From the cobblestones in Belgium to white gravelroads in the Strade Bianche in Tuscany, Italy. The next race on the calender, which also marks the start of the World Tour calendar for the Women’s peloton.
It’s an early wake-up this Saturday, as the peloton will leave Piazza Della Libertá for their race over 136 kilometers trough and over the typical white gravel roads around Siena.
For this race the line-up consists of Anna van der Breggen, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak, Elena Cecchini, Niamh Fisher-Black, Asleigh Moolman-Pasio & Demi Vollering. A mix of new teammembers, the winner of 2019 and multiple times finishers of previous editions.
“Strade is one of my favourite races, because the gravel sections make for an exciting and challenging race. Because it’s the first World Tour race, I think the race can be quite nervous. During the recon I felt pretty good! I hope that we as a team can ride a strong race together and have such a dominant role as Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Personally, I hope to improve my best result in this race, which has been a fourth place in 2015. But the most important thing is to achieve success as a team.”, explains Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio
The team has won the Strade Bianche three times: Megan Guarnier in 2015, Lizzie Armitstead in 2016 and Anna van der Breggen in 2018. In last year summer edition Anna van der Breggen was fourth.
Sportive manager Danny Stam adds: “With a good team spirit due to the last races Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (won by Anna van der Breggen) and Le Samyn , where we saw great teamwork and strong riders, I think we can look forward to Saturday’s race with a lot of confidence. With this line-up we brought a lot of experience to Italy, which we can use during our tactics and hopefully turn the race in our advantage.”