27/09/2014 Cycling


27/09/2014

Jonathan Edwards presents live coverage of the women's road race from cycling's World Road Championships in Ponfrerrada, Spain.


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Lizzie Armitt said is going to take the gold medal. Nobody within sight.

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Mark Cavendish is champion of the world. Bradley Wiggins powers

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towards the line. Chris Froome is the champion of this 100th to a

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difference. -- to a the castle of the Knights Templar

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here in north-west Spain. The Knights took possession of this to

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protect pilgrims on the road to Santiago to Compostela. The pilgrims

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still come, the Knights have long since gone. Until this week. So

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Bradley Wiggins, can he add the world time trial title to his

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mightily impressive record? Tony Martin going for a fourth world

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title in a row. It is going to be the fastest four seconds. Martin

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leading the way, Wiggins usually so good at measuring his effort.

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Feeling the heat. Martin 2.5 seconds slower than Bradley Wiggins. His

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back is against the wall now. Wiggins is going to have to produce

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the descent of his life here. This is going to be the fastest time,

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will it be a gold? Here comes Tony Martin. He is not going to do it.

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Bradley Wiggins is the world champion. Good afternoon from

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Ponferrada. Bradley Wiggins already set that record. Extended highlights

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coming later on after the main event, the women's road race. We

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will focus on the women's road race first, a comment on Bradley's

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performance on Wednesday. For me it was an amazing ride. There has been

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talk about his form this year. To say, yes, I still have got it. It

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was a fantastic ride. To put Tony Martin to bed way he did. He did not

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just win the world time trial, he beat Tony Martin, who was on form.

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Certainly mission accomplished by Bradley Wiggins. In great form. A

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knight in shining armour, there is always a damsel in distress. We have

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a damsel in the women's road race, she is not in distress though.

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Armitstead now putting in the full gas. The British champion wins. That

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was a stunning display. The World Cup leader, Lizzie Armitstead hits

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the front. It will be a drag race to the end. Lizzie Armitstead is the

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winner of the women's World Cup, there she is in the jersey she has

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worn all season. She will not be denied here in Glasgow, it is gold

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for Lizzie Armitstead, gold for England in the women's road race.

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Lizzie Armitstead our big hope for gold here in Ponferrada. It has been

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a coming of age for her this year. Absolutely, she ticked off the boxes

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this year, started the season strong and a lot of people thought wow. She

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has been on form. Very confident. To win the Commonwealth Games this year

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is another thing she has under her belt. She is informed to do it this

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year. That Commonwealth title you sense meant a huge amount to Lizzie.

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I think the Commonwealth Games means an awful lot to all of the riders

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there. It was a world-class field, she showed everybody a clean pair of

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heels. She gave her team-mates the confidence in her to go for that one

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goal. Talking about confidence, she often seems timid. We have seen a

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different Lizzie, her interviews before were almost bullish about her

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chances. Why not? She has won the races she targeted with fine form

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and confidence. She looks fantastic, every time she goes out there she

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knows she has done the work. She is able to have confidence that she is

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ready for it. Does it worry you that she has been quite so vocal about

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her chances? No, bring it on. I think so. It is a good sign.

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Possibly what has given her more confidence is the fact that Voss is

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not coming into this race 100%. She is still the favourite. She does not

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need to be because she has so much in hand, but it will give her and

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some other riders some confidence for getting on top spot today. In

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cycling you have to have a great team behind you. Let's hear from the

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British team. I would like to be world champion, it is the first year

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where I can come to a prerace interview and say that with some

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genuinely believe in it. It is a real traditional time --

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transitional time, what is the feeling? It is really nice at the

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moment because there are lots of developing riders coming through. It

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is a really good opportunity for the younger girls to experience the

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elite women's World Championships. What about the team British cycling

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has put around you? I am really happy that Hannah Barnes and Lucy

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Garner are here to support me like in the Commonwealth Games, I really

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trust them. The team mountain bikers are the best in the world at what

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they do, no reason why they should not have an impact on the road. The

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reason they have mountain bikers in this road race is because the course

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is hilly, there is a technical percent. The course will be suited

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to the mountain bike style. Lizzie, the goal is to get her at the front.

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It will be either going with things early on or protecting the race

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later on if Lizzie is out in front. This year going to the Commonwealth

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Games and this, it feels I am developing and they are noticing. I

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am looking forward to proving I am worth a spot. Hannah Barnes chasing

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her down. What is your main role? Trying to get the early breaks.

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Hopefully it will be similar to the Commonwealth Games where we control

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it and Lizzie goes away with the group. For me it will be trying to

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chase down attacks, hopefully surviving the climate, it is a very

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tough course like last year. Not as tough, but still a really hard race.

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I hope I can survive and help out as much as I can. What is the plan for

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Lizzie? This course has Lizzie written all over it. She is in good

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form and I think she can really go for the win here. It is a relentless

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course, that is what Suits Me, repeated efforts with minimal

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recovery is what Suits Me and what I will try to benefit from. When I

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look around the competition I don't believe there is anybody that should

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be able to drop me on this course, I should make it to the finish with a

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select group. The winner, the golden girl of world cycling, Marianne Voss

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from the Netherlands. She is always someone to beat at the World

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Championships, she is definitely not as good as she normally is. I think

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I have the opportunity to become world champion, if I don't, I will

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be disappointed, but it is the best chance I have ever had. Lucy Garner

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and Hannah Barnes part of that Commonwealth winning team. Noel Emma

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Pooley, though. Lizzie Roper at Hannah Barnes and Lucy Garner at the

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Commonwealth Games, had them right at her side. -- Lizzie road with. A

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couple of mountain bikers in there. Controversially. I think they will

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be enjoying this. When she saw the dissent in training, everybody said

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it was technical, she said there are no rocks, no trees, nothing in her

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way, it will not faze her, she will be able to go up the climb. Distance

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may play a part, mountain biking is a short event, but much sharper,

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higher effort. She fully deserves her place. There has been some

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criticism of their selection, given they are not experienced on the

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road. There has been, of course, but Lizzie Armitstead has come into this

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with confidence she can win, she will have had input into the team.

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It is down to what support she feels she needs. They seem to be very

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confident about that course, something that will suit Lizzie. She

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says the fact it is a relentless. The climbs on their own are not

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particularly tough, it is the fact they come lap after lap and there is

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a lot of chasing in between. Chasing is key. If she likes the course,

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likes the weather, it is good. We will talk about the contenders,

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already drama on the course, the race started at 2pm British time. We

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can bring you up-to-date with a very dramatic start to the race. Big, big

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crash year, a lot of riders going down and had a lot of riders going

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down underground here. A very sizeable proportion of the peloton

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down, some of them have clearly fallen extremely heavily here. A

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couple of the American riders down, I can see 23 there, Taylor of the

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United States. 110, who was 12th in the time trial. This looks very

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nasty for a couple of the riders, one of the Americans in real

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trouble, it seems. Canada with two riders on the floor, at least half

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of their team. What an enormous crash that is. Heating

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oh my goodness. What an awful crash for so many riders in the race.

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Let's hope it is not as serious as it looks potentially for one or two

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of them. None of the riders from New Zealand, not sure who that was,

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catapulted down the centre of the road. I think that rider was

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potentially from New Zealand. Confirmation of some of those who

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have fallen. There is an American ride on the far side of the road who

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looks as though she has a real problem. We hope that is not as

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serious as it looks. We have seen some tumble so far in pond for RADA,

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but nothing to compare, that was a horror. Very, very frightening to

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see. -- so far in pond for Voss came down hard. Both are back

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in the peloton now, but something like that, what will it do to them?

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What has it taken out of them? I imagine the riders upfront would

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have neutralised the race to a certain extent, road tempo, when the

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Italian game through she was on her own behind the car and a lot further

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back. It is good that those two are back in the peloton, but how much

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has it taken out of them? What does Lizzie do? She has come through

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that, she knows that Georgie and Voss have come down, how does it

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play into her tactics? It will add to her confidence. She lost a

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team-mate in Lucy Garner. Lizzie will have taken confidence to see

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the race had to be neutralised for Voss to come back. She knows it

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takes a lot out of the legs for them to do that and mentally as well.

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Lizzie will be feeling very confident. As you mentioned,

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Marianne has had problems this week, she pulled out of the team time

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trial, we think she has a hamstring problem. She is not firing on all

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cylinders. Even when you talk to the Dutch they don't really know where

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she is act. She can afford to give a few percent away. -- where she is

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act. One of the riders she has looked that as a possible contender

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is a French rider. Who rides on the same professional team. One of the

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hottest contenders for today because they have raised so much together

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they know each other's strengths. Voss would be a fitting team-mate.

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These two have been out for a spin on the course. Puffing and panting.

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I loved every minute. It is the climbs that will prove decisive.

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Only a few kilometres in, a punchy little climb. Back end of the race?

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It feels good when you are fresh, after a few laps it could start to

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hurt a little bit. If that is the toughest climb of the day we will be

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fine. I can feel that! Ouch. I thought that was the climb at the

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castle, but that is really going to take it out of everyone, we are 200

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metres higher than the castle. The sprinters will struggle to hold on.

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Definitely, once they are up there. Might be OK for a couple of laps. I

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hope that is the hardest bit done. Right, that is definitely the top.

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That last kilometre is where the damage can be done, all the way down

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to the finish as well, any gap you have got at the top, it will be

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extremely difficult to get back on the run-in. Race you down. Game on.

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It is a tough course. It is very tough. That crime is harder than it

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looks on the profile. I did not expect it to be that hard, that

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first bit past the castle is OK, good legs, start the second climb

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and it keeps going. If it is wet it will change the race, flip it on its

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head, it will be completely different. It is not one for the

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pure sprinters, pure climbers, it is not one. You need to be in really

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good form. Extremely good shape. Unlike me. I need a copy. My legs

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are burning. -- huffy. Copy? Testing. That massive crash, when

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you have fallen down it is even more challenging. Simon? COMMENTATOR:

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Thank you, Jonathan, welcome everybody. The race noticeably

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affected by that crash on the last lap, a number of riders held up,

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many forced to abandon. There may well have been another crash, one of

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the riders from Israel has fallen. This rider fell a few minutes ago

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for Australia. Looking less than happy, gingerly taking this dissent.

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The news from the British point of view is positive, Lizzie Armitstead

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towards the front, out of trouble. Two of the big favourites, the

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defending champion came through the finish line 43 seconds down.

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Immediately after the crash. Georgia from Italy had one team-mate with at

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one 57. Over the last few minutes they have got back into the peloton.

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The bronze medal time trial winner in the Commonwealth Games looks as

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though her day is done at this world road race championship. World Cup

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winner Armitstead is prominent at the front of the race for Great

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Britain are staying out of trouble so far. We have seen two crashes

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already. We are inside the final 80 kilometres. Pleased to say that will

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surely more and Rob Hayles have made it back to the commentary box. Letta

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we caught the end of the crash. We are not up-to-date with who is back

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in the peloton. There is a bell Russian rider who looks like she has

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received a bash. -- rider from Belarus. The Italian felt

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quite hard, did not look like she would get back up and get back in.

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It would be interesting to know how Voss is and how that crash has

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knocked her about. It takes a toll on your mental condition. Her

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team-mate looked like she was struggling. We had a little look.

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Belgian lost a couple of riders. Some very heavy fall is. -- for

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loans. Germany trying to control most of

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this women's road race so far. They go over the second of the two climbs

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per lap, this will be the key part of the race as the race goes on.

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This may be where it is won and lost. You can see the Italians

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getting together. In the black helmet with two white lines. That is

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Georgia. The Italians are still there, they have got themselves

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together. It will be interesting to see if they stick to the plan.

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Australia looking weekend. -- looking week. It is not a great

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situation, it was an awful crash, travelling at such high speed.

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Alison Powers fell heavily in that crash. Good signs for the Italian

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rider, it will have taken a lot out of her, the crash. She is upfront

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with her team-mates, that will help her psychologically. The Italian

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hanging in there. As the riders head up the climb. One kilometre long,

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this second climb. Kelly Taylor, one of the Australians we saw, made it

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back. She managed to make it back, so a few riders back in the peloton,

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they will have worked extremely hard to get there. Pauline was in sixth

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place towards the front of the peloton. Last is in good company at

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this stage of the race. We have seen Hannah Barnes as well. Last is doing

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a good ride, proving her spot here. They will be aware of this part of

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the ride. There will be gaps opening up, trying to get their confidence

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back. Four kilometres away from the next passage over the line. 68

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riders in that front group. Just off the back, the Netherlands, Italy.

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The Germans must be planning something because they are really

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driving the pace on the front, splitting up towards the back of the

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bunch. They look like they have control of this race at this point.

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The Italians starting to gather towards the front, keeping a close

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eye on things. There will be a lot of fatigue starting to creep into

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the legs. This is where you have to watch out. When gaps start opening

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you need to be wary of that quickly, can't afford to let a big gap go and

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try and chase it down, unless you have team-mates with you. Those

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riders that have positioned themselves well at the front, been

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out of the accident, dodging around riders on the ground, they will have

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an advantage mentally and physically going into the next lap here and the

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next climbs. They have not had to deal with that. And the nervousness

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of seeing an accident can play on your mind, you get more tense and

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cautious. Not hanging around on this dissent in towards Ponferrada. Two

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calamitous to the line. Whatever happens on the last lap, it will be

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a wild chase down this twisting, technical dissent before they reach

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the flat roads leading to the finish. On the back of the peloton,

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just off the back, the Russian rider. About 15 seconds there from

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the front of the peloton to the last ride on the back. Position will be

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key going into the last lap will stop a long way to go. Looking

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forward to the last lap and the descent into the finish. You really

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have to be up near the front. Here we are, back with the front of

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the race, we will see them coming through the finish in the not too

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distant future. Almost three laps in the bag now. This is about the only

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place on the circuit where there seems to be some kind of recovery.

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Riders just getting their breath, plenty having a drink. Keeping up on

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the fluids, it is fairly warm out there now. Hannah Barnes may come

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into your picture shortly on the left. There she is, Hannah Barnes.

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Lizzie Armitstead always staying near the front without having to

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show her face. That is Evelyn Stevens, a big smile at the back of

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the peloton, she is one of the favourites of the race in the USA.

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She will be glad to be in one piece after a couple of her team-mates

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ended up on the deck. Hannah Barnes at 21. Finishing her first with the

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American squad, United health care. A couple of good early-season

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results. Made a good early impression with her team. The

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Swedish rider we just saw. The national champion of Sweden only

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last year, Emily. Four laps to go. The German leading the way ahead of

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Lauren Hall from the United dates. -- United States. Last in the top 25

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as they came over the line. Someone from the Netherlands doing a bicycle

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change, very quick change, back onto the back of the peloton. Lizzie

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Armit said, 27 rider, over the line. -- Lizzie Armitstead. She has not

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had any moments of panic as a result of crashes so far. The adrenaline

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will have been coursing through the veins of the Italian rider, Georgia.

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After that crash three kilometres from the finish at the end of the

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lap, Georgia was nearly two minutes down when she went past the

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commentary position here. Her team-mates will have worked hard to

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get her back into that peloton. The peloton regrouped.

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You can have all of the prerace talk of favourites, who is in form, who

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is out of form, but a crash like that, it's decimated the field.

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The rider in the black, with the White helmets, up towards the front,

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up towards the front of the peloton, as they rode past.

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Stephen just happy to ride at the back, the American rider, but she

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has certainly been one to keep an eye on. Fifth in the World

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Championship road race last year, already has a medal from the World

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Championships. Her specialised squad were winning that one.

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Eight in the Pan-American Championships of three years ago,.

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The Australian making contact with the back of the peloton, she is back

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in there, to strengthen the team. With Tiffany Cromwell. Comfortably

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sitting near the front. Not as animated as we thought it would be

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maybe everybody, perhaps the teams are trying to get together and

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communicate with one another. As well, by the time we have got to

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today, we have seen a few races go out earlier, over the last couple of

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days. They begin to form a pattern. The riders coming back to the hotels

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in the evening, the younger riders, asking how it was, there is

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discussions. You come into this week with a loose plan. Once you begin to

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talk to the other directors and riders in the team, you realise, it

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is very difficult out there, and all of a sudden it is going to hit you,

:31:55.:31:59.

especially if it is warm like it is today. They could very well be

:32:00.:32:03.

planning for things to happen extremely late on in the last two

:32:04.:32:07.

laps. Those who we know have abandoned the race, which must be as

:32:08.:32:22.

a result of the crash, include Lizzie Williams, six in the time

:32:23.:32:30.

trial, Canadian, no longer in the race, Kerchman out of the race, and

:32:31.:32:44.

Anastasia Chulkova. Silver, of Brazil, Emily Collins, New Zealand,

:32:45.:32:52.

she is out of the race, -- Silva. From the Czech Republic, Martina

:32:53.:32:56.

Sablikova. Martina Sablikova did very well, in

:32:57.:33:10.

11th, in the time trial. She is a three-time Olympic gold medallist

:33:11.:33:15.

and ten time champion speed skater, she does cycling as a means of

:33:16.:33:19.

keeping fit in the summer. Here she is performing at the top level, but

:33:20.:33:21.

sadly, she is out of the race today. From yarn of man, Anna Christian,

:33:22.:33:35.

leading the way for Great Britain, one of the more promising British

:33:36.:33:36.

riders. She does not like to just turn up,

:33:37.:33:49.

she likes to animate a race as long as she is involved. She could

:33:50.:33:53.

possibly be the youngest rider in the race, it was said earlier on

:33:54.:33:57.

Twitter, she does not have experience competing at this level

:33:58.:34:00.

because she is so young. Interesting to see that she is thriving on this

:34:01.:34:05.

atmosphere. She is a racer, she enjoys being out there. Clear role

:34:06.:34:09.

to look after Lizzie Armitstead and she is certainly living up to

:34:10.:34:12.

expectations. British road race champion last year, 25th in the

:34:13.:34:16.

world junior road race this time last year in Florence, big step up

:34:17.:34:21.

to go in with the seniors. Anna Christian, just 19 years old. I

:34:22.:34:29.

mention the Commonwealth Games rider, she finished 18. Lizzie

:34:30.:34:33.

Armitstead, winner of the World Cup, season-long competition, she has

:34:34.:34:38.

nearly packed in towards the front of the peloton. Bujak From Poland

:34:39.:34:52.

leaving her side of the course, she joins the list of TNFs, which will

:34:53.:34:57.

be growing considerably. I think there is going to be one or two

:34:58.:35:06.

more. -- DNFs. The Germans still on the front driving the pace, really

:35:07.:35:09.

good race to this point. I guess there will be some spectators and

:35:10.:35:13.

people watching on thinking that the Germans may have done too much too

:35:14.:35:17.

early, they have taken up a lot of the pacemaking, the first part of

:35:18.:35:23.

the race. They have come into the race with a game plan and they have

:35:24.:35:26.

not faltered from that even the crash.

:35:27.:35:48.

Steady climb up to Confederacion. Five kilometres long. Three parts of

:35:49.:35:56.

the climb reaching 8% in the first two kilometres, the average gradient

:35:57.:36:02.

4.6. Long old drag. Alison Powers, shorts torn, on the back end of the

:36:03.:36:08.

peloton. United States team regrouping. Stevens, 22, looking

:36:09.:36:15.

good. Powers, back in the main field. Also for the United states,

:36:16.:36:21.

Megan, in front of us, number 18. And the Dutch rider just in front of

:36:22.:36:28.

her. She was struggling to hold the pace but she is in among the wheels

:36:29.:36:32.

once again. Alison Powers, as you can see, quite a heavy fall in that

:36:33.:36:38.

crash. The American personnel will be shaking their heads in disbelief

:36:39.:36:42.

at the back like they have had. They have lost calm and small before the

:36:43.:36:48.

race began. She had a accident out training, free riders came down,

:36:49.:36:52.

Stevens was one of them. She was able to start the team time trial

:36:53.:36:56.

and the individual team trial, she got the bronze medal but having had

:36:57.:37:02.

the crash with powers. -- Carmen Small. -- time trial. They have a

:37:03.:37:10.

very strong team here. Shelley Goltz, being one of the sprinters.

:37:11.:37:20.

Abbott. -- Shelley Olds. And indicated that she was there or

:37:21.:37:26.

thereabouts. She definitely has form, she has had a consistent year

:37:27.:37:37.

this year. Very reliable domestique. A steady pace on the climb to

:37:38.:37:38.

Confederacion. It'll be interesting to how long up

:37:39.:37:51.

the climb those three mountain bikers on the other side of the road

:37:52.:37:58.

are able to cheer them on. Not too much longer, judging by the 1 at the

:37:59.:38:04.

back. I think that is an electric bike, man at the front, giving a

:38:05.:38:08.

wave and a smile! But they did well, holding pace with the peloton for a

:38:09.:38:18.

few seconds! Making sure they keep hydrated in this race. 127.4

:38:19.:38:27.

kilometres long. There is a mechanical with one of the Italians,

:38:28.:38:30.

you can see, going back through the peloton. Could be a puncture. Could

:38:31.:38:37.

be some kind of mechanical. Coming through on race radio about that not

:38:38.:38:44.

yet. Ukraine up at the front at the moment. One of the riders from

:38:45.:38:51.

Slovenia decides to make a move at the front. The riders being aided by

:38:52.:38:58.

a crossed tail wind up here, if you are feeling good, it can go do you

:38:59.:39:03.

into wanting to attack, if it was a blocked a headwind, it would put you

:39:04.:39:08.

off, the peloton behind, not too concerned. Only the 1 rider going

:39:09.:39:11.

clear, happy to let that go with 66.7 kilometres remaining. Stella

:39:12.:39:26.

Kern may be on the front, riders still coming past the commentary

:39:27.:39:27.

position, in little groups. She will have been relying on her to

:39:28.:39:47.

be in it a little bit longer. We knew that Hanson would not have

:39:48.:39:51.

great support towards the end of the race.

:39:52.:39:55.

Stella Kern Leading the way. 24-year-old, riding the Giro

:39:56.:40:05.

d'Italia this year, she was 18th in the Giro Tostano, that is a

:40:06.:40:17.

pre-championship event towards the end of the season. We saw one of the

:40:18.:40:22.

riders from Israel go off the front. A little bit further back for

:40:23.:40:27.

France. A problem at the back. Looking painful, looking like hard

:40:28.:40:51.

work. That looks like a face that is saying, that is a day for me.

:40:52.:41:01.

Giorgia Bronzini one Copenhagen. -- won. It is not going to work out for

:41:02.:41:07.

her today. The leader, out on the road, Kern. The gap is 20 seconds,

:41:08.:41:14.

it is a long way to go. An awful long way through for an individual

:41:15.:41:19.

rider to go clear. Trying to keep that going. She is going to be, I

:41:20.:41:22.

should imagine, she will be hoping that one or two other riders come

:41:23.:41:27.

across to her. Nobody seems interested in going clear of the

:41:28.:41:34.

bunch. From the Netherlands, Van Dijk. And next to her, the defending

:41:35.:41:41.

world champion, Marianne Vos. The Dutch have three defending world

:41:42.:41:45.

champions. -- three World Championships. -- three world

:41:46.:41:56.

champions. They have a very strong team, the Dutch. Missing a couple of

:41:57.:41:59.

big hitters through injury. They have nine riders, they have a

:42:00.:42:16.

very strong team, but they have lost Anna Van der Breggen coming into the

:42:17.:42:19.

race. And so that was a big blow. And riders, have gone out. Here is

:42:20.:42:36.

the leader. Even before she had made the attack, we saw her riding on the

:42:37.:42:42.

front of the peloton. Shell account. -- should ?pela Kern.

:42:43.:43:26.

Two of the big favourites had work to do to catch up to the front,

:43:27.:43:32.

Mariella Voss, who was about three quarters of a minute down, she was

:43:33.:43:37.

able to get back on, as was Giorgia Bronzini, from Italy, not long after

:43:38.:43:40.

the crash was nearly two minutes back. The peloton regrouping. Those

:43:41.:43:46.

riders back in the main field. Anna Christian, we can see, up towards

:43:47.:43:52.

the front. From Great Britain. It is good to have your team-mates upfront

:43:53.:43:57.

in vision. Also shows everyone else is the strength in depth, early in

:43:58.:44:01.

the race. They said that Fallon had been dropped from the peloton, we

:44:02.:44:06.

saw her, number 31, back in the main field, the Dutch squad, losing the

:44:07.:44:17.

rider. That is the daughter of a former world champion, back in 1978.

:44:18.:44:22.

She is a strong rider herself, well-placed the spring. Fifth in

:44:23.:44:35.

that race. She is unable to contribute anything more today.

:44:36.:44:40.

First time at the World Championships.

:44:41.:44:49.

The Dutch team is very difficult to get into. Stevens. Interesting

:44:50.:44:57.

character, she gave up a high-powered business career to race

:44:58.:45:01.

as a cyclist? That is correct, and she has just decided that she is

:45:02.:45:06.

going to sign with a new team. They are becoming a super-team. We may

:45:07.:45:16.

see the strength transfer over. Did see Armistead. -- they have a new

:45:17.:45:22.

addition in Chantelle Black, they have Lizzie Armitstead, they have

:45:23.:45:24.

Van Dijk. . The lead of Spela Kern from Slovenia

:45:25.:45:30.

is over half a minute. The road goes uphill. Yet again. Up

:45:31.:45:47.

and over and round, and then on the top left hand of the screen that is

:45:48.:45:49.

where it begins to level off. They have climbed 200 metres at this

:45:50.:46:02.

point, above where they start. The first section of the climb down at

:46:03.:46:05.

the castle. Beautiful shot. Early on. Here, we can see, going over the

:46:06.:46:17.

top. Spela Kern getting her rhythm. None of the big nations are showing

:46:18.:46:22.

their hand so far in this race. It is interesting, there has not been

:46:23.:46:24.

any real attacks from the big nations. There was talk about

:46:25.:46:29.

Marianne Vos, playing a more conservative role with the Dutch

:46:30.:46:32.

team, and not going out on the attack and opening themselves up...

:46:33.:46:39.

They want to save themselves for the end of the race. Marianne Vos can

:46:40.:46:42.

kick off on that climb like nobody else. It is possible they will be

:46:43.:46:50.

relying upon that. We will see. A lot of talk and confusion in the

:46:51.:46:54.

week among people who are quite close to it, as to quite what her

:46:55.:46:59.

condition is. There has been a big question mark over what has

:47:00.:47:10.

happened. She pulled out of a couple of races. Yes, and she pulled out of

:47:11.:47:16.

another Tour before the finish. Some people were saying that she was not

:47:17.:47:20.

quite right, that she was injured. We have heard so many stories, that

:47:21.:47:25.

she had knee pain, back pain, no problems. That her form is not

:47:26.:47:28.

there, that she was sick. At the end of the day, a report from her

:47:29.:47:34.

brother today, saying that they were playing it safe coming into the

:47:35.:47:37.

World Championships. Some people see it as a negative, in reality, it may

:47:38.:47:42.

have been a positive indication, she was going 100% for the World

:47:43.:47:48.

Championships. Would we see anything into the way that she Road in the

:47:49.:47:54.

team time trial? It may have been playing it safe. Unfortunately for

:47:55.:47:59.

her, it may have saved her. -- fortunately for her. The horrific

:48:00.:48:03.

accident, she had already dropped off back. Was it nerves? Was it

:48:04.:48:11.

form? Was she thinking that she was going to go hard and then pull up,

:48:12.:48:16.

with a very short effort. That is what we do not know, Marianne Vos

:48:17.:48:21.

knows how to peak for a World Championship. We can only assume

:48:22.:48:24.

that all of these things that have been indications of form may not be

:48:25.:48:28.

there, it may be the complete opposite. What about the unity of

:48:29.:48:33.

the Dutch team? Some riders have been team-mates but moving

:48:34.:48:40.

elsewhere. Next year. Traditionally there has been a lot of Dutch riders

:48:41.:48:51.

on Rabobank. There has been a few announcements that if you of the

:48:52.:48:55.

riders from that team are leaving to go to other teams for new

:48:56.:48:58.

opportunities, or just a change. It is not a negative thing, riders

:48:59.:49:03.

deciding they will leave a strong team, perhaps it can be that they

:49:04.:49:07.

want a change, they want something different, women cycling is

:49:08.:49:10.

developing to the point where there is other teams and places to go,

:49:11.:49:13.

where the environment is very professional. In the past it was

:49:14.:49:18.

national funded and controlled teams that were very stable. As it becomes

:49:19.:49:22.

more professional we see there is options out there. If you are a very

:49:23.:49:29.

strong rider and you fancy yourself, opportunities are likely

:49:30.:49:34.

to be few and far between, because Marianne Vos is the big name in the

:49:35.:49:38.

sport, she is the leader of the team. The gap back to the peloton

:49:39.:49:44.

from Stella Kirn is coming down, she is not being allowed to gain too

:49:45.:49:58.

much ground. -- Spela Kern. She's very much within range. Number 40,

:49:59.:50:04.

you can see. Anna Christian. Centre of the picture. Just out of the

:50:05.:50:09.

saddle. Still in the leading group. And just in front of her, another

:50:10.:50:26.

rider. In terms of riders, maybe just below that, who could spring a

:50:27.:50:32.

surprise, would you include her? She would be in my top ten, she is a

:50:33.:50:37.

punchy rider, she can do very well. She has the power on the steep

:50:38.:50:41.

climbs. She is somebody who on the top game could match the likes of

:50:42.:50:54.

Marianne Vos and Lizzie Armitstead. She came over from South Africa to

:50:55.:50:59.

Europe, she established herself, one of those riders that would do

:51:00.:51:02.

anything to have an opportunity and probably do it the hard way. The

:51:03.:51:06.

first year she wrote the Giro d'Italia, she finished in the top

:51:07.:51:12.

12. -- Road. There is an indication that one day she could be on the

:51:13.:51:16.

podium at the Giro d'Italia. I would certainly put there in the top ten.

:51:17.:51:20.

You may remember the coverage of the women's race at the Commonwealth

:51:21.:51:23.

Games, the road race, tremendous print between her and Stephanie

:51:24.:51:29.

Cromwell of Australia for the bronze medal and the South African just

:51:30.:51:33.

managed to get it. -- Tiffany Cromwell. I did not think that I

:51:34.:51:38.

could pick it, I knew the strength of Ashleigh Moolman, I knew that she

:51:39.:51:41.

had done sprint work, and Tiffany has been sprinting well as well.

:51:42.:51:51.

They are the best of the crime is. -- climbers. INAUDIBLE

:51:52.:52:16.

Feeling quite good and quite confident, she is a rider who could

:52:17.:52:23.

possibly take a win or a medal here at the World Championships because

:52:24.:52:27.

she is a racer and she fears nothing. She has a couple of

:52:28.:52:30.

team-mates from Australia there, we senior she has the support of some

:52:31.:52:42.

of her team-mates. She was looking pretty relaxed at the hotel.

:52:43.:52:47.

Yesterday she must have spent three hours painting nails with the

:52:48.:52:52.

Australian flag. Every now completely different, very

:52:53.:52:55.

intricate, very impressive painted patterns. She had finished her left

:52:56.:53:00.

hand, I ask her about her right hand and she said, OK, that one is going

:53:01.:53:06.

to be tricky! She left it undone but when she got around to it she

:53:07.:53:09.

managed to make them both look beautiful! 20 of hours to fill when

:53:10.:53:13.

you are away on international duty, not I'm suggesting you painted your

:53:14.:53:17.

nails! LAUGHTER In terms of downtime and filling

:53:18.:53:21.

time. -- plenty of hours. You cannot go wandering around the town. The

:53:22.:53:26.

least amount of time that they can spend on their feet is the best. It

:53:27.:53:35.

can be difficult. It is a little bit easier these days, not that Wi-Fi

:53:36.:53:43.

was working particularly well in the hotel, but it is easier to be able

:53:44.:53:47.

to pass the time of day. There is only so much time in the week and

:53:48.:53:50.

today is heading into the championship that you would like to

:53:51.:53:54.

spend on the bicycle. A few little hits, maybe one or two longer rides

:53:55.:53:58.

in the week preceding the race. Other than that, a lot of time spent

:53:59.:54:06.

with roommates in the hotel. Spela Kern is 40 seconds clear. And

:54:07.:54:13.

leading the peloton over, some of the names up towards the front,

:54:14.:54:17.

Lizzie Armitstead, Great Britain, fifth place, and Tiffani Cromwell,

:54:18.:54:24.

of who we were speaking, from Australia. Ashleigh Moolman as well.

:54:25.:54:37.

And Lisa Brennauer is there, and Elisa Longo Borghini. Giorgia

:54:38.:54:44.

Bronzini is in the top 20 going over the top. Taylor, from Australia.

:54:45.:54:51.

Olds up towards the front. Emma Johansson, 24. Hannah Barnes up

:54:52.:54:55.

there for Great Britain as well. Plenty of big names towards the

:54:56.:54:59.

front. Marianne Vos, defending champion, still in the main field as

:55:00.:55:07.

well. Keeping her powder dry. We saw Warwick moved to the front for the

:55:08.:55:12.

Germans to close this gap and not let it get out too far. In fact they

:55:13.:55:17.

definitely have a plan. We have seen her on the front, it means they may

:55:18.:55:26.

be working. Trixi Worrack. -- Worrack. This could be an indication

:55:27.:55:37.

that they they are putting all of their efforts into Lichtenberg. She

:55:38.:55:51.

races -- she is an experienced rider. I wonder about Lisa

:55:52.:55:56.

Brennauer, but she has been prominent at the front of the

:55:57.:56:00.

peloton in the early stages, suggesting she is not trying to stay

:56:01.:56:03.

out of the way and save her energy quite as much. She could also be

:56:04.:56:10.

pretty tired after riding two major events, team time trial, individual

:56:11.:56:14.

time trial. Winning the both of them, she may have said, I do not

:56:15.:56:17.

want to take my chances today, I want to be a support rider. And

:56:18.:56:22.

let's race fresh legs in the German team. She should be proud of their

:56:23.:56:31.

achievements are up-to-date. Inside the last couple of calamities in the

:56:32.:56:39.

latest lab. -- last couple of kilometres in the latest lap.

:56:40.:56:51.

Spela Kern has lost a little bit of ground, gaining uphill, seems to,

:56:52.:57:00.

first 37, then 40, both times eating into the lead. No doubt she will

:57:01.:57:06.

continue to do so. In extremely difficult for an individual rider on

:57:07.:57:09.

this circuit to stay up clear. -- extremely difficult. Two other

:57:10.:57:14.

riders coming across to her. Small-group. Sometimes, you find one

:57:15.:57:21.

or two riders going up the road and then another and then another, and

:57:22.:57:25.

before you know it, you have ten or so riders, eight, ten riders

:57:26.:57:29.

upfront, and then the peloton can be in all sorts of bother. Peloton did

:57:30.:57:42.

not react specifically to the move, he is a member of a new team, from

:57:43.:57:49.

Slovenia. BTC, development team. They look pretty comfortable.

:57:50.:58:06.

Several members of the team in the world road race championship... The

:58:07.:58:13.

Slovenian, also riding for that team. Little bit of pressure on the

:58:14.:58:27.

pedals. Lizzie Armitstead for Great Britain. Towards the front. That is

:58:28.:58:31.

where she has been for most of the way so far. Annie Last, doing

:58:32.:58:37.

reasonably well, reasonably well placed, as they come towards the

:58:38.:58:42.

line for the latest time checks. 72.8 kilometres covered. Spela Kern

:58:43.:58:46.

leading the way, maybe not too much longer. She has been ahead for about

:58:47.:58:53.

three quarters of a lap. The rest of the peloton coming across the line.

:58:54.:59:02.

British team have done well, they still have a few riders supporting.

:59:03.:59:06.

Three laps to go, we may see something happen. A few riders from

:59:07.:59:12.

each nation that may not be the favourites, but may go away, just to

:59:13.:59:17.

see... Clear indication now that the Italians are protecting Giorgia

:59:18.:59:18.

Bronzini, they are riding for her. Armitstead over the line, safely

:59:19.:59:33.

tucked into the pack. Last alongside her. Just ahead of Armitstead.

:59:34.:59:37.

Hannah Barnes just a couple of places behind. Barnes is still there

:59:38.:59:47.

for Great Britain. Christian as well still in that group. That is the

:59:48.:59:52.

situation. The Slovenians still reading. Pleasantly warm afternoon,

:59:53.:00:03.

not too hot for the riders. Little wind to speak of on the streets of

:00:04.:00:12.

Ponferrada today. The world title is at stake, will Marianne Vos win for

:00:13.:00:19.

the fourth time? She is an incredible athlete. She has been

:00:20.:00:26.

first or second every year since 2006. She was second about five

:00:27.:00:34.

years in a row at one point. Unbelievable, she is a phenomenal

:00:35.:00:36.

athlete and amazing person, the amount of emotion she has done for

:00:37.:00:40.

women's cycling and gone out of the way to juggle developing and

:00:41.:00:44.

promoting women's cycling and being at the top of her game and a leader

:00:45.:00:48.

of her team, probably does a lot of management in the team as well, she

:00:49.:00:53.

is a phenomenal person, you don't come across somebody so talented in

:00:54.:00:59.

so many areas. It is not just wrote, cyclo-cross, the track, world aren't

:01:00.:01:08.

world champion. I have seen her cheering on team-mates in races she

:01:09.:01:14.

has not been competing in. She was hosting a busload of VIPs in the

:01:15.:01:20.

World Cup. Showing them because, explaining what cycling is about to

:01:21.:01:25.

them. And standing on the side of the road, passing up bottles to

:01:26.:01:28.

team-mates. Quite a phenomenal person and very lovable, just a real

:01:29.:01:34.

great role model for women's cycling. Hectic schedule, I remember

:01:35.:01:38.

the day she came to ride in the ride London race, women's Grand Prix, on

:01:39.:01:43.

the Saturday, in August last month, she was in Belgium in the morning

:01:44.:01:48.

with a previous engagement, but Lupin, took part in a race, nearly

:01:49.:01:54.

won, beaten by Bronzini on the line. She did that to support racing in

:01:55.:02:00.

the UK. She was at the women's Tour. She decided, OK, there are so many

:02:01.:02:05.

loyal supporters in the UK, I want to get over there. She had scheduled

:02:06.:02:11.

team time trial training in Belgium, got a private jet in the afternoon

:02:12.:02:20.

to race in right London. The recruitment officers at on Friday

:02:21.:02:24.

youth centre, the voluntary army is burgeoning. Alvarez leads a few

:02:25.:03:06.

miles from Ponferrada. -- lips. This summer I was working for three

:03:07.:03:12.

months in Italy. It was really nice. I saw this and I said, OK, I will

:03:13.:03:17.

take this opportunity because we don't have an opportunity like that

:03:18.:03:25.

every day. And then I am here. Now I am talking French, then meet

:03:26.:03:30.

somebody from Germany, taught in English, somebody from France

:03:31.:03:33.

talking in French, I love that. Among the many finish line

:03:34.:03:41.

volunteers, this man has come from Cordoba to be close to his heroes. I

:03:42.:03:46.

am accompanying some of the guys from anti-doping. It is an amazing

:03:47.:03:51.

experience from any cycling fan. I wanted to be here and the only way I

:03:52.:03:55.

thought I could be here was volunteering, I took it. It is a bit

:03:56.:04:00.

like the Olympics, all of the volunteers are the ones that make

:04:01.:04:03.

it, without them we would not be here. I will remember it for the

:04:04.:04:14.

rest of my life, I our big fan of Bradley Wiggins, it is amazing. -- I

:04:15.:04:21.

am a big fan. The volunteers certainly make all of the difference

:04:22.:04:24.

in the world, these World Championships, from what we have

:04:25.:04:28.

seen, have been extremely well organised this week. They were

:04:29.:04:34.

keeping the pedestrian crossings well in order yesterday when I was

:04:35.:04:38.

at the side of the road watching the men's under 20 Three Rd race. Great

:04:39.:04:43.

job iPods rather, there is the centrepiece of the town. -- great

:04:44.:04:51.

job by Ponferrada. Still no sign as to which direction is women's road

:04:52.:04:57.

race may go. That is our leader from Slovenia. Not a particularly

:04:58.:05:04.

well-known rider, it has to be said. She is doing a good job, she looked

:05:05.:05:09.

over her shoulder and saw the peloton was close. Most riders would

:05:10.:05:12.

have given up, she put pressure on the pedals. 14 seconds is a gap

:05:13.:05:24.

between her and the peloton. Kern has shown already in this race she

:05:25.:05:29.

has a good pair of climbing legs on her and is likely to stay where she

:05:30.:05:35.

is at the front. The peloton will not be unduly concerned, they will

:05:36.:05:38.

be happy for her to be where she is at the moment, very much in range,

:05:39.:05:44.

with 50 kilometres to go here. In the Spanish sunshine. Still a big

:05:45.:05:56.

peloton. We expect something to happen on this lap, whether at the

:05:57.:06:00.

start of this crime or toward the end of the lap when it gets a little

:06:01.:06:04.

bit steeper, with only three to go you would expect there would be a

:06:05.:06:08.

few riders who want to test their legs. The Italian team, we wondered

:06:09.:06:14.

whether they would race hard from the start or surround Bronzini and

:06:15.:06:18.

get her to the finish. Her confidence will be building, though

:06:19.:06:21.

she had that maps the accident early in the race. -- nasty accident. We

:06:22.:06:34.

have not seen to what extent she was involved in that accident. She has

:06:35.:06:40.

made up a couple of minutes she was delayed, hopefully she has been able

:06:41.:06:44.

to regain composure and is very much in it once again as she hunts for

:06:45.:06:49.

what would be her third world road race title. One American sprinter is

:06:50.:06:56.

still hanging in there, interesting to see if the sprinters get to the

:06:57.:07:00.

finish. If they start to like this race up it will be very tough.

:07:01.:07:09.

Shelley is a rider who many felt would find it difficult with the

:07:10.:07:13.

amount of climbing on this course, but she has been doing plenty of

:07:14.:07:18.

work in preparation for this to make sure her climbing is as good as it

:07:19.:07:24.

possibly can be. 16 seconds, Kern leading the way on the climb.

:07:25.:07:33.

Talking about preparation for the World Championships, the women's

:07:34.:07:36.

calendar has a couple of flat races in Holland and Belgium, leading into

:07:37.:07:41.

the World Championship. When there is a hill race, they have to decide

:07:42.:07:47.

whether to do flat, fast racing or staying in altitude in the mountains

:07:48.:07:51.

and do hill work, different athletes choosing different things. The likes

:07:52.:07:57.

of Marianne Vos chose to stay in Holland on the ladies Tour, the two

:07:58.:08:06.

are in Belgium. -- the Tour in Belgium. She has not been in

:08:07.:08:11.

altitude preparing for this race. It is possible that Marianne Vos does

:08:12.:08:17.

not consider this hilly. The Latvian was the first rider off in the time

:08:18.:08:22.

trial on Tuesday, she is hanging on Tuesday, she is hanging onto the

:08:23.:08:26.

coat-tails. Number 31 from Sweden, Emilia Fahlin, on the back of the

:08:27.:08:32.

peloton, as she was on the last lap in this part of the course. About to

:08:33.:08:40.

go past one of three Brazilian riders in this field. One of the

:08:41.:09:00.

spectators trying to get a feel for what it might be like to be in the

:09:01.:09:06.

peloton. I sense not for long. Quite amazing spectators can get so close

:09:07.:09:10.

to the athletes, riding along five metres by their sides, taking

:09:11.:09:14.

photographs. They can feel like they are a part of it. Looking at the

:09:15.:09:26.

riders who have retired, Heidi Dalton from South Africa has gone.

:09:27.:09:32.

Seeing if any of the big names have gone. Earlier we mentioned a rider

:09:33.:09:39.

who is out of the race for Belarus, she was one of the fancied riders.

:09:40.:09:47.

She fell heavily. She had a great season and prepared specifically for

:09:48.:09:50.

the World Championships, fancying her chances of being on the podium.

:09:51.:09:56.

She has stood out this year. A lot of people taking notice of how

:09:57.:10:00.

strong she is, versatile as well. Alice Barnes and Lucy Garner out of

:10:01.:10:05.

the race for Great Britain, two of the British riders out of the race.

:10:06.:10:12.

Moira abbot of the United States is out as well, she is a really good

:10:13.:10:19.

climber. Belgium lost three as a result of the crash, so did Canada.

:10:20.:10:23.

The Canadians only came with four to start with. Lizzie is down to three,

:10:24.:10:35.

last, Barnes and Christian, it may put more pressure on her, but she

:10:36.:10:40.

seems to have kept herself out of trouble until now. Being well placed

:10:41.:10:44.

in the peloton all the way through this race. It is as you were with

:10:45.:10:50.

Kern at the front of the race, just dangling in front of the peloton.

:10:51.:11:07.

Still on that grind. Not the most densely populated part of Spain, it

:11:08.:11:11.

must be said, around here, it is not close to anywhere else, even Leon is

:11:12.:11:16.

an hour and a half in the car, that is one of the closest major places.

:11:17.:11:21.

The British team are staying there. The French 100 kilometres away as

:11:22.:11:26.

well. Even if you live in Spain, it is a fair trip to come and watch

:11:27.:11:31.

these World Championships. It can be extremely difficult logistically, an

:11:32.:11:36.

hour and a half for the GB riders, if they are off earlier, it adds to

:11:37.:11:46.

the day. Early breakfast. There is a crash, let's have a look and look is

:11:47.:11:52.

involved? We peel away at precisely the wrong moment. Looked like there

:11:53.:11:56.

was an attack at the front of the peloton. It is the national champion

:11:57.:12:06.

of Italy. Seems like there was an attack of the front of the peloton,

:12:07.:12:10.

which started to stretch it out, then we had this crash near the

:12:11.:12:17.

back. She finished 10th overall in the women's Tour in the UK, in that

:12:18.:12:22.

race earlier in the year. There was the fall, caught up in that as well

:12:23.:12:29.

was Annie last. Luckily she is OK, as you can clearly see, and was soon

:12:30.:12:41.

back on the road. She looked very relaxed and calm, putting the chain

:12:42.:12:45.

back on herself and jumping on, some riders would wait for the mechanics

:12:46.:12:52.

to check out their bikes. She has taken initiative. On the mountain

:12:53.:12:59.

bikes, they do not have mechanics driving up behind them. Douglas was

:13:00.:13:04.

talking to an E in the week and said, what about the tricky

:13:05.:13:07.

descent? She said there are not any rocks on it. They have to be

:13:08.:13:12.

extremely self-sufficient, mountain bikers, when the race is under way,

:13:13.:13:17.

that is it. Right at the front of the race is an Christian, number 40,

:13:18.:13:22.

for Great Britain. And Lizzie Armitstead to her left. Armitstead

:13:23.:13:26.

looking strong and Anna Christian doing everything she can, the

:13:27.:13:31.

19-year-old, to stay with Armitstead and support her as long as possible.

:13:32.:13:38.

Still towards the back, iris of the Netherlands on the back, hanging in

:13:39.:13:45.

there. Marianne Vos in the orange colour of the Netherlands. Kern's

:13:46.:13:58.

turn at the front is over, there she is back in the main field. We have

:13:59.:14:03.

not seen much of the Japanese rider, she has come back from an Asti

:14:04.:14:08.

injury sustained in Sweden a month ago. Two riders from Japan. -- from

:14:09.:14:27.

a nasty injury. 113 is the Japanese rider, third in one of the stages of

:14:28.:14:31.

the Giro d'Italia this year. She deserves a place in the pro peloton.

:14:32.:14:37.

Top 20 finish overall in that race. She is the national champion in the

:14:38.:14:49.

road race and time trial. Everybody sensing a little bit of danger.

:14:50.:14:57.

Moving to the front is iris. On the other side of the road, was that

:14:58.:15:02.

Annie trying to come around the outside having got back into the

:15:03.:15:05.

peloton? We could do with a closer look. It may well have been, the

:15:06.:15:10.

British rider going from the back to the front. We see evidence Stephen

:15:11.:15:16.

is, she was riding off the back, she seems to be one of those who seems

:15:17.:15:20.

confident on the front or at the back out of trouble. -- even Stevens

:15:21.:15:32.

she does not look comfortable in the face. She has just made her way up.

:15:33.:15:37.

Lizzie Armitstead on the left-hand side of the screen, third from the

:15:38.:15:45.

left-hand side we look. Certainly nervous coming into the peloton.

:15:46.:15:48.

They are starting to fight for position. A little bit of looking

:15:49.:15:53.

around going on. We have not seen any of the big names show their face

:15:54.:15:56.

at the front. The Dutch team starting to move up on both sides of

:15:57.:16:05.

the peloton, left and right. The ride in the Blackadder disappointing

:16:06.:16:08.

time trial, she was not on the podium this year, though she was the

:16:09.:16:16.

past few years. -- the ride in the black had a disappointing time

:16:17.:16:26.

trial. Let's face it, she has proved so many times in the past she can do

:16:27.:16:32.

that. Looks like it might be the Dutch. Started to put the pressure

:16:33.:16:38.

on going into the descent, they realised everybody was at the front,

:16:39.:16:42.

let's start to put some speed into the peloton, stretch it out and get

:16:43.:16:48.

other people out of place, out of position. I get the feeling the race

:16:49.:16:54.

might be on. This is the last part of the climb until they go over the

:16:55.:16:57.

top and get the descent, where we have seen the peloton get stretched

:16:58.:17:03.

out. The Germans are there, well placed with two riders. USA as well.

:17:04.:17:09.

The Germans have had a good race to this point, they are losing their

:17:10.:17:13.

numbers. They have done a lot of work in the first part of the race.

:17:14.:17:20.

Becker was leading. Looks like they are supporting her. They have done a

:17:21.:17:26.

lot of work in the first part of the race. The whittling down process may

:17:27.:17:37.

start in earnest over the next few kilometres. Lizzie Armitstead moves

:17:38.:17:46.

up to the second wheel. She has that beautiful style, a lot of people say

:17:47.:17:49.

the toughest thing about racing with her is that she does not show any

:17:50.:17:54.

expression on her face or in her body until she gets under immense

:17:55.:17:58.

pressure, her composure does not change at all, she has a beautiful

:17:59.:18:03.

pedalling style. It is difficult to see if she is feeling the pressure

:18:04.:18:07.

because she really can keep her composure to the real death. She has

:18:08.:18:12.

watched everything so far, maintained her concentration through

:18:13.:18:16.

this race without having to show her face. She really has been well

:18:17.:18:23.

positioned. Italians moving up on this descent. It is not overly

:18:24.:18:29.

technical, but when they are travelling at this speed in close

:18:30.:18:35.

proximity, it can be. Is that Bronzini on the front or second

:18:36.:18:39.

place? Bronzini in second place, after the accident early on, she may

:18:40.:18:44.

have decided she needs to do the descent at the front and as to the

:18:45.:18:48.

team-mate to lead. It is likely that is her team-mate, known for her good

:18:49.:18:53.

descending skills. You can see the length of the peloton, they are

:18:54.:18:58.

getting stretched out. A great mix in the Italian team, former world

:18:59.:19:06.

champions. A wealth of experience and talented young riders. Everybody

:19:07.:19:15.

getting around that bend in one piece, fortunately. So far so good

:19:16.:19:19.

in the women's race, that corner has proven to be quite a problem in

:19:20.:19:24.

other races. It has taken several riders out over the past few days,

:19:25.:19:32.

it really has. A little look around to see if there is any damage.

:19:33.:19:45.

Tatiana keeping the pace quite high on the front. She was seventh in the

:19:46.:19:49.

World Championship last year will in 2009 she won the world title. The

:19:50.:20:00.

Italians have a good run at the World Championships. They pull it

:20:01.:20:05.

together, ride well as a team. Does not matter who wins from the Italian

:20:06.:20:10.

team. At the World Championships, they do an aptitude test before they

:20:11.:20:14.

go away, put it together. They have been consistent since 2009. It is a

:20:15.:20:21.

big thing for the Italians, perhaps more so than some of the other

:20:22.:20:25.

nations. In the lead ups to the World Championships. The team

:20:26.:20:30.

announcement, there is a lot of talk, build-up, the unity of Italy

:20:31.:20:35.

and the opportunity to wear the jersey. Absolutely, you have these

:20:36.:20:40.

riders on different proteins through the season, but they do favours for

:20:41.:20:45.

each other through the year because they have to ride together at the

:20:46.:20:49.

World Championships. Italy has been the heart of cycling for a long

:20:50.:20:53.

time, it is prestigious to be part of the Italian national team for the

:20:54.:20:58.

World Championship. If it stays like this for another couple of laps we

:20:59.:21:03.

will see the most liked for scrap on that one kilometre descent with five

:21:04.:21:09.

kilometres to go. Not much road and everybody will want it. Lizzie

:21:10.:21:15.

Armitstead getting out of the saddle. The further into this race

:21:16.:21:19.

we go and the more they have left in their legs, it means the fireworks

:21:20.:21:23.

will be bigger and brighter on that last lap. The descent will be worth

:21:24.:21:28.

watching. I would not want to be writing it. Still a tightly packed

:21:29.:21:37.

peloton. Number 40, right in front of the camera, and a Christian. --

:21:38.:21:50.

Hannah Christian. Hannah Barnes, 39, towards the back for Great

:21:51.:21:57.

Britain. Stevens to the left of our screen. She likes to be on the

:21:58.:22:02.

front. Or a couple of metres of the back. Germany still controlling

:22:03.:22:10.

things up towards the front of the peloton, as they have done for much

:22:11.:22:18.

of the race. They have really shown strength and depth today from the

:22:19.:22:23.

word go. The first lap. But riders up on the front, showed intent. They

:22:24.:22:28.

have stuck to it all the way so far. Of the big favourites, who would be

:22:29.:22:34.

the happiest so far at this stage of the race, for the race to be like

:22:35.:22:40.

this? Bronzini would normally be very content because she is the

:22:41.:22:46.

sprinter of this race. Shelley is another sprinter. Bronzini is the

:22:47.:22:48.

only one who has been able to challenge Marianne Vos in a

:22:49.:22:51.

head-to-head sprint, she will be feeling very happy it has been quite

:22:52.:22:56.

controlled until now, she will only be a little disappointed she had to

:22:57.:23:00.

do so much work earlier in the race to come back from that accident.

:23:01.:23:04.

Will be interesting to know what the effects of that crash are. I think

:23:05.:23:11.

Lizzie Armitstead would certainly have hoped for it to be a little bit

:23:12.:23:15.

harder, I think, especially as we go into this late stage of the race,

:23:16.:23:19.

she would want a lot more people under more pressure. Lizzie

:23:20.:23:23.

Armitstead said in her interview earlier she is not coming to a World

:23:24.:23:27.

Championship feeling more confident. She said no wider in this peloton is

:23:28.:23:33.

in condition to drop me from their wheels, it indicated she would race

:23:34.:23:37.

defensively and try to follow the moves, back herself in a sprint with

:23:38.:23:41.

whichever riders come to the finish. Here she is controlling at the

:23:42.:23:45.

front, looking around. Stretching her legs, having a look, seeing who

:23:46.:23:52.

is there. She will not want it to be an easy race to the line, she wants

:23:53.:23:57.

to take the sting out of the legs of Bronzini. She is quite fast, you

:23:58.:24:02.

would put her in the top five of speed in this peloton. No facial

:24:03.:24:06.

expression, she gave everybody the look. She is a master of the

:24:07.:24:13.

straight face. She looks great and probably in this case is feeling

:24:14.:24:16.

great as well. From the British point of view, coming into this

:24:17.:24:22.

championship with the best year of her career. In very good form.

:24:23.:24:27.

Feeling confident and quite bullish about her chances. Everybody else

:24:28.:24:33.

knows that, we saw she'd probably manage a pedal reference before the

:24:34.:24:45.

rest of the riders reacted. -- pedal revs. Tiffany Cromwell fifth over

:24:46.:25:04.

the crest from Australia. Bronzini will be happy enough at the

:25:05.:25:26.

moment with the way this race is panning out. What a race it promises

:25:27.:25:29.

to be over the closing couple of laps, 40 kilometres to go. This is

:25:30.:25:35.

the descent where there was a spectacular crash early in the race.

:25:36.:25:46.

A little bit calm now in the peloton, starting to bunch up,

:25:47.:25:50.

nobody really wanting to take up the pressure on the front. Are they

:25:51.:25:58.

waiting for the last lap is Marianne Vos going to wait for that last

:25:59.:26:03.

climb to kick? That is often enough for her. If she is on top form and

:26:04.:26:07.

the rumours are not true she is struggling, nobody can match her

:26:08.:26:13.

kick. If you get five or six seconds over the top, she can descend like

:26:14.:26:18.

no one else in the peloton. If she is on form that is probably her

:26:19.:26:22.

most... She does not want to be isolated and make wrong moves. To

:26:23.:26:27.

get over that line with a gap must be her plan. They might send a Dutch

:26:28.:26:33.

rider of the road on the last lap and let the other nations chase that

:26:34.:26:37.

down. Marianne Vos has a kick nobody can match. Do you feel Armitstead

:26:38.:26:43.

would wish to be alone coming into the finish or not too unhappy in a

:26:44.:26:47.

group? Depends on the combination of the group. With Lizzie's sprint, she

:26:48.:26:57.

tends to wait and react from the other riders. She is a fast rider,

:26:58.:27:03.

wants up to speed, but her kit is not that good. -- kick. If she wants

:27:04.:27:10.

to go head-to-head with one or two other riders who have a sprint, she

:27:11.:27:16.

needs to take control and put her move in first in the closing couple

:27:17.:27:20.

of hundred metres to get a gap. Once she is up to speed she is quick and

:27:21.:27:25.

has that track pedigree from earlier on. It is the initial getting up to

:27:26.:27:31.

speed. We look at the Italian is putting pressure on the front.

:27:32.:27:45.

Looking around to check who is there. Going back to Lizzie and the

:27:46.:27:57.

finish, she would certainly much prefer to be in this position here,

:27:58.:28:04.

on the final lap, away on her own with a good, probably at this point

:28:05.:28:11.

around about ten seconds, advantage. 10-15 seconds over a small group

:28:12.:28:16.

behind, that would be what she would be fairly guaranteed depending on

:28:17.:28:21.

who is left in that group behind. If it is a small group she is with, she

:28:22.:28:26.

definitely needs to go on the offensive and take control in the

:28:27.:28:30.

sprint. She is towards the front of the race as per usual. Two to go.

:28:31.:28:38.

There is Armitstead in the middle, just in discussion... She looks

:28:39.:28:46.

fairly comfortable at the moment. She should certainly be happy with

:28:47.:28:50.

how the race has panned out for her thus far. I am sure she will be

:28:51.:28:55.

hoping there is a little bit of animation the next couple of laps

:28:56.:28:58.

because she wants to create a situation where the likes of

:28:59.:29:01.

Marianne Vos and the stronger riders need to close some gaps and she can

:29:02.:29:04.

benefit from that. A situation where the likes of Marianne Vos and the

:29:05.:29:07.

stronger riders need to close some gaps and she can benefit from that.

:29:08.:29:10.

Rider Johansen, one of the punchier riders.

:29:11.:29:15.

Emma Johansson will not be far away, right behind us, the direction of

:29:16.:29:23.

where the climbs are, there is a rather unfriendly looking thundery

:29:24.:29:27.

clout... On the horizon. We will hope that does not start to pour

:29:28.:29:34.

down on the riders. And make life more difficult for them over the

:29:35.:29:39.

closing couple of laps. If it does it will certainly play a part. A

:29:40.:29:44.

part that we do not really want to see, on these roads especially. Big

:29:45.:29:56.

peloton still together. As they come up towards the line. For the

:29:57.:30:02.

Netherlands, Iris Slappendel, she has done a great job to get back in

:30:03.:30:09.

and be a main player. 91 kilometres in the bags for these riders. Annie

:30:10.:30:15.

Last and Lizzie Armitstead, up towards the front of the peloton.

:30:16.:30:19.

Hannah Barnes and Anna Christian towards the back. Now the race is

:30:20.:30:24.

on, the United States begin to animate the road race, with two to

:30:25.:30:32.

go. The Netherlands on the front of the peloton, just trying to take

:30:33.:30:35.

control of that. One of the riders from the USA,

:30:36.:30:59.

trying to break away. Just over two laps to go.

:31:00.:31:06.

Alison Powers has made the move, we are being told, who crashed heavily

:31:07.:31:16.

earlier in the race. We need to get back down on the road, just for

:31:17.:31:19.

confirmation that it is Alison Powers.

:31:20.:31:29.

Here she is, circling the centre of the town. She has a decent little

:31:30.:31:43.

gap, I do not think it will come to much, but it will put pressure on

:31:44.:31:46.

the peloton, lining them out and setting themselves up, not before

:31:47.:31:51.

too long they will hit the first part of the circuit where it hits

:31:52.:31:54.

the climb, that will be a bit of a sting in the legs for a lot of

:31:55.:31:59.

riders. She is a strong rider and an individual time trial. Triple

:32:00.:32:07.

national champion in the United States, Alison Powers. Winning the

:32:08.:32:12.

criterion, the individual time trial and the road race for the USA, very

:32:13.:32:15.

strong rider, she has got to get there. Very disappointed with her

:32:16.:32:19.

time trial early in the week, finishing eighth. Probably hoping

:32:20.:32:25.

for a medal or a top five, that is what we would have expected, very

:32:26.:32:29.

visibly disappointed with that. She has not given up. Perfect excuse

:32:30.:32:34.

with a big crash like that, to pull the pin on such a hard course, but

:32:35.:32:38.

not specifically suited to her style of riding. She is making the most of

:32:39.:32:43.

it. Before we have mentioned they have several cards to play, the

:32:44.:32:47.

United States. She is the first of them here. She could be setting

:32:48.:32:53.

things up nicely, Stevens. A little bit lighter than she was at the

:32:54.:32:58.

start of the race, she has lost a little bit of Bach, she will be

:32:59.:33:02.

climbing better. If it comes down to a sprint, then hanging onto Giorgia

:33:03.:33:07.

Bronzini's back wheel, I am sure that we will see Olds. 11 seconds is

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the gap. It has gone up to 12 seconds for

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Alison Powers of the United States. It has thrown out the peloton, this

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is the point on the circuit where we can see, visually, there is not an

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awful lot of recovery, the home straight seems to be the only spot

:33:33.:33:36.

on the circuit where the riders have the most of it, and they can relax a

:33:37.:33:41.

little bit, get in the wheels and recover and take a little bit of

:33:42.:33:47.

food and drink on-board, the rest of the time they are chasing, and this

:33:48.:33:50.

is what Lizzie Armitstead was hoping for. Much more of this ilk on this

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section of the circuit. A lot of pressure on a lot of riders. .

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Downhill through the town before they see the castle in the distance.

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That will mark the four kilometre mark in terms of this lap. More less

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Mark King the start of the five K climb up to the top of

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Confederacion. -- five kilometre climb. Alison Powers's move will be

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in the function of a strong team finish. Which nations will chase?

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She will hand in a little gap. The USA looking to draw the sting of a

:34:37.:34:43.

few others. Great move for the USA. It looks as though it is going to

:34:44.:34:47.

put pressure on the other nations if they leave it too much longer, she

:34:48.:34:48.

is a very strong rider. Definitely the rider from the United

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States that is leading the way, looked like the Dutch riders were on

:35:08.:35:12.

the front. There is one of them. Not wanting this to get out of reach.

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Trying to contain it as best as possible. . This is always a tough

:35:17.:35:29.

one, when a rider has gone clear and you know there are degree as a time

:35:30.:35:35.

trialist. She is a diesel type rider, she can stay out there for a

:35:36.:35:39.

long time and if the gap becomes too big and out of sight, and they do

:35:40.:35:44.

not pick up the pace soon enough, could be a very dangerous move. The

:35:45.:35:48.

Dutch are the ones to potentially respond on the front of the peloton.

:35:49.:35:58.

At the moment it is about 12 seconds, the gap to Alison Powers.

:35:59.:36:05.

Looks like it might be more than that but it is not. At least one of

:36:06.:36:09.

the riders from the Netherlands is on the front of the peloton.

:36:10.:36:13.

Effectively out of the race, Amelia, she goes past our common territory

:36:14.:36:20.

session. The question is, which nation will take it up? 60 riders in

:36:21.:36:26.

the front of the group at the moment. 21 seconds is the gap at the

:36:27.:36:32.

moment. Lizzie Armitstead, still in a good position for Great Britain,

:36:33.:36:37.

up towards the front of the race. Meanwhile... Down in the pits in the

:36:38.:36:41.

finishing area, Jill Douglas has been speaking with Lucy Garner. You

:36:42.:36:47.

are carrying a bit of damage, after the crash, you were down twice. I

:36:48.:36:53.

was only down once actually but yes, it was a silly crash, I'm very

:36:54.:36:59.

annoyed. There was no chance I could get on the cars, they will not let

:37:00.:37:03.

me. I put in a big effort to get back, I managed to get back but then

:37:04.:37:07.

I was totally dead when I got back. For me to have done my job well, I

:37:08.:37:12.

needed no mistakes and yes, it went wrong. Huge crash involving half the

:37:13.:37:18.

field, pretty dramatic. I came down shortly afterwards and there were

:37:19.:37:22.

bodies everywhere, it can be so dangerous out there. Pretty

:37:23.:37:29.

dangerous. If you go in at full pelt and there is people a bit nervous,

:37:30.:37:33.

that is what happens. Disappointing to see you come out at this stage,

:37:34.:37:37.

but Lizzie Armitstead is still there, with Hannah as well. Lizzie

:37:38.:37:45.

looks like she is flying, all of the girls in there for her, she is

:37:46.:37:48.

flying and it looks like she could have it, she is looking very good.

:37:49.:37:53.

Jill Douglas, with Lucy Garner, not her day-to-day, but a very young

:37:54.:37:59.

rider, very promising rider. Twice the world junior road race champion.

:38:00.:38:02.

There will be better days ahead for her surely. She sounds disappointed

:38:03.:38:11.

she could not have done more. Two-time junior world champion. She

:38:12.:38:15.

is mixing it up with the best sprinters in the world. Very

:38:16.:38:19.

well-known in the peloton as one of the fastest in the world at a very

:38:20.:38:23.

young age, she would have liked this opportunity to see what she could do

:38:24.:38:27.

on a tougher circuit, really. Looked like a very heavy fall, early in the

:38:28.:38:32.

race, you could see that at the time. A bang on the right-hand side

:38:33.:38:41.

of her body. And we saw pictures of Alison Powers, she had a fall. Looks

:38:42.:38:46.

like the peloton is keeping it in check. She has done a lot of work

:38:47.:38:51.

today for the Germans, just setting the pace. The former team time trial

:38:52.:38:58.

gold medallist at the championships. The Spanish showing their faces. Ana

:38:59.:39:03.

Sanchez, Riding for the same professional team as Becker. They

:39:04.:39:09.

are taking up the pace. One of the riders from Finland still hanging in

:39:10.:39:18.

there, not sure which one it is. Poland as well, represented. At the

:39:19.:39:25.

front of the peloton. Ukraine as well. Two or three Polish riders.

:39:26.:39:30.

Russia coming to the front. A bit of pressure on. Lizzie Armitstead will

:39:31.:39:37.

be a little bit happier now. Riders jostling for position, coming

:39:38.:39:39.

through, trying to get clear of the wheels ahead. Trying to grab

:39:40.:39:57.

bottles. She is a bit of a diesel, she can sit there and tapped out

:39:58.:40:01.

this rhythm all day long. She got out of the saddle with a little

:40:02.:40:04.

discomfort, perhaps because of the fall, she is not a rider that likes

:40:05.:40:09.

racing in Europe, she has said that very vocally, she does not like the

:40:10.:40:13.

European style of racing, she spends most of her time racing in the USA.

:40:14.:40:19.

This is a position that she will be very well acclimatised to, being off

:40:20.:40:24.

the front, getting into rhythm. You can see the peloton in the

:40:25.:40:28.

background, keeping her in check. On the front, the Russian rider, but we

:40:29.:40:32.

will have to wait and see which one it was. Number one for the

:40:33.:40:38.

Netherlands, Amy Peters, just sliding back a little bit. Amy

:40:39.:40:43.

Peters was second in a World Cup race in Sweden only last month. Just

:40:44.:40:48.

beginning to lose a little bit of contact. Just hanging on. If the gap

:40:49.:41:01.

is not big, you can see the dark cloud in the distance, heading

:41:02.:41:05.

straight for it. Usually comes back together. There is a couple of flats

:41:06.:41:12.

on the way up. This could be a bit of a move. Who is it at the front?

:41:13.:41:21.

It could be Hannah Barnes, it could be Anna Christian, we will get a

:41:22.:41:26.

better picture in a moment. Lizzie Armitstead is obviously said she

:41:27.:41:28.

would like a harder race than this is, she wants to take the

:41:29.:41:33.

initiative. Alison Powers has been overtaken here very quickly.

:41:34.:41:38.

The peloton is animated here. Another of the riders from the

:41:39.:41:45.

United States making a move. Alison Powers has made her efforts of the

:41:46.:41:49.

day, as soon as she has finished, there is another coming, and one of

:41:50.:41:51.

her team-mates. My guess is that that is the young

:41:52.:42:08.

rider, Anna Christian. Just behind these riders.

:42:09.:42:16.

The Polish rider peeling off. The Israeli and rider on third wheel. --

:42:17.:42:29.

the Australian rider. Bronze medal in Commonwealth Games, only got her

:42:30.:42:34.

citizenship in the last year. At least three riders out the back

:42:35.:42:38.

here. Really will begin to whittle down from behind. The New Zealander

:42:39.:42:45.

at the front on the right, Linda Williamson. Good to see Anna

:42:46.:42:53.

Christian getting as involved as possible in the race. And now we can

:42:54.:42:58.

see a fuse box of rain. There we go... This will be nervous times.

:42:59.:43:04.

You can see the rain on the lens but also on the road, not raining on the

:43:05.:43:10.

Finnish road but at the back of the circuit... -- finish line. And if it

:43:11.:43:14.

is wet on the descent, do not go and make a cup of tea, that is all that

:43:15.:43:20.

I can say. This is going to put the cat among the pigeons. Sizeable

:43:21.:43:26.

spanner. -- and now we can see a view spots of rain. There will not

:43:27.:43:31.

be many riders who will have been watching weather like this. Lizzie

:43:32.:43:34.

Armitstead would be one of them, she says that she likes wet weather, at

:43:35.:43:39.

the Commonwealth Games she said she would to rain. She does not get

:43:40.:43:43.

rattled by the rain, she is quite comfortable. You did not mind it in

:43:44.:43:49.

London in the Olympics either, fairly damp that day, getting the

:43:50.:43:55.

silver medal behind Marianne Vos. What a race that was. They could be

:43:56.:43:59.

the only two in the peloton that are happy that it rained.

:44:00.:44:08.

Looking comfortable in the middle in the black up towards the front,

:44:09.:44:18.

Linda Villumsen. You have different types of athlete, she is switched

:44:19.:44:23.

on, bit of a jackpot, you do not know what you are going to get. Well

:44:24.:44:28.

positioned at the front, and that is an indication that she is doing

:44:29.:44:34.

nicely. Trying to make life more difficult for everybody else.

:44:35.:44:37.

Looking like Anna Christian again, first world championship, one of the

:44:38.:44:41.

youngest, perhaps the youngest in the bike race, great to see her out

:44:42.:44:48.

there. Great ride. Is that Katrin Garthwaite on her wheel? Actually it

:44:49.:44:52.

is Rachel, the silver medallist from a couple of years ago. There is a

:44:53.:44:57.

lot of looking around going on. Meanwhile, Linda looking very

:44:58.:45:03.

comfortable in the black of New Zealand. Inside the last 30

:45:04.:45:19.

kilometres of the race. -- Katrin Garfoot. There is going to be some

:45:20.:45:26.

fighting, the gaps are going to open up even more, from the front to the

:45:27.:45:30.

back, an awful lot further than it has been on the laps previous.

:45:31.:45:36.

Lizzie Armitstead upfront, alongside Anna Christian, on the right-hand

:45:37.:45:43.

side as we look. Still tightly packed up. Another move going on the

:45:44.:45:51.

right-hand side of the road. Anna Christian and Lizzie Armitstead

:45:52.:45:55.

there, interesting to see who these ones are. The second is in a

:45:56.:46:01.

strolling rider. Germany bringing it back... Hannah Barnes on the

:46:02.:46:06.

front... A lot of criticism about the British national team but they

:46:07.:46:10.

have done quite well to get this far into the race and be the ones that

:46:11.:46:13.

are animating it with less than two laps to go. Katrin Garfoot,

:46:14.:46:20.

Australia. The Australians, with Rachel and Tiffany Cromwell and

:46:21.:46:23.

Katrin Garfoot, all of them in good position. And the Finnish rider in

:46:24.:46:31.

good position. We still have not seen much from Emma Johansson today.

:46:32.:46:35.

Fair to say there is a lot less in the peloton at the top of this crime

:46:36.:46:40.

going over then there were at the bottom. -- at the top of this

:46:41.:46:50.

climb. A couple of Ukrainian riders having a dig at the front and marked

:46:51.:46:54.

closely by the United States... Look at the weather now, absolutely

:46:55.:46:59.

horrible. It has completely changed, it has really turned this race on

:47:00.:47:03.

its head. But at the finish, as dry as a bone. So far, so good. That

:47:04.:47:08.

could be Shelley Olds, the American on the second wheel, and if it is,

:47:09.:47:13.

looking very comfortable for a sprinter to be this comfortable at

:47:14.:47:15.

this stage in the race. Just taking her time off the back,

:47:16.:47:27.

Mexican rider, Veronica. As the road heads up... An awful lot of standing

:47:28.:47:34.

water on the flatter sections of the road. Australia now on the front.

:47:35.:47:40.

High-performance manager of Israeli said that Rachel is in the form she

:47:41.:47:44.

was in two years ago when she was second to Marianne Vos, in Holcombe

:47:45.:47:49.

Burke. May have been right. -- Falk and Berg. She has been plagued by

:47:50.:47:57.

injury and misfortune, and an accident with a car earlier this

:47:58.:48:01.

year, but coming into form at the right time for the championships. --

:48:02.:48:12.

Valkenburg. Looking very strong here, making a move off the front,

:48:13.:48:17.

on the shiny wet roads. And they are going to be slippery, this has put

:48:18.:48:20.

an awful lot of pressure on the other teams. Which one is going to

:48:21.:48:25.

take it up? Which one is going to try to contain the mood? The

:48:26.:48:28.

Australian rider is back in the peloton, they can sit there, on the

:48:29.:48:34.

wheels, a bit of spray on their face, but they can relax a little

:48:35.:48:39.

bit. When these breaks go, Lizzie Armitstead will be banking on the

:48:40.:48:42.

Germans, the Italians, the Dutch and the United States to respond. Great

:48:43.:48:52.

move by Rachel, not the most confident, we will see her lose a

:48:53.:48:58.

little bit of time. Lottie Becker when the rain came down there may

:48:59.:49:02.

have been a bit of extra motivation to do something on the ascent, a

:49:03.:49:06.

little bit of leeway on the descent. We will keep a close eye on this,

:49:07.:49:13.

particularly the right-hander. None of the riders have done the descent

:49:14.:49:17.

in the wet in the week either, so this is going to be a new experience

:49:18.:49:23.

for a lot of the riders. How much traction on the tyres? At least she

:49:24.:49:33.

can pick her own line, she is not being overly harassed by anybody

:49:34.:49:39.

around her or affected by anybody around her. It is a lot slower and a

:49:40.:49:43.

lot more cautious going around the bend. . That was a deep breath, she

:49:44.:49:50.

is happy to be at the bottom of the descent, now she has got to work

:49:51.:49:54.

pretty hard to put the pressure on the other riders, she is very loyal,

:49:55.:49:58.

loves to ride for her team-mates, prides herself on being one of the

:49:59.:50:09.

most strongest and reliable domestiques in the line-up. The

:50:10.:50:15.

nature of the descent, with the weather changing, has really changed

:50:16.:50:20.

things. Still dry at the finish, we hope that it was just a passing

:50:21.:50:23.

shower. Disappearing off in the other direction. Rachel Neylan is

:50:24.:50:30.

coached by Bradley McGee, I heard him giving her a pep talk, she has

:50:31.:50:35.

moved to Sydney, to training during the Australian summer, under the

:50:36.:50:48.

guidance of Bradley McGee. Rachel Neylan, striking out inside the

:50:49.:50:53.

final 25 kilometres. Plenty of riders in contention, air handful of

:50:54.:51:01.

seconds behind. -- a handful. Lizzie Armitstead behind.

:51:02.:51:10.

It is fair to say this race is well and truly on, a lot different than

:51:11.:51:17.

the previous laps we have seen. 24.3 kilometres remaining.

:51:18.:51:25.

She has had her fair share of injury, Rachel Neylan, she had an

:51:26.:51:32.

accident in 2012, after she was silver at the World Championships,

:51:33.:51:36.

against Marianne Vos, it felt like a win, because she was so dominant in

:51:37.:51:41.

2012. Second at the World Championships, very impressive.

:51:42.:51:46.

Megan Guarnier, of the USA, and Charlotte Becker of Germany, they

:51:47.:51:50.

have dropped out of the back of the main chasing group as you can see,

:51:51.:51:55.

but as you can see, it is a few seconds, the gap, or Rachel Neylan.

:51:56.:52:01.

Last time check we had ten seconds. That is what it is now. Lizzie

:52:02.:52:04.

Armitstead, on the front. She's looking around, she may be

:52:05.:52:13.

looking for team-mates to pick up the pace, nobody else picking it up,

:52:14.:52:17.

she would like to keep it higher, she does not want to many fresh

:52:18.:52:23.

legs. Just behind Lisa Brennauer, the American, Shelley Olds, we did

:52:24.:52:26.

not expect her to get this far into the race. On the lest of your -- on

:52:27.:52:32.

the left of your screen, from New Zealand, the five-time World

:52:33.:52:34.

Championship medallist in individual time trials. A couple of French

:52:35.:52:40.

riders there as well. Up towards the front. Back at the front of the

:52:41.:52:46.

race, Rachel Neylan. As Rachelle the saying, silver medallist a couple of

:52:47.:52:49.

years ago. Quite bullish and confident yesterday, in the

:52:50.:52:55.

Australian press conference, head of the race, sitting alongside Tiffani

:52:56.:53:02.

Cromwell. -- as Rochelle was saying. -- Tiffany Cromwell. Not holding

:53:03.:53:16.

much back. With two very strong team-mates back in the peloton,

:53:17.:53:21.

every reason to give 100%. She will either work out our own advantage or

:53:22.:53:24.

set up the team for the best advantage. Interesting she is

:53:25.:53:28.

wearing a skin suit, a lot of riders choosing to do that in road races

:53:29.:53:33.

rather than big shorts and jersey, she has the skin suit on. In terms

:53:34.:53:40.

of the benefit you would accrue over a long race. Yes, certainly. -- bib

:53:41.:53:51.

shorts and jersey. Bradley Wiggins averaged 50 K pH, and so speed

:53:52.:53:56.

anything above 15, 20 K pH and you are... Aerodynamics plays a part...

:53:57.:54:01.

We are on the climb but you can see the speed at which they are going

:54:02.:54:05.

up. It played such an important part. This is what Lizzie Armitstead

:54:06.:54:09.

would like to happen, the Italians have bitten, they have decided they

:54:10.:54:15.

need to leads the race and straightaway, Lizzie Armitstead is

:54:16.:54:19.

following. Third at the World Championships last year, leading the

:54:20.:54:25.

chase, Rozelle Ratho. Probably for the likes of Giorgia Bronzini. --

:54:26.:54:31.

Rossella Ratto. Busy Armistead has sensed the danger, she would like to

:54:32.:54:35.

contribute to this, she is on a mission. Trying to see if Marianne

:54:36.:54:38.

Vos is in the leading group, there is a Dutch rider but I do not think

:54:39.:54:43.

it is boss... Yes, it is Marianne Vos who is there. And you can see,

:54:44.:54:48.

all of the big names, beginning to appear at the front of the race.

:54:49.:54:57.

Lizzie Armitstead leading the way. -- I do not think it is Marianne

:54:58.:55:01.

Vos, guess it is Marianne Vos actorly. Well represented the Tour

:55:02.:55:07.

group, tapping off the climb. Fortunately the roads look try once

:55:08.:55:12.

again. They say that is the moment where you can get a puncture, when

:55:13.:55:15.

the road goes from being wet to being dry, that is when you pick up

:55:16.:55:20.

things. Lizzie Armitstead bouncing on the bike, hopefully she does not

:55:21.:55:23.

have a puncture, that would be devastating. At this point, even the

:55:24.:55:27.

neutrals would say this would be so far behind you. The riders you are

:55:28.:55:32.

with, travelling so fast, you really do lose ground if you have a

:55:33.:55:37.

puncture or a mechanical. You can see the gaps opening up from the

:55:38.:55:40.

riders at the front, this small group of the front of what is left

:55:41.:55:44.

of the peloton. Lizzie Armitstead in the thick of it. Creating this, she

:55:45.:55:50.

is... So far, so good, really is to plan for her, she has got to keep

:55:51.:55:56.

the pressure on, she wants to keep the race fast.

:55:57.:56:01.

15 riders at the front of the race, they are about 20 seconds clear, we

:56:02.:56:05.

understand. Closing few minutes of the

:56:06.:56:19.

penultimate lap here. Lizzie Armitstead, enhance the rainbow

:56:20.:56:22.

jersey. Only three British women have ever been world champion

:56:23.:56:27.

before: Beryl Burton, twice in the 1960s, Maggie Jones in 1992 and

:56:28.:56:34.

Nicole Cooke, 2008. And Lizzie Armitstead looking to join that

:56:35.:56:40.

company. Cannot be many more than a dozen or so riders... 17 riders in

:56:41.:56:47.

the lead group. As they fly down the dissent. Emma Johansson, second

:56:48.:56:52.

wheel, we have not seen much of her today, but along with Marianne Vos

:56:53.:56:55.

and Lizzie Armitstead, we thought she would be there in the final

:56:56.:57:01.

moments. 20 kilometres remaining, strung out, finally getting the

:57:02.:57:05.

selection here, in the women's road race World Championship, as the

:57:06.:57:10.

defending champion, Marianne Vos, we have not seen much of her, she

:57:11.:57:14.

begins to show her face at the front. On the dissent. The next time

:57:15.:57:19.

they come down here, the race is going to be very much on, and

:57:20.:57:23.

Marianne Vos, leading the way, 17 riders at the front of the race. --

:57:24.:57:38.

on the descents. It is all to play for, and Lizzie Armitstead, Great

:57:39.:57:39.

Britain, still in the hunt for gold. STUDIO: Coming towards the end of

:57:40.:57:50.

the coverage on BBC One but we will not miss anything, we will be going

:57:51.:57:54.

straight over to BBC Two for the culmination of this. In Northern

:57:55.:57:57.

Ireland, it will be until 5:30pm that you have got to wake but for

:57:58.:58:00.

the moment on BBC

:58:01.:58:02.

Jonathan Edwards presents live coverage of the women's road race from cycling's World Road Championships in Ponfrerrada, Spain.

Marianne Vos retained her world title in 2013 in a typically dominant victory in Italy and the Dutchwoman is a strong favourite again in Spain. Britain's hopes lie with Lizzie Armitstead, who is bidding to add the world title to the Commonwealth Games road race crown she claimed in Glasgow in the summer.


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