After the spring classics, CCC-Liv is preparing for a few stage races, the first being the ASDA Women’s Tour de Yorkshire (Friday 3 and Saturday 4 May). CCC-Liv starts in this English two-day-race with Pauliena Rooijakkers, Marianne Vos, Jeanne Korevaar, Riejanne Markus and Valerie Demey.
“In the Tour de Yorkshire, we are aiming for a good overall classification. Marianne Vos is in great shape and has the potential to get far, certainly with the support of the team. The other riders get a free role. They will have to be attentive and jump in at the important moments. By doing so, there are also opportunities to be successful”, says sports director Jeroen Blijlevens.
“The first stage is relatively flat and it is important not to lose any time, as it is difficult to make up for it in a two-day-race. Bonus seconds for numbers one, two and three (10, 6 and 4 seconds, ed.) are waiting at the finish line and time savings can also be made in the two intermediate sprints on both days. Those sprints can be important. The second stage is more difficult with a few climbs which remind us of the Ardennes week.”
Ashleigh Moolman Pasio was initially also on the starting list, but she can unfortunately not participate. Our South African champion is struggling with the aftermath of an unfortunate fall in the Amstel Gold Race, which also hindered her in the Waalse Pijl (seventh) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (did not finish). In consultation with the medical staff, it has been decided that Ashleigh will rest in the coming days. Her altitude training in Boulder (United States) and participation in the Tour of California are normally not threatened.
- First stage (Friday, 3 May): Barnsley - Bedale (132 kilometres) – according to the course plan, the riders will race on the course of the 2019 world championship after 75 kilometres
- Second stage (Saturday, 4 May): Bridlington - Scarborough (132 kilometres)
Photo credits: Cor Vos