The classics continue for Mitchelton-SCOTT’s women with Gent-WevelgemFri 29 Mar 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT’s women will continue their Belgian classics campaign on Sunday when they take on the sixth edition of the women’s Gent-Wevelgem.
The same squad that started the mid-week Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne will return to action this weekend looking for better fortune on a more punishing course.
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 137km route is punctuated with cobbled sectors and a number of short, steep bergs that are sure to thin the peloton out by the time the race reaches Wevelgem.
The race begins on largely flat roads as the bunch heads out of Ieper before they hit the hilly loop that will take in three bergs, starting with the Baneberg, then the Kemmelberg and lastly the Monteberg.
After dealing with the climbs for a second time, the peloton will the head back towards Ieper before turning east for the flat run towards the finish in Wevelgem.
This will be the sixth running of the women’s Gent-Wevelgem, with our best result coming last season with former rider Jolien d’Hoore taking second place. Gracie Elvin narrowly missed out on a top 10 finish in 2017 while Annemiek van Vleuten finished sixth the previous year.
“I didn’t go a great sprint at De Panne, but everything before then was pretty good and I think that’s encouraging ahead of Gent-Wevelgem this weekend.”
“It was also great to welcome Moniek into the team, De Panne was her first race with us after injury and she was super strong out there!”
“I had great legs on Thursday, but Gent-Wevelgem is a different type of race so I’m looking forward to getting back out there on Sunday”
Martin Vestby (Sports Director):
“This will be a different race to De Panne, it has a lot of the same type of roads, but it has some hard laps around the Kemmelberg.”
“The weather prediction is for it to be more windy than on Thursday, so I think it will be a more exciting race and it will suit us more than a more sprinter style race like at De Panne.”
“With how the girls are riding together now it’s looking really good for Sunday, so hopefully we can come away with a strong result there.”
Sunday, 31st March: Ieper – Wevelgem, 137km