CANYON//SRAM Racing will start the UCI Women’s WorldTour, Boels Ladies Tour tomorrow, Tuesday 3rd September. The 3.8km evening prologue in Sittard will be followed by five road stages.
The team’s roster for the six-day stage race will be Alena Amialiusik, Alice Barnes, Hannah Barnes, Rotem Gafinovitz, Lisa Klein, and Kasia Niewiadoma.
Read some of the rider’s thoughts before the Boels Ladies Tour, which will be their final race before world championships.
“I have done this race every year because it’s been good preparation for the TTT and even though that is no longer an event at the Road World Championships it’s still a vital race for the Worlds. I want to be aggressive and get stuck in. The tour is giving you the zip and speed that you need at the end of the season.”
“With wind, rain, sunshine, you can have it all during six days of racing in Holland so it’s hard to pick just one stage as the one I’m looking forward to. I’m wanting to enjoy the aggressive racing each day.”
“My personal goal for this tour is I would like to have an opportunity in some of the sprints in Holland. I have learnt a lot from racing in Norway and would be nice to build on these results. The field here is always really strong and the racing is exciting. I have had a lot of good races in Holland this year and have some good recent form.”
“Boels Ladies Tour is an important step for worlds preparation to keep racing speed topped up and also getting a lot of kilometres in as the worlds course is long too.”
“I am looking forward to the prologue. It is the last ITT before world championships and it is great to get back into TT mode. I’d like to compete for the win in this short, painful ITT!”
“I enjoy racing in Holland as it suits me well. This year’s edition doesn’t have the hills so maybe that means I can be one of the main GC riders for the team. I want to continue with the good teamwork we had in Norway and do it even better. Ideally I can try to win a stage out of a reduced bunch after a demanding stage.”
“I had a nice race in GP Plouay on Saturday and I’d like to continue the form through this tour. It’s always hard racing and with less hills this year, maybe it will be more unpredictable. Everyone is in good shape with the world championships really close so it makes every day a hard battle! We have a nice group racing together and I am confident we will have some success.”
“I’m really looking forward to this one. I can’t really believe it’s already the end of the season soon! Holland Ladies Tour is one of my favourite races, it’s really well organised and normally brings tough racing and a good atmosphere. I want to make a good race, and to show myself a bit, putting all of my cards for the team’s plan and success. We come with a really strong team to play the game and take the lead in this stage race.”
“In my opinion, it’s the best way to continue my preparation for the worlds and to put some race miles in the legs, as I feel I really miss it after my performance in GP Plouay on the weekend and the altitude training camp.”
Details of how to follow the race can be found here.