Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) celebrated her fifth consecutive victory in La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, a feat unprecedented in the history of both the men’s and the women’s races. The reigning world champion joined Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) as five-time winners but expressed her disappointment that organisers ASO did not televise the women’s race.
“By now I think we deserve to have live coverage so that people can follow us,” Van der Breggen said. “Because many people would like to, and we would like to show it. I think it is time.”
Unfortunately, fans could not watch the race live and witness van der Breggen’s historic victory – same as with her previous four wins at Flèche Wallonne. There was no live coverage of the women’s race. The fixed cameras on the Mur de Huy film the final climb, and the footage is shown on screens at the finish and in the press room, but it was hit-and-miss whether this footage was broadcast on TV.
The women’s finish is sometimes shown during the broadcast of the men’s race, but the men’s live broadcast did not start until the women’s race was already finished this year.
Nearly all other Women’s WorldTour one-day races offer a live broadcast, the only exceptions being La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Tour of Guangxi. Van der Breggen spoke out on this and appealed to the organisers to improve on this for future editions.
“We were fighting the whole day, we had echelons on the road, so it is a pity,” she said. “This is one of our biggest races, same with Liège. So, please, everybody, write that down, we want the coverage next year. Amstel was a good example of how to do it.”
Record-equalling five victories
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