Team GB's junior women managed to win the second round of the team pursuit despite a mishap, plus the rest of this week's video round-up
Team GB’s junior women were flying in the team pursuit at the track world championships when a standard catch and pass against Japan went badly wrong, as shown in the video below.
The lead Japanese rider, perhaps unaware of how much slower they were going, chose a terrible moment to peel off and ride up the banking.
The GB team were forced to take evasive action, which caused several riders to go down. Thankfully three of the Brits were able to finish and win the second round of the competition.
La Course by Le Tour de France
All eyes have been on the Tour de France but on the final day in Paris the Women’s WorldTour brings some of the best riders together to compete on the Champs-Élysées in La Course by Le Tour de France.
An 89km circuit race does not equate to a Grand Tour – which many in the women’s peloton would like to compete in, but this is certainly a positive step for the exposure of women’s cycling.
Chloe Hosking (Wiggle-High5) won the race with a long and powerful sprint, and was clearly very pleased and somewhat surprised with the result.
This was the third edition of the race that sees full television coverage and huge crowds gather early to see the women race before the final day of the men’s Tour de France.
What’s more, scheduling is key: the women’s Giro d’Italia suffers very little coverage, not helped by the folly of scheduling it at the same time of the Tour de France, whereas La Course brings deserved attention to professional women’s cycling.
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Junior track worlds highlights
Unlike the first video in this round-up, the junior track world championships weren’t all about the crashes.
This highlights reel shows some of the best racing, and probably gives an insight into some of the riders we’ll be seeing in the senior ranks in the not too distant future.
Riders tell us their best moments from the Tour
Here’s some more footage from the Tour for those suffering withdrawal. This video – again from Velon – gets riders to talk about their best and worst moments from the 2016 Tour de France.
Most are happy memories and the majority of the riders seem to have come out of the three week race with a smile on their face.