Tour de Bretagne Féminin
Bigla headed to western France last week for the five stages of the Tour de Bretagne Féminin, with Mikayla Harvey winning stage three’s individual time trial with an impressive display of riding against the clock and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig hitting the podium again on stage one, just a few days after her win at GP Plumelec-Morbihan.
Friday’s TT was held over a 10.5km circuit around the Plédran and the young New Zealander powered through foul weather to cross the line in 15’ 40” to win by 4” over Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek- Segafredo).
It was a relatively short time trial, at only about 10km, however the weather conditions were bad. There were strong winds and it rained the entire day. I really went full gas on the parcours and in the end I was able to take the win. I still can’t believe it. Time trialling is my favourite discipline and our Team Manager Thomas motivated me the whole time. I wanted to get a good result, but I never expected to win. I’m unbelievably happy!
Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire
A winner in The Championship in Slovakia last weeked, Lucy Charles-Barclay smashed her way to a imperious win on home soil at Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire. It was a tape-to-tape victory for Lucy, emerging from the water with more than a minute on her nearest over her nearest rivals, before extending her lead over the bike leg, in a women's best time of 2:30:05. Althrough she ceded a little time during the half-marathon, Charles-Barclay crossed the line in triumph, three and a half minutes ahead of Emma Pallant in second.
Leogang Downhill World Cup
Just a few days after a wild and wet round of the UCI Downhill World Cup in Scotland and Atherton Racing were back in action in Austria for the third round of the series in Leogang with the rain and wind of Fort William replace by hot conditions and an awkward, hard packed track. Qualification went well with Rachel Atherton and Mille Johnset in 2nd and 3rd respectively, whilst the still injured Gee Atherton made into finals in 19th spot, will Charlie Hatton struggling with the track back in 53rd.
On a scorching day, it was up to Mille to notch up the first result of the day and recorded another podium finish in third place, just 0.5” over second place. Next up was Rachel, but by the time she hit split one, it was obvious that something had gone wrong high up on the course as she broke the timing beam 23” back – from there on it was a ride to salvage points, crossing the finish line in 15th spot. Despite looking smooth on his run, Gee wasn’t able to hit top pace and finished in 39th, with Charlie improving on his qualifying time by over five seconds to finish in 27th.
Literally right at the top I had a massive moment, I pushed into the corner and thought that I could save it then out of nowhere a massive OTB. It took me a minute to realize that I was OK, that I could finish the run... it’s mad I haven’t crash ed for so long, obviously we are all riding on the edge, my levers were all wonky but it was my race run so I was still pushing it. It’s OK, I’m not injured and Tracey genuinely deserves to take the win, I’m buzzing for her.
Photos: Endura, Atherton Racing / Sven Martin, James Mitchell