Team VIRTU Cycling looks for tough Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Cobbles, climbs and a crazy crowd. Team VIRTU Cycling heads for the heart of cycling for one of the biggest races this year, when they start Ronde van Vlaanderen Sunday.

11 categorised climbs and seven sectors of cobblestone is just a small portion of the challenges that lies ahead for Team VIRTU Cycling Sunday, when the team heads for Ronde van Vlaanderen.

The Belgian classic is the 6th round of the Women’s World Tour, and Team VIRTU Cycling hopes that the 11th edition of the race will be one a tough one.

“Right now it looks like we will have a nice day, but for us it will be better if the weather is bad. Our girls are pretty tough so in bad conditions they do a better job, and perhaps we have an edge then, but it is changing every day,” sports director Carmen Small says.

“For sure Kasia is in really good form right now – and Christina as well. But it is a really open race, and anything can happen. Some can go in an early break that will make it to the finish, so all the girls need to be prepared to do a good race,” she says.

Team VIRTU Cycling aims for a good result, but in race as difficult as Ronde van Vlaanderen, the main priority is to stick together and have a little luck in the key moments.

“Of course we will want a good result, but if they race as a team and it brings it result or not, I will be satisfied with them. The most important thing is to keep doing, what we have been doing. Racing at the front and making a difference in the race, and then anything can happen. All of them have done the race before, so they know what to expect,” Carmen Small says.

Ronde van Vlaanderen starts Sunday and goes 151 kilometers with both start and finish in Oudenaarde.

Team VIRTU Cycling for Ronde van Vlaanderen:
Christina Siggaard, Claudia Koster, Kasia Pawlowska, Mieke Kröger, Sara Penton and Barbara Guarischi