Team BikeExchange return to Brabantse Pijl as the defending champions, looking for an aggressive race as they line-up with multiple cards to play, with climbers Lucy Kennedy and Ane Santesteban leading the squad.
2020 winner Grace Brown will not return to defend her title, as the Australian takes a rest after her busy cobble Classics campaign in preparation for the coming races, but the squad still return with ambitions of defending the title.
With 22 climbs to tackle and the typical narrow, twisty Belgian roads, positioning as always will key. Looking to take every opportunity in the one-day race, the squad recruits Georgia Williams, Urška Žigart plus Dutch compatriots Moniek Tenniglo and Janneke Ensing.
Team BikeExchange women at Brabantse Pijl:
Janneke Ensing (NED)
Lucy Kennedy (AUS)
Ane Santesteban (SPA)
Moniek Tenniglo (NED)
Georgia Williams (NZL)
Urška Žigart (SLO)
“I’ve just come off a really productive altitude block, so am looking forward to putting that work to use in this racing block.
Without Grace there to defend her title we’ll certainly be trying to keep it within the team. We’re going in with a pretty open mindset and will be supporting each other to race aggressively and take opportunities.
It’s my first time doing this race, but it looks like a challenging course with a fair bit of climbing so I’m looking forward to testing myself.”
Alejandro Gonzales-Tablas – Sport Director
“For Brabantse we go in with an open plan and to give opportunities to this group. For some riders it’s the first race after a solid block of training and so we are looking forward to seeing a strong team there.
“It should be a really hard race with the different climbs and we can really try to race aggressively for a result.”
2021 Brabantse Pijl Race Details:
Wednesday, 14th April: Lennik to Overijse, 123km
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