Interview – Anna Henderson of Team OnForm – Stevenage – Tour Series

Chris Maher talks to Anna Henderson of Team OnForm after her second win in a row, taking Stage 6 of the Tour Series 2018 in Stevenage.

Interview – Winner Anna Henderson – Team OnForm – Stage 6 – Stevenage – Tour Series 2018 by Cycling Shorts

Chris Maher of CyclingShorts.cc interviews Anna Henderson of Team OnForm after her second win in a row, taking Stage 6 of the Tour Series 2018 in Stevenage. All content ©www.CyclingShorts.cc | www.chrismaher.co.uk

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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 CyclingShorts.cc.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk

Tour Win – The Best Birthday Present – Women’s Tour de Yorkshire 2018

Barnsley to Ilkley, Friday May 4th 2018 – Birthday girl Megan Guarnier produced a climbing masterclass on the Côte de Cow and Calf to win the 2018 Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race. The American Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam rider – celebrating her 33rd birthday – left her rivals behind on the iconic Yorkshire climb and was given a rapturous reception by the large crowd as she wrapped up the stage and overall victory.

The race began in Barnsley, where the stunning Town Hall provided a perfect backdrop for what would be an amazing day’s racing and it wasn’t far out of the South Yorkshire town that the first test began; the Cote de Blacker Hill.

It was Nicola Juniper (NJC-Biemme-Echelon) who was first over the climb to take the Queen of the Mountains points immediately equalling QoM leader; 17 year old Pfeiffer Georgi of local Team Jadan Weldtite Vive le Velo’s points. Sophie Wright (Torelli-Brother) and Erica Magnaldi (BePink) came over close behind Nicola, but this attack didn’t stick and by the time the sprint at Swinton came around it was a different scene as two top riders from day one rallied to take first and second respectively in the form of overall winner Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5) and Dani Rowe (Great Britain Cycling Team).

As the race passed into West Yorkshire, Katie Ragusa (BePink) had made a move, managing to put a short distance between herself and the peloton before being joined by Manon Lloyd (Trek-Drops).

The pair did maintain a slender lead for a while but by the time the sprint at Swinton came around they were being reined in.

Lloyd was able to hold on to take maximum points in the sprint but Wild and Rowe managed to ride back on to take second and third.

You only had to listen to the world’s best riders talking after the race to hear how bowled over they had been by the reception – it truly has been on an unprecedented scale.

The peloton was given a great send-off in Barnsley and people lined the entire route as they wound their way to Ilkley for that spectacular finish. We knew the Cow and Calf would provide a magnificent conclusion and we weren’t disappointed. Megan produced a stunning ride and is a more than worthy winner.

Sir Gary Verity

Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire

With around 25km to go, another move was made. This time by world champion Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) with a smart move up the road to try and set up her team mate Megan Guarnier to take the stage, and the overall win, with two hard climbs approaching, the first of which being Cote de Old Pool Bank.

This 1km climb at a gradient of 10% was taken by Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle High5) ahead of Alena Amialusk (Canyon Sram) and Dani Rowe.

Amialusk and Rowe would take second and third once more on the final climb, the Cote de Cow and Calf but it wasn’t Borghini who would take the overall honours. It was birthday girl Megan Guarnier who would power up the climb after a perfectly timed attack to win the 2018 Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s race and bring the curtain down on another great sporting spectacle.

Belarussian Alena Amialiusik (Canyon-SRAM Racing) was the next rider home – 14 seconds adrift – with Great Britain’s Dani Rowe just three seconds further behind.

Those results meant Guarnier took the winner’s blue jersey – sponsored by Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries – with a 17-second advantage over Rowe, with Amialiusik two seconds back in third. Bonus points accrued on the line also meant Guarnier topped the best climber classification sponsored by Virgin Trains.

Stage one winner Kirsten Wild picked up eight points on the day’s two intermediate sprints and that meant she topped the best sprinter classification sponsored by Asda, while Team Sunweb triumphed in the team classification.

 

It’s always nice to be on the podium, and I had goosebumps on that last climb. I really like this race. I have done it twice now and it’s one of the biggest we do all season. It’s been nice to see it grow to two days this year and we have really enjoyed it in Yorkshire.

Kirsten Wild

Green Jersey Winner - Asda Women's Tour de Yorkshire 2018, Team Wiggle High-5

Podium Interviews – Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2018 by Cycling Shorts

Podium Interviews with 2018 Tour de Yorkshire winner Megan Guarnier and Dani Rowe & Alena Amialiusik (2nd & 3rd respectively). All content ©www.cyclingshorts.cc / www.chrismaher.co.uk

After the race Guarnier was gushing in her praise for the warm Yorkshire welcome she and the rest of the peloton received.

It is a real honour to win this race and it’s my first victory of the year so I’m excited. I have never, ever seen so many people on a finishing climb and so many people cheering us on. That really helped bring me home because I was full gas at the end.

Megan Guarnier (USA)

Asda Women's Tour de Yorkshire Winner 2018, Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam

Stage 2 Results & Overall Classification

STAGE RESULT
1.     Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam 124km  3:19:50
2.     Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-SRAM Racing  +14 sec  
3.     Dani Rowe (GBr) Great Britain +17 sec
4 .    Erica Magnaldi (Ita) BePink +22 sec
5.     Ane Santesteban (Spa) Ale Cipollini
OVERALL INDIVIDUAL TIME CLASSIFICATION

1.        Megan Guarnier (USA) Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam  6:48:09
2.        Dani Rowe (GBr) Great Britain +17 sec
3.        Alena Amialiusik (Blr) Canyon-Sram Racing +19 sec
4.        Liane Lippert (Ger) Team Sunweb Women +31 sec
5.        Erica Magnaldi (Ita) BePink +33 sec

Megan Guarnier - Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam

Kirsten Wild - Wiggle High 5

Megan Guarnier - Boels Dolmans Cyclingteam

Dani Rowe - Great Britain

Chris Maher

Chris Maher

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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 CyclingShorts.cc.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk

Anna Magrath

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Anna Magrath founded CyclingShorts.cc in 2008 and invited some of her cycling friends; coaches, photographers, writers and pro cyclists of different disciplines to join her, bringing you all things cycling related.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams. Anna has a particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

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Podium Interviews – Women’s Tour de Yorkshire 2018

Podium Interviews with 2018 Tour de Yorkshire winner Megan Guarnier and Dani Rowe & Alena Amialiusik (2nd & 3rd respectively).

 

Podium Interviews – Women’s Tour De Yorkshire 2018 by Cycling Shorts

Podium Interviews with 2018 Tour de Yorkshire winner Megan Guarnier and Dani Rowe & Alena Amialiusik (2nd & 3rd respectively). All content ©www.cyclingshorts.cc / www.chrismaher.co.uk

 

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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 CyclingShorts.cc.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk

Kirsten Wild Rides to Victory – Stage 1 – Women’s Tour de Yorkshire 2018

Doncaster, Thursday May 3rd 2018 – The women got the 2018 Asda Tour de Yorkshire underway in style, with Kirsten Wild sprinting to victory in Doncaster. Wild triumphed in Doncaster when the race last visited in 2016, and proved her dominance once again with an emphatic sprint to take the overall lead on stage one.

Teams and talent from all over the world descended on Beverley for the start of the newly-expanded two-day Asda Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race, with a host of National, Olympic and World Champions signing on.

 

My team worked so hard to set me up and I just followed them before the sprint. I like this finish in Doncaster and when I heard it was the same finish line as two years ago I was very excited. It was cool to win here.

I don’t think tomorrow’s stage [which finishes on the Cote de Cow and Calf] will be another sprint but my team has strong girls and lots of cards to play. I think it will be an interesting stage and I will try to help my team-mates to win.

Kirstin Wild

Winner - Stage 1- Women's TdY 2018, Team Wiggle High 5

The early stages saw a couple of crashes before two young riders went on the attack; local East Yorkshire team – Team Jadan Weldtite Vive le Velo were represented by 17-year-old Pfeiffer Georgi, she was joined by Meike Uiterwijk Winkel (Parkhotel Valkenberg), the pair quickly got down the road and forced a one-minute lead over the peloton.

It was clear from the tenacious way Pfeiffer was riding that the Team Jadan rider was intent on staying out front until she reached the peak of the sole categorised climb of the day – the Cote de Baggaby Hill – the peloton hauled Winkel back but Georgi held on just long enough to take control of the Queen of the Mountains jersey for the day.

Next up was the first intermediate sprint in Pocklington and Great Britain’s Dani Rowe – fresh from her bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games – took maximum points there.

Shortly after that, Natalie Van Gogh (Parkhotel Valkenburg) and Anna Christian (Trek Drops) broke clear of the bunch and Christian took maximum points in the next intermediate sprint into Howden. The duo worked well together but the peloton came back together on the approach to Doncaster and the expected bunch sprint finish ensued along Bennetthorpe.

All the favourites were in contention but it was Wild who showed her dominance to take an historic second victory in Doncaster.

The 35 year old Wiggle High 5 rider finished ahead of Amalie Dideriksen of Boels-Dolmans in second place, and Alice Barnes (Canyon Sram  Racing) in third.

 

Interview – Pfeiffer Georgi – Stage 1 TdY QoM – Team Jadan Weldtite Tour De Yorkshire 2018 by Cycling Shorts

Pfeiffer Georgi of Team Jadan Weldtite talks to Chris Maher of Cycling Shorts after she takes the QoM podium after Stage 1 of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire. All content ©www.cyclingshorts.cc

Stage 1 Results

STAGE RESULT
1.     Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High 5) 174 km in 3h28’20’’
2.     Amalie Dideriksen (Boels-Dolmans) s.t
3.     Alice Barnes (Canyon Sram Racing) s.t
OVERALL INDIVIDUAL TIME CLASSIFICATION
1.     Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High 5) 174 km in 3h28’20’’
2.     Amalie Dideriksen (Boels-Dolmans) s.t
3.     Alice Barnes (Canyon Sram Racing) s.t

Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High 5)

Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High 5)

Pfeiffer Georgi (Team Jadan-Weldtite Vive le Velo)

Anna Christian (Trek-Drops)

Asda Women's TdY Preview - Stage 2

The Asda Women’s Tour de Yorkshire concludes with stage 2 on Friday morning.

Chris Maher

Chris Maher

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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 CyclingShorts.cc.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk

Anna Magrath

Anna Magrath

Editor & Writer

Anna Magrath founded CyclingShorts.cc in 2008 and invited some of her cycling friends; coaches, photographers, writers and pro cyclists of different disciplines to join her, bringing you all things cycling related.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams. Anna has a particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

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Interview – Pfeiffer Georgi – Stage 1 TdY QoM – Team Jadan Weldtite

Pfeiffer Georgi of Team Jadan Weldtite talks to Chris Maher after taking the QoM podium on Stage 1 of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire.

 

Interview – Pfeiffer Georgi – Stage 1 TdY QoM – Team Jadan Weldtite Tour De Yorkshire 2018 by Cycling Shorts

Pfeiffer Georgi of Team Jadan Weldtite talks to Chris Maher of Cycling Shorts after she takes the QoM podium after Stage 1 of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire. All content ©www.cyclingshorts.cc

 

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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 CyclingShorts.cc.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk

Eve of Tour de Yorkshire Press Conference 2018

Press conference before the start of the 2018 Tour de Yorskhire in Leeds Civic Hall with Christian Prudhomme, Sir Gary Verity, Mark Cavendish, Hannah Barnes, Ben Swift, Katie Archibald, Dani Rowe, Annie Simpson, Serge Pauwels & Greg van Avermaet.

 

Eve Of Tour De Yorkshire 2018 Press Conference by Cycling Shorts

Press conference before the start of the 2018 Tour de Yorskhire in Leeds Civic Hall with Christian Prudhomme, Sir Gary Verity, Mark Cavendish, Hannah Barnes, Ben Swift, Katie Archibald, Dani Rowe, Annie Simpson, Serge Pauwels & Greg van Avermaet. All images and content ©www.cyclingshorts.cc

 

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Anna Magrath

Anna Magrath

Editor & Writer

Anna Magrath founded CyclingShorts.cc in 2008 and invited some of her cycling friends; coaches, photographers, writers and pro cyclists of different disciplines to join her, bringing you all things cycling related.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams, with particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

Want to get involved? Why not get in touch.

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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 CyclingShorts.cc.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk