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2013 Road World Cup

The UCI Road World Cup is a series of day races across the women's cycling season, with points from each race adding to crown an overall series winner. It's one of the biggest competitions of the women's calendar, and always provides exciting racing. There are eight rounds for 2013: 9th March: Ronde van Drenthe, the Netherlands; 24th March: Trofeo Alfredo Binda, Italy; 31st March: Ronde van Vlaanderen, Belgium; 17th April: La Flèche Wallonne, Belgium; 12th May: Tour of ChingMing Island, China; 16th August: Open de Suède Vårgårda Team Time Trial, Sweden; 18th August:Open de Suède Vårgårda, Sweden; 31st August: GP de Plouay, France

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GP de Plouay World Cup 2013 - how to follow, & why

On Saturday 31st August, it’ll be the final round of the 2013 Road World Cup, one of the most prestigious titles in the women’s cycling calendar. This year’s series was already won by Marianne Vos, as her Open de Suède Vårgårda win gave her unbeatable points, but the GP de Plouay is still always an exciting, brilliant race to watch – and it’s sometimes streamed live outside France, too!

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The best Vårgårda Road Race we can remember...

The Open de Suède Vårgårda World Cup road race started in pouring rain, but was fast and furious from the start, and turned out to be one of the most exciting editions we can remember. Watch the videos, look at the pictures and find out more!

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Follow the 2013 Open de Sùede Vårgårda World Cups

Rounds 6 & 7 of the Road World Cup: Team Time Trial: 16th August 2013; Road Race 18th August 2013

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ChongMing Island - stage race reports & World Cup

This week the women's pro peloton are in China, ready for the fifth World Cup of the year - the Tour of ChongMing Island. They've already raced the ChongMing Stage Race - let me show you the videos, and tell you what to expect tomorrow.

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Videos - Road World Cups 1 & 2 - Drenthe & Binda

12 minutes each, in English, of the Ronde van Drenthe and the Trofeo Alfredo Binda

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Video - Flèche Wallonne & Flanders women's races in English

Welcome to the David Harmon-narrated video from rounds 3 & 4 of the Road World Cup - 12 mins on each race, in English. If you missed the clip of the first two rounds - Ronde van Drenthe and Trofeo Binda, it's here

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Interview: Rachel Neylan

While I was at the Flèche Wallonne with team Hitec Products UCK, I interviewed Rachel Neylan, just after she finished the race, where she’d ridden in support of her Hitec team-mate, Elisa Longo Borghini’s second place.

I’ve interviewed Rachel before, in 2011, on her route into cycling, but in the time since then, she’s had a truly tumultuous time, due to team circumstances and injury, and her 2012 looked like it was a year to forget... until she came back in a mixed team at the Tour de l’Ardèche. Her results there, including 3rd place on Stage 6 and 4th in the GC, earned her a spot representing Australia at the 2012 Road World Championships, where she rode an amazing race, ending on the podium with a silver medal.

We spoke about riding Flèche as a domestique, her Worlds race and triumphing over adversity.

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Interviews! Elisa Longo Borghini & Ash Moolman

Last week I went to the Flèche Wallonne with Hitec Products UCK, and I was lucky enough to be able to interview Hitec's Elisa Longo Borghini, who came second, and Lotto Belisol's Ashleigh Moolman who came third, just after the race, when they'd sprinted neck-and-neck behind winner Marianne Vos.

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Flèche Wallonne from the Hitec team car

Yesterday I told you about being backstage at the Flèche Wallonne Femmes World Cup with Hitec Products UCK, and what it was like in the lead-up to the race. But that wasn't all I did - I also got to see the race from in the team car! Let me tell you all about it....

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Adventures with Hitec at Flèche Wallonne - part 1

I was lucky enough to get to go to the Flèche Wallonne Femmes World Cup with "the biggest little team in pro cycling", Hitec Products UCK. I'll be posting photos, writing and interviews over the next few days - starting with life "backstage" before the race - a gallery of photos and some words!

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Marianne Vos wins the Ronde van Vlaanderen

It's tempting to imagine that Marianne Vos has won absolutely everything in cycling, but the Ronde van Vlaanderen has always been the one that got away. In 2011, she was racing for her team-mate, Annemiek van Vleuten - and last year she couldn't start the race because of 'flu - so when she lined up this morning, everyone was watching her. But she wasn't going to have it easy - watch the videos to see how the race panned out

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Interview: Trixi Worrack on Flanders and more

Trixi Worrack has had a great career in cycling. Ever since she won the Junior Road World ITT Championships in 1998, the German cyclist has been at the pointy end of the peloton, winning the Tour de l'Aude in 2004, coming second in the 2006 Road World Championships, are just two highlights in a glittering career. In 2012, she moved to Specialized-lululemon, winning stages in the Tour of Qatar, Gracia-Orlová and Thüringen-Rundfahrt, and being part of the all conquering, World Champion Team Time Trial squad. She's a rider who loves to attack, and excels in the tough, cold, difficult races - perfect for Sunday's Ronde van Vlaanderen! She came second in the first edition of the race, in 2004, and is pretty much guaranteed the "Most Aggressive" jersey in any race she starts - and she took some time out from preparation to answer some questions about the race, and more, just for the Café.

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Elisa Longo Borghini on her Trofeo Binda win

On Sunday, 21-year-old Elisa Longo Borghini won the Trofeo Alfredo Binda Road World Cup - the first Italian to win the race since 2000, and the first World Cup win for Hitec Products UCK. Just as importantly for her, it was the biggest win of her career, and on her local roads, in front of her friends and family. She answered some questions about it, just for the Café - watch the videos and then see what she has to say!

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Interview: Elisa Longo Borghini

The Trofeo Alfredo Binda, the second round of the Road World Cup - and who better to ask about it than local girl, Elisa Longo Borghini?

When you think about Longo Borghini's ride at the World Championships last year, where she was the only rider who could follow Marianne Vos into the final break, and ended up with a bronze medal, it's easy to forget she's still only 21. She told the Café all about her superb 2012, why she loves racing on cobbles in the rain and riding for Hitec Products UCK, what to expect from the World Cup tomorrow and more!

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Interview with Loes Gunnewijk, on Drenthe & more!

If you watched the women's Olympic Road Race, you'll remember Loes Gunnewijk's relentless attacking with her Dutch team-mate Ellen van Dijk, as they exhausted the peloton before they'd even reached Box Hill and helping Marianne Vos win the gold. This is how Gunnewijk races - she's a Classics star whose tactical skills, teamwork and ruthless attacking serve her well as ORICA-AIS' road captain. She won the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in 2012, and the Ronde van Drenthe World Cup in 2010, so she's perfectly placed to tell us all about racing Drenthe on Saturday and much more!

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