Team Virtu Cycling is facing the final Ardennes Classic this Sunday
Being the final Ardennes Classic, Liége Bastogne Liége, will be the last opportunity for a good result in the spring classics. The team is hoping for a top 10 placement.
On Sunday, the team will race the final classic in the Ardennes, Liége Bastogne Liége. The famous race is the ninth division of the UCI Women’s World Tour. Last year’s winner, Anna Van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans), just took her fifth consecutive win in La Flèche Wallonne wednesday and must be considered the favorite for the victory.
The teams will be facing a 138,5 km long route this year, which is three kilometers longer with even more climbs, than the two previous editions of the race. The race begins in Bastogne, and the first climb, Côte de Wanne, is entered after 51 km. The route includes four more categorized climbs, including Côte de la Vecquée. The top of the final climb, Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons is reached just 15 km from the finish.
With an extra climb this year, Anna Van der Breggen will be challenged by a wider variety of riders. Team Virtu Cycling, are ready to race, and makes no secret of the fact that they’re hoping for a good result.
Rachel Neylan finished in top 15 in Fléche Wallone Wednesday and is excited about this particular race: “Liége is a historically beautiful, but very tough race. It is longer with more climbing, so we need to be intelligent and execute a big team effort. I think we are capable of a good result together. I’m looking forward to racing a parcour that suits me very well. Most of all, I’m really excited and ready to continue on Sunday with the wonderful energy and momentum the team has already generated this spring”.
Katrine Aalerud is back after her crash in Amstel Gold Race and is looking forward to getting back on the bike: “My shape is good, so I hope with some more days before Sunday, it will be good again. I don’t know what to expect. It is a hard and unpredictable race, so I will do my best to be a part of the team and get a good result together”.
DS Carmen Small also hopes for a good result in the final Ardennes classic: “Katrine is back, and she will add some more climbing depth to the team. We will go out and try to get a top result and hopefully get that top 10 result that we are hoping for during the Ardennes races”.
Team Virtu Cycling lines up with Sofia Bertizzolo, Anouska Koster, Louise Norman Hansen, Katrine Aalerud, Rachel Neylan and Sara Penton.