Team BikeExchange women on a high as they return as defending champions for a duo of one-day races in Navarra

After consistent performances, including a stage victory at the recent stage race Setmana Ciclista Valenciana, Team BikeExchange continue their upward trajectory in northern Spain as they line-up for two one-day races, Emakumen Nafarroako Klasikoa and Clásica Féminas de Navarra.

The action kicks off on Thursday with a hilly 128.3km Emakumen Nafarroako Klasikoa, which features eight climbs along the route, all second and third category classified, with Janneke EnsingAne Santesteban and Setmana Ciclista Valenciana stage winner Urška Žigart strong options. 

The second day of racing at Clásica Féminas de Navarra is slightly flatter, but still boasts plenty of climbs and with this, the team recruit Brugge De-Panne winner Grace Brown to give some extra firepower over the relentless terrain.

Should the race come down to a sprint, the squad also brings options with recent second place stage finisher in Valencia, Arianna Fidanza, plus Australian champion Sarah Roy, who won the event back in 2019. 

Team BikeExchange return as the defending champions to both races, thanks to Roy’s win in Clasica Navarra but also following on from Annemiek van Vleuten’s victories in the two events in 2020. 

Team BikeExchange at Emakumen Nafarroako Klasikoa 13th:
Teniel Campbell (TTO) 
Janneke Ensing (NED) 
Sarah Roy (AUS) 
Ane Santesteban (ESP)
Moniek Tenniglo (NED) 
Urška Žigart (SLO)

Team BikeExchange at Clásica Féminas de Navarra 14th:
Jess Allen (AUS)
Grace Brown (AUS)
Teniel Campbell (TTO) 
Arianna Fidanza (ITA)
Sarah Roy (AUS) 
Moniek Tenniglo (NED) 

Ane Santesteban
“After Valencia stage race and with Urska’s victory everybody is so happy. Every day we raced really well, we raced aggressively, and we were present in every single breakaway. So, this really motivates us for the next races in Spain which are one of my goals of the season. 

I crashed on the third stage and I have some stitches in my leg, but I still have some days to recover before we race again later this week.

Sarah Roy already won Clasica de Navarra in 2019 so she knows how to do it and I think we have a really good team also with Arianna Fidanza and Teniel Campbell also.”

Alejandro Gonzales-Tablas – Sport Director
“For these two races in Navarra we go in with a strong and very motivated team after our recent success. 

They are both races where we can take opportunities and we will try to follow the same dynamic as we had in Valencia which worked really well.”

2021 Race Details:
Thursday, 13th May: Emakumen Nafarroako Klasikoa, 128.3km
Friday, 14th May: Clásica Féminas de Navarra, 125.8km 

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