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Roeselare Result and Luxembourg Preview



Last Sunday’s race in Roeselare was fun; it was a tough race which I handled very well. I’m climbing a lot better this year so I can hold position at the front of the bunch-I don’t have to rely on team mates and chasers to bring me back to the front of the race, it’s nice to already be there!

One rider (Amber Neben) had broken away with 20km to go and won the race by 36 seconds, so I was in the race for 2nd…..

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PREVIEW & PREDICTION: Out to beat the prediction!

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Prijs Stad Roeselare, Sunday 24th April, Belgium, UCI 1.1

From southwest Netherlands to West Flanders, and the biggest race of the weekend, in terms of UCI points. Prijs Stad Roeselare seems to have a very similar startlist to Borsele, only with Ina-Yoko Teutenberg for HTC and Annemiek van Vleuten for Nederland Bloeit….  I’m not sure how accurate this is, given that Teute isn’t racing Borsele – but Horizon Fitness will definitely be there, starring Café correspondent Nancy Arreola

Like Borsele, there are races for u23 women and men, as well as the elite women.  The women’s race is 135km long, made up of 1 big loop of 118km, and 2 laps of an 8.6km circuit in Roeseleare.  It’s the same course at the u23 men’s race (they do more laps of the circuit) and while it’s hillier than Borsele (the Monteberg is 800m, av. 7%, max 13%; the Kemmelberg is 400m, ave. 4%, max 22%, and the Helling Geluveld is 600m, av 2%, max 7%), there are then 50 flat kilometres to the end… my prediction is that it’ll come down to a sprint between Teutenberg and Wild, with Gilmore taking third spot on the podium…  unless Vos has decided to race this one too.  Wild has won the race for the last two years, so she knows what it takes…

Ronde van Gelderland UCI 1.2 Apeldoorn, Holland. 137km’s.

Finally – I can write to you with a podium result… 3rd today, it was nice to get through a race without any bad luck! I can say, I was starting to feel all that Dutch racing, repetitive chasing and chaotic stress in my legs during today’s race… but the power was actually pretty ok in the sprint!

The race started with a hilly section until the 50km point, we all (Lotto Honda Team) rode near the front through the hills- Cherise had a mishap on one of the climbs (damaged rear wheel) but managed to rejoin the group after 5km’s of chasing.

Soon after the hilly section a break of 5 riders formed- we didn’t have anyone in the break as we were planning for a sprint finish. The break was well represented by the stronger teams- so when the break got out to 1 minute 45 seconds at the 85km mark we felt/were responsible to start chasing. Cherise and Vicki had some assistance from Cola-Vita (Team of current World Champ- Bronzini). They strung the bunch out and brought the group back together with 25km’s to go.

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World Cup Holland

Hello All!

I write to you with an update from today’s World Cup.

Firstly, I raced a UCI 1.1 race two days ago called Drentse8. I had a great feeling in the race but unfortunately I punctured my front wheel with 10km to go; I was positioned in the top 10 and knew there was a short cobble section approaching 3km from the finish- so a wheel change would have been the end of my race. The lead out trains had started and the pace was very high.

I decided to try and hold position and ride carefully as the rim was only just hitting the road over the rough surfaces. There was a tight left hand corner 400m’s from the finish and it was impossible to hold position through the corner – as I couldn’t lean the bike, so I lost position and momentum. The acceleration on the pave was extremely difficult as I could only stay in the seat (due to the front wheel puncture)…. I just slogged it out to the line and finished 9th. Ninth looks very disappointing on paper but given the circumstances it was an ok effort- due to bike handling skills and determination.

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Filming advertisements and racing in Europe again!!

House late March

House late March

Life has been a little busy since arriving home to Italy just over one week ago.

I enjoyed 4 days training at home and I must say it was absolutely gorgeous; I was riding under clear blue skies in 15 degrees, short sleeves with walls of snow lining the roads! It was so nice to be home, so sad to pack my bags again just after settling in!

It was a tough decision but I decided to drive my new CR-V to Belgium (13hr drive). I like to drive, not the smartest decision with races soon approaching but I had a new car, bikes to transport, lots of tools (love tools), rollers, a suitcase full of personal spare parts and a month on the road- so I wanted my Honda in Belgium 🙂

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