Pajot Hills + other races round up, Dwars door de Westhoek line up, Emma Pooley back, Trixi Worrack in recovery after surgery + more

Sources: Team web reports, Lotto Cycling Cup, Prudential Ride London,, various linked within text

Marianne Vos (RaboLiv) won the first Pajot Hills Classic on Wednesday, with Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) second and Lotta Lepisto (Cervelo Bigla) third. Full results here, photos here and here. No video unfortunately. It may have been an elite race but the line up was very strong, with Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (RaboLiv), Jolien D’Hoore (Wiggle H5), Lauren Kitchen (Hitec), Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Lensworld Zannata Etixx), Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (Cervelo Bigla), Sofie de Vuyst (Lotto Soudal) and Camilla Mollebro (BMS Birn) rounding off the top 10 respectively to pick up the UCI points.

The next few days are full of racing with Flanders on Sunday, GP Dottignies on Monday, Energiewacht starting on Wednesday and the Redlands Classic in the US also starting on Wednesday, the latter being streamed live. The Tour of Pologne route will be unveiled on Monday too.

After GP Dottignies, the next race in the Lotto Cycling Cup is Dwars door de Westhoek on the 24th April. A provisional start list has been published (PDF here) with teams so far listed as Lotto Soudal Ladies, Team Russia, Lointek, Jan van Arckel, Wiggle H5, Team Lithuania, De Sprinters Malderen, Team WNT, RaboLiv, PC Futuroscope 86, Isorex, Jos Feron Lady Force, Boels Dolmans, BTC City Ljubljana, Autoglas Weteren, Swaboladies, Canyon SRAM, Parkhotel Valkenburg, Napoleon Games, Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire, Orica AIS, Lensworlds Zannata Etixx, Keukens Redant, WV Breda, Hitec, TSVL Etixx Guill D’or, WSC Hoop op Zegen, Cylance, Bizkaia Durango, Maaslandster Nicheliving, Team USA, Lares Waowdeals and De Jonge Renner Vrouwen.

Emma Pooley has told that she will be riding with Lotto Soudal Ladies to help with her Rio 2016 campaign. She will start at the Aviva Women’s Tour in June followed by the Giro Rosa. Full article here.

Trixi Worrack (Canyon SRAM) unfortunately had to have a kidney removed due to a crash at the Trofeo Binda. While it shouldn’t stop her coming back to racing it is obviously unclear when she will be back. An interview with Felix Mattis can be found here.

The Prudential Ride London Women’s race will be televised live on the BBC, and has upped the ante over the Yorkshire Tour by offering nearly £20k for the winner, and a total prize fund of £78.6k. Some people don’t like it being praised when it’s a short, flat circuit race, but that’s probably because they’re insufferable.

On Thursday had their first Women’s race preview, with Carlee Taylor of Liv Plantur discussing Flanders. You can catch up here.