women’s cycling

Weekend Race Wrap-Up: Borsele and Westhoek

Three races this weekend marked the beginning of the end of the one-day spring classics for the women’s peloton. Whilst Belgium and Holland will play host to a handful of single day races in May, we’re on the cusp on stage race season in Europe as the World Cup series visits the further-flung destinations of […]


Giddy up! Back to Holland: Loren Rowney on her return to racing

Ella columnist Loren Rowney returns to racing this weekend at EPZ Omloop van Borsele and Dwars door de Westhoek. It has been six weeks since a horrific and widely documented crash involving a spectator in the sprint finish at Drentse 8 left her with a broken collarbone. As she awaited surgery the morning following her […]


Anna van der Breggen wins La Flèche Wallonne World Cup

Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Liv) has emerged victorious from a spectacular finale to La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, beating Annemiek van Vleuten (Bigla) who survived from a two-rider escape that formed nearly 20 kilometres from the finish. Strade Bianche winner Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) rounded out the podium. It was a rare happy podium. Van der […]


Beyond the podium at Flanders Classics with Lien Crapoen and Maja Leye

By 8am on the morning of the Tour of Flanders, the Grote Markt in Bruges is already filled to bursting point. The sun slowly emerges above the medieval belfry, though most have already been warmed by heated discussion over who will win De Ronde. Lien Crapoen and Maja Leye survey the Markt with pride. In […]


Kirsten Wild takes third consecutive win at Ronde van Gelderland

A familiar face was first across the line at Ronde van Gelderland as Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products – UCK) took her third straight victory in Apledoorn. The Dutchwomen out-sprinted Lucy Garner (Liv Plantur) and Barbara Guarischi (Velocio-SRAM) to the top step of the podium. The peloton split over the early climbs but reformed over the […]


Boels-Dolmans: What I know now that I wish I knew then

You know that tips section on the homepage just below the featured stories and newsletter sign up? Well, that section is populated by responses to the question: “What do you know now that you wish you knew then?” We ask that question nearly every time we do an interview with someone for the first time. […]


Mara Abbott’s raw caramel sauce

I do not even know what I was looking for on the internet when I found this recipe – whatever it was became instantly irrelevant. If you are a healthy desserts skeptic, I swear, just try this. You could put it on apples or pancakes or even ice cream or brownies – or you could […]


How To: Ride with less stress during *that time* of the month

Cycling is a great way to battle those mood swings and cramps that come with our monthly period. Yet, that bloated feeling or the thought of having to change your tampon every few hours during a heavy flow can make spending time in the saddle less than appealing. Here’s a tip to make cycling while […]


Elisa Longo Borghini reflects on the Ronde

Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda) was the talk of the (women’s cycling) town last Sunday. The young Italian won the Tour of Flanders with panache, class and heart. Thirty hilly, cobbled kilometres from the finish, Longo Borghini attacked the peloton and soloed to the finish line. Her teammate Jolien d’Hoore won the chase group sprint […]


Kristin Armstrong to come out of retirement for second time

Having already retired in 2009, then returning in 2011 to take a second Olympic time trial gold medal in 2012 and then retiring again, Kristin Armstrong has announced that she intends to return to competition following her second retirement, with her first event in less than one month’s time. Armstrong issued a statement saying that […]