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Mitchelton-SCOTT women kick-off their spring classics campaign at Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne

Tue 26 Mar 2019

Mitchelton-SCOTT’s women return to racing on Thursday as they begin their Belgian spring classics campaign with Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne.

New signing Moniek Tenniglo will make her debut for the team after recovering from injury and the 30-year-old will join up with a strong squad who have already proven themselves in the classics this season.

Mitchelton-SCOTT Team:
Jess Allen (AUS, 25)
Grace Brown (AUS, 26)
Gracie Elvin (AUS, 30)
Sarah Roy (AUS, 33)
Amanda Spratt (AUS, 31)
Moniek Tenniglo (NED, 30)

The Course:
This will be just the second running of the women’s race after its debut on the calendar in 2018. The 134.4km route to De Panne is as flat as they come, with the peloton heading straight for the coastline as they roll out of Brugge.

The bunch will pass over one cobbled sector on the way to the coast, but it’s the wind that could play a major part in the outcome of the race as it snakes down the coast. The day will then conclude with laps of a tricky finishing circuit around De Panne.

History:
Mitchelton-SCOTT won the inaugural women’s Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne with former rider Jolien d'Hoore sprinting to victory in a bunch kick for the line.

Gracie Elvin:
“It’s been nice to get some sun in Italy and a successful race at Binda, but I’m one of the few riders excited to head back to Belgium and hoping for some real classics weather like we’ve had so far in Holland.”

“Last year we had some wind in De Panne and I was in a break for most of the day, and this year I’m hoping for similar conditions. There aren’t many cobbles in this race and the roads are long and flat, so you really do need the wind to make it interesting.”

“The whole team is in great form and building confidence after each race. We are all really exciting for this block of racing in Belgium, and also for our new teammate Moniek Tenniglo to join us after her break from injury.”

Martin Vestby (Sports Director):

“It will be nice to have a good start at the first of the Belgium classics, as it sets the standard for this period of racing."

“I would like to see the team communicate and ride well together. We have riders with some good form and it’s now about putting all the pieces to together.”

“I’m hoping to see the girls ride like a team and be strong in a ‘block’ throughout the race and it would be great to have numbers at the end.”

“I expect a sprint, but with some wind it can be a lot of action on the open fields, but if it does come down to the sprint, we have a team that can do a good lead out.”

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