Start list can be found here (PDF). The teams taking part are Wiggle H5, RaboLiv, Boels Dolman, 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, TSVL Etixx Guill D’or, Bizkaia Durango, Lares Waowdeals, Lointek, BMS Birn, Team GB, Jan Van Arckel, De Jonge Renner, Autoglas Wetteren, Isorex Ladies, Keukens Redant, Napoleon Games, Regio Team Noord Holland, De Sprinters Malderen, Hoop Op Zegen Beveren and Team Lithuania.
Main race webpage with the technical guide can be found here.
This race is the first of 8 that comprise the Lotto Cycling Cup in Belgium.
The route is in two parts, the main race around the Tielt Winge region and then a circuit that is completed 5 times.
Video of the route via Google Streetview
Profiles of the main route and finishing circuit:
(I got quite lost doing this bit, I don’t know how to make the last bit repeat 5 times so I had to make two graphics. Email or tweet me for the gpx files if you want them to make a prettier one.)
And best of all you can watch it live via Motomediateam at this link http://livestream.com/accounts/3108428 Start time is 1pm UK time, 2pm CET.
Although a more difficult course than Omloop het Nieuwsblad, the finishing circuit will likely bring back any breakaways. Coryn Rivera needs a win for her Rio 2016 ambitions, and if it comes down to a bunch sprint she has a great chance. Wiggle H5 have Chloe Hosking and Giorgia Bronzini. Boels Dolmans are on a high with Evelyn Stevens’ new hour record to go with their 1-2 yesterday in OHN, and have Megan Guarnier and Romy Kasper plus new addition Niki Harris. Elena Cecchini (Canyon SRAM), Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica AIS), Lauren Kitchen (Hitec), Shelley Olds (Cylance) and Lauren Stephens (Tibco-SVB) also catch my eye from the other top ranking teams. Elsewhere Lex Albrecht (BePink), Kelly Druyts (TSVL Etixx Guill D’or) and Kelly Markus (Lares Waowdeals) have a good day in their sights. I’ll go with my gut and say Rivera, with van Vleuten to challenge and Druyts as the potential outsider.