Coverage of the Ronde Van Drenthe and the Trofeo Binda released ahead of today's Flèche Wallonne Féminine...

Ahead of today's Round 4 of the UCI Women's World Cup, the Flèche Wallonne Féminine - a race that Rabobank rider Marianne Vos is looking to win for the fifth time - the UCI has made available highlights of the first two races of this year's competition, Dutch event the Ronde Van Drenthe, and Italian race, the Trofeo Binda.

There's some spoilers below the video, so if you don't know the result of those races and want to keep it that way until you watch the highlights, don't peep...!

The former, ridden on rain-soaked roads, was won by Vos, who also won the third race in this year's competition, the Tour of Flanders, while Italy's Elisa Longo Borghini of Hitec put in a cracking solo ride in even filthier weather to take what is for her a local race - she comes from the other side of Lake Maggiore.

Vos currently tops the standings on 174 points ahead of fellow Dutchwoman Eleonora Van Dijk of Specialized-Lululemon, who has 135 points with Swedish rider Emma Johansson of GreenEdge third, a further 15 points back. Unlike Vos, both those riders have been on the podium in each of the three World Cup races so far this year.

The UCI video coverage is produced by British companies Spokesmen and Deadline Productions.


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.