Mitchelton-SCOTT women looking to maintain momentum at Dwars door de WesthoekSat 2 Jun 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT women head back to Belgium for tomorrow’s Dwars door de Westhoek looking to build up some positive momentum after a successful month of May for the Australian outfit.
With some spectacular recent results all round for Mitchelton-SCOTT, the women’s team go into the ninth edition of the one-day semi classic carrying confidence after a dominant display and victory for Sarah Roy at last week’s Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik and a versatile team in support.
In form New Zealand national champion Georgia Williams returns alongside Australians Jessica Allen, Alex Manly and Jenelle Crooks completing a compact, but packed with options line-up for the 125kilometres race.
Jessica Allen (AUS, 25)
Jenelle Crooks (AUS, 23)
Alex Manly (AUS, 22)
Sarah Roy (AUS, 31)
Georgia Williams (NZL, 24)
A typically Belgian race that includes sharp climbs and some cobbled sections over the closing circuits around Boezinge and is part of the Women’s Lotto Cycling Cup.
Heading out of town for an initial large loop before three local laps before the finiah the Rodeberg climb will be ascended three times and could prove pivotal in the make-up of the finale.
The team’s best result came in 2016 when Australian champion Katrin Garfoot finished fourth.
“May was an exciting month for the whole team with the men and women getting some really great results. Results are always fun to achieve, and we hope to continue the momentum this weekend.”
“It will be a classic Belgian race on Sunday and we are hoping for some gutter action if the wind is strong enough. It's a cobbled finish which will make things interesting as well. The five of us are strong and motivated for a solid effort.”
Sport director Martin Vestby:
“The team is in a really good place right now for many reasons. We have made a successful return to racing after a great training camp in Spain and the girls are full of confidence after Sarah’s win at Gooik last weekend and the teams dominant all round performance.”
“After the great achievements of the men’s team recently we can take some inspiration form that and channel it into our own performances. May was a very good month for Mitchelton-SCOTT and we are looking to carry that momentum into Westhoek on Sunday.
“We aren’t going into the race with one outright leader and that can work to our benefit because it gives us options for all the different scenarios the race may present. There is a lot of strength in depth and versatility within the team and we will need our strength to try make a hard race over the climbs.
“Sunday will not be like last week at Gooik unless there is some wind and then anything can happen, but we will need to use our options and race well together. The girls are showing great confidence in each other and the moral within the team is high, which is a great sign.”
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