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Monday women's cycling videos & links - San Luis, Santos Cup and more

It’s Monday, so time for some racing videos and links from the world of women’s cycling, including road, cyclocross, track, a bit of MTB and some random stuff I’ve liked.

Tour Femenino de San Luis

The first UCI race of the season has already happened, with daily streams and great coverage across social media. The results are all here, and there are photos on facebook - Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4 and Stage 5

Stage 1:

Hannah Barnes won stage 1, but then crashed out in Stage 2, and had to have stitches. There's an interview with her on VeloUK about how she found her first camp with United Healthcare.

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Stage 3

Mara Abbott and Hannah Barnes talk about the stage (Spanish)

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Stage 4

Alison Powers' photo with her race leader's skinsuit

(I also love her photo highlights of the race)

Video, with ITT winner Fernanda da Silva being very, very happy about her stage win

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Stage 5

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Santos Women's Cup

The Tour Down Under has a three day women's event, and it's been dominated by ORICA-AIS so far - read their reports on Day 1 and Day 2. And here's a video interview with the Stage 1 1-2-3, Loes Gunnewijk, Melissa Hoskins and Nettie Edmondson

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Speaking of ORICA, here's Carlee Taylor's video of how Valentina Scandolara trains...

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Cyclocross

This week's CX race was Leuven, one of the series of standalone Soudal Classics races. 3:30 video from the race thanks to Vier.be.

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Leuven was won by Marianne Vos - and she's been reported in Cyclingnews laying out her goals for 2014. Ambitious as always, he's aiming to win three World Championships, starting with the Cyclocross Worlds, having some time racing MTB for fun, and then setting her sights on the Road World Championships road race and Team Time Trial. But that's not all....

"I have no problems riding for a teammate in a big race. I've never had problems with it."

With Anna van der Breggen, Dutch champion Lucinda Brand, and strong riders such as Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Annemiek van Vleuten, who had surgery last year and is now recovering to get back to top form, Rabobank-Liv has several options.

"I am still hungry to win, don't get me wrong," Vos continues. "But I notice that I get more and more satisfaction from contributing to other riders' victories. We have several aces to play. They shouldn't only look at me anymore."

It's so, SO easy to be a fan of Vos!

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Of course, as she says in that piece, Vos won't find winning CX Worlds easy - Katie Compton is really on fire at the moment. Here's a profile on her, by the Wall Street Journal.

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Body image and women's sport

BT Sport recently ran a survey of top British female athletes, asking about body image, and the results are depressing, but perhaps not surprising, with 80% of the athletes saying they felt pressure to look a certain way (and that's look, not perform). Downhill MTB superstar Rachel Atherton was one of the riders surveyed, and she was on the radio show BBC Five Live Breakfast talking about this, and how we should talk about female athletes in the media and real life - click here, and fast-forward to 2:11.00 for the full piece (if you can't hear it, try adding Hola or Tunnelbear and set yourself to the UK).

Road.cc have written about this, with other tips for guys, How not to be a knob to female cyclists.

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Astana-BePink

Italian-based women's team BePink has a new sponsor in Astana, another men's sponsor getting involved in women's cycling. Noemi Cantele talks about the team's plans for 2014 (Italian)

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Track

Hopefully you've already seen this, but the highlights of the Guadalajara Track World Cup are up on the UCI website

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Olympic champion Anna Meares wasn't racing there, but she's been in the news, with an article talking about how she got back to the top levels of racing after breaking her neck in January 2008

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Miscellany

Chloe Hosking always has one of the best twitters, and now she has a website too! Check it out. I like her article on Who to follow so you can follow women's cycling - so useful!

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I really enjoy team camp reports, and here are two very different ones from the UK peloton - Epic-Scott Contessa's mini-camp report, and in a different vein, Stef Wyman's report from the Matrix-Vulpine team camp and how it's all about the margarine gains.... love it!

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Coming next

On 26th January it's the final round of the 2013/14 Cyclocross World Cup, in Nommay, and the women's and men's races will be streamed in full, with commentary in English, here on the UCI Youtube.

The next UCI road race isn't until 4th February - the Tour of Qatar... but I'm excited already, last year it was one of my very favourite races...

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That's it for this week - as always, I'll be updating things as I see them on my women's cycling tumblr, and of course, I love to see things you've seen, so leave me a note in the comments, or talk to me on twitter!


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