Team BikeExchange women will line-up this Wednesday at the inaugural edition of the women’s GP Scheldeprijs with motivation and high spirits, after their all-round consistent performances so far during the Classics campaign.
Australian champion Sarah Roy will be an obvious key player for the squad should the race come down to a predicted group sprint, but with a strong team around her, growing in strength and confidence, the squad has an open approach with the course allowing for many possible outcomes.
The 136km one-day race is new event on the women’s calendar, but with a long history as a men’s event, it usually serves as a race for the sprinters in the middle of the cobbled Monuments. The race’s characteristics remains intact for the women’s course with the English name, referencing one of Belgium’s main rivers, with the riders taking on an initial loop comprising of around eighty kilometres before entering a final 16kilometre circuit for three laps.
On paper, Scheldeprijs doesn’t appear to be a difficult race when it comes to its profile, however wind, technical aspects and road furniture always present at Flemish races, could be the main challenges of the day.
Team BikeExchange at Scheldeprijs:
Teniel Campbell (TTO)
Janneke Ensing (NED)
Arianna Fidanza (ITA)
Moniek Tenniglo (NED)
Sarah Roy (AUS)
Urska Zigart (SLO)
“I’ve had a bit of an unlucky Classics season so far but my condition is good. We normally see a sprint for the finish in Schelderprijs but the way the racing has been this season I think anything can happen and we will be on our toes ready for it.
I’m looking forward to racing with the team as we’ve grown so much together the last few weeks. Our team work keeps improving and it’s such an important aspect of any race but particularly for a fast, hectic flat race like this”.
Martin Vestby – Sport Director
“It’s the first edition for the women teams and I think it will likely be a sprint of about 15-20 riders. The wind may be the only variable that could affect the race and reduce the number of contenders for the final victory and this could be an advantage for us.
Sarah Roy hadn’t have her best day at the Tour of Flanders last Sunday but she did a lot of work for the team showing to be in a good form. Scheldeprijs, it’s a kind of race which suits her very much so she will be one of our key riders. We will try to support her in the sprint and then if there will some other options we still have opportunities with other girls.
We have a strong team with a big part of the riders who rode Flanders like Roy, Fidanza, Campbell, Tenniglo and Ensing and Zigart are coming in fresh. We will be at the start with a very good team and with the spirit they raced last Sunday, I think we can do pretty well and competitive with the best”.
2021 Scheldeprijs – Race Details:
Wednesday, 7th April: Scooter – Schoten, 136km
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