Hitec are going into the Tour of Qatar with 4 times winner Kirsten Wild, and team mate Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen is on a mission to make it 5. She told Procycling.no:
“Our goal is to win there. We’ve Kirsten to start and she can (win). The job of the rest of us will be to protect her most, so she has the most firepower in terms. It will be a battle in every corner, and a taste of the World Championship.
I feel good and I think the adjustment in the training program has worked. I have more energy now, while I’ve trained properly. The confidence is there, on the physical. It is always challenging to start in a race for a winter season and there are many who have cycled part rides already, but I’m very focused on not letting me be played out. It is important to use your powers correctly.”
Read the full interview here.
Unfortunately Audrey Cordon of Wiggle High5 had a fall and broke her collarbone at Taupont CX on Saturday. It’s not clear yet whether Cordon will miss the Tour of Qatar. Full start list for all teams here.
The provisional line up for Omloop van het Hageland has been announced as Wiggle High5, RaboLiv, Boels Dolmans, Canyon SRAM, Cervelo Bigla, Orica AIS, Hitec, Cylance, Tibco-SVB, Liv Plantur, UHC, PC Futuroscope 86, Bepink, Ale Cipollini, Lotto Soudal Ladies, Parkhotel Valkenburg, Lensworld Zannata Etixx, Topsport Vlaanderen Etixx, Bizkaia Durango, Lares Waowdeals, Lointek, BMS Birn, Team GB, Team Lithuania, Team Spain, Autoglas Wetteren, Isorex Ladies, Keukens Redant, Napoleon Games, Regio Team Noord Holland, De Sprinters Malderen, Hoop Op Zegen Beveren and Topgirls Fassa Bortolo. The start list so far can be found here. Also the race will be streamed live and shown on TV in Belgium.
Amanda Spratt won the Cadel/Deakin race in Victoria, Australia on Saturday. Her Orica AIS team mate and last years winner Rachel Neyland was second with Dani King of Wiggle High5 third. A race report from Road Cycling New Zealand can be found here, full results here.
Lares Waowdeals have signed Swedish rider Sara Penton. This is Penton’s first professional team after starting professional cycling 3 years ago. Last year was her first full season as a cyclist, with a top 10 place at the Swedish National Championship ITT.
Canyon SRAM recently unveiled their unusual new team kit. Rapha has an interesting piece on how it was inspired by police crime scene tape(!). Also Bridie O’Donnell of Rush Cycling set the new hour record in a suit designed especially for the event by Endura. The guinea pig for this suit was Alex Dowsett, and apparently there were 60 different versions made in the run up to his own hour record. I hope he didn’t have to try them all on, poor sod.