Brugge – De Panne next up for Team BikeExchange women in Belgium

Team BikeExchange continue their Belgian Classics campaign as they line-up for the one-day Oxyclean Classic Brugge-De Panne on Thursday.

Grace Brown
will be back in action, fresh off the back of her second-place finish at Nokere Koerse, with Australian champion Sarah Roy also looking to build on her top-10 ride at GP Oetingen and her fourth place in last year’s Brugge-De Panne.

The previous three editions of the race have all come down to a bunch sprint, but with wind always a factor in Belgium, there could be a different outcome in this year’s 158.8km race.

Team BikeExchange:
Jess Allen (AUS)
Grace Brown (AUS)
Teniel Campbell (TTO)
Arianna Fidanza (AUS)
Jess Roberts (GBR)
Sarah Roy (AUS)

Sarah Roy:
“My Classics form has been building well over the last few races, and I’ve been working hard in training at home, so I’m looking forward to the next few weeks in Belgium.

“I enjoy racing De Panne and hopefully I can improve on my race of last year when I finished fourth in the sprint. The form is good, and I am heading there extremely motivated.”

Martin Vestby (Sports Director):
“Last year we saw quite an aggressive race, it’s always windy, it’s just a question of if it’s windy from the right direction to really split the race and make some opportunities from the wind.

“We also have the local lap, more or less the same as last year, so it’s also windy and some technical parts as well, so there are some options to do things on the local lap as well. I think we will have to use all the options that we can to make it a bit aggressive

“For sure, with the form that Roy and Brown have at the moment, they will be our leaders and they will have support from the rest, but we will go into the race with opportunities for the others as well.”  

2021 Brugge – De Panne – Race Details:
Thursday, 25th Mar: Brugge – De Panne, 158.8km

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