Women's Road Race Cycling


Women's Road Race

Jill Douglas presents coverage of the women's road race from the Road World Championships in Qatar. Commentary is by Simon Brotherton and Rochelle Gilmore.


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Zagar from Slovakia, one of the world's greatest show men, has

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landed the world title. Lizzie Armitstead has sprinted her way to

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victory. You have got to have luck on your

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side. These are the decisive moment in

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this World Championship road race. It took a lot of hard work and

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determination, failure, to get to this point. Lizzie Armitstead is

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right in the thick of it. She is in the driving seat. It was a

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calculated race. Lizzie Armitstead is going for it. The sprint is

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really on and Armitstead is coming towards the front! Up towards the

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line, it is gold for Great Britain and Lizzie Armitstead. She is the

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champions of the world. Welcome to a seriously hot Doha in

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Qatar, the host of the 20 Sixteen Rd cycling world champion chips. Two

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fantastic days of racing and Rochelle Gilmore and David Millar

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alongside me. It was a special day for Lizzie. Fantastic day, so much

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to talk about it. But she stayed relaxed. To bring home those

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rainbows last year was special for her. A different race today? Yes, it

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is hot. We are in the desert. We have these conditions occasionally.

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I don't think we have ever done a World Championships in this heat

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before. Lizzie Armitstead is supported by a strong team.

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You are defending that rainbow jersey and you got married a couple

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of weeks ago. How is married life? I have been married a month and I have

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only seen my husband the four days of it! Looking back on your year in

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rainbow, how would you reflect on it? It has been up and down. The GB

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cyclist Lizzie Armitstead has responded to criticism over her

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three missed drugs tests, apologising to anyone who may have

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lost their faith in sport as a result of her actions. Looking back,

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what are your thoughts? I would be lying if I said it wasn't extremely

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difficult for me and my family. It was traumatic to be honest. I

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suppose you learn from everything in life. I focused the last six months

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on climbing, trying to prepare for Rio and beastly, it was a very tough

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time and physically and mentally tough. You have to allow your body

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to rest both for mental and physical health and I need that kind of dip

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now. A difficult experience and lessons learned, can you know impart

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some of that experience to the team with you now? It is a really nice

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group of women to be leading. Sadly, I am the 27-year-old experienced

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rider and they are all asking me questions and I feel I can embrace

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that role now and do it justice. I feel like I have lived through

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locked, victories and defeats and that is all to come for them. I am

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sure one of them among them could be world champion in the future. Lizzie

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is the strongest in the team. We wanted to bring a full team and be

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able to give it a good shot to defend that jersey. It will be tough

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but it is a young team and it is good to have all of these riders

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here. It is my first time riding in a World Championships on the road.

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Spirits are high in the camp and I am looking forward to getting out

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there and racing. What do you expect from this team? I think it is

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fantastic we have a team of eight. It is brilliant for great British

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women's cycling. I don't know if that has happened before. We have a

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few cards to play. I don't think Lizzie is an out and out favourite.

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My project this year was the Olympic games. It is important I am here to

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respect the jersey and respect the next winner of the jersey. I am not

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prepared like I did for Richmond. There are a lot of Championships and

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this will not be easy. I would like to give it a go. I missed out last

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year through injury so I am ready to get stuck in. I think it will be

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fast and furious and I think it will be exciting to watch. Let's talk

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about Lizzie, very low-key, coming here, not really talking up their

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chances but she is a natural born racer. Absolutely and she plays down

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her chances because this course is not exactly perfectly suited to

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Lizzie Deignan. It is tough and technical and with the conditions,

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it will be hard. There is a small chance Lizzie could retain the World

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Championship jersey and she does want to even know she is playing it

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down. She would love to win it. Big target this year was the Olympic

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Games. She has had a good year. Fantastic, she won so many races at

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the start of the year. She had a great ride, it was a very hard

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course. As world champion, she has had a stellar year. If she could

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finish it off by winning this, it would be the dream season. All of

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that distraction, having to go to the court of arbitration, having

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missed a couple of tests, British cycling has come under scrutiny in

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the last couple of weeks. Yes but again, that was due process and I

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think that was a real silly mistake of hers, careless of her to miss

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three tests and she got the appeal and she went through the due process

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and that is permitted. I hope she will never miss one test again. If

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ever British cycling needed a good news story, it was this week. The

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pressure will be on the team but they all seem in good spirits. They

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are just a bunch of lovely kids and I then necessarily deserve the

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scrutiny they have been under. Let's look at the others. Hannah Barnes,

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national champion. She could suit this course. Absolutely and I

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wouldn't put it past Lizzie to say, I will put all my efforts to put

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Hannah Barnes into the sprint. She won the national Championship and

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she has the support of her younger sister Alice Barnes. Danny King also

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get the start for the first time in her career. Danny King coming off

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the track. She was disappointed not to make the Olympic team for Britain

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on the road, she has a appoint a bruise. This is one of the better

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teams we have seen for the women in a long time. A sense of solidarity

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with them. They seem to be all for Hannah Barnes and Lizzie Armstead.

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It is a great combo. A strong Britain team, eight riders, let's

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meet them. I am Alice bands, 21 years old riding for drops cycling.

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It is great to see the full complement. Eight riders. The first

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time in a very long time. They will need it on the scores because it

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will be hard to control. Although flat and relatively easy, it will be

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very tactical. A big step up. Then, what will their main role be? They

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will listen to their team captain. The young riders need the experience

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of being given a role and trying to execute it. A wonderful experience

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for the young riders. It is a challenge. To give you a better idea

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of what they can expect, we sent David and Michelle into the heat to

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write the course. -- Rochelle. World Championships... This is the pearl

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and that'll be the entrance to the circuit. A man-made island,

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relatively flat. Seven laps of 15.2 kilometres around the circuit,

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plenty of technical hairpins and corners for the athletes to

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navigate. Look at this, 12 minutes past nine and already baking.

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Certainly very hot. You have to get used to it. You have to drink more

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water because it doesn't stay cold very long. -- warm water. That

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wasn't quite what we expected. This on the map looks like a hairpin but

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is actually a very fast, sweeping bend. A technical circuit. Not

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nearly as technical as it looks like on paper. For the sprinters, they

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will barely touch the pedals. It is very much a sprinter's course. Look

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how wide it is, sprinters die for a road like this in the Tour de

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France, a perfect sprinters set up. It is beautiful, smooth. Kicks up a

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little bit on the finish. This is a perfect sprinter's course, you

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have... You don't see the finish line until 200 metres to go. This

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looks like what sprinters would love. For women particularly, a lot

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of fresh legs coming to the finish because this course is a pure

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sprinter course. They will really want to take their chance and come

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to the finish so we might see some barging at the finish. Because it is

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a circuit, they get to see it seven times so it won't be a surprise.

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Hopefully, it'll be a clean sprint. Not like what we did. The cyclist

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start at the cat foundation to the west of the city centre and they

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cover just over 20 kilometres through the city.

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Once they are on to the pearl, they will complete seven laps of a 15.2

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kilometre circuit. Full of turns and curves and roundabouts. The same

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circuit used in all of the other races including the time trials

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earlier in the week and the total distance, 134.1 kilometres and the

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route is fast, flat and technical. A route highly likely to produce a

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sprint finish. This is the start list. Lizzie

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Deignan the defending World Championship. -- world champion. An

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incredible Dutch team. Every single rider on that team could potentially

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win this. Giorgia Bronzini, Italian rider, one of your riders.

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Devastating for her, that is how sport goes. Two days ago, she was on

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target to win this and take a third world title and everything fell

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apart yesterday. She got food poisoning or was affected by the

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heat and she started to be really sick and throughout the night didn't

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get any better so she won't be starting today for the Italians. I

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really feel for an athlete that normally can get their preparations

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spot on but this is outside influences that can bring everything

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tumbling down in the last moment. Devastating news for her. Weather

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conditions today predictably, the sun is out but how does it compare

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with earlier in the week? I don't know whether we're getting

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acclimatised but it still feels like the desert, still incredibly hot. It

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really is a difference between it being hot or scorching and at the

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moment, it it is in between. We are touching scorching at the moment.

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This is a rare opportunities for sprinting. Opportunities for them in

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the World Championships only come around every few years. Yes and it

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seems to be every four or five years it happens on the last one was

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Copenhagen. Three times in the last 13 years so it is a rare opportunity

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for the sprinters and one they don't want to miss out on. Devastating for

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Giorgia Bronzini because you don't know when the next will come around.

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The women's road race is underway. Deignan among the first. That is the

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vice president of the UCI, one woman who has put so much effort into

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developing women's cycling at a global level. The UCI flagged by

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Tracy gaudily has just been dropped. I think that is Barbara from the

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Czech Republic who has had a mechanical issue at precisely the

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wrong moment. Very bad timing. Often if you have a mechanical in the

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neutral zone you will hold the start until you will back on. I think

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that is Gerry Yonamine. Flat race like this, it's interesting when you

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get climbers that say it will not suit me but I will go and have a go,

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anything can happen. Very brave move. The poor old rider from the

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Czech Republic is chasing already having had a mechanical issue at the

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side of the road. You see the size of these roads. It is so easy when

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you are sitting in the bunch on roads like this. On wind here, small

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roads, you might see people attacking. But you are seriously

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wasting energy. Judging by the fact nobody is reacting immediately to

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Yonamine, they will paste a race. National champion of Japan on the

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road. Fifth overall in the tour of the dash. We have a crash already,

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no row Mimi she wants a bottle. That's why she

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was moving to the front. You can see Dani King, she's always

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well-positioned at the front as well. She will be such an

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instrumental part of the result for Team GB today. The rider from

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Ethiopic trying to get a bottle from anybody prepared to provide one.

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Think there is not a great deal of support for some of these smaller

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cycling nations, here. So many riders so early in the race

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desperate to take on some more bottles. And still Gabriel of

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Ethiopia just cannot get a bottle off anybody at the moment. Oh dear.

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She will need to get some fluid from somewhere. Certainly looks like a

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dangerous place to be, down the back of the peloton in the feed zone,

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some banks being handed out. Surely there must be some arrangement for

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the Ethiopian team. There must be. You can see the expressions on the

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faces of these riders, somewhat different to how it would normally

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be in the first 30 or 40 kilometres just two to the heat. Such a

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challenge and uncomfortable. That is good to see. Yes, it was difficult

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for that rider to take a bottle during the feed, a lot of chaos

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going on. There are roving cars of Shema no handing out water. -- of

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Shimano. And a sticky bottle at that. That is when the rider hangs

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onto that bottle for a little longer than they need to. Just to make sure

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they are not going to drop it! I think that could be Anna van der

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Breggen, the Olympic gold medallist, on the front. The German champion

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chasing her. So the Swiss rider very quick to jump across and now we have

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two leaders out on the road. Riding on her own today for all intents and

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purposes, the only rider with a Swiss jersey on her back in this

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elite figure. Controlling things back in the peloton, the German

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rider. Trixie Warwick is in the middle of your screen, one of the

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most experienced riders in this peloton. She is an outside chance

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for a World Championship based purely on Eric 's period. And she

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had a devastating accident when she slid under a guard rail and had an

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emergency operation to remove a kidney. Everybody thought it would

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be the end of her career but she came back. She was back racing by

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June, wasn't she? These stories of these athletes that have these

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accidents and the surgeries that you would think would prevent them from

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racing at elite level again in any sport, they are back so quickly

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because their bodies are just so fit when they have these accidents that

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they repair themselves and heal. Ooh, this is the race favourite.

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Tristan Wilde is down. Wild from the Netherlands, one of the big

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favourites to win today. -- Kirsten Wild is down. It will be interesting

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to see how Kirsten Wild reacts to this, it can play on your mind. How

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can it be my bad luck? Let's look at the replay. Just on the outside of

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the roundabout. Pretty Slocombe low speed. She is back up. It was a slow

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speed tumbles. Just got twisted. Very calm, putting both bottles back

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into her bike, picking that one up off the ground. So, very relaxed,

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calm, professional. Roxane Kneteman almost held up by

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that as well. No damage done but a scary and anxious moment for one of

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the favourite soft the race, number 16, Kirsten Wild. No significant

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breaks in terms of how this result is likely to pan out, although we do

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have two leaders out in front at the moment. Nicole Hanselman of

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Switzerland and Yonamine of Japan. Their lead is over 30 seconds. Who

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are we looking at now? One would imagine that plenty is set to happen

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between now and the finish. The Dutch are having a little go off the

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front. Is that Hannah Barnes chasing down? That interesting, no

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Netherlands and Great Britain are going to mark each other down, so

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the other teams need to profit from that. They know if the Netherlands

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team go, a GB rider will chase, and vice versa as well. Hannah Barnes

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was quick to get on the Dutch rider's tail. Mariano Boss, known as

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one of the best female cyclists in the world, and Hannah Barnes had the

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role to mark that. Because not many people have the power to kick and

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respond to a move of Vos, but Hannah Barnes has done that. Looks like

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Germany brought it back again. The big teams are looking at each other.

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And nobody will let Marianne Vos go. The Netherlands are being quite

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active, they seem to be the most active team so far. Marianne Vos,

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three times the world champion. Five times second. We have this vision of

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her winning everything all the time like some sort of eggy Merck 's of

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winning cycling -- some sort of Eddi Merckx of women's

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cycling. They want to toughen the race up. They want to rip it to

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pieces. There has not been much thinning out so far in this field.

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Not until now. But as David says, the Netherlands have made it evident

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that they are not going to roll along and put all their cards on the

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sprinter. They've got Marianne Vos, van Dijk, such a strong team. We've

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seen Amy Peters and Roxane Kneteman at the front. And another attack now

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by the Netherlands. Everybody will want to respond to this. They will

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all go with this, they know if van Dijk disappears up the road she will

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take some bringing back. As you can see, very quick, the response. Also

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she strings out the field rapidly. The big riders are coming out to

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play and seeing what's happening. They understand the tactics. It's

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becoming quite evident that the Netherlands will not stop until it

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does split. Feels like the race is just really getting started now with

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this activity on the front. It's been a big question mark about which

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nation will want to make this hard. We did not really know if the

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Netherlands would want to, because they have been pure sprinter, known

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as the Queen of Qatar, she has won so many races in the desert out

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here. Lizzie Deignan is at the front as well, starting to push. Marianne

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Vos, Lizzie Deignan, Hannah Barnes is up there. Lizzie Deignan is on

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the radio now, that's one indication of how Lizzie is in really good

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form. Which is fantastic to see after the Olympics and the emotional

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season she has had, to just be on top form. And van Dijk is possibly

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the strongest rider in the race. Abbey made Parkinson pulling over at

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the side of the road for a quick wheel change. That's a bad time for

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her with attacking going on at the front, it will take a while to get

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back on. Marianne Vos at the front. Marked by the Italians. Great

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Britain is there, America, Sweden, Germany, all the big nations. But

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Marianne Vos and Lizzy Deignan are the two that really want to ignite

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this race and split it up. Lizzie Armistead, the harder the race the

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better. And this is not good for Parkinson, having to stand at the

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side of the road for this amount of time when the race is at the point

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it is that, this is a very slow change. There is something wrong

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with the skewer, that's a shame, it will make life very difficult. This

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is the reason why it is great that the nations that qualify a riders

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like Team GB bring a full complement and all the riders filling those

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spots because anything can happen. This type of thing could happen to

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two or three riders. Even the winner of the time trial out here making

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the race hard. You see how much work is being done in the peloton to

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bring this one back. She is in fine form, the current time trial

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champion. Chased down by Amy Peters of the Netherlands. On a course like

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this, for it to split apart, the attacks must be relentless. You

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cannot give up and go soft tactically, you have two keep going.

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And it starts to draw out the stronger riders. Good ride by Dani

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King up there in third place. So GB are represented. A gap of about two

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riders in that small split. Looked like the Belgian rider had to close

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that gap for their sprinter. Now it's just going to be a matter of

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which riders are strong enough. Very hard on a course like this, but

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which rider has really got the form in the legs and get the timing right

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to split this up. Looks like King and Barnes up there. If it was a

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hilly circuit people would be waiting for the hill, but here it is

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relentless and you cannot predict where it will go. They may find a

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section with a headwind or a crosswind, a series of corners that

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makes it more difficult. You have to have a strong team willing to do

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attack after attack. It will only eventually split when everybody is

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on their hands and knees and that's when you have to push hard. Here we

:28:23.:28:32.

are in the middle of the peloton with Nicole Hanselmann, who was

:28:33.:28:35.

upfront with Yonamine earlier. They split off the front. Lizzie Deignan

:28:36.:28:41.

coming across, sensing it will happen. Kirsten Wild is applying the

:28:42.:28:47.

pressure. And these are the strongest riders in the world making

:28:48.:28:53.

this difficult on a flat circuit. They are known as being stronger on

:28:54.:28:57.

the hilly circuit. But Marianne Vos, Lizzie Dignan, Emmy Johannson, the

:28:58.:29:04.

Italian rider in there, we have not picked up her number yet.

:29:05.:29:10.

The former winner of the Tour of Flanders is in the peloton for

:29:11.:29:18.

Italy. You can see the damage that has done. Lizzie Deignan on the

:29:19.:29:26.

front. And she looks very comfortable, doesn't she? The

:29:27.:29:34.

American rider goes. You may need a counter attack, this is not

:29:35.:29:41.

disrespectful, but the B quality riders, and that's the sort of move

:29:42.:29:42.

that can go. It's likely to split soon if the

:29:43.:29:57.

Americans keep applying the pressure. She has had a sensational

:29:58.:30:04.

season. Disappointing result at the Olympics. But Olympics aside she has

:30:05.:30:12.

had a phenomenal season, winning the Giro, National Championships again.

:30:13.:30:21.

Meanwhile, further back, the usual chaos as riders try to grab a

:30:22.:30:24.

bottle. Allie Dragoo taking her time. The

:30:25.:30:40.

real action is taking place up the road and at times, there has been a

:30:41.:30:45.

panicked reaction behinds. We see the biggest guns in the race come

:30:46.:30:49.

out. This will be an aggressive race. It is hard to know what will

:30:50.:30:59.

go on until the actual race because everyone says this is a sprinter's

:31:00.:31:03.

course but you can see as tactics change, it can become anything.

:31:04.:31:08.

Sometimes causes that claim to be sprinters, they end up being the

:31:09.:31:12.

best races because it forces interesting and unpredictable

:31:13.:31:14.

tactics and that is what is happening now. 55.8 kilometres to go

:31:15.:31:22.

in the swimming's elite road race and the defending champion Lizzie

:31:23.:31:26.

Deignan from Great Britain is up towards the front. British team

:31:27.:31:30.

prominent, the Dutch keep attacking. The British are animating the race

:31:31.:31:36.

among others, constantly responding, not the issue themselves. Abby-Mae

:31:37.:31:43.

Parkinson had a rear wheel problem a while ago and has managed to fight

:31:44.:31:47.

her way back into the peloton. Dani King and Hannah Barnes and on the

:31:48.:31:53.

right of your picture, the German rider. Emma Johansson having

:31:54.:32:00.

something to eat with the yellow shoulder jersey. We ride now with

:32:01.:32:08.

Nicole Hanselman, the Swiss rider in the race.

:32:09.:32:19.

Armitstead, now Deignan and Marianne Vos among them. So in some tax which

:32:20.:32:29.

made life difficult for those in the peloton behind. The race winding its

:32:30.:32:37.

way around The Pearl. The Italians have not been so active. They

:32:38.:32:42.

normally take control of the races over the past ten years but we

:32:43.:32:45.

wonder if the absence of Giorgia Bronzini, their leader and captain,

:32:46.:32:50.

has affected and hurt them today. We haven't seen much of the Italians.

:32:51.:32:55.

Sometimes that can happen when you have been so dedicated one tactic

:32:56.:33:00.

and one race strategy, and overnight, it completely changes

:33:01.:33:04.

because your leader is sick and can't start the race. It really does

:33:05.:33:09.

set a cat amongst the pigeons and the team loses direction slightly. I

:33:10.:33:15.

think that is what we aren't seeing from the Italians. They also have

:33:16.:33:20.

Bastianelli who was a very good sprinter. She has a chance of being

:33:21.:33:26.

on the podium and even an outside chance that the victory should this

:33:27.:33:34.

come down to a big, bunched sprint. You think at some point during this

:33:35.:33:38.

race, the Netherlands will like it up and try to hurt the peloton and

:33:39.:33:41.

splitted up but will there be a point where the Netherlands get

:33:42.:33:46.

tired from attacking and it all sit up and comes down to its breadth or

:33:47.:33:49.

will it be aggressive right to the line? I was wondering whether they

:33:50.:33:59.

would be counter-attacked. Team GB and Netherlands are marking each

:34:00.:34:02.

other out and at some point perhaps they will drop their guard at some

:34:03.:34:12.

point. You have to be careful that because you become so focused on one

:34:13.:34:17.

tactic and one race situation that you missed something else happening

:34:18.:34:19.

and another team could be thinking that. They might be thinking, wait

:34:20.:34:27.

until they get tired and then go as hard as we can. If you were smart

:34:28.:34:34.

and you have relationships in the peloton, you might speak to another

:34:35.:34:37.

team and say, let's let them do that. I'm sure a number of riders in

:34:38.:34:47.

the peloton will be thinking, let's wait and see if the moment presents

:34:48.:34:50.

itself to take advantage of all the attacking and hard work the

:34:51.:34:57.

Netherlands are doing. Heidi Dalton with an on-board camera. I love the

:34:58.:35:04.

on-board camera views we have had during this World Championships from

:35:05.:35:07.

the other races as well, when incidents happen in the peloton, it

:35:08.:35:12.

gives a really good view to the spectators as to how things unfold

:35:13.:35:16.

in the peloton and how little movement you have in the peloton

:35:17.:35:19.

around the wheels that are in front or next to you. Definitely opens up

:35:20.:35:28.

to you in a way you might not have seen before. When you see the lead

:35:29.:35:33.

trains and they are shouting at each other and it is all quite frantic,

:35:34.:35:36.

it is a whole new appreciation. At the moment, no sign that anyone

:35:37.:35:52.

will manage to get away and form a little lead group, at the moment...

:35:53.:35:59.

People are not tired enough I think. Those attacks have lasted for about

:36:00.:36:02.

half an hour and it will have taken the edge off some people and some

:36:03.:36:06.

people will pay a price that but then you have a long and people can

:36:07.:36:11.

refuel and recharge and recalibrate. You need to keep pushing so hard so

:36:12.:36:14.

everyone goes over their threshold and basically not be able to fuel

:36:15.:36:19.

properly and put them under stress but it is easier said than done

:36:20.:36:24.

because you need a strong team. You need eight riders basically going

:36:25.:36:28.

one after the other constantly. That requires eight riders on form,

:36:29.:36:32.

willing to gamble a little bit because only a couple of them will

:36:33.:36:35.

actually... No other team has committed to joining them. Exactly,

:36:36.:36:42.

it is just the Dutch so far, if another team is contributing, we

:36:43.:36:46.

would have a race on our hands. They would say, Great Britain decided,

:36:47.:36:50.

instead of playing a defensive game, let's call it, against the

:36:51.:36:55.

aggressive game of the Netherlands, if they start racing aggressively as

:36:56.:36:59.

well, then you see Great Britain ripped to pieces. Coryn Rivera, down

:37:00.:37:06.

the back of the peloton, having a conversation with a couple of the

:37:07.:37:11.

Belgian riders. These Belgian riders will be motivated because they have

:37:12.:37:15.

a rider in the peloton who is very capable of winning this World

:37:16.:37:19.

Championships and the closer they get to the finish, the more

:37:20.:37:26.

confident float should door... Will be. Amy Pieters has been a rider

:37:27.:37:32.

appointed to making this race hard because we have seen are... Be

:37:33.:37:39.

wrong, this could be Annemiek van Vleuten, the rider leading the

:37:40.:37:42.

Olympic Games and had that horrific crash. Annemiek van Vleuten is

:37:43.:37:49.

really putting the pressure down. She races in the Australian outfit

:37:50.:37:54.

which is why her helmet is the same as the Australian rider behind her.

:37:55.:37:58.

Van Vleuten on the front for the Netherlands. 50 K to go. She had big

:37:59.:38:05.

plans to retire after the Rio Olympics but given she had that

:38:06.:38:11.

accident and demonstrated herself she has the ability to win an

:38:12.:38:14.

Olympic games, she has decided to kick on and sign another contract

:38:15.:38:18.

and it will be interesting to see how many more years she goes. She

:38:19.:38:22.

did prove she has the ability to still get herself into peak form and

:38:23.:38:29.

at the Games, she was definitely the strongest rider. Why would you want

:38:30.:38:33.

to retire when you are riding as strongly as she is? The Dutch again

:38:34.:38:41.

are going for it once more. This time, it is Amy Pieters but the

:38:42.:38:44.

Dutch have not stopped with the attacking. They are the only nation

:38:45.:38:49.

that wants to make it hard and it is interesting because they have the

:38:50.:38:52.

fastest sprinter in this race in Kirsten Wild. They have strength in

:38:53.:38:57.

numbers. Very hard for them to break this up but it looks like they will

:38:58.:39:03.

keep attacking. It was never a counter-attacked. The Netherlands

:39:04.:39:07.

are counterattacking themselves. Italy and Australia both more

:39:08.:39:12.

prominent in themselves. They now understand what is happening. Dani

:39:13.:39:16.

King glued to the wheel. Marianne Vos from the Villumsen going for it.

:39:17.:39:27.

-- from the Netherlands. Little gaps opening up. People are getting tired

:39:28.:39:34.

and they can't quite be as quick. The thing is and this is where the

:39:35.:39:39.

race comes in, when attack goes at this point, Marianne Vos has gap and

:39:40.:39:47.

that is good tactics from her. She has done the work and caused the

:39:48.:39:50.

split and they will contribute to it. It is a case of the Netherlands

:39:51.:39:56.

continuing to do this and occasionally bringing out Marianne

:39:57.:40:02.

Vos to weaken it up and then send your strong rider out. The gap is

:40:03.:40:09.

being closed and it is Australia doing it but just starting to

:40:10.:40:13.

splinter behind. Towards the final third of the peloton, final quarter

:40:14.:40:17.

of the peloton. Le Clos strung out they are. You can't hesitate when

:40:18.:40:24.

this happens. If you let the gap opened up, a massive amount of work

:40:25.:40:32.

to do. They do not hesitate in one instant. The South African riding

:40:33.:40:42.

about fourth place as well. Marianne Vos not easing off the pedals, she

:40:43.:40:48.

has done a big turn on the front. Another Dutch rider, it could be

:40:49.:40:51.

Ellen van Dijk, just went back for some bottles in that moment of

:40:52.:40:54.

aggression from the Netherlands in the front. The riders getting tired

:40:55.:41:00.

and it only takes a couple of riders in the middle of the peloton...

:41:01.:41:06.

Australian... Looks like it could be Tiffany Cromwell. This is not good

:41:07.:41:09.

for them because she was an important part of the team

:41:10.:41:12.

especially towards the end of the race. This will be a really

:41:13.:41:19.

affecting the Australians if Tiffany Cromwell cod get back into the

:41:20.:41:23.

peloton. Back at the front but bad timing for Cromwell as she waits for

:41:24.:41:29.

mechanical assistance. I think it was Hannah Barnes responding about

:41:30.:41:34.

six or seven in line. Just starting to splinter and split, this race,

:41:35.:41:39.

the pressure is starting to tell. We are inside the final 15 kilometres

:41:40.:41:48.

now. The Dutch tactic is continuing to make life difficult for everybody

:41:49.:41:53.

else. Starting to pay dividends for them because we can see the split

:41:54.:41:56.

starting on the back of the race breaking the pieces. Those gaps are

:41:57.:42:03.

a little more easy now and more difficult to close down. This is

:42:04.:42:06.

where we know the race is getting the breaking point. Slight easing in

:42:07.:42:17.

relative terms at the front. The Dutch will be wanting another team

:42:18.:42:20.

to do the same as them. This is Tiffany Cromwell. I think maybe her

:42:21.:42:28.

chain slipped or something. She had a little crash so it will be

:42:29.:42:31.

interesting to see she can back in but she is an important domestic for

:42:32.:42:36.

one of the fastest sprinters in this peloton Chloe Hosking. The Dutch

:42:37.:42:42.

have not stopped, really putting the hammer down, the winner of the

:42:43.:42:50.

Olympic games, Anna van der Breggen. A little bit of looking around for a

:42:51.:42:55.

second before there was a response. At the back, I can see Laura Massey

:42:56.:43:02.

from Great Britain. Riders being dropped left, right and centre at

:43:03.:43:08.

the back of the main field. If we can get to the point in the race

:43:09.:43:11.

when everyone starts to weaken, constant attacking from the

:43:12.:43:14.

Netherlands and it is a case of losing almost half the peloton in a

:43:15.:43:15.

short period of time. This is a strong rider that can

:43:16.:43:35.

close those gaps but not in a great position now and perhaps that time

:43:36.:43:40.

trial early in the week is taking it out of her. Anna van der Breggen on

:43:41.:43:43.

the front, Olympic gold medallist. Some hesitation behind. They are

:43:44.:43:49.

getting into little groups now. A nasty moment for the rider from

:43:50.:44:05.

Eritrea. What does Anna van der Breggen do? Wait for help or keep

:44:06.:44:09.

driving on by herself? She has to keep driving on and force them to

:44:10.:44:14.

come up, that is when the counterattack will work, forcing

:44:15.:44:16.

everyone to work hard to bring it back. You can see how hard everyone

:44:17.:44:23.

is having to work to close this move of Anna van der Breggen and it is

:44:24.:44:26.

really splitting up. Lizzie Deignan still there. Everyone is weakening

:44:27.:44:35.

all of a sudden. She seems to be pretty much in control still but

:44:36.:44:37.

there are gaps opening up everywhere. We saw a few of the

:44:38.:44:45.

sprinters, Kirsten Wild, sitting comfortably in the mass part and not

:44:46.:44:48.

responding to these moves out in front. Emma Johansson still there at

:44:49.:44:55.

different and Eileen Roe from Team GB a great job. Perfect tactics. Van

:44:56.:45:04.

Vleuten is having a go again, going near where the barrier is, there she

:45:05.:45:06.

is. I'm sure that is Van Vleuten. Hannah Barnes reacting quickly.

:45:07.:45:19.

Three laps to go as they crossed the line. Some riders are blowing up. At

:45:20.:45:26.

the sharp bend they are starting to blow up and as they are coming by

:45:27.:45:33.

you can see gaps opening up. Lizzie Deignan you can see up towards the

:45:34.:45:37.

fund, one of the first to go over the line. Dani King has gone through

:45:38.:45:42.

as well. Hannah Barnes is right up there. In third place behind Van

:45:43.:45:50.

Vleuten. She has been super impressive. She was second in the

:45:51.:45:54.

time trial with her professional team. 14th in the individual time

:45:55.:45:57.

trial does not sound so special but for a sprinter it was a very special

:45:58.:46:02.

ride and proves she is on top, top form. You can see that she is

:46:03.:46:06.

covering these moves and that she looks quite comfortable. And we

:46:07.:46:09.

mention that she was six in that World Cup race in Sweden. Dani King

:46:10.:46:18.

of GB in there as well, also doing a very good job. Lizzie Deignan will

:46:19.:46:20.

come to the finish quite confident that her team has done a great job.

:46:21.:46:25.

There's Lizzie. She is very well positioned as well. Be orange of her

:46:26.:46:29.

helmet at the front. Dani King is omnipresent at the front. She's good

:46:30.:46:35.

at being assertive in the front, Lizzie Deignan, as you would expect

:46:36.:46:40.

from someone of her experience, but she is very assertive. And that also

:46:41.:46:44.

shows how good she is feeling because it's not easy to be

:46:45.:46:48.

consistent at the front, it takes a big effort to be there but she times

:46:49.:46:56.

it perfectly every time. We are entering the final hour of the race,

:46:57.:47:00.

and this is where a lot of the big hitters trying to get the medal will

:47:01.:47:03.

thing, we are in the final hour, it is getting serious. Another crash in

:47:04.:47:11.

the feed zone. Like you said, Dave, I think the magic one hour to go is

:47:12.:47:15.

a key moment in the race where sprinters that have hung on and put

:47:16.:47:18.

themselves in position, they think, I have got this far into the race,

:47:19.:47:23.

just one hour to go and they get a whole new level of fitness and level

:47:24.:47:28.

of freshness. In a race like this, it's been quite aggressive in the

:47:29.:47:33.

last hour so the sprinters have two fight really hard and gamble that it

:47:34.:47:36.

keeps coming back together. When there is one hour to go in the race

:47:37.:47:41.

they consciously decide, now I have to take things into my own hands and

:47:42.:47:45.

be active. Only one hour to go, I can do this. Is a break goes, it can

:47:46.:47:53.

go to the finish. Beyond that you know over an hour that it gives

:47:54.:47:57.

enough time to bring something back. Another crash at the front,

:47:58.:48:01.

roundabout. That is fatigue setting in as well. She has had to stop for

:48:02.:48:10.

the second time in the race but as you can see, she is up and running

:48:11.:48:14.

once more. One rider we haven't mentioned much of today, the Danish

:48:15.:48:21.

outside chance in a sprint. She had a fantastic sprint in the recent

:48:22.:48:25.

Tour. And for Denmark she is an outside chance. She's a two-time

:48:26.:48:31.

world race junior champion. Shows every sign of being one of the big

:48:32.:48:35.

stars of the next few years in women's cycling. Absolutely. She was

:48:36.:48:43.

concentrating on the track in Rio. Her display in the last events of

:48:44.:48:52.

the omnium were spectacular. She has been riding in a domestic role this

:48:53.:48:58.

year but pulled off a nice win a couple of weeks ago. She is a fast

:48:59.:49:01.

sprinter and will have track speed from being on track most of this

:49:02.:49:05.

season. She will be one to watch in the finish. Action on the front from

:49:06.:49:09.

something other than an orange jersey, the USA sending a ride up

:49:10.:49:19.

the road. Amber Neben had a goal early on, she has been restoring her

:49:20.:49:22.

energy reserves at the back of the peloton and has come back against

:49:23.:49:25.

the blue this is what I mean about an hour to go. A time trial

:49:26.:49:29.

specialist with that far to go, you would think it is possible they can

:49:30.:49:32.

do that if they are feeling good and fresh. You would not want somebody

:49:33.:49:37.

who has just won the World Championships to get a gap and start

:49:38.:49:41.

going. This is what I meant about the Dutch being caught out and

:49:42.:49:44.

counterattacking. They can soft and everybody up, do the hard work, and

:49:45.:49:49.

wait for her to go. The Netherlands and Team GB are just watching each

:49:50.:49:52.

other. Quite a clever move for Amber Neben. She lets them soft and up,

:49:53.:50:00.

waits for the lull, and goes on. Interesting that the peloton did not

:50:01.:50:04.

respond to that move. Whether they couldn't or didn't, that's the

:50:05.:50:11.

question. But Amber Neben, having won the time trial, has proven she

:50:12.:50:15.

is in fantastic form, not a rider you want to slip off the front. If

:50:16.:50:19.

she gets into with it will take an effect for the nation is to combine

:50:20.:50:23.

together to bring her back. Because she's not going to stop and she's in

:50:24.:50:28.

the form of her life. Yes, going to be a big ask for anybody. Nobody can

:50:29.:50:34.

do it individually so at some point they will have to do go. No team

:50:35.:50:39.

will want to. The Netherlands are sitting there, they have been caught

:50:40.:50:44.

out, they find themselves riding at the front, chasing down somebody

:50:45.:50:48.

profiting from their work. As a two-time world champion in the time

:50:49.:50:51.

trial specialist, she has also finished fourth in the World Road

:50:52.:50:56.

Championships before as well. Here she is on the front once again and

:50:57.:51:01.

Amber Neben will be happy with this scenario. Throwback to Tuesday

:51:02.:51:11.

afternoon. When she won the world title for the second time at the age

:51:12.:51:16.

of 41. Psychologically, now she has the gap, she knows she is fastest in

:51:17.:51:21.

the world on that circuit, she did it a few days ago and

:51:22.:51:23.

psychologically it is a massive boost. She slips into a different

:51:24.:51:27.

mindset and you can see teams panicking slightly. Belgium putting

:51:28.:51:32.

a ride on the front. They are aware this is not one rider you want up

:51:33.:51:39.

their, up the road on their own. Interesting to see them at the

:51:40.:51:43.

front. Belgium. They are not one of the strongest teams. Interesting to

:51:44.:51:46.

see they have taken up the responsibility and not just passed

:51:47.:51:49.

it over to the stronger teams like the Netherlands and Team GB. It's a

:51:50.:51:54.

bit of a silly tactic in my opinion. You've seen how much the Netherlands

:51:55.:51:58.

won this race, don't help them, let them do what they clearly want to

:51:59.:52:03.

do, control this race and own it essentially. It is playing into the

:52:04.:52:08.

hands now of the Dutch and Team GB. You sort of call their bluff

:52:09.:52:22.

slightly. I think it is Marianne Vos sitting in second place. That is one

:52:23.:52:26.

of the beauties of women's cycling, it is not so predictable. It's not

:52:27.:52:29.

going to make any difference, it's not as if there are enough Belgians

:52:30.:52:34.

to do it. As David was saying, the Dutch made it obvious they are

:52:35.:52:37.

absolutely desperate to win the race, so why not sit up and let them

:52:38.:52:42.

get on with it? You call their bluff, you go up to them and say,

:52:43.:52:46.

you want it, you chase it down. I should think that will be what

:52:47.:52:49.

Lizzie Deignan will be saying to her team-mates. Exactly. Their

:52:50.:52:54.

responsibility, let them do it. And this is what I said before about

:52:55.:52:57.

another team profiting from them calling each other's bluff. The

:52:58.:53:01.

amount of time it takes them to decide what to do, you can get that

:53:02.:53:07.

gap, which is what Amber Neben is doing. Back in the main field. Well,

:53:08.:53:12.

she was distant stuff the back, so she has done well to get back in.

:53:13.:53:17.

The race is in the hands of the Americans at the moment. They had a

:53:18.:53:20.

disappointing Olympic Games but they are in a strong position now with

:53:21.:53:24.

Amber Neben, current world champion. The Dutch are on the front. Team GB

:53:25.:53:30.

are playing it very cool now. As we spoke about at the start of the

:53:31.:53:34.

race, Lizzie Deignan is a cool customer when it comes to tactics,

:53:35.:53:37.

not the sort of rider caught out in a situation like this. She will be

:53:38.:53:41.

saying to relax, I know what the Dutch will do, let them do as much

:53:42.:53:45.

work as possible, we will contribute if we have to do at the very last

:53:46.:53:49.

moment. Lizzie is on the very edge of the road up towards the front,

:53:50.:53:52.

just keeping an eye on what is going on. There is the leader and not

:53:53.:53:57.

surprisingly considering it is the world time trial champion, she has

:53:58.:54:01.

already gained an advantage of 40 seconds on the main field. The main

:54:02.:54:06.

field who are hot, sweaty and in some cases a little confused as to

:54:07.:54:09.

quite how they want to react at this moment in time. Because on a circuit

:54:10.:54:15.

like this it is very hard to get away on your own, and Marianne Vos

:54:16.:54:18.

understands what is happening now. They do not have a team-mate that

:54:19.:54:22.

can match Amber Neben so there is no point using up their troops. She has

:54:23.:54:26.

to ride aggressively and cause a split, and Lizzie Deignan

:54:27.:54:30.

understands that as well. She is in third place, letting the Belgian

:54:31.:54:33.

rider close the gap. Writing a clever race. Staying as close to the

:54:34.:54:38.

front as she can whilst doing as little work as possible in the

:54:39.:54:42.

process of doing so. I don't think we've seen Lizzie Deignan once in

:54:43.:54:46.

the wind. We've seen Marianne Vos and all the other riders attacking,

:54:47.:54:50.

and not once have we seen Lizzie Deignan go off the front. She's very

:54:51.:54:55.

relaxed and that is one of her strengths, reading a race, staying

:54:56.:54:58.

cool and calm. As we said before, the Belgian riders for example may

:54:59.:55:02.

be a little less experienced, in a bit of a panic, with a rider broken

:55:03.:55:08.

away, they are desperately trying to close down time. Not very

:55:09.:55:11.

productively, given that they are not the stronger team. But that's

:55:12.:55:15.

the difference between having a team captain Mike Lizzie Deignan 14 GB,

:55:16.:55:21.

just keeping everybody cool. She has had so many problems on the course

:55:22.:55:24.

today. I'm wondering if she's getting told off. I wonder if she

:55:25.:55:30.

got dragged on. Maybe she is getting told off for having a tow back to

:55:31.:55:39.

the peloton. Yes, could be the case that she got a tow and is being

:55:40.:55:45.

asked to leave the race. The president wants to talk to the

:55:46.:55:48.

Russian team car, so they might be getting pulled out of the race.

:55:49.:55:52.

Mechanical problem, I think maybe she got a tow back on after that

:55:53.:55:56.

incident. Because she got back on very quickly. I think the will

:55:57.:56:05.

properly disqualify her. Looks like some trouble for Olga, no stranger

:56:06.:56:11.

to controversy, let it be said, having not that long ago come back

:56:12.:56:14.

from a doping ban herself. Here is Amber Neben who leads at the moment,

:56:15.:56:20.

31 seconds is the gap and it has not changed despite the big turn on the

:56:21.:56:24.

front from Marianne Vos for a little while. And there is Lizzie Deignan,

:56:25.:56:27.

defending world champion in second place, here. Wouldn't be surprised

:56:28.:56:32.

if she pulls off and takes herself at the back so she cannot get caught

:56:33.:56:37.

out. Sitting probably a bit too far at the front. Lizzie Deignan

:56:38.:56:43.

certainly demonstrating she is one of the stronger striders in this

:56:44.:56:48.

race, as has Marianne Vos. We've seen the big names we normally see

:56:49.:56:51.

at the front on hilly circuit is dominating this flat World

:56:52.:56:55.

Championship. Nobody helping the Belgian at the front, are they,

:56:56.:56:58.

here? This is a long ride at the front. Lauren roundly coming up

:56:59.:57:04.

towards the front of the peloton in the White with the green helmet from

:57:05.:57:08.

Australia. Good strong team rider for the Aussies. You know the

:57:09.:57:12.

Aussies have understood the threat as well. Playing slightly into the

:57:13.:57:17.

hands of the Dutch again. These other teams are panicking.

:57:18.:57:34.

So fantastic to see Amber Neben, she already has the gold medal in the

:57:35.:57:39.

bag from early in the week, and well-suited to a more hilly circuit,

:57:40.:57:44.

just giving her nation the chance to win this. Imagine if she got a

:57:45.:57:49.

double in Qatar at 41 years of age. Great year at the World

:57:50.:57:53.

Championships for the United States. She just missed a bottle, there.

:57:54.:57:59.

That will not be good. Not for her mental state. It's very difficult

:58:00.:58:02.

out there to keep motivated and believing in yourself. Would she

:58:03.:58:07.

only have one chance in that feed zone, or would there be more than

:58:08.:58:11.

one opportunity? There could have been two people but it looked as

:58:12.:58:14.

though she left it to the last person mind out there. She did not

:58:15.:58:18.

take a bottle in time through the feed zone.

:58:19.:58:30.

Lizzie Deignan has really put herself in a position to win this

:58:31.:58:35.

race up until this point, she is getting closer and closer to the

:58:36.:58:39.

finish with a few team-mates left in there. While she has played down her

:58:40.:58:42.

chances are we, she is looking very comfortable in a very good position

:58:43.:58:47.

to take this on. Looks like it could come down to a bank Street and she

:58:48.:58:51.

does not really recognise herself as a big bunch sprint, but she has the

:58:52.:58:57.

fitness level to come to the front. Certainly turning into a resolute

:58:58.:59:02.

and stout defence of the rainbow jersey from Lizzie Deignan, and she

:59:03.:59:05.

is still in with a chance of retaining that world crown. 35.5

:59:06.:59:12.

kilometres to go on the pole in Qatar.

:59:13.:59:15.

The gap is going up from Marianne Vos the peloton. The Australian

:59:16.:59:27.

rider has helped a bit, but the Belgian rider, it is tete-a-tete

:59:28.:59:30.

against the two of them, there is no way she can bring time back on Amber

:59:31.:59:36.

Neben, we know her quality. You need to or three strong riders. She did

:59:37.:59:42.

look as though she was banging her head against a brick. Blue she might

:59:43.:59:47.

have said, I cannot contribute I will just get my conservation to the

:59:48.:59:51.

race done. It is a mostly false economy because nobody else could

:59:52.:59:55.

help and she is not strong enough to bring the gap back. Amber Neben

:59:56.:59:59.

looks as comfortable as anybody could reasonably expect given the

:00:00.:00:02.

weather conditions and the state of the race. Radio area, she will be

:00:03.:00:06.

getting some information from her director in the race car, some

:00:07.:00:11.

motivation. She has team-mates back in the peloton that could

:00:12.:00:14.

potentially win if she gets caught. Megan Garnier had a phenomenal

:00:15.:00:19.

season. Olympics aside, which was a bit disappointing. At she was third

:00:20.:00:22.

at the world tamping chips last year. What is she like in a sprint,

:00:23.:00:28.

generally? She is quite fast but I would not back against the likes of

:00:29.:00:34.

Lizzie Armistead or Chloe Hosking. But she is one of the faster riders.

:00:35.:00:42.

She won BG rod, so you cannot say she is a pure sprinter but she does

:00:43.:00:51.

Dani King has been keen to get back into the British team on the road as

:00:52.:00:59.

Rochelle said, and has contributed well in this road race today. She

:01:00.:01:03.

would have been very nervous lining up to date, back in the GB kit in

:01:04.:01:07.

those colours, representing the nation and she has just wanted so

:01:08.:01:11.

badly to make that big step from the track to the road and representing

:01:12.:01:16.

GB is something that is the most important thing to her and she has

:01:17.:01:19.

achieved that here said she would have felt the pressure. She has been

:01:20.:01:24.

executing a role for the GB team and Lizzie Deignan very well out there

:01:25.:01:32.

today. The leader has eked out a couple more seconds over the chasing

:01:33.:01:35.

pack. Next time over the line, only two laps of The Pearl to go. You can

:01:36.:01:43.

see where people are every so often on this course. That is good for

:01:44.:01:47.

Amber Neben because she can see only one Belgian rider at the front and

:01:48.:01:50.

that will give her more confidence so she is still in control at the

:01:51.:01:54.

moment. You can see the orange colours of the Netherlands slowly

:01:55.:01:59.

moving to the front. They will make a calculated assault on bringing

:02:00.:02:03.

this back. If they leave the Belgian rider on the front for too long,

:02:04.:02:06.

they will be going backwards before they start to make the counter. They

:02:07.:02:10.

don't want to go over a minute. That is rapidly approaching. Bastianelli,

:02:11.:02:20.

number 24. Towards the back of the peloton for Italy. If it comes down

:02:21.:02:25.

to a sprint, she might be their bouts at the front of the race. Bath

:02:26.:02:30.

thereabouts. She will need to get further forward. 52 seconds, the

:02:31.:02:38.

advantage is going up all the time, from Amber Neben of the United

:02:39.:02:46.

States. Shadows growing a little longer in the late afternoon, we are

:02:47.:02:50.

a couple of hours ahead of the UK. Don't imagine it is particularly

:02:51.:02:58.

much cooler. It is still in the mid-30s, the temperatures, for the

:02:59.:03:02.

cyclists. She has got that radio in her ear so she has the motivation of

:03:03.:03:06.

the team director, giving her the time checks but also the motivation

:03:07.:03:08.

and confidence to keep pushing on. She definitely has the legs and

:03:09.:03:24.

ability and form to attack when this comes back together.

:03:25.:03:33.

In theory, Team GB appeared to be the strongest team at the moment in

:03:34.:03:38.

my opinion because they have responded to everything but not

:03:39.:03:47.

actually forced any action. Team GB moving slightly up again. Lizzie

:03:48.:03:55.

Deignan not far behind. I think everyone still has a full team. Yes,

:03:56.:04:03.

can see Eileen Roe there as well. She is doing a great job. Some

:04:04.:04:06.

impressive displays so far. I've certainly been very impressed

:04:07.:04:19.

by the form of Hannah Barnes at the World Championships and throughout

:04:20.:04:22.

the season, coming back from injury but she is obviously having a very

:04:23.:04:28.

good team captain from Lizzie Deignan. Very calm and relaxed. The

:04:29.:04:34.

big question is, if this comes down to a sprint, will GB ride for Lizzie

:04:35.:04:39.

Deignan or Hannah Barnes or possibly even Alice Barnes? They have three

:04:40.:04:45.

really fast riders in there. Options as they go into the closing stages

:04:46.:04:49.

of this race. We are inside the final two laps. A lot of riders

:04:50.:04:59.

still in contention for the rainbow jersey. Including the defending

:05:00.:05:10.

champion, Lizzie Deignan. Lauren Stephens of the United States coming

:05:11.:05:15.

back. She is a stage winner in Argentina in the last couple of

:05:16.:05:19.

years. Tenth overall in the Tour of California. I was listening to an

:05:20.:05:28.

interview of Lizzie Deignan earlier today and she said while she is

:05:29.:05:33.

playing down her chances of will Championship back-to-back here in

:05:34.:05:36.

Qatar, she was disappointed with his salute last year when she won the

:05:37.:05:40.

World Championships in Richmond and she would love to have a second

:05:41.:05:46.

chance, both arms up in the air crossing the line. So it has to be

:05:47.:05:49.

in the back of her mind that she is capable of winning this. Good sprint

:05:50.:05:54.

to the line last year from Lizzie, it was quite uphill inside the last

:05:55.:05:57.

kilometre and then slightly uphill sprint towards the line where she

:05:58.:06:01.

beat Anna van der Breggen to the line and Megan Guarnier who got the

:06:02.:06:11.

bronze medal for the United States. Amber Neben holding steady. Great

:06:12.:06:15.

Britain prominent alongside Australia but both nations happy to

:06:16.:06:20.

let the Dutch go to the front. Emmy Hanson for Sweden with one of her

:06:21.:06:25.

team-mates. We saw the Aussies and GB team having a chat about when

:06:26.:06:28.

they will put the hammer down and try to bring this back and they

:06:29.:06:31.

can't leave it out there that too much longer. 25.9 kilometres to go.

:06:32.:06:38.

Amber Neben is a strong rider, current world champion in the ITT

:06:39.:06:43.

but a little dropping off her head there is not a good indication. This

:06:44.:06:50.

is the rider that has done the majority of the work for the

:06:51.:06:58.

Australians. Loren Rowney has I think blown head gasket. I think her

:06:59.:07:04.

job is done for the day. She is actually a sprinter in her own right

:07:05.:07:10.

so to be chasing back moves would have been a difficult task for Loren

:07:11.:07:14.

Rowney but she has done her job unfinished for the day. No doubt

:07:15.:07:19.

Chloe Hosking, Australian sprinter, is there feeling very confident. 35

:07:20.:07:28.

seconds, 34 seconds, isn't that much when you consider it has been a full

:07:29.:07:35.

chase behind. If it was launched again, the attack, it would come

:07:36.:07:39.

back incredibly quickly. When the Dutch put a ride on the front and it

:07:40.:07:42.

closes down, they realise they have got this in control. They are a

:07:43.:07:47.

little more relaxed so they are leaving Amber Neben out there for a

:07:48.:07:53.

little bit longer. We can expect an aggressive last part of this race

:07:54.:07:56.

from the Dutch. They will feel she is within range. And because of the

:07:57.:08:03.

make of this circuit, glances of her and none of the big riders in the

:08:04.:08:07.

peloton... They have had a decent rest this lap. They have all been

:08:08.:08:12.

sitting back and refuelling in the wheels. Olga Zabelinskaya.

:08:13.:08:23.

Interesting she is not off the course yet because they did announce

:08:24.:08:28.

they disqualified her for an illegal bike change but still just rolling

:08:29.:08:36.

around on the course. Presumably preparing to roll off the course as

:08:37.:08:41.

she goes through the finish. At the first available opportunity. Come in

:08:42.:08:49.

number 84, your number is up, your time is up. She is escorted from the

:08:50.:08:59.

course by the UCI. She has had a bad day. A bad day at the office. Unlike

:09:00.:09:04.

Amber Neben who still leads by over half a minute. You can see she's

:09:05.:09:15.

digging deep note, checking the time check, 40 seconds. We get 34 seconds

:09:16.:09:21.

on our screen. We believe the peloton have got this under control

:09:22.:09:24.

and they will be able to bring it back when they decide it is time to

:09:25.:09:32.

pull Amber Neben back in. You can see now it is the Australians on the

:09:33.:09:37.

front, stringing out the peloton. An indication there sprinter is feeling

:09:38.:09:42.

good in the peloton. A fairly reduced peloton out and that has

:09:43.:09:46.

been the attrition from all of those attacks. Not much has gone off from

:09:47.:09:49.

the front of the race apart from Amber Neben but lots from the back.

:09:50.:09:58.

Dutch back on again. They will not risk it, just get it back under

:09:59.:10:02.

control and we will see whether they will ride it on the line or launch

:10:03.:10:09.

an attack. I can't predict it. They did all those attacks... This is

:10:10.:10:13.

Carmen Small, a problem at the back for the United States. Hard to tell

:10:14.:10:20.

whether those attacks were tiring everyone out or whether they

:10:21.:10:23.

genuinely wanted to split up into smaller groups. She hasn't had a

:10:24.:10:30.

very happy will Championship, Carmen Small. The national champion and

:10:31.:10:34.

felt she was should have got one of the slots for the Olympic Games in

:10:35.:10:38.

Rio and they went with Christine Armstrong. They were proved right

:10:39.:10:45.

because she won the gold medal but Carmen Small went into arbitration

:10:46.:10:49.

over trying to get that spot in Rio. She was here and hoping to prove her

:10:50.:10:53.

point in the time trial but maybe trying a bit too hard. Disappointing

:10:54.:11:00.

12th place to the other day. She has chasing to do as well after

:11:01.:11:05.

mechanical issue. I was thinking last night how difficult emotionally

:11:06.:11:10.

the season has been for Carmen Small because you transferred from one

:11:11.:11:12.

team to another in the middle of the season and things weren't working

:11:13.:11:15.

out with her team and she changed to another team at the same time she

:11:16.:11:19.

was putting in her appeal process for the selection for the Olympic

:11:20.:11:23.

Games. She had won the national time trial Championship and beating

:11:24.:11:28.

Christine Armstrong who won the Olympic Games so that would be very

:11:29.:11:32.

difficult emotionally to deal with. The USA made the right decision

:11:33.:11:36.

because they selected a rider that won the Olympic Games but then

:11:37.:11:41.

Carmen Small beat that rider at the Championships so it has been a

:11:42.:11:45.

difficult season for her and with the mechanical here, not a good

:11:46.:11:48.

situation for the USA because Amber Neben is right in front and they

:11:49.:11:53.

need her back in the peloton, should she be caught very soon. Still half

:11:54.:12:03.

a minute and not much coming from the Dutch at the moment. Are they

:12:04.:12:08.

regrouping? I think so, I think the next time it goes it will be all-out

:12:09.:12:12.

warfare. They can take it on the line so it will be... They would

:12:13.:12:17.

have to strategise it quite well by discussing who is feeling good and

:12:18.:12:22.

then the other riders working for that rider or those two riders so

:12:23.:12:28.

presumably Marianne Vos and Kirsten Wild. The rest of the team will

:12:29.:12:32.

presumably launch a flurry of attacks. So much spoken about, the

:12:33.:12:40.

strength of this Netherlands team, strongest we have seen in the

:12:41.:12:44.

history of women's cycling and any one of those riders would be capable

:12:45.:12:48.

of winning but they have the favourite sprinter Kirsten Wild in

:12:49.:12:52.

the peloton. Will they back here for a sprint or try to break this up in

:12:53.:12:57.

the final kilometres? This is one of the fastest sprinters in the

:12:58.:13:02.

peloton. Bastianelli for the Italians. A few outside champions.

:13:03.:13:12.

Lepisto from Finland. Amber Neben taking on a last bottle with 21

:13:13.:13:20.

kilometres to go. Impressive to see her win the individual time trial

:13:21.:13:23.

earlier this week because she has won it in the past but hasn't been

:13:24.:13:29.

so present in the women's peloton in the last few years. She has been

:13:30.:13:34.

around but not in the top of those races, like she was in the past.

:13:35.:13:39.

Like her career was winding down? We would have said she was now the

:13:40.:13:43.

chance for a medal here but she surprised everyone at the age of 41

:13:44.:13:47.

to come back and win the title in the individual time trial this week.

:13:48.:13:51.

She is proving she is in the form of her life,. Carmen Small trying to

:13:52.:13:56.

get back on the rear end of the main field. Following that mechanical

:13:57.:14:05.

issue. Will the Americans have a train leading out Rivera for the

:14:06.:14:11.

sprint? One of the nations that have a fast rider, maybe not a favourite

:14:12.:14:15.

for the sprint, which is why the World Championships is so

:14:16.:14:18.

unpredictable. Winnard the Netherlands is the strongest team

:14:19.:14:22.

and Kirsten Wild is very fast but so many riders could potentially be on

:14:23.:14:28.

the podium or sneak this victory. Australians working hard, putting

:14:29.:14:30.

faith into their sprinter Chloe Hosking. 20 seconds nicer within

:14:31.:14:38.

sight. It would be sensible now for the Australians to wind it back

:14:39.:14:40.

about which I think is what they are doing which is why the bunch is

:14:41.:14:46.

spreading across the road. They are slowing down because they know Amber

:14:47.:14:49.

Neben is in sight. Now it is a question of whether it will be an

:14:50.:14:53.

aggressive race or the teams will resign themselves to the fact it

:14:54.:14:56.

will be a sprint and look after their sprinters? There are some

:14:57.:15:01.

teams here who don't have a sprinter who could win. Three Germans up

:15:02.:15:06.

towards the front. Lisa Brennauer among them. Niewiadoma from Poland.

:15:07.:15:18.

They are all starting to congregate across the road. 20 seconds no Amber

:15:19.:15:24.

Neben less than 19 kilometres away from the finish.

:15:25.:15:36.

There has not been very committed chase from anybody in the peloton

:15:37.:15:42.

but they will feel confident that Amber Neben will be reeled in. As

:15:43.:15:52.

the readout trains and domestiques try to get their leaders in

:15:53.:15:56.

position, the gap is coming down. She will keep the pressure on the

:15:57.:16:00.

pedals for as long as possible to put her team-mates in a good

:16:01.:16:03.

position, and will be see counterattacks from the Americans?

:16:04.:16:07.

Do you get the impression the Dutch will throw the eggs in Kirsten

:16:08.:16:17.

Wild's basket? It appears that way. It appears most of the teams are

:16:18.:16:21.

settling for bunch sprints. If that is not the case then they are going

:16:22.:16:24.

to have to launch attacks now otherwise there will be a bunch

:16:25.:16:28.

sprint. The only way it can break up is if it starts attacking in the

:16:29.:16:35.

next couple of kilometres. Roxane Kneteman, there, from the

:16:36.:16:39.

Netherlands, on the front, having a little look round. Canada with Leah

:16:40.:16:47.

Kirkman as a possibility for them. Couple of her team-mates in the

:16:48.:16:50.

burden of Canada. Dani King still up towards the front, towards the right

:16:51.:16:56.

of your picture. At the business end of the bike race it will be

:16:57.:17:00.

interesting to see what Team GB does, if they will do a lead out for

:17:01.:17:05.

Lizzie Deignan or if they will back one of their younger more

:17:06.:17:08.

inexperienced riders like Hannah Barnes or Alice Barnes for the

:17:09.:17:13.

sprint. Amber Neben sees how close the peloton is coming, taking a

:17:14.:17:16.

drink. She knows what's coming and it is not going to be another gold

:17:17.:17:22.

medal, not today, anyway. Team GB will have to discuss that on the

:17:23.:17:26.

road. They will be discussing who is feeling good, who is going for this.

:17:27.:17:31.

I don't think there will be a natural prerace order of authority.

:17:32.:17:35.

They will say you have to discuss between yourself and be honest with

:17:36.:17:39.

each other. If Lizzie says I feel good, everyone has got to go for it.

:17:40.:17:43.

And if Hannah is feeling good as well, if they both feel good, Lizzie

:17:44.:17:47.

will have to go for it, she is reigning world champion. Sara Roy

:17:48.:17:54.

from Australia is taking on a lot of the work here at the front of the

:17:55.:17:59.

peloton. Van Dijk from the Netherlands on second wheel, she is

:18:00.:18:04.

a rider we may have predicted would take a late attack. But are they

:18:05.:18:08.

riding for Kirsten Wild or will they try to light it up with a flurry of

:18:09.:18:13.

attacks? Been a little crash coming out of that roundabout, there. A

:18:14.:18:19.

ride on the other side of the road from Chinese Taipei. She will be

:18:20.:18:27.

devastated about that if she does not get back to the peloton because

:18:28.:18:31.

she is quite a handy sprinter as well. One you would put on an

:18:32.:18:36.

outside chance of a medal here. Couple of victories in the World

:18:37.:18:39.

Tour race. Asian road race champion as well last year. She is not

:18:40.:18:48.

looking very sprightly, though. No. And it was on the other side of the

:18:49.:18:55.

road. The outside. A crash just missed by one of the British riders

:18:56.:19:01.

as well, there. A real stalemate in the peloton right now. They are all

:19:02.:19:05.

watching each other to see who will do it. Everybody is all being a bit

:19:06.:19:10.

battle worn by the Dutch. Probably quite surprised that now they are

:19:11.:19:14.

sitting there not doing anything which would indicate that they are

:19:15.:19:17.

putting all their eggs in Kirsten Wild's basket. Just trying to see if

:19:18.:19:23.

we can spot Kirsten Wild, one of the taller riders in the peloton, you

:19:24.:19:28.

can normally see her helmet popping up across the top of the peloton.

:19:29.:19:32.

Amber Neben knows her job, and that is to keep going until she is

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caught. She knows she will be, so it's quite an art, to put yourself

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through that pain. She has won the world time trial championship two

:19:43.:19:45.

times, she knows how to hurt. And whilst her face looks relaxed, she

:19:46.:19:50.

will be in a world of pain. Yeah, this is a great ride from Amber

:19:51.:19:54.

Neben, but just 24 seconds separate her from this peloton, here. But

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that looks very much like a peloton preparing itself for a big gallop so

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blue it does. Only 16.8 kilometres to go, not

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It is highly controllable. Everybody can dig deep when it gets closer.

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They've had a calm last 15 or 20 kilometres. All hoping, I guess,

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that it would stay this way. Now it's going to be a case of getting

:20:22.:20:25.

your team to work, to look after you to the line. You can see one of the

:20:26.:20:35.

sprint favourites up there in fourth position, an indication of feeling

:20:36.:20:38.

good but also being a little bit nervous because you do not see the

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more experienced sprinters like Lizzie Deignan or Kirsten Wild

:20:42.:20:47.

moving to the front this early with 16 kilometres to go. Chloe Hosking,

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also from Australia. Now we are talking about the really fast

:20:53.:20:55.

sprinters in this race. What a devastating thing for Bronzini not

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to be on the starting line, this race would have played into her

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hands. We are looking at Chloe Hosking, Kirsten Wild, for a sprint?

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The clear favourite will most likely be Kirsten Wild, she is the Queen of

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Qatar, this is her style of race, she has a strong team in the Dutch.

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Lizzie Deignan, you would not put your money on her in a big bunch

:21:22.:21:24.

sprint but she looks very comfortable and she has the World

:21:25.:21:29.

Championship jersey to retain, so anything is possible. The GB team

:21:30.:21:33.

have ridden well and that will give her more confidence. She will like

:21:34.:21:36.

to try to finish it off, even if she is not a pure spin to, she will give

:21:37.:21:40.

this a go and she has definitely got the chance. But the likes of Kersten

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will, Jolien D'Hoore.. -- the likes of

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Kirsten Wild. The beauty of the team from the Netherlands, they have so

:22:05.:22:07.

many riders that could potentially win in any circumstances. We have

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not even mentioned Marianne Vos. Or any of the German riders. They now

:22:20.:22:31.

have Amber Neben insight. One lap remains. A very small gap from Amber

:22:32.:22:35.

Neben back to the peloton, a gap that is about to close very quickly

:22:36.:22:40.

indeed. The smart money now is on a sprint for the line. Lizzie Deignan

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of Great Britain still in with a chance of defending her world title,

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but with every passing kilometre, the sprinters get more and more

:22:51.:22:54.

excited that it could be their day. Riders like Chloe Hosking for the

:22:55.:22:59.

United States, Jolien D'Hoore from Belgium, Kirsten Wild of the

:23:00.:23:05.

Netherlands. To name but a few. And Amber Neben Bulls time at the front

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of the race is now up and those jerseys of the Dutch start to

:23:10.:23:16.

congregate at the front. Is that Ashley Millman from South Africa?

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Moving across to make sure she can take a bottle. Jolien D'Hoore taking

:23:21.:23:27.

a bottle from Belgium. Very close to the finish for riders to be taking

:23:28.:23:34.

bottles. Chaos again. Breaks were slammed on in that shot, just

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wondered if there had been an incident but apparently not. Lizzie

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Deignan. Now there is an attack. The Team GB have had a fine race until

:23:47.:23:50.

this right. Strong attack by Dani King. She has been policing every

:23:51.:23:55.

single move riding at the front. You can see she just pushed her radio

:23:56.:23:58.

into her ear to get some indication from the riders or that team

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director how this attack is going and it is strong. That all changed

:24:02.:24:06.

very quickly, both on the front of the race and for Amber Neben. Couple

:24:07.:24:11.

of minutes she was leading the world champion should, now she has been

:24:12.:24:14.

spat out the back of the peloton unceremoniously. Dani King of Great

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Britain is on the front and stretching the field out in the

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closing climate is with less than 15 to go. Great tactic from Team GB. We

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have not seen them move the whole race, not even once. They have

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covered everything, protected the race in a defensive manner. This has

:24:30.:24:34.

obviously been their plan. Splitting it immediately. Forcing the Dutch

:24:35.:24:37.

riders across and this puts Lizzie Armistead in a perfect position, she

:24:38.:24:42.

can sit and follow everything. She realises the danger and is coming

:24:43.:24:46.

across herself. Dani King on the front for Great Britain, causing a

:24:47.:24:52.

bit of panic behind. Yes, that's a really strong attack and you can see

:24:53.:24:55.

how tired everybody is. One massive attack has caused so much damage.

:24:56.:25:00.

Lizzie Deignan is trying to come across on her own, make it to the

:25:01.:25:05.

Swedish rider in between. It might be a Johansson for Sweden. It

:25:06.:25:13.

usually is. On this, the last lap of seven here in Joe Hart in Qatar.

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This is obviously what Team GB needed to do. Lizzie Deignan does

:25:19.:25:22.

not really come in against those pure sprinters but she can if they

:25:23.:25:27.

make the race really hard, put everybody under stress and fatigue,

:25:28.:25:31.

and that way they can force it and give Lizzie a chance in the sprint.

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Well, this is a super strong move by Dani King and Team GB. Very, very

:25:37.:25:42.

smart. But everybody under pressure. And amazing form that Dani King has

:25:43.:25:46.

come into. And draw some of the steam from the likes of the other

:25:47.:25:49.

riders as well, just maybe take a little bit of the top bend off the

:25:50.:25:56.

other riders. You can see how tired everybody is. They have had a lap of

:25:57.:26:01.

going steady, letting the domestics right behind Amber Neben. One big

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attack from Dani King started to rip it all to pieces. So if they start

:26:06.:26:08.

countering again I think we can expect it to split up into small

:26:09.:26:13.

groups. Dani King is doing a great job here. Interestingly she is being

:26:14.:26:17.

marked by riders that ride on the same professional team as her. These

:26:18.:26:21.

are the riders that actually know the real strength of Dani King, and

:26:22.:26:25.

knew that they had to respond to that move. A good ride here by the

:26:26.:26:30.

Eritrean rider, hanging in with the peloton. At the business end of the

:26:31.:26:33.

race. How Great Britain continue to animate once more. Well, that's

:26:34.:26:41.

Hannah Barnes, so that means the rider they are working for is going

:26:42.:26:44.

to be Lizzie Deignan because Hannah Barnes is using upper energy to tire

:26:45.:26:52.

out the peloton. The Dutch kept attacking with GB marking them, and

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now GB are attacking with the Dutch marking them, so the tactics are

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clear. Team GB are trying to rip it to pieces to set it up for Lizzie

:27:02.:27:05.

Deignan. Two completely different tactics, one once a small group, the

:27:06.:27:13.

other wants a bunch sprint. Is this Johannson now going? Heavily marked

:27:14.:27:17.

by Lizzie Deignan. Lizzie Deignan straight onto her wheel, and

:27:18.:27:31.

Marianne Vos tries to go. One of the American riders up there and a bit

:27:32.:27:36.

of a gap opening up. Emma Johansson's acceleration puts real

:27:37.:27:39.

pressure on those in the race and Lizzie Deignan was very quick to

:27:40.:27:42.

jump on that and stamp it out. They are free of the best bike riders in

:27:43.:27:48.

the world. And it was Lizzie Deignan and Marianne Vos who responded to

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Emma Johannson, from Sweden, being the silver medallist in Rio this

:27:54.:27:58.

year. Lizzie Deignan looking so comfortable. Fantastic ride by the

:27:59.:28:05.

South African as well. She will want this race to be tough all the way to

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the finish, Lizzie. And look at the Dutch. Marianne Vos was in a perfect

:28:10.:28:13.

position to launch a counter attack and didn't, she looked behind, they

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are riding a defensive and blocking race, whereas Team GB are trying to

:28:18.:28:22.

split it up and make it hard. Now regrouping again as they have fanned

:28:23.:28:26.

out across the road. Just over ten kilometres to go. One of the Dutch

:28:27.:28:30.

riders on the right has a little look at the front but not a major

:28:31.:28:33.

acceleration. Wondered whether there was going to be an attack launched,

:28:34.:28:39.

but not so as it turned out. Further back is Dani King. Now at the back

:28:40.:28:42.

of the peloton. It was a great effort from her couple of minutes

:28:43.:28:45.

ago. Who is on the front? Looked like Marianne Vos. Well, we are

:28:46.:28:50.

looking for Kirsten Wild and she seems to be positioned quite far

:28:51.:28:54.

down the back. That will not be a panic for her because she can move

:28:55.:28:57.

to the front of the peloton quite quickly. Anna van der Breggen on the

:28:58.:29:01.

front. Marked by one of the Finland riders. And Denmark are up there as

:29:02.:29:10.

well. So the Netherlands have enough strong riders to control this all

:29:11.:29:13.

the way to the finish line, which is I think what their plan is. Is that

:29:14.:29:18.

Rivera from the USA in the middle with the dark glasses on? She will

:29:19.:29:22.

be worth watching as well, potentially, isn't she? If it comes

:29:23.:29:27.

down to a sprint, as it may well do. Anna van der Breggen leads them

:29:28.:29:30.

around the latest roundabout. Ten kilometres remaining in the World

:29:31.:29:33.

Championship road race for elite women. And a little bit further

:29:34.:29:38.

back, and a lease from Great Britain. At GB have ridden very,

:29:39.:29:45.

very well, here. They certainly have had a technically brilliant race.

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And Lizzie Deignan has come into this race with great form, which is

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quite surprising, after she's had such turmoil, and emotional season,

:29:54.:29:57.

the peak of the Olympic Games. To hold it together, come here and win

:29:58.:30:02.

a world title and back up a few days later to be in really, really top

:30:03.:30:06.

form, really impressive. Hannah Barnes, despite the effort she made

:30:07.:30:09.

a couple of minutes ago, has come up alongside Lizzie now in the main

:30:10.:30:14.

field, up towards the front. As you can see, when the pace is high, they

:30:15.:30:18.

are strung out. The Dutch are not in a bad position here once again.

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Van der Breggen will just go as long as she can I think. She doesn't have

:30:26.:30:32.

the right faster, she just has to set it at a pace she can maintain

:30:33.:30:36.

flows long as possible and try to put off attacks so people get

:30:37.:30:40.

deterred from doing it because they can see the Olympic champion sitting

:30:41.:30:44.

there. We haven't seen anything from Chloe Hosking which might be a good

:30:45.:30:53.

thing. She is looking quite comfortable. I was on the circuit

:30:54.:30:57.

yesterday and I heard someone coming behind me and it was Tiffany

:30:58.:31:00.

Cromwell with her team-mates on her wheel, just doing a lead out, flying

:31:01.:31:05.

through a roundabout so I have done -- they have done a couple of

:31:06.:31:08.

practice runs and the Australians look comfortable, in the middle of

:31:09.:31:12.

the peloton, Chloe Hosking looking super relaxed. Abby-Mae Parkinson in

:31:13.:31:21.

the front group. Two of our younger riders still at the business end of

:31:22.:31:29.

the race. We will not have to wait too long for the finish now. The

:31:30.:31:34.

tension mounts. Maybe Lisa Brennauer is feeling good as well. Germany are

:31:35.:31:41.

prominent. Lisa Brennauer was there in second wheel and she looks quite

:31:42.:31:44.

relaxed and confident as she has had some good sprints in the past. Trixi

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I think that is Van Vleuten on the front just throwing that bottle

:31:58.:32:16.

away. Didn't see Kirsten Wild on the left-hand side. The Dutch lining

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themselves up getting ready. They don't need to lead yet. No point Van

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der Breggen riding on the front and wasting energy when they can use her

:32:28.:32:30.

later on. They will sit there and they just hold that side of the road

:32:31.:32:34.

and protect yourselves and don't let yourself get swamped. Sometimes it

:32:35.:32:38.

is difficult to get all your team-mates together and they have

:32:39.:32:41.

done that. They were like their chances. Look at that, good

:32:42.:32:49.

discipline already having all lined up. Three riders the top 14 in the

:32:50.:32:55.

time trial. They burned a lot of matches early on in the race with

:32:56.:32:59.

the constant attacking but that was indicative of them being so strong.

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Does Jolien D'Hoore have a strong enough train? She will not be able

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to rely on her Belgian team-mates when it comes to the final

:33:13.:33:16.

kilometres. She has had some support mentally. That would have been good

:33:17.:33:21.

for Jolien D'Hoore, her mental state, to know her team-mates have

:33:22.:33:23.

worked there today and now it is all up to her by herself. She has one of

:33:24.:33:29.

the most powerful kicks in the peloton says she will be feeling

:33:30.:33:33.

confident as they come into the finish. For a rider with not so many

:33:34.:33:37.

team-mates, it is the fight you have to win before the sprint. The Dutch

:33:38.:33:42.

have a lot of riders around the leader. The radios, this is where

:33:43.:33:51.

they are useful because you can congregate your team-mates and tell

:33:52.:33:55.

them what to do. Kirsten Wild can tell them what she wants from them.

:33:56.:34:00.

It is hard to share that when you don't have the radios without giving

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away your tactics. Still a big group here. Not far from the finish. I

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love to see a big, bunched sprint and I am getting quite nervous

:34:12.:34:14.

because this will be an exciting sprint. Dani King with a second

:34:15.:34:22.

wind. She's doing some great work for Lizzie Deignan up towards the

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front. Massive attacks, we saw the damage it did to the peloton and

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rightly so. Shows how loyal she is and how professional. She has come

:34:37.:34:41.

straight back up to helplessly. Psychologically a strong showing for

:34:42.:34:44.

the others to deal with. Van dyke on the front of the Dutch train. You

:34:45.:34:51.

know the power they have to bring back anything. Everyone knows their

:34:52.:34:55.

tactic now. They are all in for the sprint. The Italians towards the

:34:56.:34:58.

right of the picture, starting to move forward. White jerseys with

:34:59.:35:09.

blue shorts. Bastianelli, Longo Borghini, riders who could feature

:35:10.:35:12.

towards the end. The Dutch in control of this peloton at the

:35:13.:35:13.

moment. This team on paper, they are strung

:35:14.:35:26.

out, they really aren't the strongest team, everyone said it

:35:27.:35:28.

would take a big mistake for them to be beaten at the will Championships.

:35:29.:35:35.

-- they really are the strongest team. You would have to say Kirsten

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Wild is the clear favourite. An impressive ride by the Netherlands.

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Will anyone else tried to muscle their way in here? Anyone have the

:35:48.:35:53.

ability? Not really, all they can do is try to hijack it. They will just

:35:54.:36:00.

be outgunned so they may as well let them do all the work and for the

:36:01.:36:05.

last 800 metres... Italians lining up on the left-hand side. Four of

:36:06.:36:10.

them towards the front. Slowly inching their way to the pointy end

:36:11.:36:20.

of the race. Dani King not giving away, still in the dark glasses in

:36:21.:36:24.

the middle of the picture. What a stint from here. Hannah Barnes as

:36:25.:36:29.

well towards the right at the front. Team GB not quite as disciplined

:36:30.:36:34.

comparing them to the Netherlands and Italy coming up but Lizzie is a

:36:35.:36:39.

cool customer. She will be profiting all of this, all the other teams'

:36:40.:36:52.

work. She doesn't want to put herself in a position where she will

:36:53.:36:58.

be the sprint. I think Lizzie Deignan is just near Dani King at

:36:59.:37:05.

the moment. About 15 or 20 of the position. I think that was where she

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is. The Dutch looking so strong. 4.4 kilometres to go. It looks like the

:37:18.:37:22.

peloton is nearly just handed it to them. Just hoping they make a big

:37:23.:37:25.

mistake. They really have things under control. They do and we know

:37:26.:37:30.

how strong their riders are and they are riding so disciplined. They look

:37:31.:37:37.

completely in control. We saw the French guys hitting way too early.

:37:38.:37:43.

This is a lead out. Pure textbook at the moment. Four kilometres to go.

:37:44.:37:52.

We are in Doha. The Dutch dominating proceedings, hoping one of their

:37:53.:37:58.

riders can claim the rainbow jersey but Australia now starting to come

:37:59.:38:02.

towards the front, they have got Chloe Hosking in their team and

:38:03.:38:05.

Great Britain working hard also. Lizzie coming up on the left. What a

:38:06.:38:13.

valuable rider in Dani King, she has been there all the way to the

:38:14.:38:17.

finish. An impressively strong ride. Taking on the Dutch. Great stuff

:38:18.:38:24.

from Dani King. GB swamped so they will try to match the Netherlands.

:38:25.:38:28.

They are next to each other drag racing. 3.5 kilometres, Kirsten Wild

:38:29.:38:35.

for the Netherlands and Lizzie Deignan for GB in their looking

:38:36.:38:40.

good. Canadians are in there as well. Australians have dropped back

:38:41.:38:42.

a bit but they were looking good for Chloe Hosking. Then you have got

:38:43.:38:47.

Jolien D'Hoore, trying to get into position. The rider for USA

:38:48.:38:55.

freewheeling in among all the others. Lizzie is now isolated so

:38:56.:39:03.

Dani King did a fantastic job and has now dropped back. She got Lizzie

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into position. A good position to be in because the train from the

:39:10.:39:11.

Netherlands isn't going to slow down. Is that Marta Bastianelli in

:39:12.:39:20.

there for Italy as well? Marianne Vos taking a look also for Kirsten

:39:21.:39:25.

Wild. Four Dutch riders on the front and Marianne Vos in fourth but

:39:26.:39:30.

Kirsten Wild dropped back. The Dutch team looking for this printer.

:39:31.:39:39.

Lizzie pushing through the middle. She managed to punch out just in

:39:40.:39:46.

time before she got caught up. Always alert to danger. Trixi

:39:47.:39:53.

Worrack working hard for Germany. It is really know with 2.3 kilometres

:39:54.:39:58.

to go. Not even many riders can hold the pace now with the Dutch on the

:39:59.:40:05.

front. Armitstead just beyond... Just behind the four Dutch riders on

:40:06.:40:09.

the right. Giving the Italian rider a little touch with her shoulder.

:40:10.:40:14.

Lizzie Deignan looks very comfortable. She has been so cool

:40:15.:40:18.

and is in a good position with two kilometres to go. Looks like Ellen

:40:19.:40:29.

van Dijk at the front. Marianne Vos third in line and Kirsten Wild

:40:30.:40:33.

fourth. Lotta Lepisto from Finland on her wheel. Lizzie Deignan maybe

:40:34.:40:40.

seventh or eighth. On the right-hand side of the road. Perfect wheel

:40:41.:40:46.

again, being brought up, Italian riders trying to get in the way of

:40:47.:40:50.

the Dutch train. Lizzie currently in a good position but is fighting hard

:40:51.:40:54.

to hold her position. She has to keep pushing her way around. There

:40:55.:41:01.

was nearly crashed. One of the Italian riders did very well to stay

:41:02.:41:07.

upright. That has a panic in the peloton but 1.4 kilometres to go on

:41:08.:41:10.

the Dutch very much in control. They still have four riders lined out, it

:41:11.:41:16.

has been difficult for any riders to come up and match them now the

:41:17.:41:21.

Italians make move. We haven't seen much of the Australians with Chloe

:41:22.:41:25.

Hosking dropping back. She was so confident coming into this. The

:41:26.:41:29.

Australians was work to do but they are not up to the front. Lizzie

:41:30.:41:36.

Deignan still about six on the road. Inside the final kilometre. Lizzie

:41:37.:41:42.

Deignan defending her world crown. She won a year ago in Richmond but a

:41:43.:41:46.

lot to do to make that happen because the Dutch in a great

:41:47.:41:49.

position. Lizzie Deignan working hard to hold the wheel. Sixth in

:41:50.:41:55.

line. It will be hard to beat Kirsten Wild after this display from

:41:56.:42:00.

the Dutch. A textbook finish so far. A couple of hundred metres and they

:42:01.:42:05.

will see the finish line. They are not far away, final few hundred

:42:06.:42:10.

metres. The Dutch in pole position. Lisa Brennauer goes around the

:42:11.:42:12.

outside but the lead looks good for the Dutch. Bastianelli, Lotta

:42:13.:42:18.

Lepisto is there. Lizzie Deignan has fallen away a little bit. Marianne

:42:19.:42:23.

Vos hits the front and here comes Kirsten Wild for the Netherlands. Up

:42:24.:42:28.

towards the front, can she claimed a world title or will she be pipped on

:42:29.:42:32.

the line? It is desperately close on the line. So close. As they crossed

:42:33.:42:41.

the line, it may be Andi Dixon of Denmark, the two time world junior

:42:42.:42:44.

champion who pushed really hard and she may well have pipped the big

:42:45.:42:49.

favourite Kirsten Wild on the line. What a ride from the Danish

:42:50.:42:59.

youngster. Diedrickson has got it. We said she was an outside chance

:43:00.:43:03.

today and that was an impressive sprint. Kirsten Wild will be

:43:04.:43:06.

devastated after that work from the Netherlands. Lizzie Deignan also

:43:07.:43:13.

congratulating this ride, Diedrickson. She is the new world

:43:14.:43:22.

champion, she has got it. Kirsten Wild is second and Lotta Lepisto is

:43:23.:43:28.

third. Lizzie Deignan is fourth just outside the medals. It is all about

:43:29.:43:39.

that rider, and the big favourite Kirsten Wild, we saw her wing the

:43:40.:43:46.

two order Yorkshire and many other titles but in the end, she didn't

:43:47.:43:50.

quite have the legs to get over the line in first place. She's so

:43:51.:43:56.

disappointed. Diedrickson was in outside chance on what defines print

:43:57.:44:05.

is not what a fine sprint. These riders have shown potential all

:44:06.:44:07.

season. The Danish rider seemed to be able

:44:08.:44:19.

to get onto the wheel that everybody wanted. That didn't change much at

:44:20.:44:29.

the finish line. She does it and she fights all the way. There is Lizzie

:44:30.:44:44.

getting up to fourth place. Not many people have the ability to come back

:44:45.:44:47.

Kirsten Wild in a situation like that. She was the world junior

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champion in 13 and 14. What a step up.

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She concentrated on the Olympic Games and she was disappointed not

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to be on the podium in the omnium, but she showed in the last events,

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especially the points race, that she is a phenomenal athlete, just

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lapping and lapping the field. Look at her face as she comes up to the

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line as if to say, I've got this. She looked completely in control,

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when everybody else was grimacing, she looked relaxed. It is not just

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being the fastest sprinter, but being so young and being on the

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favourite's wheel. Lizzie offering congratulations. They ride on the

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same professional team. I'm sure Lizzie Deignan is not surprised with

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the performance of digits and to take this title. -- of Dideriksen.

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She is ecstatic. And diving fourth-place come on a course like

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this, for Lizzie Deignan, that was a really, really impressive defence of

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the world title. She has just proven again and again, Lizzie Deignan,

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that she is just a class, class bike rider. She rises to the occasion.

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When she puts the number on her back, she just races. She's had a

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very emotional and difficult season. But just to be still at the end of

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the season in that kind of fitness level, really a phenomenal

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performance by the whole GB team, especially Dani King and Hannah

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Barnes, very impressive today. There we are, that's the new world

:46:28.:46:32.

champion, just 20 years of age, Mali deed Eriksson from Denmark. And

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there is confirmation of the result. -- Dideriksen of Denmark. Kirsten

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Wild will be very unhappy with silver, but Lotto the piston will be

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very happy with bronze. Many congregations, how does it feel

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to wear that rainbow jersey? It's amazing. I was hoping for top ten.

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Just to stand here with the jersey is wonderful. My team-mates did such

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an amazing job. Whole team, only three riders, and they gave me

:47:10.:47:15.

bottles and when I crashed they brought me back. I'd like to say a

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big thank you to them and I'm just really happy. What were you thinking

:47:20.:47:23.

going into the last few hundred metres? I just wanted to keep

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Kirsten Wild's wheel, fighting with the other girls, and I thought this

:47:31.:47:32.

could be really good or I would crash. Luckily it went well and I

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could over Sprint Kirsten Wild in the end. It's crazy. Can you give us

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an idea of how you feel at this moment? Well at most my feeling is

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disappointment. I hope to so much for this title, we had such a strong

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team. And I really hoped to make the finish. Such a strong performance

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from your team as well, just how were you feeling in those last few

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hundred metres? We were a bit early, but we had a really good train. A

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little bit early. Then I felt Dideriksen coming from the left.

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Very close. And yeah, she was faster. She put in a very strong

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sprint finish. You had nothing left at the end? Know, otherwise I would

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have pushed. Do you think the amount of work you had to do as a team took

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some of your power at the end? Of course, but I think she was just

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faster. We tried and we had a really good option. I think we had a really

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good work altogether. But in the end, yeah, it's all about those past

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few hundred metres. I put myself in permission Giroud position to go for

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the win. But there was no extra gear to click into and go for it. I'm

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just incredibly proud of the team, the way they road. When I needed

:48:56.:49:00.

somebody there, young, inexperienced team, but they really rode well. How

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do you feel to see your year in rainbow come to an end and just

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missing out on the podium? A medal would have been nice but I'm used to

:49:12.:49:14.

fourth place is in my career. It's part of the sport and it just gives

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me hunger back for next year. Norway is a perfect course for me and I'm

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already so excited about it, ridiculously now, with a team like

:49:23.:49:27.

this, that camp due something. Very strong great British team

:49:28.:49:29.

performance, you must be proud of the way the performed to date? Yes,

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I think everybody did well today. A shame in the end but we have to be

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proud of the way we rode today. Amazing to see all of us eight girls

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riding as a team and it bodes well for the future. It will be great to

:49:45.:49:47.

have more of a focus on the women's road team, for sure. And I think we

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could be really successful. You couldn't have delivered more for

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Lizzie, strong effort. We really wanted to be up there and

:49:58.:50:00.

aggressive. We knew a lot of teams were happy with a sprint. But we

:50:01.:50:05.

also wanted to be aggressive and try to split the race. We were present

:50:06.:50:08.

in every move that went up the road. We are happy with how we performed,

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we just don't have anyone that is strong enough to be there at the

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finish, to sprint that hard. And to see your team-mates take the rainbow

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jersey, I could see what it meant to her, and nice to see you

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congratulate in her. She is a super talent and I've seen the work she

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puts in an she is a very deserving champion. And lovely to see you

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celebrate with your team-mate, Lizzie Deignan, after the event. Of

:50:35.:50:39.

course she hands you the rainbow jersey. Yeah, it's crazy. I've been

:50:40.:50:45.

team-mates with Lizzie the whole season, and watched her in the

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jersey. It's so big and I cannot believe it is my now. Well, what a

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thrill in finish to the elite women's world race here in the

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sunshine in Qatar in the blistering heat. A fabulous new young world

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champion. Well yeah, she was definitely an outside chance for a

:51:03.:51:05.

medal and everybody has heard of her, she's had recent results, she

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is super fast. And especially Lizzie Deignan knows her strength. She was

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so calm coming into the finish. The Dutch had a textbook finish until

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the last 50 metres when Dideriksen came off the wheel of Kirsten Wild.

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She's been junior world champion Baxi race that with such experience

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to get on the wheel and force her way into the final sprint. That's

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the thing, some people think you just have to spring fast, but you

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have to be able to position yourself. We saw how hard Lizzie

:51:35.:51:38.

Deignan was fighting to get into position. Just goes to show her

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pedigree. Talking to Kirsten Wild, silver medal after such a dominant

:51:43.:51:46.

display from the Dutch, bitterly disappointing for her. Yes, and it

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will get even more difficult during the evening. Because her team just

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did an absolutely amazing ride. They were the strongest on paper. And

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it's hard because she didn't do anything wrong, she was just beaten

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by a better rider. The Netherlands and custom Wild did everything right

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but Dideriksen was too strong. You sometimes win a silver medal but she

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will look back and say she lost the gold? I think so. She was well

:52:11.:52:14.

beaten. The Netherlands wrote a perfect rate, and yet she got pipped

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on the line by a better rider. And she looked so control in the

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footage, incredible. What about the British team, full eight riders

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riding to Lizzie. Very solid performance and they will not be

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disappointed. Absolutely not, and hats off to the selectors because GB

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rode a really good race. They control everything and we saw

:52:40.:52:42.

amazing performances from Dani King and Hannah Barnes. The future for

:52:43.:52:45.

British cycling on the road apart from Lizzie Deignan is super. A lot

:52:46.:52:50.

to look forward to from that team? Yes, I think they are a very good

:52:51.:52:54.

team. Such a spectrum of ages as well. And tactically very astute,

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they road as structured Dunne such a strong unit. Great for today and it

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bodes well for the future. Next year the world champions roll into

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Bergen, Ben Innsbruck and in 2019 the circus moves to Yorkshire.

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In three years' time, 2019, road World Championships of the UCI will

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be in Yorkshire, Great Britain. Yorkshire has got a great heritage

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of cycling. Yorkshire is developing and leading cycling in many ways in

:53:39.:53:42.

the UK. It makes absolute sense for us to come to Yorkshire with our

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flagship event, the UCI World Road Championships. Fantastic for Great

:53:49.:53:51.

Britain and as a Yorkshire and I could not be proud. It will be the

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biggest sporting event in the UK in 2019. It rounds off a great decade

:53:57.:54:00.

of sport for the country. For Yorkshire, it cements us as one of

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the site in capitals of the world. Seemed a legacy from the Grand

:54:05.:54:07.

Depart, be toured the Yorkshire rowing in strength. We know people

:54:08.:54:13.

will turn out in their thousands, maybe even millions, to see the

:54:14.:54:16.

events. It's going to be big crowds, I know that. Yorkshire always

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provides incredible spectators, people how watching the race,

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roadside, supporting, massive. I read that the race is in Yorkshire.

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And as always the crowds in Great Britain are amazing, they come out

:54:31.:54:34.

and support. I think it will be such a fantastic World Championships, and

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one that I'll definitely have my eye on. It is always just immense, and

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the fans are unbelievable. My years were ringing afterwards. It's hard

:54:44.:54:48.

to even talk to the guy next to you. Having the World Championships there

:54:49.:54:51.

will be incredible. I think it's a great reflection on the UK, that the

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rest of the world wants to bring its big sporting events here, and

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greatly Yorkshire because the county has really taken cycling to it's

:54:59.:55:06.

hard. Cycling has just grown and grown and more people want to get

:55:07.:55:09.

involved and watch. It will be a whole mother level. There is the

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investment in facilities as well, so British cycling will have a

:55:17.:55:19.

nationwide programme of facility development over the next four or

:55:20.:55:23.

five years in and around the world Road Champion ships which makes this

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even more exciting. I'm a Yorkshire man and you never thought that was

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going to happen. You never thought the Tour de France would come to the

:55:33.:55:36.

road I grew up on, let alone the World Championships. The temptation

:55:37.:55:39.

of riding World Championships in Yorkshire will be huge. I hope they

:55:40.:55:44.

make a good, hard course I'm a tough Yorkshire woman's course. I'd love

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it to have some clients, because they are amazing around there. --

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some climbs. Great Britain is a great cycling nation, this will be

:55:58.:55:59.

the greatest cycling World Championships that there has been

:56:00.:56:02.

stubbly like think it will be sort of something that you remember in

:56:03.:56:05.

your career for a long, long time. It will be amazing to be part of it.

:56:06.:56:10.

Great Britain such a dominant force in world cycling over the last few

:56:11.:56:14.

years, rewarded with the World Championships in 2019, what kind of

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World Championships can we expect? Ooh, I think it's going to be

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brilliant. We've seen in the last few years that the UK has become one

:56:23.:56:26.

of the best countries for spectators. In Yorkshire each year,

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the number of people, equal to the Tour de France if not more.

:56:30.:56:32.

Yorkshire is very much the heartland of where British cycling is from.

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Always had great professionals and riders from there. It's a bit like

:56:37.:56:41.

it's going home, really, so it's nice. You know the area well, what

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do you think it will be like? The Tour of Yorkshire this year was

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overwhelming, I could not believe the amount of spectators and

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passion. The roads of the course will be absolutely spectacular,

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fantastic. And the support from everyone in Yorkshire is just

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amazing. I expect crazy fans everywhere and a really great event.

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Not going to be one for the sprinters? I doubt it, but it

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depends what Sir Gary verity decides. I hope it is a good racing

:57:08.:57:14.

course. For me it is equal to the Classics we see in Flanders, maybe

:57:15.:57:19.

even Ansel Gold race, the sort of terrain available. It could make one

:57:20.:57:22.

of the best worlds we've seen in a long time. Plenty of hills in

:57:23.:57:27.

Yorkshire. Yes, and Lizzie Deignan will be super excited about

:57:28.:57:29.

Yorkshire, having the World Championships. I think that will

:57:30.:57:33.

nearly guarantee us that she will continue to cycle, just that

:57:34.:57:37.

motivation of having the World Championships in Yorkshire must be

:57:38.:57:39.

really amazing for Lizzie. You could see what it meant to the riders when

:57:40.:57:44.

we spoke to them this week. We have got loads more cycling coming up.

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Back tomorrow when it is the turn of the men. Watch the road race live in

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full on the red button from a 20 5am. Turnover to BBC Two at 2:30pm

:57:53.:57:56.

for highlights and all the reaction and analysis. Can Mark Cavendish and

:57:57.:58:02.

the 2016 rainbow jersey to his 2011 success? If these women today have

:58:03.:58:07.

made you want to take up the sport, go to the website. Find out how you

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can get into cycling. The sun is just beginning to set here in oha,

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but you can guarantee it is going to be another hot one. -- here in Doha.

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Lizzie Deignan, defending her world crown. Here comes Kirsten Wild, can

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she claimed the world title or will she be picked on the line? It's

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desperately, desperately close. It is Dideriksen of Denmark. What a

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ride from the Danish youngster. That was extraordinary.

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I mean, for week three, this is amazing. Brilliant!

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That is the highest score of the series!

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Jill Douglas presents coverage of the women's road race from the Road World Championships in Qatar. Britain's Lizzie Deignan (better known by her maiden name of Armitstead) is the defending champion, but the flat 134.5km course is unlikely to play to her strengths. Commentary is by Simon Brotherton and Rochelle Gilmore.


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