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Emma Pooley calls for a women's Tour de France - and more women's cycling news

Emma Pooley in Valkenberg - Bryn Lennon


Every time I see there's a new interview with British star Emma Pooley, I feel happy, because this is one rider who never fails to give great soundbites. This latest one, in Cycling Weekly, is no exception. In it, she asks Cycling Weekly to set up a petition for a women's Tour de France for 2014 - if not a full race, then at least half of one. I would love it if CW would agree to that, but if they won't, how about we do? Anyway, that's just part of the goodness. More quotes I loved:

"I feel surprisingly good on the bike but I don't know how well I'm going because I still don't have a power meter," she said. "Jonathan Vaughters, if he's listening, I'd really like him to finally give me my power meter that was in my contract two years ago!"

"I think I'll take a multi-pronged approach to the Worlds really," she explained, "because ‘eggs in one basket' doesn't work for the road race, unless you're Marianne Vos.

Good luck with finishing the PhD, Emma!


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More news on British cyclists, but this time it's bad. Sharon Laws won the women's race at the first ever Cape Epic adventure MTB stage race, with her racing partner Hanlie Booyens in 2004 and in 2009, and the pair were set to reunite for this year's race, the 10th anniversary. Then at the weekend, Laws was caught in a huge crash at the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, and has ended up in hospital with a back fracture, broken collarbone and other injuries. My huge sympathies to Sharon - here's to her healing fast and well. More on the crash here, and here's Ash Moolman's blog on the Cape Argus Tour. And kudos to Sharon for tweeting photos like this:

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Another rider who was caught up in an accident was CycleLive Plus Zannata's Lieselot Decroix, who was has a broken shin and calf and a concussion, after being in a car accident with a driver going the wrong way down a road. Her season's over, says tgsgirl, and my huge sympathies with her, too.

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Further bad news - one of my favourite women's tours, the RaboSter Zeeuwsche Eilanden, that was supposed to be held on 13th-15th June, has been cancelled, apparently after the local Rabobank pulled their sponsorship. You know when the Dutch races are struggling, we're really in trouble...

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So, if you're wondering what can be done about all of this, there's still time to complete the UCI Stakeholder Survey, and ask them to take action. It closes on 15th March, if you haven't completed it yet, it only takes 10 minutes, please tell them what you think.

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Despite all that bad news, there is still racing this week - it's the Oceania and the Asian Continental Championships this week, which always give us interesting results, and then at the weekend, we have racing in France and Italy. If you'd like some race previews, here are the ones I've liked:

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Not news, but I've been having an obsession with marketing, cycling and women on the blog I share with omne - if you're interested, my posts on

and the latest installment of our women's cycling podcast will be on our site tomorrow sometime, once omne's edited it in the Australian future EDIT! is right here! . Keep an eye on our blog!

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Finally, if you like videos, here are two home-made videos I've enjoyed this week... Lex Albrecht's video from the NOW and Novartis for MS team camp:

and ORICA-AIS' Gracie Elvin gives us a bit of insight about what happens to riders when airports close due to snow, and they need to get across Europe for team business:

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If there's anything you see that you like, add it to the comments. Dear cycling gods, please let's have no more bad news...

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