Our new team (CCC-Liv, the continuation of WaowDeals Pro Cycling) convened for the first time during the past week in Denia, Spain. There was a get-together, training and looking ahead. The orange brigade, led by team leader Jeroen Blijlevens, welcomes five strong newcomers and strives to be decisively present throughout the entire season.
CCC-Liv unveiled its new kit for the next season on Friday. The jersey of Etxeondo is an absolute eye-catcher. With the orange base colour, the riders in the peloton are easily recognisable for the fans and supporters. The riders race on the road with the Liv Langma and the new EnviLiv (aero-bike), both in a stylish, matte black design. The racing bikes are assembled with SRAM components (Red eTap). The new equipment has the same appearance as the men's teams (CCC Team and CCC Development Team).
"We have been working as a team for more than ten years and have seen women's cycling evolve into a mature, professional sport. We have played an important part in this and we will continue to encourage further development. Our name sponsors CCC and Liv also offer us these possibilities. We have a strong selection which can cope anywhere. For better guidance we have appointed a performance manager. With his knowledge in terms of training and technology, Hidde Bekhuis will get the most out of the riders", says team manager and owner Eric van den Boom.
Win more often
One of the five new riders is Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio. She made her presence felt in 2018 from start to finish in one day and stage races. She finished in six main spring classics in the top ten and second in the Giro Rosa. "They are nice results, I realise, but I would like to see it slightly differently in 2019. I transferred to CCC-Liv to win more often, mainly in the spring classics. I have been around for many years, but feel that I can still make progress. In an ambitious environment with professional guidance, I go for the maximum feasible."
Establishing a name
Jeanne Korevaar has been, after Marianne Vos, with the team the longest. In 2019 the 22-year-old, one of the biggest talents, will start her fifth season. "I am happy here and I feel that I can still learn from others. I continuously achieved a high level last season and I have been of value to my teammates. At the end, I sampled for the first time the taste of winning. With this delicious aftertaste from the success in Belgium, I went into the winter. I want to be at the top of the game more often in 2019 and gradually advance to an established name."
CCC-Liv starts the cycling season in Australia with Santos Women's Tour Down Under on 10 January and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race at the end of the month (26 January). "The races in Australia are not targets as such, but they are ideal for laying a solid foundation on which we can build the rest of the season. In the time between the two races, we stay in Australia for a training camp with a part of the squad. The first important races where the preparation should cash out, will take place in March", says team leader Jeroen Blijlevens.
- Roster: Valerie Demey, Inge van der Heijden, Jeanne Korevaar, Evy Kuijpers, Marta Lach, Riejanne Markus, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Pauliena Rooijakkers, Agnieszka Skalniak, Sabrina Stultiens, Marianne Vos.