Tour of Norway in Halden 15. and 17.August. Hitec Products AS will sponsor the climbers jersey. The race will be shown on Norwegian TV2, Eurosport and Swedish STV. Here is a true Halden Commercial, and this is the homepage of the race.
The 6th round of the World Cup was held in the familiar Sparkassen Giro course in Bochum, Germany. The team protected Emilie Moberg well throughout the race, and she took a nice 13th place in the select group of 50 riders who sprinted for the victory. Marianne Vos (Rabobank) winning, was maybe no surprise. The team kept the 3d place in the UCI World Coup team competition, and now have 3 riders in the top 15. Results can be found here and the whole ranking can be found here.
Team;: Emilie, Julie, Lauren, Tone, Sara, Thea
It was a big happening for all involved with the inaugural first Champs Elysees stage of Tour de France for women. Our plans were partly interupted by a crash in the last KM, partly by punctures. Audrey was the most active girl in the team with 3d place in the sprint competition. Marianne Vos won the sprint ahead of Kirsten Wild.
Team: Elisa, Tone, Audrey, Emilie, Cecilie, Chloe
In Denmark Julie road a perfect race but missed a gear in the final sprint. She had to settle for third. In France Audrey missed the break and had to settle for the peloton sprint 9th. The Italians decided to remove some climbs because of the weather – Elisa was 6th. In Norway we basically failed to pull back a early breakaway, Reacted to slow and Cecilie was 25 seconds too late to defend her jersey. In Sweden Sara was 12th after a frustrating race.
Like the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, also known as the Giro Rosa is the marquee race of the cycling season. Held from July 4-13, while the men tackle the climbs of the Pyrenees the women will tackle the unforgiving climbs of northern Italy.
Raced over ten stages – a prologue individual time trial and nine road stages – and 953km the race, now in it’s 25th edition, starts in the southern Italian town of Caserta before finishing on a climb made famous by the Giro di Lombardia, Madonna del Ghisallo more than a week later.
Hitec Products Sports Director, Marc Bracke believes this edition of the Giro Rosa is one of the hardest in years.
“I looked at the parcours and it’s a difficult Giro Rosa this year, there are a variety of stages like flat and mountain stages but importantly there are three mountain top finishes,” Bracke said.
The eight Hitec Products riders headed to Caserta for the opening prologue are: Elisa Longo Borghini, Ashleigh Moolman, Audrey Cordon, Chloe Hosking, Lauren Kitchen, Julie Leth, Emilie Moberg and Cecile Gotaas Johnsen.
“I’ve selected a team of riders that I think can win on a variety of terrain,” Bracke said.
“We have riders who can win a stage like Chloe (Hosking), Audrey (Cordon) and Ashleigh (Moolman) and we have our strong Italian Elisa Longo Borghini who can really challenge for the general classification, and in her home country,” he said.
“We’ve also got great support riders who can really help our leaders. Julie Leth just won the Danish time-trial championships and she will be there to help the in the stages as will Lauren, Cecilie and Emilie,”
“I won’t lie about this, I hope that we can win one or two stages and have Elisa in the top three for general classification,”
“I believe that we have the riders to achieve these results. The helpers believe in the team so why not believe that we can beat the bigger teams,”
The biggest small team in the world of women’s cycling will be in action tomorrow evening, beginning the ten day stage race with a 2km prologue which starts at 8.30pm CET.