Team BikeExchange will head to Dwars door Vlaanderen with and open and aggressive approach as the Belgian Classics continue on Wednesday.
Recent Brugge-De Panne winner Grace Brown is back in action as she builds towards Sunday’s Tour of Flanders, and the Australian will be surrounded by an in-form and motivated team, including Teniel Campbell, Arianna Fidanza, Jess Roberts and Moniek Tenniglo.
Dwars door Vlaanderen is often dubbed as a ‘mini Flanders’ thanks to the race taking in a number of the same climbs and cobbled sectors, although much shorter in length at 122km.
Team BikeExchange at Dwars door Vlaanderen:
Grace Brown (AUS)
Teniel Campbell (TTO)
Arianna Fidanza (ITA)
Jess Roberts (GBR)
Moniek Tenniglo (NED)
Urška Žigart (SLO)
“My confidence is definitely building thanks to the girls and the team, they’ve given me lots of encouragement to keep trying and keep improving on my mistakes that I’m correcting. It’s good because I’m stepping in the right direction.
So I’m looking forward to supporting the team some more on Wednesday and building on my abilities and confidence with each race that we do, and also helping the team deeper into the final of these races.”
Martin Vestby (Sports Director):
“We want to go in there and give more opportunities to riders, we’ll have a little bit more open approach to the whole race. It’s a nice way to recon a bit of the course for Flanders as well and will give us a bit of insight before Sunday.
So we have quite an open plan and we’ll give opportunities to those who take them and have the legs on the day. We have Grace replacing Jess Allen who was down to race here, so of course we have a really strong rider in Grace coming onboard there.
But I don’t think that will really change our approach to our tactics, we’ll go there and be aggressive and see if we can make some moves and be in the game.”
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