Tour of Flanders – Stay in the Loop


Stay up to date with the Tour of Flanders

Anna Magrath, Editor, UK

06 April 2019

For the first time you can follow the live tracking data from a selection of 40 of the top female riders in the Tour of Flanders for Women’s. This UCI Women’s WorldTour race will be collaborating with Proximus and their online tracking, with the support of all the teams, riders and partner; In The Race.

The Flanders Classic organisation has chosen 40 riders who will wear the tracker during the race on Sunday 7th April. The tracker will record 5 parameters; Speed, location, heart rate, cadence and power output. All the data collated will be integrated in to an online format by Proximus on the following website:

Fans will be able to follow the data from every rider equipped with a tracker. From this group you have the option to select a number of riders to follow and choose your favourite amongst them. In addition your favourite rider will be highlighted in relation to the other selected riders, allowing you to constantly monitor their progress through the race.

On the 7th April at 3:15 CET, we will find out who will succeed Anna van der Breggen in Oudenaarde.

Racing up the Kwaremont

Photograph by © Patrick Verhoest

Flanders Classics supports the Belgian National Lottery in the GP Stig Broeckx

During the men’s Tour of Flanders the riders will be riding a race within a race to compete in the ‘Grote Prijs Stig Broeckx”. The winner will receive Eur, 5,000 from the Belgian National Lottery to donate to a charity of their choice, Stig Broeckx will also get Eur, 5,000 to donate to a charity close to his heart.

Almost three years have past since Stig; who was riding for Lotto Soudal was involved in a serious crash and ended up in a coma.His long and courageous journey on the way to recovery inspired the Belgian National Lottery to crown the bravest Flandrien and thereby also pay tribute to Stig Broeckx.

The starting point for the Grote Prijs Stig Broeckx will be in Kluisbergen. There, Van de Broecktestraat will be renamed Broeckxstraat for the day of the race. Broeckxstraat is 4km from the finish line of the Grote Prijs Stig Broeckx – the top of the Oude Kwaremont, the first rider to reach the top will win the prize (around 1:30pm CET).


Peter Sagan on the Kwaremont

Photograph by © Patrick Verhoest.

Watch Tour of Flanders Presentation Live

If you can’t make it to the presentations in Antwerp on Sunday morning (7th April), Proximus will be streaming the ceremony live via the official Proximus Sports Facebook page, broadcasting live from 9am.

Studio Brussel will shake awake the Grand Place of Antwerp with a DJ-set by Jeroen De Lodder from 9:00am. The riders will be welcomed on to the stage to be welcomed by the crowds.

A total of 25 teams will be presented between 9;00am and 10;15am, you will be able to watch interviews with the race favourites.


Yorkshire 2019 UCI Road World Championships Routes and Race Schedule Announced


In October 2016 Yorkshire was awarded the right to host the 2019 Road Cycling World Championships. The winning bid was made jointly by British Cycling, Welcome to Yorkshire, UK Sport and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
We have been waiting patiently to hear the details of the event.
The full routes and race schedule for the Yorkshire 2019 UCI Road World Championships have been officially unveiled in Innsbruck
The racing starts on Saturday 21st September with Para-cycling events before the first UCI World Champions are crowned the following day with the maiden Team Time Trial Mixed Relay. This event will replace the separate men’s and women’s trade team time trials, and will be contested by national teams consisting of three male riders and three female riders.
The male athletes will ride first and the women will replace them on the road as soon as the second male rider has crossed the finish line. Final timings will be taken when the second female rider crosses the finish line, with the fastest team declared the winner.
The Yorkshire 2019 programme will continue through until Sunday 29th September with Individual Time Trials and Road Races for Junior (Under 18), Under 23 and Elite male and female riders.
Harrogate will serve as the destination town for every race, with start locations across the county to ensure the Championships reach as many people as possible.
It is a great honour to be hosting the 2019 UCI Road World Championships. This will be the most inclusive and diverse Championships ever held and cement Yorkshire’s place as a world – class cycling destination.
The countdown is now well and truly on and there will be many people in Yorkshire and across Britain who are looking forward to this iconic event. We can promise huge, passionate crowds, stunning scenery and epic racing.
We have worked hard with the UCI to design a challenging and spectacular range of routes which take in all four corners of the county. We are thrilled to be able to share these routes and are sure they will make for exciting racing
Sir Gary Verity

Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire

After the Tour de France Grand Départ in 2014 and the consequent creation of the legacy Tour de Yorkshire, this magnificent region has left us in no doubt that the 2019 UCI Road World Championships will be a memorable occasion.
The competitions in Yorkshire will open with the new Team Time Trial Mixed Relay, a UCI initiative that will replace the trade team time trial and will see men and women competing together for their nation.
I cannot wait to witness this first-ever Team Time Trial Mixed Relay, which is part of the UCI’s drive to further increase the attractiveness of our Road World Championships, encourage gender equality, and showcase National Federations and their riders.
In addition, the 2019 UCI Road World Championships will be taking place less than a year out from the Olympic Games, with riders seeking to earn precious qualification points for Tokyo 2020. This will add to the excitement of the racing on the roads of Yorkshire.
David Lappartient

President David Lappartient, UCI

The 2018 Championships are currently taking place in Innsbruck – Tirol and Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity DL led a packed presentation of the Yorkshire 2019 event on Wednesday evening.
He was joined on stage by UCI President David Lappartient, British Cycling CEO Julie Harrington, and Great Brita in riders Alex Dowsett and Hayley Simmonds. Prime Minister Theresa May concluded the presentation via video message, lending the UK Government’s full support.
The Championships are receiving unprecedented financial backing with the UK Government and UK Sport committing £12 million to deliver a truly world – class event. A further £15 million has been allocated to develop entry – level cycling facilities across England. This commitment means that the 2019 UCI Road World Championships will deliver a legacy that will transform the sporting fabric of the country.
The full race programme is as follows:
Day 1: Saturday 21 September: Beverley – Tadcaster – Wetherby – Harrogate Circuit 
Para-cycling Road Races (C1 Event)
Day 2:
Sunday 22 September: Harrogate Circuit – Team Time Trial Mixed Rela– 28km (two circuits)
Day 3:
Monday 23 September: Harrogate Circuit – Women Junior Individual Time Trial – 14km (one circuit) and Men Junior Individual Time Trial – 28km (two circuits)
Day 4:
Tuesday 24 September: Ripon to Harrogate – Men Under 23 Indivi dual Time Trial – 32.5km (route plus one circuit) and Women Elite Individual Time Trial – 32.5km (route plus one circuit)
Day 5:
Wednesday 25 September: Northallerton to Harrogate – Men Elite Individual Time Trial – 54km (route only)
Day 6:
Thursday 26 September: Richmond to Harrogate – Men Junior Road Race – 144.5km (route plus three circuits)
Day 7:
Friday 27 September: Doncaster to Harrogate – Women Junior Road Race – 91.5km (route only) and Men Under 23 Road Race – 192.5km (route plus three circuits)
Day 8:
Saturday 28 September: Bradford to Harrogate – Women Elite Road Race – 149.5km (route plus three circuits)
Day 9:
Sunday 29 September: Leeds to Harrogate – Men Elite Road Race – 284.5km (route plus seven circuits)
Day 1: Saturday 21 September: Beverley – Tadcaster – Wetherby – Harrogate Circuit – Para – cycling Road Races (C1 Event)




















































































































































Full details on the Yorkshire 2019 UCI Road World Championships can be found at:
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Editor & Writer

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Race Report – Tour of the Reservoir – Stage 1

Storey Shows Form Ahead Of National Time Trial & Road Race Championships In Northumberland Winning The First Stage Of The HSBC-UK British Cycling Women’s Road Series 2018 Third Round, The Northumbrian Water Alexandra Tour Of The Reservoir.

Dame Sarah Storey – Story Racing Time Trialled herself around the 65.5 mile course of Northumberland’s Derwent Water in round 3 of the HSBC-UK British Cycling Women’s Road Series the Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir. Part of a 3 rider breakaway, Storey was accompanied by Emma Cockcroft – Bianca Dama and Charmaine Porter – Cycle Team OnForm for the best part of 50 miles before Porter lost touch towards the top of the main climb of Bale Hill towards Meadows Edge leaving 2 rides at the front of the race.


Training hard recently back on her bike after giving birth to her second child – Charlie – eight months earlier said after today’s stage: “I was always going to be the Carrot – so-to-say, I need to keep putting the miles in my legs. So always the opportunity to keep pushing that form, and a bit of a weight loss programme as well. So if you are out front, then you are burning matches”. But no, I didn’t expect to win today. “I have the experience to win a bike race” she went on to say “given that opportunity. I was happy for it to come back together if the bunch did get their act together in that final lap. Equally I was ready to pounce on the last climb to win the race”.

Dame Sarah Storey

Stage 1 Winner Tour of the Reservoir 2018, Storey Racing

Looking at Sarah’s schedule to get her back in shape she went on to say that I was hoping to be in reasonable shape by now ahead of next weeks Nationals. Also hoping for a good hit there too (targeting the Time Trial) which would set me up for the Para World Road Championships in early August. That would make Charlie nine-months-old. Roughly about the same time I won my first World title after (her first child) Louisa was born.

Putting money in the bank through hard training recently Sarah said that you can see where you are by doing races like this. So it’s a bit further ahead than I expected she said surprisingly. So that’s really nice.       

Jo Tindley – NJC – Biemme – Echelon lit the peloton up early in lap 1 of the Reservoir circuit as over 90 riders took the start out of Edmundbyres early morning.

The main break of the day soon established with several riders trying to bridge across from the peloton. Fiona Hunter Johnston – Fushion RT – Veloperformance almost made the junction as the gap grew from 32s to over a minute across the first pass of the finish line.

Storey claimed the first Prime with Cockcroft, Porter and then Ruth Summerford – trainSharp Club and Tindley 5th. Winning the overall QOM on stage 1.


Interview – Sarah Storey – Stage 1 Winner – Tour of the Reservoir 2018 by Cycling Shorts

Dame Sarah chats to Chris Maher of after her stage 1 win on the rather blustery Tour of The Reservoir 2018. All content © |

Leah Dixon – Cycle Team OnForm set about chasing the leaders as their lead extended to over two minutes second pass of the finish line.

The trio of leaders extended their lead going into the main climb, now over three minutes up.

An increase in pace from the peloton, saw the gap began to drop as they descended back towards Edmundbyers. Now down to two leaders, the middle chasing riders formed a group of five at 1m.18s and the peloton further back at 1m.55s as former Women’s Road Series winner Lizzy Banks – UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling drove the chase.

With only Illi Gardner – YRDP left chasing Storey & Cockcroft at 1m.01s the peloton sucked up the remaining riders with 9 miles to go.

Several more attacks in the final few miles came to nothing including Porter again, part of the original breakaway.

Storey made her move with 200m to go, Cockcroft finishing second. Nikki Juniper took the bunch sprint up to the finish line ensuring she remains at the head of affairs going into stage 2 on Sunday morning. This includes 2 ascends of Bale Hill, this time the opposite way round pushing the distance up to 75.7miles.

Provisional results

1. Dame Sarah Storey (Team Storey)

2. Emma Cockcroft (Bianchi Dama)

3. Nikki Juniper (NJC-Biemme-Echelon)    



Chris Maher

Chris Maher

Photographer & Writer

Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics for

Interview – Sarah Storey – Stage 1 Winner – Tour of the Reservoir 2018

Dame Sarah chats to Chris Maher of after her stage 1 win on the rather blustery Tour of The Reservoir 2018.

Interview – Sarah Storey – Stage 1 Winner – Tour of the Reservoir 2018 by Cycling Shorts

Dame Sarah chats to Chris Maher of after her stage 1 win on the rather blustery Tour of The Reservoir 2018. All content © |


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Chris Maher

Chris Maher

Photographer & Writer

Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics for