Two-time winner Elvin returns with a in-form Mitchelton-SCOTT team for Gooike-Geraardsbergen-GooikeFri 25 May 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT women return to Belgium for a one-day classic race, Gooike-Geraardsbergen-Gooike on Sunday with former two-time winner of the event Gracie Elvin.
After starting the second part of the season with a stage race focus, Elvin and the team are excited to return to the Belgian cobbles for one-day to try and take another victory in the race and continue their successful momentum.
The race begins with 35kilometre route out of Gooike before the riders complete one big lap of 47kilometres followed by two 28kilometre tough local finishing laps. With 14 categorised climbs during the 140kilometres, including the Bosberg and Congoberg, there will be no place for hiding.
Unfortunately for the team, local rider, Belgian champion Jolien D'hoore won't line-up with the squad as planned after breaking her collarbone recently in a track event.
Gracie Elvin - Two time winner
"It is one of my favourite races and I've won it twice before. I had a strong spring campaign this year but didn't get any top results so I am really looking forward to this race to see if I can get back on the podium after feeling good this year. We have some really strong riders for this race and we are focussed on going for the win."
Sport director Martin Vesby
"We will look to race aggressively and we more than one rider who can win this race, obviously Gracie has experience having won the event twice before.
We will look to try and create a break of at least reduce the group as for us a bunch sprint isn't the best option. We will miss Jolien who is out of the race with injury but we still have five strong riders in good shape."
Previously in Gooike-Geraardsbergen-Gooike
In 2015 Elvin won the event, her first European victory at the level after sprinting to the win from a small breakaway which formed in the closing stages. In 2016 Elvin returned to the event as the defending champion, handled the pressure and won a reduced punch sprint in harsh cold rainy weather conditions.
Sunday 27th May: Gooike to Gooike, 140km
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