BBC to broadcast highlights of 2014 UCI Women Road World Cup (+ video)

All 9 races will be broadcast to UK viewers plus 6 feature programmes about women involved in elite cycling

by Elliot Johnston   March 12, 2014  

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The BBC will broadcast coverage of all nine of the UCI Women Road World Cup races in 2014, with production by the same company behind ITV4’s award winning Tour de France coverage. The competition also features for the first time in our Fantasy Cycling game.

The coverage will be produced by VSquared TV, and builds on the YouTube hosted on the UCI’s channel on the video-sharing site for the 2013 Women’s Road World Cup, which it heralded as unprecedented coverage at the time.

This season, the UCI will once again be releasing the programming through its YouTube channel, but it will also be broadcasting races and highlight packages through a number of international broadcasters, including the BBC.

A news round-up of the day’s racing in Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe, the first race of the UCI Women Road World Cup, will be broadcast on the evening of March 15.

It doesn’t currently appear on the BBC’s schedule for that evening, which could mean it will be broadcast online and/or via the Red Button.

News round-ups and highlights packages will then be produced for the season’s eight remaining races, all to be broadcast on the evening of the event, with the calendar as follows:

Round 1   15/03   Ronde van Drenthe (Netherlands) 
Round 2   30/03   Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio (Italy)
Round 3   06/04   Tour of Flanders (Belgium)  
Round 4   23/04   La Flèche Wallonne Féminine (Belgium)
Round 5   18/05   Tour of Chongming Island World Cup (China)
Round 6   03/08   Sparkassen Giro (Germany)  
Round 7   22/08   Open de Suède Vårgårda TTT (Sweden)
Round 8   24/08   Open de Suède Vårgårda (Sweden)
Round 9   30/08   GP de Plouay  (France)

Throughout the season VSquared TV will also produce six feature broadcasts about women involved in elite and high level cycling. The aim of these will be to put the leading and most inspirational female figures of cycling into the public eye to inspire grassroots cyclists.

The UCI’s focus on women’s racing has certainly shifted since the election of Brian Cookson as President of the UCI last year.

Whether or not the decision to broadcast the Women’s Road World Cup came directly from Cookson is not known.

But his influence in raising the profile of women in the sport has been felt through the creation of the UCI Women’s Commission last year, and the appointment of at least one woman to every other UCI Commission.

Cookson was quick to praise the “incredible work” of the race organisers for their help in raising women’s cycling’s profile.

He said: “We are extremely fortunate to have the support of the race organisers for this initiative. Their dedication and incredible work has already had a large part to play in the growing success and popularity of women’s cycling.

“By staging exciting and high-level events, they are improving its image and generating more interest from the fans.

“This is an exciting and positive year for women’s cycling. With the launch in 2014 of La Course by Le Tour de France on the last day of the Tour de France and now this increased visibility of our leading professional women’s cycling series, it is clear that real momentum is building.”

This year will also see the debut edition of the Women’s Tour in Great Britain in May.

The broadcasts are not restricted to the UK. RAI Sports in Italy, NOS in the Netherlands, and Canal+ in France have also secured the rights to the footage, while discussions are ongoing with a number of other international broadcasters.

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Awesome! Things are progressing. And making it more attractive for sponsors like us. Though it may (hopefully, as the whole sport will be in a better place) mean I'm priced out of the market. But the economics will follow this.
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posted by aslongasicycle [302 posts]
12th March 2014 - 20:53

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Highlights? wow, just wow.

That is not progress.

Women's racing is infinitely much more exciting than the injected predictable rubbish the men throw up.

posted by northstar [1106 posts]
12th March 2014 - 20:56

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I hope Flemish Sporza and Dutch Nossport will follow - they broadcast almost all mens events but almost nothing when it comes to womens racing, a shame as the Dutch have the female Eddy Mercx: Marianne Vos.

posted by KnightBiker [42 posts]
12th March 2014 - 22:38

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Hopefully Dave Brailsford is reading this news and will finally get round to sorting out a Sky womens team and get the likes of Trott, Armistead, Pooley, Rowsell, King, etc, etc on board.

A great step forward by the BBC which generally has only bothered with Olympic and World Cup Track before.

Great stuff, even more cycling on the telly.....

posted by seanbolton [139 posts]
12th March 2014 - 22:52

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seanbolton wrote:
Hopefully Dave Brailsford is reading this news and will finally get round to sorting out a Sky womens team and get the likes of Trott, Armistead, Pooley, Rowsell, King, etc, etc on board.

A great step forward by the BBC which generally has only bothered with Olympic and World Cup Track before.

Great stuff, even more cycling on the telly.....

I can't see the team pursuit girls leaving Wiggle-Honda en masse, and I don't think Pooley's still racing.

posted by teaboy [163 posts]
13th March 2014 - 9:46

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This is a very positive step forward in the growth of womens racing and will aid the attraction of more sponsors into the sport. Can only be a good thing.

posted by usedtobefaster [93 posts]
13th March 2014 - 10:18

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teaboy wrote:
seanbolton wrote:
Hopefully Dave Brailsford is reading this news and will finally get round to sorting out a Sky womens team and get the likes of Trott, Armistead, Pooley, Rowsell, King, etc, etc on board.

A great step forward by the BBC which generally has only bothered with Olympic and World Cup Track before.

Great stuff, even more cycling on the telly.....

I can't see the team pursuit girls leaving Wiggle-Honda en masse, and I don't think Pooley's still racing.

She's back with Lotto-Bellisol this year

posted by thebongolian [37 posts]
13th March 2014 - 10:42

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teaboy wrote:
I can't see the team pursuit girls leaving Wiggle-Honda en masse, and I don't think Pooley's still racing.

One possibility is a merger/take-over to form a SKY-Wiggle team.

And all individual contracts are open to negotiation (as with Wiggo's move to SKY and Cavendish moving to OPQS).

posted by seanbolton [139 posts]
13th March 2014 - 10:53

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teaboy wrote:

I can't see the team pursuit girls leaving Wiggle-Honda en masse, and I don't think Pooley's still racing.

Good news actually! She's finished her PHD and is back on the pro circuit this year Big Grin

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posted by mooleur [542 posts]
13th March 2014 - 11:09

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Great News keep our eyes open on the BBC schedule

posted by Roberj4 [194 posts]
13th March 2014 - 12:10

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Nope.

posted by northstar [1106 posts]
13th March 2014 - 12:18

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It's all good and definitely a major step forward for Women's cycling. I really hope we are seeing the hand of Cookson at work here.

posted by pwake [293 posts]
13th March 2014 - 13:18

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Great news.....no word on Womens ToB then?

posted by Farky [179 posts]
13th March 2014 - 13:45

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As yet I have tried to find anything on BBC about it but they are not even reporting this at all.

Really hope they have not just taken up the option but aren't going to show it in any format.

This could be the start of a surge of interest and coverage but Im concerned at the lack of any notifications from BBC as yet

posted by jimbocrimbo [35 posts]
14th March 2014 - 16:59

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This is nowhere on the red button or iPlayer – big thumbs down for the Beeb. Sad

posted by rich_gilb [25 posts]
15th March 2014 - 21:46

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In answer to some of the comments above, we are keeping a close eye on this and will be following it up. What the UCI said, and what has happened, don't seem to have matched up.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8111 posts]
15th March 2014 - 22:15

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