After the successful stage races in England and Luxembourg, CCC-Liv is heading to the United States for the Amgen Tour of California. The orange squad presents a strong selection at the starting line, including Ashleigh Moolman Pasio who has sufficiently recovered from her crash in the Amstel Gold Race. Our South African is joined by Marta Lach, Evy Kuijpers, Inge van der Heijden and Pauliena Rooijakkers.
“It is a nice UCI Women’s WorldTour race, linked to the men's, which we like to participate in. In this way we can also show ourselves to cycling fans on the other side of the world”, says sports director Jeroen Blijlevens, who finds that there are plenty of reasons to go to California from a sports point-of-view.
“The general classification will be a prey for the climbers. The second stage in particular will be difficult. We hope to get far with Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, although we will have to wait and see how she returns from her adversity in April. Ashleigh can provide fireworks, but the team has more strong riders who can show something here.”
Agnieszka stays in Poland
Initially, Agnieszka Skalniak was also supposed to travel to California, but she will remain in Poland. She fell during the Elsy Jacobs Festival and also fainted with no apparent reason. She was checked for that in the hospital. In consultation with the medical staff, it was decided that she would be further examined at home.
- 16 May: Ventura (96,5 kilometres)
- 17 May: Ontario – Mt. Baldy (74 kilometres)
- 18 May: Santa Clarita to Pasadena (126 kilometres)
Photo credits: Cor Vos