From tomorrow on the Women’s peloton will start with their first stage race of the year, the Healthy Ageing Tour. Due to the COVID-19 virus, the race has been shortened from 5 to 3 stages.
About those stages… Stage 1 will be organized on the MotoGP circuit of Assen, where the peloton will face a lap of 4.5 km which needs to be done 28 times. It might be a very hard race, due to the type of tarmac and the wind.
Stage 2 is an individual time trial (ITT) of 14.4 km amongst the coastlines.
For the last stage the peloton moves towards the VAM-berg, known from the Ronde van Drenthe and the National Dutch championships. The lap of 6.6 KM around and over the VAM-berg contains 2 short but steep climbs, even one with cobbles, and needs to be done 17 times.
On behalf of Team SD Worx, Karol-Ann Canuel, Roxane Fournier, Jolien D’Hoore, Christine Majerus, Amy Pieters and Lonneke Uneken will be present. Amy managed to win the race in 2018, by winning 2 stages.
“I enjoyed my first race (GP Samyn) with the team, even though we were unlucky in the final with the puncture of Jolien. For the Healthy Ageing Tour we can be really optimistic to achieve good results and play the game. My personal ambition is to improve my role in the team, my way of racing and to be of a good value”, says Roxane Fournier.
Sportive manager Danny Stam adds: “This race consists of three different type of stages. Our riders can handle them all, but I think that the final stage will be decisive. We have seen during the Dutch National Championships that you should not underestimate the VAM-berg. There everything can happen, but we are ready for a hard race and a nice challenge. Happy to see that the organization realized this race in this diffucult times."