Mitchelton-SCOTT women hungry for more success in the mid-week classic, Dwars door VlaanderenMon 26 Mar 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT women continue their busy classics period in Belgium with the mid-week race Dwars door Vlaanderen.
After successful performances last week with a WorldTour win in Driedaagse de Panne followed by a second place in Gent-Wevelgem, the team are hoping for another victory in the 117kilometres one-day race, as part of their build up towards an early season target race on Sunday, Tour of Flanders.
The 2018 edition of the women’s race takes on a different parcours with two big climbs, the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg, missing from the route this year. Instead the seventh edition of the event covers 117kilometres and includes five climbs, starting with the Kluisberg after 77kilometres of racing and finishing with the Nokereberg, which comes just nine kilometres from the finish.
Jenelle Crooks - (AUS 23)
Jolien D´Hoore - (BEL 27)
Gracie Elvin - (AUS 29)
Lucy Kennedy - (AUS 29)
Annemiek van Vleuten - (NED 35)
Sarah Roy - (AUS 32)
Martin Vestby - Sport Director
"The past years it has been sprint finishes, so there is quite a big chance it will be a sprint again and of course Jolien is our main sprinter, but I think with the team we have, we have a lot of options to play."
"We will try to race aggressively and there are many places were you can get in a breakaway or split the bunch. There's differnt small climbs, narrow roads, cobble section five kilometres from the finish."
"We have Lucy coming in for her first race here in Belgium, and we have Annemiek in her second race after her altitude camp. Gracie has been racing really well and is in really good form, she is a rider that will be beneficial to have in a breakaway and she can sprint from a group. So we have good options to work with."
"For the Flanders girls this will be the last big thing that they do as part of their preperation for Flanders."
Previously in Dwars door Vlaanderen
Last year, in the teams first appearance in the race, Elvin sprinted to a superb second place in a fast and windy race.
Wednesday, 28 March: Tielt to Waregem, 117km
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