CCC-Liv travels to the United Kingdom for the OVO Energy Women’s Tour (10 to 15 June) with a strong team. Pauliena Rooijakkers, Riejanne Markus, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Valerie Demey, Marianne Vos and Jeanne Korevaar represent the orange squad in this six-day-stage race.
“Marianne Vos won the first edition of the Women’s Tour. Also the last two years we have performed very well here as a team. We won the final stage one year and last year, we finished in places two and three in the overall ranking. Our team is doing well, although - of course - we have a number of new faces in our squad. Ashleigh joined this season, but she already knows what it is like to be on the podium here”, says sports director Jeroen Blijlevens.
“The Women’s Tour was concluded in a matter of seconds last year. The course has changed a bit this time and it is more selective. The penultimate stage in particular is difficult. There are more possibilities to make a difference in the general classification, although every second counts. Each stage has two intermediate sprints and additional bonus seconds at the finish line. We will try to win a stage and then see to what extent we can go for the classification”, says Jeroen Blijlevens.
“CCC-Liv is experiencing a strong phase and we want to continue the positive feeling in England as well. Pauliena has gained a lot of confidence after her excellent races in California and Thüringen. Valerie has had some bad luck, but will definitely be back. Jeanne and Marianne have just completed an altitude training. And Ashleigh and Riejanne did not race either, but did some training instead. They are fresh and ready to jump into it.”
- Monday 10 June (first stage): Beccles – Stowmarket (157,6 kilometres)
- Tuesday 11 June (second stage): Kent Cyclopark (62,5 kilometres)
- Wednesday 12 June (third stage): Henley-on-Thames to Blenheim Palace (145,1 kilometres)
- Thursday 13 June (fourth stage): Warwick - Burton Dassett (158,9 kilometres)
- Friday 14 June (fifth stage): Llandrindod Wells - Builth Wells (140 kilometres)
- Saturday 15 June (sixth stage): Carmarthen - Pembrey Country Park (125,9 kilometres)
Photo credits: Cor Vos