After a late begin as a result of cancellation of the Australian races, the Ladies’s World Tour (WWT) season is properly underway now, with 4 rounds already raced and one other one on the way in which this Sunday.
Up to now, every WWT race has been received by a unique rider from a unique group; with Chantal van den Broek Blaak (SD Worx) outdoing Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) to take Strade Bianche, Longo Borghini taking Trofeo Alfredo Binda in emphatic model, Grace Brown (BikeExchange) time trialling to a win and upsetting the sprinters at De Panne and a basic present of velocity and magnificence from Marianne Vos (Jumbo Visma) at Gent-Wevelgem.
Final 12 months’s dominant duo of Anna van der Breggen (SD Worx) and Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) have been absent from the previous three WWT races. We’ll see them each return on Sunday for Tour of Flanders, however will they have the ability to fend off an more and more robust group of favourites all through this season?
Races to date
Strade Bianche 1. WWT (06/03) – Debrief
Trofeo Alfredo Binda 1.WWT (21/03) – Debrief
Oxyclean Traditional Brugge-De Panne 1.WWT (24/03)
Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields 1.WWT (28/03)
Flanders 1.WWT (04/04)
The Tour of Flanders, or Ronde van Vlaanderen, is without doubt one of the longest-running girls’s classics with the primary version held in 2004.
In 2020 Chantal van den Broek Blaak received the race solo and, since 2007, the race has not been received by the identical rider greater than as soon as. The model of every win has been equally as different, from solo breakaways to a small group and even a bunch dash making this one of the thrilling and unpredictable races on the calendar.
Though the route for this 12 months’s race has not been made public, we are able to anticipate it to be round 150km, beginning and ending in Oudenaarde and incorporating a number of the legendary cobbled climbs such because the Oude Kwaremont and the decisive Patterberg, the highest of which comes with simply 13km to the road.
Favourites: Anna van der Breggen,Chantal van den Broek-Blaak, Annemiek van Vleuten, Elisa Longo Borghini
Outsiders: Emma Cecille Norsgaard, Sarah Roy, Demi Vollering, Lisa Brennauer, Grace Brown
Paris Roubaix 1.WWT (11/04)
Affirmation is but to be given as as to if the inaugural Ladies’s Paris Roubaix will go forward on the eleventh April. After being cancelled in 2020 followers had the date marked of their calendars for the primary girls’s race on the hallowed cobbled roads of ‘The Hell of the North’ however after combined bulletins from French officers and the ASO there’s nonetheless no official phrase on the destiny of the race.
For the lads, the race has been held since 1896 and has a protracted and feted historical past. The route launched for the ladies’s race final October was a shorter, modified model which the beginning in Denain, simply south of Roubaix.
At 116km the route could seem truncated however the punishing terrain means there will likely be no scarcity of a problem for the peloton. The route for the ladies’s race incorporates 29.5km of cobbles together with a number of the hardest sectors such because the Carrefour de l’Arbre.
Whereas the ladies’s peloton do race over cobbles in different classics, these at Paris Roubaix are a unique beast as many groups discovered once they went to recon the course final 12 months. Gear and course data will play an enormous half for whoever needs to make historical past by profitable the primary girls’s version of this iconic race.
Favourites: Chantal van den Broek-Blaak, Anna van der Breggen, Ellen van Dijk, Lucinda Model, Marianne Vos.
Outsiders: Lotte Kopecky, Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado, Lisa Brennauer, Amy Pieters.
Picture credit score: Zac Williams/SWpix.com
Amstel Gold Race 1.WWT (18/04)
On to the Ardennes. The primary version of the ladies’s Amstel Gold race was held in 2001, nevertheless there would solely be an additional two editions earlier than the race was shelved with the organisers citing tough logistics as the explanation.
It was in 2017— after a 14-year hiatus —that the revamped version of the ladies’s Amstel Gold Race returned, with Anna van der Breggen taking the win. Because of the pandemic, the race was not held in 2020 and the 2021 model will likely be held on a closed, however no much less difficult, 16.5km circuit that includes the Bemelerberg, Geulhemmerberg, and Cauberg with the ladies finishing seven laps.
Favourites: Anna van der Breggen, Kasia Niewiadoma, Annemiek van Vleuten, Marianne Vos, Elisa Longo Borghini, Marianne Vos.
Outsiders: Elisa Balsamo, Marta Cavall.
La Fleche Wallonne 1.WWT (21/04)
The second Ardennes basic of the season can also be one of many longest-established one-day races for girls with the primary version held in 1998.
Impressively, Anna van der Breggen (SD Worx) has received each version since 2015 — can anybody problem her on the Mur de Huy or will she take a seventh win?
Favourites: Anna van der Breggen, Annemiek van Vleuten, Marianne Vos, Kasia Newiadoma, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio.
Outsiders: Demi Vollering, Mikayla Harvey.
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 1.WWT (25/04)
The finale of final 12 months’s fourth version of Liège–Bastogne–Liège Femmes was nail-bitingly shut as Grace Brown (BikeExchange) tried to chase down Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) who had been away solo. Deignan held the Australian off however the ultimate margin between Deignan and Brown was simply 9 seconds.
This 12 months, as if it wasn’t hilly sufficient, the 141km race incorporates a new climb: the Côte de Desnié along with the remainder of the back-loaded côtes.
Favourites: Lizzie Deignan, Anna van der Breggen, Marianne Vos, Annemiek van Vleuten, Kasia Niewiadoma.
Outsiders: Floortje Mackaij, Demi Vollering, Amanda Spratt.
Pageant Elsy Jacobs 2.Professional (30/04-02/05)
Solely the second stage race of the season for the ladies however the begin of a string of them all through the month of Could. Pageant Elsy Jacobs may not be a World Tour race however it definitely attracts a World Tour crowd.
Held in Luxembourg the place the eponymous first ever girls’s UCI Highway World Championship and former Hour report holder was from, the race has been run since 2008. Marianne Vos has been victorious on three events whereas Anna van der Breggen has received two editions. The race was not held in 2020 however the earlier 4 editions have every been received by totally different riders.
Favourites: Lisa Brennauer, Christine Majerus.
Outsiders: Lizzy Banks, Lisa Klein.
Vuelta a Burgos Féminas 2.WWT (20/05-23/05)
New to the WWT for 2021, Vuelta a Burgos Feminas began out as a Spanish Nationwide Cup race earlier than transferring as much as UCI standing in 2019. The race comes off the again of a collection of 1.1 races within the north west of Spain and the 4 levels look set to be for the climbers.
Favourites: Annemiek van Vleuten, Mavi Garcia, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Anna van der Breggen.
Outsiders: Marta Cavalli, Ane Santesteban.
Internationale Lotto Thüringen Girls Tour 1.Professional (25/05-30/05)
Once more, not World Tour, however because the longest-running (and longest) girls’s stage race on the calendar (held since 1986) the German race is value a point out.
The race, held within the German area of Thuringia, was upgraded to 2.Professional standing in 2020 nevertheless as a result of pandemic it was unable to run. Again once more for 2021 and nonetheless with 2.Professional standing, the six-day lengthy race will likely be held in late could slightly than its typical early June slot.
Favourites: Lisa Brennauer, Lisa Klein, Ellen van Dijk.
Outsiders: Kathrin Hammes, Liane Lippert.
Picture credit score: A.S.O./ Thomas Maheux/SWPix.com
La Course 1.WWT (27/06)
Final 12 months’s La Course was one of the thrilling races of the season, with Lizzie Deignan beating Marianne Vos in a dash to the road in Good after group mate Elisa Longo Borghini set her up completely.
La Course has a combined pedigree, beginning out as a circuit race across the Champs Elysees on the ultimate day of the lads’s Tour de France
This 12 months’s version will mark the longest within the occasion’s historical past at 130km and have six ascents of the Mûr-de-Bretagne. It’s also the final one-day occasion earlier than the Olympics Highway Race so anticipate the peloton to be sizing one another up.
Favourites: Lizzie Deignan, Marianne Vos, Anna van der Breggen, Annemiek van Vleuten, Kasia Niewiadoma, Elisa Longo Borghini, Cecille Uttrup Ludwig.
Outsiders: Évita Muzik, Marta Cavalli, Mavi Garcia, Soraya Paladin.
Giro Rosa Internazionale Femminile 2.Professional (02/07-11/07)
Being demoted from WWT to 2.Professional this season when the organisers failed to provide stay photos of the race final 12 months hasn’t deterred many high-profile riders from naming the Giro Rosa as a goal race in 2021.
Provided that it’s so near the Olympic it’s maybe not a shock that riders wish to use the ten day occasion as a tuneup earlier than the massive occasion. In true Giro Rosa model there’s little to no data on the race as but, aside from will probably be again as much as the standard ten levels after being decreased to 9 in 2020.
After crashing out of the race whereas main the GC in 2020, Annemiek van Vleuten will doubtless be again with a vengeance to assert her third win general.
Favourites: Annemiek van Vleuten, Anna van der Breggen, Kasia Niewiadoma, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig.
Outsiders: Mikayla Harvey, Mavi Garcia, Soraya Paladin.
Donostia San Sebastián Klasikoa Ladies 1.WWT (31/07)
A primary version of Itzulia Basque Nation for girls was attributable to take the place of Donostia San Sebastián Klasikoa this season, nevertheless as a result of pandemic it was unable to go forward. Organisers as a substitute determined to carry one other Donostia San Sebastián Klasikoa Ladies rather than the stage race, which is able to kick off in 2022 as a substitute.
Donostia San Sebastián Klasikoa Ladies was itself a brand new race in 2019, and has solely had one professional version to date, received by Lucy Kennedy (Workforce BikeExchange).
Favourites: Annemiek van Vleuten, Cecille Uttrup Ludwig, Lucy Kennedy
Outsiders: Mavi Garcia, Janneke Ensing.
Postnord Vårgårda WestSweden TTT 1.WWT (07/08)
Because the World Championship TTT was taken off the calendar in 2018 this is without doubt one of the few— if not the one— TTT outing within the season for the ladies.
In its earlier iterations it was dominated by Specialised-Lululemon (now Canyon//SRAM) and latterly by Boels Dolmans (now SD Worx) nevertheless it was Trek-Segafredo who took the final win in 2019.
Favourites: SD Worx, Canyon//SRAM, Workforce BikeExchange.
Outsiders: Workforce DSM, Liv Racing, Ceratizit-WNT.
Postnord Vårgårda WestSweden RR 1.WWT (08/08)
Often an outing for the sprinters, the Swedish race was final received by Marta Bastianelli in 2019, nevertheless the inimitable Marianne Vos has taken the win thrice within the race’s fourteen 12 months historical past.
Favourites: Emma Cecille Norsgaard, Chlow Hosking, Lotte Kopecky, Emilia Fahlin, Mariane Vos, Kirsten Wild, Elena Cecchini.
Outsiders: Letizia Paternoster, Arlenis Sierra, Lotta Henttala.
Girls Tour of Norway 2.WWT (12/08-15/08)
The Girls Tour of Norway was attributable to collaborate with Danish and Swedish federations to organise a six-day ‘Battle of the North’ stage race throughout Norway, Denmark and Sweden final 12 months. Sadly, the pandemic delayed the plans and — though the race is about to go forward in 2022 — the Girls Tour of Norway stays a standalone four-day stage race for 2021.
Established in 2014, the race is comparatively new however has been bold from the start, rapidly rising to World Tour standing in 2017 since when Marianne Vos has received each version.
Favourites: Marianne Vos, Lorena Wiebes, Emma Cecille Norsgaard, Marta Bastianelli, Amalie Dideriksen.
Outsiders: Marta Cavalli, Lisa Klein, Coryn Rivera, Emilia Fahlin.
Simac Girls Tour 2.WWT (24/08-29/08)
One other stage race with a comparatively lengthy historical past relative to many ladies’s races, Boels Girls Tour glided by the title Holland Girls Tour from when it was first held, in 1998, earlier than altering names attributable to sponsorship, ultimately changing into Boels Leases Girls Tour and now Simac Girls Tour.
The newest winner was Christine Majerus in 2019. The race normally includes a mixture of flat and hillier levels in addition to a person time trial.
Favourites: Christine Majerus, Lizzie Deignan, Annemiek van Vleuten, Lisa Brennauer, Anna van der Breggen.
Outsiders: Marta Cavalli, Leah Thomas.
GP de Plouay – Lorient- Agglomération Trophée CERATIZIT 1.WWT (31/08)
One for the punchier riders who could make it over steep climbs, GP de Plouay favours riders like Lizzie Deignan and Marianne Vos who’ve received the race thrice and twice between them. Though Anna van der Breggen has additionally taken the win at Plouay in a solo break.
Favourites: Anna van der Breggen, Lizzie Deignan, Anna van der Breggen.
Outsiders: Amy Pieters, Grace Brown, Lizzy Banks.
Ceratizit Problem by la Vuelta 2.WWT (03/09-05/09)
The Ceratizit Madrid Problem is normally one of many final WWT races of the season. Coinciding with the ultimate levels of the Vuelta a España, the race — very like La Course earlier than it —began life as a criterium across the streets of town. In recent times, nevertheless, it has been upgraded to a 3 day stage race that includes a time trial, street stage and a circuit race.
In a flip up for the sponsors, the previous two editions have been received by Lisa Brennauer of Ceratizit-WNT.
Favourites: Lisa Brennauer, Lorena Wiebes, Elisa Longo Borghini, Ellen van Dijk.
Outsiders: Alice Barnes, Marta Cavalli, Elisa Balsamo.
Picture credit score: Alex Whitehead/SWPix.com
The Ladies’s Tour 2.WWT (04/10-09/10)
Each a fan and rider favorite, the Ladies’s Tour has rapidly taken the place of the most effective World Tour stage races on the ladies’s calendar. After being compelled to cancel the 2020 occasion, the organisers introduced that the race was postponed from its typical June spot to October for 2021.
The race typically covers a number of the most gruellingly powerful parcours within the UK and though it doesn’t characteristic mountain passes, there’s loads of climbing. For 2021 the race will characteristic a time trial for the primary time in its historical past.
The race has additionally provided equal prize cash since 2018, and as of this 12 months will likely be displaying the race stay for the primary time. The parcours for the 2021 race has but to be launched, however a mixture of terrain may be anticipated.
Favourites: Marianne Vos, Anna van der Breggen, Lizzie Deignan, Kasia Niewiadoma, Cecille Uttrup Ludwig.
Outsiders: Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Lizzy Banks, Josceline Lowden.
Tour of Chongming Island 2.WWT (14/10-17/10)
One of many few races for pure sprinters on the WWT calendar, the Tour of Chongming Island has been held in Shanghai since 2007. The race’s palmares is a who’s who of ladies’s sprinting, with Chloe Hosking, Jolien d’Hoore, Lorena Wiebes, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, and Kirsten Wild all having received the four-day stage race.
Favourites: Chloe Hosking, Kirsten Wild, Emma Cecille Norsgaard, Jolien d’Hoore, Lorena Wiebes.
Outsiders: Letizia Paternoster, Arlenis Sierra, Lotta Henttala.
Tour of Guangxi 1.WWT (19/10)
One of many latest races on the WWT calendar, the Tour of Guangxi, like Chongming Island is one for the sprinters.
Guangxi is normally the ultimate WWT race of the season, however with Ronde van Drenthe postponed this season it takes the penultimate slot, though it’s unlikely to shake up the general classification.
There aren’t too many probabilities all through the season for them to actually stretch their legs and go flat out for a end and with a number of the early-season dash alternatives thwarted by breakaways they are going to be itching to launch the burners and spherical off the season in model.
Favourites: Chloe Hosking, Kirsten Wild, Emma Cecille Norsgaard, Jolien d’Hoore, Lorena Wiebes, Amalie Dideriksen.
Outsiders: Lotte Kopecky, Letizia Paternoster, Arlenis Sierra, Lotta Henttala.
Ronde van Drenthe 1.WWT (23/10)
The sprinters will wish to make it again from China for one more outing at Ronde van Drenthe simply in case it comes right down to a bunch kick. Prior to now few editions a decreased group has come to the road however it’s a race that is been received by a number of the quickest legs within the peloton together with Jolien d’Hoore and former world champion Amalie Dideriksen.
Favourites: Amalie Dideriksen, Lorena Wiebes, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak, Amy Pieters, Ellen van Dijk.
Outsiders: Kirsten Wild, Lisa Klein.