One of the highlights of the season is coming this week with the Giro Rosa. CCC-Liv is hoping for a high general classification with Ashleigh Moolman Pasio. The other riders who start in the Italian ten-day race are: Pauliena Rooijakkers, Riejanne Markus, Marta Lach, Marianne Vos and Jeanne Korevaar.
“It is a difficult Giro Rosa with a lot of climbing. The fifth stage, with its finish on the iconic Passo di Gavia, and the ninth stage, on the Malga Montasio, are particularly challenging. With all these altimeters, the race is cut out for Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, who, despite a non-optimal preparation, is in good shape. We hope that she will grow during the race and that she will have those few extra percent points to have another go at the podium. The competition, however, is strong”, says sports director Jeroen Blijlevens from CCC-Liv.
“I consider our team capable to complete a solid team time trial (18 kilometres, ed.) on Friday, on the first day of the race. An individual time trial of 12 kilometres awaits us halfway through the stage race. In the past few months we have spent additional time on time trialing with our performance manager and hope that these efforts will pay off. Ashleigh may not be a pure TT specialist, but she is able to achieve a good result”, says Jeroen Blijlevens.
“Ashleigh is surrounded by a strong team which must be able to compete with the competition. We do not have the favourite in our ranks for the overall victory, but I expect that we can get far. We are anticipating a successful Giro Rosa in which we are also aiming for a stage win with Marianne Vos. She will support Ashleigh where possible with the most important goal of the team, but will certainly also have the space to go for a stage win. Hopefully she will succeed as she did last season.”
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