Crescent Vårgårda UCI Women’s WorldTour Road Race Preview (1.WWT)

 

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Two days after Boels Dolmans victory at Crescent Vårgårda UCI Women’s WorldTour TTT (ahead of Cervélo-Bigla and Rabobank-Liv) it is time for the road race. The eleventh edition of Crescent Vårgårda UCI Women’s WorldTour Road Race (previously included in the UCI Women’s Road World Cup) will witness the fifteenth round of the UCI Women’s World Tour.

Crescent Vårgårda UCI Women’s WorldTour Road Race is a women’s elite cycling event part of a two one-day races weekend that includes a team time trial, that was held on Friday. The Team Time Trial event emerged in 2008, in conjunction with the road race (which was first held in 2006) and has been always part of the UCI Women’s Road World Cup.

UCI WWT Race Schedule:

1. Strade Bianche, ITA – 05/03/16
 Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans) 
2. Women’s WorldTour Ronde van Drenthe,  NED – 12/03/16
  Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)
3. Trofeo Alfredo Binda – Comune di Cittiglio, ITA – 20/03/2016
 Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
4. Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields, BEL – 27/03/16
 Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans)
5. Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres, BEL – 03/04/16
  Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
6. La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, BEL – 20/04/15
  Anna van der Breggen (Rabobank Liv)
7. Tour of Chongming Island, CHN – 06/05/16 to 08/05/16
[AUS] Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5)
8. Amgen Tour of California, USA – 19/05/16 to 22/05/16
 Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)
9. Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, USA – 05/06/16
 Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)
10. Aviva Womens Tour, GBR – 15/06/16 to 19/06/16
 Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans)
11. Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, ITA – 01/07/16 to 10/07/16
 Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans)
12. La Course by Le Tour de France, FRA – 24/07/16
[AUS] Chloe Hosking (Wiggle High5)
13. Prudential Ride London, GBR – 30/07/15
  Kirsten Wild (Hitec Products)
14. Crescent Vargarda UCI Women’s WorldTour TTT, SWE – 19/08/16

  Boels Dolmans 

15. Crescent Vargarda UCI Women’s WorldTour Road Race, SWE – 21/08/16
16. GP de Plouay-Bretagne, FRA – 27/08/16

17. LA MADRID CHALLENGE By La Vuelta, ESP – 11/09/16

UCI Women’s WorldTour Individual Ranking

1   Megan Guarnier Boels Dolmans 886
2   Elizabeth Armitstead Boels Dolmans 545
3 [CAN]  Leah Kirchmann Liv Plantuur 542
48 [ESP] Sheyla Gutiérrez Cylance Pro Cycling 75

UCI Women’s WorldTour Youth Ranking

1 Katarzyna Niewiadoma Rabobank Liv  30
2 Floortje Mackaij Liv Plantur 18
3 Jip van den Bos Parkhotel Valkenburg 14

Women’s WorldTour Team Ranking

1 Boels Dolmans 2669
2 Wiggle High5 1903
3 Rabobank Liv 1696

Programme

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Sunday, August 21st, Local Time: 8:15 p.m to 12:10 p.m. (UTC+2)

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A total of 19 teams, including 3 national teams, will participate in this edition of Crescent Vårgårda UCI Women’s WorldTour Road Race. Once again Sheyla Gutiérrez (Cylancewill be our only Spanish representative at the fifteenth UCI WWT round.

Route 141km: Vårgårda–Vårgårda

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Short circuit profile

The road race course is slightly different from the previous edition of Crescent Vårgårda. Riders will have to cover 4 laps to a 11-kilometre circuit followed by one lap to a 55-kilometre circuit, which includes four gravel sectors, before heading back to the first circuit with four more laps to total 141 kilometres.

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Long circuit profile

Favourites & Outsiders

EstrellaEstrellaEstrellaEstrella  [HOL] Anna van der Breggen, [SUD] Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, [GBR] Lizzie Armitstead
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 [HOL] Marianne Vos,  [CAN] Leah Kirchmann,  [USA] Carmen Small
EstrellaEstrella [USA] Evelyn Stevens, [ITA] Elena Cecchini, [AUS] Tiffany Cromwell, [ITA] Giorgia Bronzini
Estrella [HOL] Chantal Black, [AUS] Lauren Kitchen, [ITA] Maria Giulia Confalonieri, [AUS] Amanda Spratt, [HOL] Amy Pieters

Betting area

Our favourite:  [HOL] Anna van der Breggen
Our outsider:   [ITA] Maria Giulia Confalonieri

Participants

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Previous edition

“Belgian Bullet” Jolien D’hoore (Wiggle-Honda) won the previous edition of Crescent Vårgårda Road Race, claiming her second Road World Cup victory of the season, as well as the second for her team. Her teammate Giorgia Bronzini finished second while German rider Lisa Brennauer (Velocio SRAM) finished in third place. Despite several breakaway attempts and attacks throughout the race, the race ended with the sprint of a thirty-riders group, where D’hoore was the fastest.

Highlights of 2015 Road Race Vårgårda (UCI Road World Cup)

Results

Live TV Streaming

Sunday’s Vårgårda Road Race there will have live coverage on Eurosport.

Twitter coverage

A few Twitter accounts and hashtags to follow the race (among others):

Facebook 

Sources

Official website
UCI
WomenCyclingFever
Strava

Written by:
Diego Martín

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