Team BikeExchange-Jayco women return to northern Europe for two one-day classics as they take on GP Oetingen and the second round of the Women’s WorldTour, Ronde van Drenthe.
After strong showings in the early season classics, the squad are now keen to turn their form into results with their first chance coming on tomorrow. Australian Georgia Baker returns to the fold after skipping Strade Bianche at the weekend and will start both races, as does Teniel Campbell and experienced Dutch rider Nina Kessler.
In-form youngster Ruby Roseman-Gannon and Arianna Fidanza will also line-up both races alongside Jess Allen, while Chelsie Tan starts at GP Oetingen.
GP Oetingen starts with a 22km loop before nine laps of a circuit, each taking in the Bergstraat climb, which averages 8.4% and peaks at 11%. Sunday’s WorldTour race will see the peloton tackle a 155.9km route from Assen to Hoogeveen, including 10 climbs in total and a circuit that features the short, but punchy VAM-Beg climb.
Team BikeExchange-Jayco Line-Up:
Jessica Allen (AUS)
Georgia Baker (AUS)
Teniel Campbell (TTO)
Arianna Fidanza (ITA)
Nina Kessler (NED)
Ruby Roseman-Gannon (AUS)
Chelsie Tan (SPG) *GP Oetingen only
“We are definitely getting into a good rhythm as a team, we have a lot of strength, and we are super motivated. I’m excited to see what we can do at GP Oetingen and Drenthe with some good race execution.
My legs are really good and I’ve being getting more confident in my abilities in Europe after the last block so I’m keen to keep the momentum going. I like the look of the courses with some punchy climbs and maybe some wind.”
Martin Vestby (Sport Director):
“GP Oetingen is a race where an aggressive approach pays off, so we want to be in the mix and on the front foot from the start. It is usually a hectic race, especially if there is wind and I think we can expect a smaller break or a selective group to come to the finish.
In Drenthe you also need to be fully focused and in position from start and it’s important to save energy where it can be saved. It is a long and hard race, and we will look to race smart, without getting caught out in the echelons and cobble sectors.
For both races we have options and riders that suit the parcours, so we will look to protect our leaders, but also race aggressively and take any opportunities.”
2022 GP Oetingen – Race Details:
Wednesday, 9th March: Oetingen – Oetingen, 130km
2022 Ronde van Drenthe – Race Details:
Saturday, 12th March: Assen – Hoogeveen, 155.9km
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