In our 112th episode, Midge, Kathi, and Chris (yes, he’s alive) begin by reminiscing about the UCI World Championships in Bergen, Norway. They then discuss the final monument of the season, Il Lombardia. Finally, they conclude with the list of riders who have impressed them most this season! Warning: Man Crush Alert! Continue reading
The Race of the Falling Leaves is a bittersweet race, really. Sweet because it’s one of the most beautiful races, with plenty of excitement to accompany its travel-porn shots of Lake Como; bitter because it’s the last Monument of the season, and, for VeloVoices, it’s the last race we cover in the season. Oh, and because George Clooney hasn’t invited us over to his Lake Como villa. But Vincenzo Nibali didn’t care about any of that – he did what he does best. Took the race by the scruff of the neck and finished solo for the win. Julian Alaphilippe descended like a stone for second and Gianni Moscon filled out the podium.
In today’s 37th Clasica San Sebastian, Michal Kwiatkowski was part of a five-man group, four of whom had ridden the Tour de France, which had attacked from the reduced peloton on the ascent of the fearsome Murgil, the day’s last climb, before swooping back into town to contest the sprint for the line. Won with ease by the Polish rider ahead of former race winners, Tony Gallopin (2013) and defending champion Bauke Mollema, who rounded out the podium. This victory takes Kwiatkowski into second place in the WorldTour rankings and he becomes only the second rider ever to win Milan-San Remo and the Clasica in the same season. Post-race Kwiatko paid tribute to the work done by his team, particularly the crucial role of Basque rider Mikel Landa.